The anniversary of our establishment recognised the contribution of the Hotel and Hospitality industry and the huge influence it has had on Western Australia.
The first known gathering of the Western Australian Licensed Victuallers, as the AHA(WA) was known in those days, was in 1879 and after a few false starts on the 12th of July 1892 the Licensed Victuallers of Western Australia gathered at the Royal Hotel on the corner of William and Wellington streets in Perth CBD for the purpose of establishing a unified state-wide association.
The West Australian newspaper on the 13th of July 1892 reported an article which stated "A special general meeting of Licensed Victuallers and others interested in the formation of the United Licensed Victuallers Association was held last evening, at the Royal Hotel, Mr R. Wolfe was in the chair".
In the formation meeting the principal business was the election of officers and receiving the progress of reports of the Secretary. It was unanimously decided that Mr Strickland of the United Service hotel was to be appointed president.
Over the past 121 years the AHA(WA) has helped the course of history by lobbying for a number of causes which have or would have affected the Western Australian hotel and hospitality industry. These events include the prohibition referendums of 1925 and 1950; the change of the Western Australian legal drinking age from 21 to 18 years old in 1970 and more recently the 2007 introduction of a compulsory Responsible Service of Alcohol accreditation.
The Australian Hotels Association (WA) has surpassed many famous Australian organisations in years. Bankwest was formed in 1895; The Commonwealth Bank was established in 1911; Qantas was formed in 1920; Vegemite was launched in 1922 and Australia's federation as a nation occurred on January 1, 1901, nine years after the AHA(WA) was formed.