A Brief History of WAGS

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1. Sound Beginnings

The Society was formed on the 1st January 1979 with the aim to promote, encourage and foster the study, science and knowledge of genealogy. This main objective encompasses many other secondary objectives, such as transcribing and indexing records, and provides a forum for people with a common interest in Family History.  

The Following Brief history is taken from the Western Ancestor March 2000 pp. 22-23, with additions to bring it up to date.

2. Foundation Members

Peter Bottrell, Jan Bray, Anthonera & Jacolia Butler, Yvonne Coate, Brian & Val Croker, Glenis Piercy, Ted Davis, Tony Harrop, Peter Herlihy, Ruth Keane, Gloria Michalik, Daphne Nichols, DE & PG Shepherd, Jan Trotter, Leo Van de pas, & Bob Wiltshire.

3. Honorary Life Fellows

Joy Calder, Alan Campbell, Lyn Coy, Brian Croker, Val Croker, Rica Erickson, Wendy Maslin, Stella Short, Leslie Williams, Loreley Morling, Martin Pinnell & Sister Mary Albertus Bain (deceased).

4. Fellows

Teresa Thomson

5. Honorary Members

Ruth Reid AM

6. WAGS Milestones

 Date  Milestone Event
 1979 - January 1  WAGS formed
 1979 - January 31  Inaugural General Meeting
 1979 - February 6  Inaugural Committee Meeting
 1979 - March  First edition of Western Ancestor
 1982 - November  First Directory of Members' Interests
 1984 - September  Application to WA Register General for
 reduction in cost of certificates relating
 to events  at least 60 years old
 1985 - (ref. March 1989)  Incorporation
 1985 - July 21-22  Albany - First Seminar on Family History
 1986 - March  Obtained first Microfilm reader
 1986 - December  Income tax deductions for donations
 to the Library Fund
 

7. Patrons

 Date  Patron
 1987 - 1989  The Governor of Western Australia, His Excellency
 Professor Gordon Stanley Reid.
 Vice Patron: Ruth Reid
 1990 - 1993  Sir Francis Burt
 1994 - 1995  Professor Peter J Boyce
 1996 - Current  Ruth Reid

 

8. Office Bearers

8.1. President

 Date  President
 1979 - 1990  Brian Croker
 1990 - 1993  Raema Gooch
 1993 - 1996  Maurice Weston
 1996 - 1998  Martin Pinell (dec)
 1998 - 1999  Mary Rogers
 1999 - 2001  Lyn Coy
 2002 - 2004  Bevan Carter
 2005 - 2008  Ian Scott
 2009 - 2012

 Liana Fitzpatrick

 2012 - 2013

 Graham Bown

 2013 - 2016

 Liana Fitzpatrick

 2016 - Current

 Ian Simon

                                                

8.2. Treasurer

 Date  Treasurer
 1979 - 1985  Peter Herlihy
 1986 - 1993  Les Williams
 1993 - 1994  Terry Edmett
 1994 - 1994  Shirley de Andrade
 1994 - 1997  Lyn Coy
 1998 - 1999  Irene Vorey-Bushell
 1999 - 2002  Lyn Coy
 2003 - 2005  Bob Richardson
 2005 - 2005  Pauline Prior (Acting)
 2005 - 2007  Don Heery
 2008 - 2010  Margaret Pike (Acting)
 2010 - Current  Neil Bradley

 

8.3. Secretary

Date  Secretary
 1979 - 1979  Jan Trotter
 1981 - 1982  Jan Doughty
 1982 - 1984  Lorraine Dearnley
 1985 - 1985  Helen Gunnell
 1986 - 1986  Norma Miles
 1987 - 1987  Geoffrey Smith
 1988 - 1988  Annette Williams
 1989 - 1990  Roger Horgan
 1990 - 1993  Phyllis Clatworthy
 1993 - 1994  Fay Hall
 1994 - 1994  Audrey Sewell
 1995 - 1996  Jackie Hewson
 1996 - 2000  Christine Ross
 2000 - 2003  Margaret Philippson
 2003 - 2004  Wendy Bloomfield
 2005 - 2005  Ian Scott
 2005 - 2010  Karen Tregenza
 2010- 2012  Pauline Pryer
 2012 - 2013  Pam Martyn
 2013 - 2016  Pauline Pryer
 2016 - Current  Wendy White
                                                

8.4. Journal Editor

Date Editor
 1979 - 1981  Yvonne Coate
 1982 - 1988  Alan Campbell
 1988 - 1991  Marj Carr
 1991 - 1991  Annie Weare
 1991 - 2009  Malcolm Parr
 2009 - 2010  Lyn Watt & Ian Barnes (Acting)
 2010 - 2010  Jennifer Lydon & KarenTregenza
 2011 - 2015  Jennifer Lydon
 2015 - Current  Mike Murray & Dr Lesley Silvester

 

8.5. Librarian

Date Librarian
 1979 - 1980  Daphne Nichols
 1980 - 1983  Dulcie Campbell
 1983 - 1989  Joy Calder
 1989 - 1993  Kay Frost
 1993 - 2002  Stella Short
 2002 - 2003  Monica Roberts
 2003 - 2009  Edwina Shooter
 2009 - 2011  EdwinaShooter (Acting)
 2011 - 2015  Julie Martin
 2015 - Current  Edwina Shooter

 

8.6. Webmaster

(See separate page for Website history)

Date Webmaster
 1996 - 2008  Marilyn Dimond 
 2008 - Current   Chris Loudon

 

9. Special Interest Groups

Date Special Interest Group First Convenor
 1981 - July 12  Irish  Alan Campbell
 1982 - May 1  Scottish  Alan Campbell
 1982 - October 9  South Australian  Brian Croker
 1983 - April 16  Convict  Alan Campbell
 1984 - April 24  Computer  Graham Bown
 1986 - April 19       European ** (see 2000 & 2012 below)  Raema Gooch
 1986 - May 24  Victorian  Lorna & Bill Bell
 1988 - September 10       New Zealand **  Gillian O'Mara
 1989       USA & Canada **  Helen Gunnell
 1992 - September 13       Welsh **  Betty Randall
 1993 - November       Cornish **  Pat Banks
 1993 - February 7  Swan River Pioneers  Alan Campbell
 1995 - January 29       East Anglian **  Liz Rushton
 Date Unknown       Tasmanian **  David Storey
 2000 - February  Enrolled Pensioner Guards  Lawrence Doran & Phillippa Ward
 2000 - May       South-West European (reformed as European Group, see below)  Jo Babis & Susan Salivar
 2000 - December  North of England  A. John Parker
 2002       India ** (reformed as India & South East Asia 2011, see below)  Barbara Rosair
 2005 - October  London & Home Counties  Mike Murray & Lesley Silvester
 2005  The Master Genealogist (TMG)  Neil Bradley & Cynthia Brock
 2011 - October 23  India & South East Asia  Chris Bell
 2012 - January 15  European - reformed from SW European  Group  Shirley Babis
 2012 - December 01  London & South of England - expanded London & Home Counties Group  Mike Murray & Lesley Sylvester
 2013 - April 6  Western Australian

 Lorraine Clarke

 2013 - September 10  Legacy User Group (LUG)

 Diane Foster

 2015 - October 17  Military SIG

 Angela Heymens

 2016 - January 23  DNA & Genetic Genealogy SIG

 Cate Pearce

 

** denotes group no longer functioning

 

 

 

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