The Finch Society of Western Australia is based in Perth, but has members worldwide as
well as across Australia. Local Members, non-members and guests are encouraged to attend
general meetings, shows and auctions. We hope to help like-minded people to get in touch,
share their birding experiences, ask questions and come join us to get the most out of our
The Finch society was founded in 1982 by 6 passionate finch breeders.
The club was formed to cater for showing of finches. All the initial members were members
of one or both of the Midland or Northern Districts cage bird societies. Those clubs were
generalist bird clubs but with a high leaning to canary breeders. The FSWA founders felt
the need to promote the showing of finches in a better way. They intended to retain friendly
ties to the 2 CBS clubs but to develop FSWA with a finch specific orientation.
In those early days a constitution was created and its objects, as proposed by Neil in their second meeting, were:
1. To foster the keeping and breeding Australian (including zebra) finches, Foreign finches and other soft-billed birds.
2. To cater for the showing of the forementioned birds.
3. To adopt standards for exhibition and breeding of such birds and endeavor to have them accepted by the cage bird societies of WA.
The first printed constitution added a 4th objective:
4. To promote good fellowship and understanding amongst members of other societies
and encourage the presentation of suggestions that would contribute to the benefit of
From the above you can see that the society today owes a debt of gratitude to those
founding members. Neil and Harry are still active members of the society they
founded 30 years ago and a trip to view their aviaries will attest that they have
lost none of the passion for finches that motivated them 30 years ago.