Since 1954 the Royal Western Australian Historical Society has held the Pioneer Memorial Service at East Perth Cemeteries on the Sunday of the Western Australia Day (formerly Foundation Day) long weekend. Each services provided rich and detailed information on the lives of Western Australia's pioneers.

The first such service was held on the on June the 6th, 1954, which Rev'd Alex Bateman, Anglican Priest-in-charge of East Perth was invited to conduct. The Rev'd Joseph Green of the Methodist Church, President of the West Australian Council of Churches, gave the address. The State's 19th century pioneers were honoured in general until 1964 and the services were held outdoors in the East Perth Cemeteries until 1989, this tradition continues today.

Below are the available citations that can be downloaded and viewed as PDF documents.

 Monger Grave ID 283

1968 - Citation by Senator Malcolm Scott, Minister for Customs and Excise

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1969 - Citation by Christopher Adam, Scotch College

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1976 - Citation by A E Williams, President of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society, commemorating John Septimus Roe

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1977 - Citation by A E Williams, commemorating John Burdett Wittenoom and the Wittenoom Family

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1983 - Citation by Honorable Ron Davies, Minister for the Environment

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1986 - Citation by Professor Geoffrey Bolton, commemorating Tommy Dower

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1987 - Citation by Louise Hoffman, commemorating
Louis Hyam Seeligson

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1988 - Citation by Mrs Ray Oldham OAM, commemorating Richard Roach Jewell

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1989 - Citation by Nicholas P Hasluck, commemorating Lewis Hasluck

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1989 - Citation by Mr J Seabrook, commemorating Richard Wells

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1990 - Citation by Mr Bob Lefory, commemorating Anthony O'Grady Lefroy

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1990 - Citation by Mrs Gladys Whittle, commemorating Benjamin Bristow Ranford

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1991 - Citation by Rica Ericson, commemorating Hester Grave Id 507Alfred Carson

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1991 - Citation by Ian Denny, commemorating John Thomas Denny

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1992 - Citation by Mr Rodney Gifford, commemorating Edmund Birch

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1992 - Citation commemorating Louisa Jones and Sophia Hester

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1993 - Citation by Mervyn Parry commemorating The Right Reverend Henry Hutton Parry

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1994 - Citation by Thelma Jones commemorating
Mary Charlotte Blythe (nee Coppin)
Blythe Grave Id 711

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1994 - Citation by Thelma Jones and Reg Withers commemorating William Nicholls and Samuel Games

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1995 - Citation by Murray Hewett commemorating Enoch Barratt

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1995 - Citation by Margaret Love (nee Sherwood) commemorating Frederick Sherwood

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1996 - Citiation by Betty Randell commemorating Jane Hyde, Mary Louisa Smith and Lucy James (the three wives of George Randell)

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1997 - Citation by Robert Worsley Hymus commemorating
Phoebe Hymus
Hymus Grave Id 25

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1998 - Citation by Lyn Coy commemorating Thomas and Charlotte Davis and their two children John and Charlotte

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2000 - Citation by Michael F Quinlan, Professor of Medicine, commemorating Quinlan, Connor and O'Connor Families

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2001 - Citation by W de Burgh commemorating Dr John and Isabella Ferguson

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2002 - Citation by Greg Hardey commemorating Joseph Hardy

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2003 - Citation by Mr David Mossenson commemorating
the Jewish Cemetery at East PerthStrickland Grave Id 366

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2004 - Citation by Bonnie Hicks commemorating Sir Alexander and Sir Thomas Cockburn-Campbell

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2005 - Citation by Kayleen Poon commemorating the Fong family and Chinese in Western Australia

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2006 - Citation by Ruth Marchant James commemorating Unmarked Graves

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2007 - Citation by Cherie Strickland commemorating the Strickland Family

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2008 - Citation by Rev'd Fr Edward Doncaster
commemorating Pioneer Clergy
Chipper Grave Id 509

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2009 - Citation by Gillian O'Mara commemorating Pensioner Guards

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2010 - Citation by Mrs Margaret Love commemorating the Leake Family

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2011 - Citation by John James commemorating the McCann Family

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2012 - Citation by Elizabeth Borrello commemorating the Chipper Family

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2013 - Citation by Ian and Melford Roe commemorating John Septmus Roe and his family

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2014 - Citation read by Marie Watts and Patricia Webb commemorating Walter Padbury (1817-1907) and his wife Charlotte

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2015 - Citation written by Elizabeth Borrello and read by Reverend Steve Francis commemorating The Methodists, Congregationalist & Presbyterians

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