Western Australia

The Baha’is of Western Australia are actively engaged in neighbourhood community development activities that are open to all regardless of faith or background.

This includes providing spiritual empowerment programs for junior youth aged 11-14, spiritual education classes for children, gatherings that strengthen the devotional life of the community, and study circles on spiritual themes.

There are thousands of Baha’is living in Western Australia. The community extends beyond Perth to Albany in the south and Kununurra in the north.

More than 30 elected Spiritual Assemblies look after the affairs of the Baha’i community in localities around the State.

The Baha’i Centre of Learning, located in Myaree in the city of Melville, was officially opened by State Governor Lieutenant General John Sanderson in 2001. It provides a venue for Baha’i classes, information nights and other programs.

History

The origins of the Baha’i Faith in Western Australia date back to 1924, when early Australian Baha’is Clara and Hyde Dunn and Effie Baker spent four months in Perth. Their public talks and other activities attracted a small number of followers to the Baha’i Faith.

In July that year, visiting American Baha’i journalist Martha Root presented 38 public lectures to diverse audiences in Perth.  In the same month, the first Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Perth was formed.

Baha'i Centre of Learning, Perth
453 Marmion St, Myaree  WA  6154
Tel: (08) 9330 6999

Perth Baha'i community Web site
www.perth.wa.bahai.org.au