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Issue 14: May 2014


National Volunteer Week Morning Tea


Current WAGS volunteers
and those who are considering becoming a volunteer

Monday 12 May at 10:00am - 12:00noon
WAGS Unit 4, 48 May Street Bayswater


 Come along and find out more over "a cuppa"
and meet other WAGS members who are volunteers.

A light morning tea will be served.
RSVP by 5th May 2014 (for catering purposes)
WAGS Library (08) 9271 4311 or email here


Swan Pioneers Group

Battle of Waterloo Veterans

Looking for early Swan River Colonists who were Battle of Waterloo Veterans.

So far I have: William Adams (1792-1867), Captain John Molloy (1786-1867), Elijah Dawson (1797-1885), William Edwards (1792-1865), John Stanton (1794-1877), Captain Richard Goldsmith-Meares (1780-1862), Henry Vincent (1796-1869), Lieut. William Trimmer (1796-1835) and Captain Adam Armstrong (1788-1853).

I am keen to find some more if there are any as we will be celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the
battle in June 2015. Contact Lyn Coy phone 9296 9520 or email

Swan River Pioneers Annual Foundation Day Dinner

Saturday 31 May at 7:00pm
Parmelia Hilton Hotel


Genie Chatter Monday 12 May

A lunchtime discussion 12:00 noon to 1:30pmgenie-chatter.jpg

Unit 4 WAGS 48 May St Bayswater

Topic: Local Studies Libraries

Affiliated Societies Conference

12th and 13th September 2014

Accommodation required

WAGS will be hosting this Conference on the 12th and 13th September 2014.
We would like to assist country delegates who will be attending the conference by providing some accommodation.

 Activities will be held in Perth and Bayswater. If you are available to host a delegate by providing accommodation in your home could you contact the liaison officer and provide the type of accommodation e.g. double bed or single bed and the number of beds available.
email or leave a message with your name and contact details at WAGS 9271 4311.

Special Interest Groups

SIGs meet at Unit 4, WAGS 48 May Street Bayswater, unless otherwise stated

 Saturday 3 at 11:00am TMG Group
AGM,and Sources and Citations using TMG by Edwina Shooter

Sunday 4 at 2pm European Group

Saturday 10 at 11:00am Computer Groupfam_hist_enews_4.jpg

Saturday 17 at 10:30am Victorian Group

Sunday 18 at 2:00pm Scottish Group
AGM and Research

Sunday 25 at 2:00pm South Australian Group

House Groups

 A number of House Groups (discussion and sharing sessions) meet at venues around the Metropolitan Area. To find out more about them and one near you go to the WAGS web page via this link

house group.jpgSouth of the River House Group (meetings held in Willetton) Wednesday 7th May @ 7:30pm

Western Suburbs House Group (meeting held in WAGS Library) Wednesday 7th May @ 6:30pm.

Family History Society of Rockingham & Dist.

Monthly Meeting 3 May 2014 at 2pm

Guest speaker:  AGM followed by a talk on WAGS London & South of England Special Interest Group - an overview by Mike Murray & Lesley Silvester

For more information go to FHSRD

Manduarah Family History Society

Monthly Meeting 10 May 2014 at 1:30pm 

Topic: 'Mother Tongue - English Language Milestones' by Diane Oldman
More information Here or email

“Under Any Old Gum Tree”

The In case you missed this event in February

“Under Any Old Gum Tree” The Story of Martin O’Meara VC
an original play by Western Australians about an Irish Australian hero of WW1

Irish Club
61 Townshend Road Subiaco, near Hay St
Tues 29 April 2014 - Curtain 7.45pm
Tickets $25, Concession $20 (Incl Tea and Coffee)
E bookings  M 0449 844 075, Website

 If you cannot make this, Fred Rea will be telling the Martin O'Meara story at the 20 July meeting of the Irish SIG, 2pm unit 4, WAGS. New members welcome.online.


Mix & Mingle

Friday 16 May at 10.15am

Meet at Old Fremantle Hotel, corner Cliff & High Sts. Fremantle.notre_dame_univ_freo.jpg

Lecture - Evidences of war in Fremantle since 1914

Followed by a walking tour of the recycled buildings in Fremantle now being used by Notre Dame

Education Activities

wags orientation ausworld3.pngOrientation Session at WAGS

Wednesday 21 May 10:00am to 12:00 noon

Topics and demonstrations include – WAGS Library (plus how to use the Library catalogue and information on the computers), WAGS website, Special Interest Groups, Activities program, Bookshop, genealogy software, WAGSnet, WAGS Forum, plus lots more.

FREE – but bookings required - Click on the Registration button, phone the Library (9271 4311) or email:  Orientation registration

Getting started with your family history

Wednesday 7 at 10:00am Getting started with your family history

Lee-Ann Atkinson will show you how to build your family tree & record your findings

FREE but Booking required - limited to 20 people

For more information and registration go to courses

Hands On Workshops

Thursday 22 at 2:00pm - 4:00pm Hands On Workshop "Ancestry.com"
WAGS Units 4, 5 & 6

Saturday 24 at 10:00am - 1:00pm Hands On Workshop - Using the WAGS Film Reader
WAGS Units 4, 5 & 6

Cost $5 please book in advance but pay on the day.standing.

 Library News

Anzac Centenary
Almost everyone in WAGS has a story to tell about a family member who served in the Great War. Why not have your story published on the WAGS blog? You can honour the memory and service of your ancestor and it’s an opportunity to share information with other family members anywhere in the world.

Send your story as a Word document or text file and photos/illustrations as jpgs to the WAGS Librarian who will post it on the WAGS blog for you.

First to be published is the story of a talented Geraldton boy, Dudley Marwood Elliott.  See the WAGS Blog.

Family Tree Makerfamily tree maker.jpg

A new and sealed copy of the latest US version of Family Tree Maker has been donated to WAGS and we are offering it to the first applicant for the bargain price of Au$20 (normally Au$32).

All proceeds will go to the WAGS Library. Please contact the WAGS Librarian  

Cassette cases

I am looking for 10x slimline (4cm deep) audio cassette cases (standard cases are 5cm deep).  If you can help, please email the WAGS Librarian

What's on at the Forum?

  Users will have noticed changes to the layout for the WAGS and SIG Forums. If you are a subscriber to one or more Forum you will need to re-subscribe to receive the posting notification emails.

A new Section for "Members Only Forums" has been added to the WAGS Forums.

Members Must be logged in to view and post, the Section is not available to, nor can it be seen by the public or people who are just registered on the website.

It is just for use by WAGS members, including Associate & Affiliate members who log in to the website here.

From WAGS Web

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   April 25, 1915 - 63 members of the 11th Battalion were killed or died of wounds received on the day.

Recruited from WA, somewhat surprisingly only 3 of the men killed on the 25th were born in Western Australia. 19 were born in England, 9 were Scots, & in addition to the 3 from WA, of the 30 who were Australian born, there were 15 from Victoria, 6 from NSW, 5 from SA & 1 Tasmanian born.

poppy-image.jpgLest we Forget the sacrifice these men made.

Membership Reminder

Friendly Reminder-If you received a membership renewal form with the March Western Ancestor and
haven't paid yet then your membership is now overdue.  Please renew online or at the WAGS library.

If you are not sure when your membership is due please log onto the WAGS website and check the expiry date on the membership section of your profile page.



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