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Western Ancestor - 2021 July

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Lockdown is not all dismal, there's plenty to enjoy in your July Western Ancestor2021 - July cover

While the world pandemic continues to serve up challenging curve balls, the FHWA goes from strength to strength.

The July Western Ancestor reports on the special recognition for the FHWA as it is made a Fellow of the Library Board of Western Australia, in recognition of more than three decades of collaboration.

The launch of the Military SIG new website also features on the front page.

Inside there is something for everyone, so members, read your new edition here, or await its arrival in your letterbox.

Feature Articles
The Bowens – ‘Home Children’ of Canada Gail Thomas 38
Continuing her research into more distant relatives, Gail has uncovered what happened to the five
children of Ebenezer Bowen after he died in Liverpool in 1892.

Elizabeth Sarah Money Marcia Watson 42
Marcia originally wrote an article about a convict, Joseph Gray, escaping back to England, but (she
writes) ‘I decided it was more interesting to write about his wife, Elizabeth.’ A strong woman.

Who was John Molloy? Peter Conole 45
Peter examines the ancestry and early life of Georgiana Molloy’s husband and demolishes the myth
of his royal connections.

Convicts came only after June 1850? Think again. Bevan Carter 47
It’s common knowledge that the first convicts were sent to WA in 1850. But were they really the
first? Convict expert Bevan has found at least one who was sent here some years earlier, and told to
keep quiet about his conviction. Were there more?

A Case of Monomania Robin Robinson 50
Robin writes: ‘I don’t recall articles covering USA forebears much so this might reveal something of
the American psyche.’ Another strong woman.

Halley’s Comet – Government House Life Part Three AND a 100th Birthday Celebration Ruth Amelia Reid 53
The third instalment of former FHWA Patron Ruth Reid’s memories of her life in Government House,
together with a report on her 100th birthday celebrations. Yet another strong woman.

Their Words, Their Stories – The Western Australian Military Digital Library Angela Heymans 56
The launch of an important initiative to salvage and digitise military material held in the Army
Museum and elsewhere, which will be of great benefit to family historians.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 August 2021 14:24

Western Ancestor - 2021 November

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This final edition of Western Ancestor for 20212021-11 WA Cover is a tribute to FamilyHistoryWA foundation member, life member, long serving President and dedicated genealogist Brian Crocker. Brian's extraordinary contribution to FHWA is detailed in Liana Fitzpatrick's moving obituary.

You will also see some new layouts and features in this Western Ancestor, marking the last edition of Mike Murray and Dr Lesley Sylvestor as they hand over to new editor Peter Forrestal after six years of hard work.

FHWA Members can read the 2021 November Western Ancestor here.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 November 2021 12:23


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Western Ancestor - March 2021

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 New Year tributes to old friends and moreWA 2021 Mar cover

A New Year and a new volume packed full of fascinating stories, useful research strategies and uptodate information about FHWA.

Tributes flow as well for some long serving and much appreciated members who passed away recently.

FHWA members can read their online version of the March 2021 edition of Western Ancestor here  Western Ancestor March 2021



Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2021 09:27

Western Ancestor - 2020 December

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Vol 14 No 12

WA 2020 Dec coverAt the end of a year of disruption and change, one thing is certain.  Western Ancestor appears on time, and full of interesting reading.  The fruits of Members researches tells of work as usual, and the activities of the Society, while much online, is as vibrant and challenging as ever.

This month there are features on random acts of kindness, when a postcard was returned to its family, personal reflections of long standing former Patron Ruth Reid about life a Government House and the last in our convict series, from Dr Bill Edgar.

Plenty of reading for the coming Christmas break.

Regular features outline what's on in the coming months.

Members can read Western Ancestor December 2020 here.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 May 2021 11:34

Western Ancestor heralds the coming of spring

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All new stories and news in the spring Western Ancestor2020 Sept cover

We know spring is on the way when the September edition of Western Ancestor hits our mailboxes full of fantastic family history features and the regular items covering all our FHWA activities.  And this edition does not disappoint.

Women take centre stage this month with stories which are often hidden from history and difficult to find. They tell of female characters of grit and gumption, intrigue and inspiration.

Why was the young woman in our cover cartoon depicted exhibiting such seemingly unseemly behaviour.  And why did a young Liverpool woman end up on the other side of the world, apparently very reluctantly?  Elizabeth Robinson's tale took much unravelling, but well worth the effort.

You will need to read on to find out.  There is much more besides. Such as the concluding chapter of the convict series, celebrating 35 years of volunteering.

Check the What's On for some great new online offerings, as well as the usual Interest Group meetings and information sessions.

Members can read Western Ancestor June 2020.


Last Updated on Friday, 09 October 2020 19:04

Deaths from Spanish flu in WA

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New resource for FHWA members

Many Western Australians succumbed to the Spanish flu in 1919.  This appendix to Ruth Johnson thesis "Unshed tears and stilled suffering" has been kindly offered to members of FamilyHistoryWA.

She says "This list is in no way definitive but lists the known victims from the remaining public records whose cause of death is stated as pneumonic influenza, Spanish influenza, influenza or pneumonia."

Members can login to see the alphabetical listing here.


Last Updated on Monday, 20 July 2020 10:09

Western Ancestor - June 2020

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Volume 14 no 10

Special notice: Our AGM is cominmg up on June 28 at 2pm.  Details are included in the Western Ancestor and here on the website, with a link to register for your attendance.

Much to keep you readiing during the cold, wet days.

There's FHWA in the time of pandemics: much paddling underwater to make plain sailing in these unusual times.  Our volunteers talk frankly of the journey to bring all of the services and activities of the society to members online.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2020 15:23


Interest groups go virtual

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Help is at hand as FHWA Interest Groups go virtual help

As the virus lock-down intensifies, FamilyHistoryWA gears up to provide its servicies and activities online to members.

Interest Groups, Writers, Family Tree Maker User Group, The Master Genealogist Special Interest Group and more are meeting and arranging presentations.

FHWA Activities are also on the move to online formats:  Researching your WA Ancestors is the first on April 5.


Writers Group online

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Writers Group Wednesday Q & A  Writers Group

join the FHWA Writers Group online ifora general writing question and answer discussion. If you have any Show and Tell please share it with us. We will critique our stories by email.

Wednesday April 1, at 10am - 12.30 pm.  Book your place here.  Or check for more upcoming Events.

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