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Special Library Display, March 2014Sphinx

There is more to this image than meets the eye - keep watching for a special announcement.

Our ever busy Librarian has been gathering the troops.

We now have on display our the newly acquired image of the 11th Battalion A.I.F. on the Great Pyramid of Giza (Cheops). This iconic photo will soon be hanging in the Library, but for the moment is part of the monthly library display table along with some of the military books available in the WAGS Library. See image below...

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 March 2014 22:26

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Scottish Diaspora

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2014 is Homecoming Yearjames drummond by moore

A Western Australian contribution to The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry is being submitted by the WAGS Scottish Interest Group (SIG), for James Drummond (1784-1863). This  portrait by Mary Moore hangs in the Agricultural Hall of Fame at the Perth Showgrounds.

James Drummond arrived with Governor Stirling in 1829 at the Swan River Colony on the Parmelia. Drummond was soon following his passion for botany, initially as the Government Naturalist looking after the government gardens until he was officially appointed as the Government Botanist.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 21:21

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The Old and the New

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New Associate MembersGenealogy Just Got Better

Welcome to the Old and the New

Two new Local History collections libraries from both ends of the city have joined WAGS as Associate Members.

To the south in the old port City of Fremantle, the Local History Library has joined WAGS.

To the North, in the new and thriving City of Joondalup, the Local and Family History Library has also joined WAGS.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:05

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Library Lovers' Day - Feb 14th

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Forget Valentine's Day!Library Lovers Display - Feb 14 2014 - WAGS Library

February 14th has been renamed Library Lovers' Day - Join the Library Lovers world wide & support your Library, especially WAGS Library.

There is a special display organised by our own Super Librarian - Thank you Julie.

Come along and use the WAGS Library resources at Bayswater, but not just on Feb 14th. Any day is a good day for Library Lovers.

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Anglican Baptisms 1926-84

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South West Churches - Baptismal Registers IndexSt Mary's Anglican Church, Cowaramup, Western Australia

Parish of Augusta-Margaret River, Diocese of Bunbury - This index covers churches across the South-West of Western Australia from Augusta in the south, north to Metricup.

Now available in the Members Only Area (MOA) the index includes details of interest to the family historian, and covers the following 7 churches...

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 22:07

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Lonely Graves - Update Jan '14

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WA History in the makingLG-WALKER Roy Lionel

Have you had a look at our WA Lonely Graves website yet?

The website has been going ahead in leaps and bounds, thanks to some hard working WAGS members beavering away in the background. We have now uploaded 420+ images for surnames from each of the letters in the alphabet (except for the X's, Y's and Z's for which we do not have any images).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 20:47

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Paddington Lane Walk Through

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1924 tour of London 1926-London Buses

The first colour film of London is a great reminder of what things were like at the time.

This film is part of a series by colour film inventor Claude Friese-Greene, released by the London Screen Archives and restored by the BFI National Archive. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 11:10

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WWI NCO Class 2 Dec 1915

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Challenge for youNCO class 2 Dec 1915 - Who are they?

WAGS member Susan has a photo (shown here) that she has provided for our challenge to you.

Can you identify any (or all) of the men in the Class photo of the Blackboy Hill NCO class of Decmber 2, 1915?

These men would most likely have gone to the Western Front, rather than Gallipoli.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2016 17:10

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Goldfields to Gallipoli

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Blown up on the job again!11th Btn CheopsPyramid

Many of the young men working in the WA Goldfields, did their duty by enrolling in the A.I.F. to fight in WWI.

The image of the men of the 11th Btn shown here was taken in 1915, but many of their number were victims of the battles at Gallipoli, and many of those in the photo died on the Western Front.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 09:36

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Mind Your P's & Q's

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Four men Killed - Three Blown to PiecesField's Find Mine Explosion

12 Mine deaths in August 1899

Uploading the P's and Q's to our WA Lonely Graves website triggered a bit of research into the deaths of William PAYNE (see image here) and William QUIGLEY (see images here) who both died as a result of mining accidents in the same month and year. Quigley died on 21 August and Payne died along with 3 others in an explosion at the Field's Find Gold mine at Yalgoo 10 days later, on 31 August.

A quick search for WA newspapers in Trove for "mine death" in August 1899, revealed there was 12 deaths at WA mine sites that month.

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 January 2014 20:27

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