Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Family History Research Workshop for beginners in January

Geraldton Regional Library's Heritage Services section is organising a Family History Workshop for beginners on Tuesday 17 January at 5.30-7.30.

The Workshop is free of charge, but please book at front desk, as we can only accommodate limited numbers.

Bring along your family research and tricky questions to receive helpful tips and professional advice.
In the workshop you'll learn:
- Where to start
- Where to find records
- What you are looking at


Monday, 12 December 2011

More WA newspapers available in Trove

The National Library of Australia has kept busy digitising newspapers, and a larger amount is now available in Trove: http://trove.nla.gov.au/

Click on 'Digitised Newspapers and More' to be able to conduct a keyword search or an advanced search. Trove is a free database containing a huge amount of digitised archival information in various formats.

For the Mid West researchers the following papers are now available online:

Geraldton Guardian 1906-1928, 1948-1950. Geraldton Guardian and Express 1929-1947, Inquirer 1840-1855 and The Inquirer and Commercial News 1855-1901.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Another Recipe from the Geraldton Branch of the Country Women's Association (CWA) "My Favourite Recipe" Booklet published in 1964

A bit of a  favourite in Australia is the Pavlova - particularly at Christmas.   Our CWA cookbook has a lovely recipe for Pavlova Cake which I have reproduced below:


Ingredients:   Four egg whites; 8 oz castor sugar; 1 dessertspoon cornflour; 2 teaspoons vinegar.

Filling:  Cream; mixed fresh fruit; tinned fruit; nuts.

Beat egg whites until stiff, then continue beating, adding sugar gradually.  Gently fold in cornflour, then vinegar.  Cook ina slow oven (250 degrees) for 1 1/4 hours.  Leave till quite cold, then turn onto a plate upside down.

Fill with fresh or tinned fruit then cream, and sprinkle with nuts if desired.

To make removal from pan easier, use bottom of sponge tin (turned upside down) and wrapped round with paper to stand up about 2 inches.  Line bottom with paper and grease well, then dust with cornflour.  Alternatively use aluminium foil shaped up at sides, greased and dusted with cornflour. 

This recipe is courtesy of Mrs E Doye.


Monday, 5 December 2011

Call for titles

Mid West Heritage Series is a Geraldton Regional Library’s publishing project that explores the history and heritage of the Mid West region. So far, eight booklets have been published in the series: Geraldine Mine, Food and Cookery, Rock Lobster Fishing the Batavia Coast, Railways of the Mid West, Cemeteries of Geraldton-Greenough, The Batavia Saga and the Courageous Wiebbe Hayes, Point Moore Lighthouse and HMAS Sydney (II) Is Found. The ninth booklet in the series, Geraldton Wax, will be published in early 2012.
We are now extending the call for new titles to the wider community. We are looking for topics that fill in existing gaps in the information available to both residents and visitors to the region, that promote the region’s history and heritage and that can be covered in a concise, informative and intriguing manner.
Please send your suggestions for new titles to:
Heritage Services Librarian
Geraldton Regional Library
PO Box 101
WA 6531
email: sannan@cgg.wa.gov.au or call 9956 6655.