Thursday, 30 June 2011

New booklets in the Mid West Heritage Series

Proud authors with their booklets.
National Heritage Week in April was a busy time for the Heritage Services. Amongst other events, four new booklets in the Mid West Heritage Series were launched. The booklets: Rock Lobster Fishing the Batavia Coast by Howard Gray, Food and Cookery by Peter Dameon, Cemeteries of Geraldton-Greenough and Geraldine Mine by Gary Martin can be purchased from the Geraldton Regional Library at $ 9.95/each. The booklets published earlier in the series are also available.    

Tuesday, 28 June 2011


Welcome to the Heritage Services blog. The mission of this blog is to make everybody out there aware of the fascinating Local Studies Collection held in the Heritage Services section of the Geraldton Regional Library. I hope it will also become an inspiring meeting ground for those interested in local history and heritage, as well as for those conducting family research. The blog is also an avenue to notify you of upcoming events and news concerning local heritage.

The Local Studies Collection consists mainly of publications, newspapers, reports, rate books, photographs, maps and oral history stories, all from the Mid West Region. The collection has been constantly added to since its inception in the 1970s.

Library customers and professionals conducting family research and historical research use the collection and our services regularly. Some of the collection is not readily available and you will need staff assistance to access materials. This is because the item may be difficult or impossible to replace, fragile or access is restricted for some other reason.

Some of the collection is searchable in the Geraldton Regional Library online catalogue. There is also a separate database for the Local Studies Collection which you can access on one of the computers located in the Heritage Services section of the Library.

I hope we can use this blog to bring some of the treasures held in the collection into your attention. Please do not hesitate to come and visit us at the Heritage Services. We are happy to set you up on a microfilm reader, assist with your queries and bring out material held in our collection for viewing. There is a Heritage Services staff member at the Library on weekdays from 8.30am to 5.00pm.