Unwrap the South West's past this holiday season
November 28, 2012
The new chairman of an organisation which promotes the early working life of the South West has encouraged people to take the time to discover the fascinating history of the region.
South West Working Life Association chairman Ian Wilson said it was important people gained an understanding of how the region they lived in was shaped by past residents.
“People need to have a sense of place and be aware of what has been created for them by previous generations,” he
“I believe people need to look back before they move forward.”
Mr Wilson said the heritage-themed attractions along the Working Life Heritage Trail provided an opportunity for people to learn about the early working life of the region, along with the social and economic history of each place they visit.
“By following the Working Life Heritage Trail, you will receive a glimpse into the region’s past and the life of early
settlers,” he said.
“Each place has examples of successes and failures that have assisted to shape the region we live in.”
Mr Wilson recently took on the role of chairman of the South West Working Life Association and said he has had an
interest in history since childhood.
He is currently in his seventh year as president of the Manjimup Historical Society, has been a committee member of the
Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park advisory committee for the past 10 years, and been honorary curator of the Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park for the past five years. He has been involved with historical societies for 30 years.
“During that time I have learnt that many people are interested in aspects of history, however don't know how they can be
involved,” he said.
The Working Life Heritage Trail is a partnership between individual site operators and the South West Development
Community Relations Officer
M: 0417 961 051