Last Saturday saw members and friends of the Geraldton Family History Society becoming tourists in our town. We joined with Diane Evans for a tour of the HMAS Sydney II Memorial. This site pays homage to the 645 men who lost their lives after the vessel was attacked by the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran on 19th November 1914. This loss was the greatest naval loss in Australia accounting for over a third of the losses sustained in WW II.
Everything in this memorial is symbolic in some way from the layout, design,materials, structures including the plants in the garden. It is only once you understand each of five elements in their entirety can you truly appreciate the sacrifice that these men made for our country.
This Saturday marks the 75th Anniversary of the loss of the HMAS Sydney II. A commemorative service will be held at the HMAS Sydney II Memorial Gummer Ave, Geraldton at 5.00pm
Tours are also conducted daily at 10.30am each day by the Geraldton Voluntary Tour Guides.
Western Australia has a short but intriguing history, during this time we have seen early pioneers forge a new life in a untamed land, followed by convicts, pensioner guards and gold miners all looking for a new beginning.
Lorraine Clarke and Cherie Strickland from Swan Genealogy who are the experts in West Australian history will give you great insider tips on researching, compiling family and local histories.
At: The Residency – 321 Marine Terrace, Geraldton (in the Stables Rooms 3&4)
When: Saturday 6th August 2016
Time: 9.15am – 2.00pm
9.15am – Registration
9.30 – Finding Birth, Marriage and Death Records outside the Register General (using Private and Government Records to build your family tree)
10.30 – Morning Tea
11.00 – Putting flesh on your family tree – What records are available to tell your family history?
12.00pm – Lunch
1.00pm – Planning your journey to the Archives
Cost: $10 for GFHS members; $20 for non-members
Light lunch and morning tea included
Bookings Essential: RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 0403 929 559
Live webinar with Ben Mercer
“Ben’s love of history started as a young boy with his research into his two grandfathers’ experiences in world war one. This passion for his family’s history has brought Ben to work for the biggest genealogy company in the world – Ancestry.com. He joined the Ancestry team in March 2014 as the Content and PR Manager for Australia and New Zealand. Ben is responsible for acquiring historical collections and maintaining relationships with Ancestry’s partner cultural institutions – archives, libraries, museums and societies.”
Saturday 12th March 2016
City of Greater Geraldton Regional Library
37 Marine Terrace Geraldton WA 6530
First Session (10.00 – 10.30am): “Getting the Most out of New Ancestry”
Followed by a session of informal questions and answers
Second Session (10.45 – 11.15am): “AncestryDNA”
Followed by a session of informal questions and answers and the
raffle draw (Major Prize 12 month membership to Ancestry.com.au)
Book early to avoid disappointment as places are strictly limited
RSVP to email@example.com or 0403 929 559
Proudly supported by the Geraldton Regional Library