Tuesday, 17 April 2012

New Purchase: The Germans in Western Australia

Mary Mennicken-Coley's The Germans in Western Australia (1993) looks at the German presence, immigration and influence in arts, botany, commerce and farming, as well as the situation during the two World Wars in Western Australia. The book spans from 1833 to 1990s. Mid West locals may be interested in the chapters about von Bibra, Dirk Hartog Island, Port Denison and Tardun. A lot of information about other WA German families and places are to be found alongside with photographs, immigration records and community information.  

The book is not for loan, but can be read at the Library. 

Family History Workshop TODAY!

Don't forget the family history workshop today at 5.30-7.30.

This time we will be discussing resources found in the internet: where, what and what not to do.

Also,  the Discover Heritage Services tour will start at 10 am this morning. Find out what is available at your local Library.

Everyone welcome!

Monday, 2 April 2012

Oral History Morning - Rose Croasdale

Please join us for another interesting Oral History Morning, and learn something new about the past.
Last month Ernie Cripps kept us entertained with his account on farming life in the region.

Ernie Cripps last month.
On 18 April at 10am we can hear Rose Croasdale's story.

Rose Croasdale was born in the timber town of Mornington Mill in 1924. The story of Rose’s early life is the story of the Depression. In her father’s quest for work the family moved from Mornington Mill to Geraldton, Perenjori, Rothsay, Fields Find and Mt Magnet.

Rose had a succession of jobs in Mt Magnet, Geraldton and Perth. After World War II Rose Thomas married Jim Croasdale, who was to spend 30 years working for the W.A.G.R. After living in one of the railway houses (since demolished) in Chapman Road, they took up a farmlet at Yetna. During weekends and holidays they established a Conditional Purchase block near Yuna.

Australian Heritage Week at Geraldton Regional Library

The whole nation will be celebrating their heritage from 14 - 22 April.

Heritage Services section at Geraldton Regional Library will be offering the following special programs:

Tue 17 Apr
  • Discover Heritage Services tour at 10am - find out more about the resources in Heritage Services!
  • Family History Research Workshop at 5.30pm - Internet research: what is available online, where do I look, what are the pitfalls? Bookings necessary: 9956 6653.

Wed 18 Apr
  • Oral History Morning at 10am - Live interview with Rose Croasdale after a morning tea.
  • ABC Open/Now and Then project 2-4pm - ABC Open's Chris Lewis will present a continous loop of local stories, film footage, photographs and advise on the possibilities new technology offers to bring heritage alive.
  • Discover Heritage Services tour at 3pm - find out more about the resources in Heritage Services!
A new display of Old School Memories will be available for viewing next to the Heritage Services area for the whole week.