Wednesday, 30 November 2011

"My Favourite Recipe"

The Local Studies Collection has many treasures including the Geraldton Branch of the Country Women's Association "My Favourite Recipe" booklet.  This booklet contains a collection of recipes supplied by Geraldton Branch Members and was published in April 1964. 

I would like to share some of those recipes with you:

Ingredients are:
1 cup of plain flour; 1 cup sugar; 1 cup chopped dates; 2 eggs (or 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of golden syrup); 1/2 cup self raising flour; 1/4 lb margarine; half cup chopped walnuts.

Melt margarine (add syrup if using this ingredient); beat egg, add other ingredients.

Place in flat tin and bake 15 to 20 minutes in a moderate oven. Cut into fingers when cold.
As a variation, instead of dates and nuts add 1 cup chopped raisins or 2 tablespoons preserved ginger or 2 tablespoons of cocoa. 

This recipe comes courtesy of Mrs I Gray.

I will publish another recipe from this booklet in the near future. 

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Happy Birthday!

Today the Library is celebrating its very first birthday in the new location on Marine Terrace! Come in and join the celebrations. You can pick up a wrapped birthday surprise book to borrow or enter a draw to win books.

Thanks to ABC Open, you can view and listen to the journey from Cathedral Avenue to Marine Terrace at:

Thursday, 24 November 2011

National Year of Reading 2012

"Those who say 'you only live once' have never read a book."
- John Hughes

2012 is the National Year of Reading:

"The National Year of Reading 2012 is about children learning to read and keen readers finding new sources of inspiration. It’s about supporting reading initiatives while respecting the oral tradition of storytelling. It’s about helping people discover and rediscover the magic of books. And most of all, it’s about Australians becoming a nation of readers.

Nearly half our population can’t read with any fluency. It’s a shameful and worrying statistic. We have identified four goals which will help us to turn Australia into a nation of readers and encourage a reading culture in every home. Next year will see a whole heap of amazing, fun, reading activities taking place around Australia and online, so people of all ages, from different backgrounds, can discover and rediscover the joy of reading."

Find out more at:

Our Story is part of the National Year of Reading. You can vote online for one of the eight books that best reflects what WA is all about at:
or you can pop in at the Geraldton Regional Library and cast a paper vote.

Geraldton Regional Library will be promoting reading as part of the National Year of Reading program. As John Hughes, one of the Friends of the National Year of Reading says:

"Those who say ‘you only live once’, have never read a book. Reading is the only way you can be someone else while remaining yourself. No one can do this unaided, purely by imagination. But when the words are in your head, then the imagination can take you anywhere. That’s why I support the National Year of Reading. Because no other activity can transport you in this way, because nothing else sparks the imagination like a word."

Why not give reading a go, discover something new and get inspired? The Library has a huge collection, including the Local Studies Collection. If we haven't got an item you want to borrow in stock, we may be able to get it for you through our Inter Library Loan system.
Those who already read a lot, why not try something new? I have decided to expand my views and read some crime, romance and maybe westerns next year - at least one book of each genre!

Oral History Mornings - summer break

We really enjoyed Audrey Tomlinson's oral history morning this month. Audrey's lively accounts of various periods of her life really made me wonder how much you can achieve during one lifetime. What an incredicly brave, giving and inspiring woman she is!

Audrey Tomlinson on 16 November 2011.

The Oral History Mornings continue in February 2012.
If you'd like to receive our Oral History Morning notices via post or email, please feel free to call the Library at (08) 9956 6659 or talk to someone at the front desk and ask to be added to our mailing list.

See you again in February!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Review of the Heritage Act - Discussion Paper

Give your views to the Heritage Council of WA on a series of proposals that will form the basis of a new Heritage Act.

View the Discussion paper online and find out more at:

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

The Moment Behind The Photo

ABC Open digital storytelling workshops start at the Geraldton Regional Library as of Wednesday 23 November, 2011. ABC Open is inviting you to share your stories behind your favourite photos.

Chris Lewis from ABC will be at the Library (Randolph Stow meeting room), every Wednesday morning from 10-12 (except the Oral History Mornings, which are held every third Wednesday Feb-Nov). Bring a photo or two and have a chat with Chris!

For more information, contact: 9923 4199,

"Maybe it's a story of travel and adventure. Perhaps the photo brings back memories of sharing special times with a dear friend or a loved one."

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Bill to preserve WA documentary heritage

A Bill to ensure the protection of Western Australian public documents through the State Library of Western Australia will be introduced to Parliament today.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the purpose of the Legal Deposit Bill 2011 was to ensure the preservation of the State’s published documentary heritage for current and future generations.

“Legal deposit legislation will be welcomed by historians, researchers, librarians and all those who use and value our documentary cultural heritage,” Mr Day said.

“West Australians will benefit from this legislation as it will provide them with comprehensive coverage and access to the published record of the State’s economic, social, creative, scientific and educational activities for centuries to come.”

The Minister said the Legal Deposit Bill 2011 would put WA at the forefront of Australian States in terms of the range of materials to be deposited.

“The Bill is deliberately broad in scope to ensure any document related to the heritage of WA will be collected, regardless of length, format and medium,” he said. 
“As the means by which information is disseminated has changed, the capture of digital information to record the State’s history and culture is now critically important.”

Legal deposit will extend to commercial publishers, as well as private individuals and organisations and will include published government information; it will exclude public records as defined by the State Records Act 2000.

  • Bill ensures preservation of WA’s published documentary heritage
  • Any document related to the heritage of WA will be collected
  • Capture of digital information critically important

  •  Legal deposit is a statutory provision that obliged publishers to provide copies of their publications to libraries in the State in which they are published
Date: 9/11/2011
Minister: Day
Portfolio: Culture and the Arts
Region: All

Monday, 7 November 2011

Remembering Sydney - HMAS Sydney II Seminar

The Western Australian Museum is organising Remembering Sydney Seminar on 18-19 November to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the ship's disappearance.

You can enjoy listening to the quest speakers from various organisations, institutions and backgrounds at the Queens Park Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 concession and children under 16 can participate for free.
Bookings are essential.
You can find more information and the program at:

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Audrey Tomlinson - November Oral History Morning

A retired nurse with an international career will be interviewed at the November Oral History Morning.

Audrey Tomlinson was born in England in 1926. She did her nursing training in the deprived area of Liverpool and then serviced as a District Nurse in Lincolnshire. In 1953 she went to Malaya during the Communist Insurgence and worked in Chinese villages and native kampongs. In 1967 Audrey and her family emigrated from England to Australia. Her work with Aboriginal people has taken her to a remote area of Cape York, to Palm Island and to the coastal towns of Bowen and Innisfail. In retirement Audrey Tomlinson is involved with The Leprosy Mission.

Audrey is a great raconteur and will be relating stories from her remarkable career.

This Oral History Morning will be held in Geraldton Regional Library on
Wednesday 16th November at 10 am.