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Tragedy unfolds - The Belgic 1911 voyage

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TSS Belgic - Arrived Fremantle 11 November 1911 - The Voyage

Dangerous SeasPart two of a tale on the voyage of the TSS Belgic, passengers travelling on board the ship experienced a bit of a rough trip.

The ship sailed from Liverpool on September 23, 1911 and arrived at Fremantle on 11-11-1911.

November 11 is a date which has much greater significance nowadays, but was also a significant date for the ships passengers those who arrived in 1911. There was 925 passengers on board bound for Fremantle with many others bound for Adelaide (252), Melbourne (203) and Sydney (168), 1,548 passengers in total.

The voyage was not without its drama...

Last Updated on Friday, 11 November 2016 09:14

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WABI - A new WAGS interactive data table

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Western Australian Biographical Index (WABI) Sample WABI Index Card

WABI - The Western Australian Biographical Index has recently been transcribed and made available on the website of the State Library of Western Australia under  by the SLWA under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia [Open Data] License. This license permits WAGS to make the material available on our website in an interactive, searchable data table (below) with direct links to the original cards on the SLWA website.

Clicking on the surnames will open the original index cards (via links to SLWA website).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2016 17:46

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A tale of two ships

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TSS Belgic - Arrived Fremantle 11 November 1911 - Passenger List

Belgic Passenger List Fremantle 1911Some years ago WAGS Library was given an original Passenger List for the TSS Belgic, one of those been given to all passengers travelling on board the ship.

The ship sailed from Liverpool on September 23, 1911 and arrived at Fremantle on November 11, 1911. There were 925 passengers on board for Fremantle and others bound for Adelaide (252), Melbourne (203) and Sydney (168) giving a total of 1,548 which included some new immigrants.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 October 2016 20:08

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Early Bird Winner 2016

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earlybird2016 Raffle Early Bird Prize Winner

The WAGS annual raffle early bird prize was drawn on 12th October, at WAGS.

The winning ticket holder was WAGS Affiliated Society - Congratulations to:

Collie Family History Society

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 21:54

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Going to the Perth Royal Show 2016?

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Before Email there was Morse - Royal Show Starts Saturdaymorse1

 Way before the internet was even thought of Mr Morse was sending coded messages, nothing has changed... have a look at the morsecodians exhibition ( ... .- -.--  .... . .-.. .-.. ---  ..-. .-. --- --  .-- .- --. ... )

Show Special - Join WAGS between 24 September & 31st October and SAVE $15.00 Joining fee

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 October 2016 07:52

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Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience - Perth

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SACE Perth dates: 29 November - 11 December 2016

Finally, the AWM's Spirit of Anzac Experience (SACE) is arriving in Western Australia, visiting Perth 29 Nov - 11 Dec 2016 at the Perth Convention Centre, Bunbury (Jan 2017, Venue TBA) and Kalgoorlie (Jan/Feb 2017, Venue TBA).

The WAGS 11th Battalion Project has contributed material to this exhibition, we provided the names of the men we have identified which is a feature of the 11th Battalion Khufu/Cheops exhibition component. 

Last Updated on Friday, 16 September 2016 16:06

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WAGS Phones back on

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Phones are reconnected @ 13:00 09 SeptTheCrier-Perth2a

Our phone lines have been reconnected, thanks to our tech guy Paul Del.

WAGS telephone number (08) 9271 4311 is now working and goes through to the reception desk in Unit 5, as previously.

We apologise for any inconvenience that members and the public have experienced in trying to make contact with WAGS, but it has been beyond our control.

Thank you for your patience.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 September 2016 13:28

WAGS phone problems

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wagsswitchboardThe Crier, Northbridge, Perth, Western Australia Phones playing up...

Sorry folks - We are experiencing problems with the phone system at WAGS and you may not be able to get through. You can send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or use the Contact Us page to email the relevant office holder.

The phone problem is undetermined at present and we are endeavouring to find a solution as soon as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience - we will post a message on the website when the phones are operating without problems.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 September 2016 20:49

WAGS 2016 Raffle

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Raffle Progress report  Rafflesorting

We are two weeks into the processing of raffle book butts  returns and we have gotten off to a cracking start with over 300 book butts returned already.

Robyn, Del, Thea and Robert will spend every Tuesday morning until the final draw date in November at WAGS opening envelopes, checking the Butt numbers and putting the ticket butts into the barrel ready for the Early Bird Seller's Draw on October 12 and the final draw for the prizes on November 29.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2016 20:18

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Western Ancestor - Sept 2016 - Issue #151

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Western Ancestor - September Issue #151 out now... Western Ancestor, September 2016, Issue #151

The September edition of the journal of the Western Australian Genealogical Society is the second of many full colour editions to come in both hard copy and digital copy.

Subscribers and members September edition will be arriving in your letterbox very soon AND you can browse or download the electronic copy which is available to Member’s Only (you will have to log in) of this website under the Journal menu item.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 08:37

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