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Library Closure - update

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 We are nUpdateot reopening on May 18th.

While Phase 2 of Mark McGowan’s road to recovery says that libraries may reopen, with a 20 person limit, he also says that people who are vulnerable should not return to work.

We have a library that caters for a vulnerable age group that is predominantly run by a vulnerable age group.

We are investigating when we will open and will err on the side of caution as to when that happens.

 Library and Research Centre: COVID-19 Response

To protect the health of our Volunteers, Members, and Visitors the Society has decided to close the FHWA Library and Research Centre from 5pm on Saturday, 21st March until the end of May.  At that point we will review the situation and see if we need to remain closed or if we can resume operating the library again.


Loan Books

If you have books and magazines on loan from the Library then we will extend these loans until we re-open. Please don’t rush in to return them this week.

At the moment the internet at our premises is running very slowly and we cannot get access to Ancestry.com, Findmypast, and sometimes , FamilySearch. We think this is due to the demand on the NBN in this area. This type of problem may become more prevalent as working from home becomes more common.  Please bear this in mind if you intend to visit before we close.

Membership Renewal

Given it is membership renewal time for many Members please continue to renew on-line or by snail mail. We still need the cash flow to maintain the Society. If you usually renew with cash at May Street, then we will keep your membership current until we resume normal operations. Do not rush in to pay it before we close.

Keeping you Informed
In a previous Statement we announced that all events would be cancelled for one month from the 15th March, and that the decision would then be reviewed. This will still happened.  The Society will send any communications via NewsFlash and will also post notices here on the website and on Facebook.

As you are aware, the circumstances are changing rapidly. It’s only days ago that gatherings of 500 were banned. Now it’s gatherings of 100. Given the demographic of our Society, and the reality that we are not really an essential place to go [even if we think we are!], then we need to close to help keep the COVID-19 positive test curve as flat as possible.

The Society sends all its Members and Volunteers the best of wishes to keep safe and healthy in these extraordinary times.

Edwina Shooter
FHWA Librarian
18 March 2020


Last Updated on Sunday, 24 May 2020 11:46

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