October is a busy month for genealogy in WA. There are many events happening.
WA Week - 17 to 24 October
This week was chosen for WA Week as Proclamation Day was on 21 October 1890. This marked the transition of Western Australia from a colony under British rule to self-government. Visit www.celebratewa.com.au for information about WA Week and the history of WA, including Proclamation Day.
Apart from our normal activities, WAGS is involved in a couple of major events this week.
WAGS WA Week Open Day - Tuesday 19th October 10am - 3pm
Units 4, 5 and 6, 48 May St Bayswater
The Swan River Pioneer, Convict, Enrolled Pensioner Guards, SW European and Computer Special Interest Groups and WAGS Bookshop are holding a WA Week Open Day for you to have a chance to find out about your WA family history.
Come along to find your Western Australian Family History. From the early Swan River Pioneers 1829-1838, the Convict era and Enrolled Pensioner Guards, the Gold Rush Era, shipping, birth, death and marriage records. SW European - the migration into Western Australia post WW2. The Computer Group will be there to give you advice and the WAGS Bookshop will be open. We will have volunteers to assist and advise on how to find your West Aussie family history.
2010 WA Week Lecture: Look Up Perth!
Sunday 17 October, 2.00pm at SLWA
Perth still has many buildings that tell stories of important times in the life of the city - just look up to find them. Richard Offen (Executive Director, Heritage Perth) will give a presentation on the Look Up Perth! campaign, which encourages people to see the heritage buildings above the 20th century shop fronts. Presented by the State Library and U3A (UWA). Bookings not required.
Chris Paton in Perth - Monday 18 October, 2010 (6pm - 9:45pm)
Perth Function Centre (Football Club, Goddard St), Lathlain
This event is organised by Unlockthepast and WAGS will be having a display. Chris Paton is a well known professional genealogist and regular contributor to several family history publications, including Your Family History; Practical Family History; Family History Monthly; and Discover my Past Scotland. Formerly a BBC television producer, he holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies and runs the Scotland's Greatest Story ancestral research service. He also teaches online Scottish courses through Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd. For further details and costs of the Scottish Roadshow visit www.unlockthepast.com.au
Tell your friends and family about these events. Please contact me if you can spare an hour or two to help in the WAGS library at our Open Day (19 October).
Until next time, good luck with your research.