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From The President.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL MEMBERS.  This information is provided as a reminder in the event we have a return to restrictions in the future. 

Your Management Committee met to discuss the way forward now that COVID19 restrictions are starting to be relaxed.

Verna has contacted all Library Assistants to see if you are willing to continue to help us.  Currently we have insufficient volunteers to open on Tuesday, however Wednesday and Friday library hours are as normal.  The following conditions will apply:

  1.  The library hours are Tuesday 1.00pm – 4.00 pm, Wednesdays 10am – 1pm and Fridays 9.30am – 4pm. 
  2. The number of people using our computers is now unrestricted as we have sufficient space between each computer terminal to meet government guidelines. It would be appreciated if Assistants do not use the computers for their own research in place of visitors.
  3. We have set up the library so that social distancing is in place.
  4. There is hand sanitizer available on the desk at the door of the library, please ensure that you all use this. For visitors we ask that the Assistants ask these people to do the same.
  5. There will also be disposable gloves for use if you need to.
  6. There will also be sanitizing wipes available to be used on each keyboard and monitor after EACH USE.
  7. Depending on the next phase of our “re-awakening” we will monitor the situation and advise accordingly.

These guidelines are in line with the WA Government recommendations.

Please bear in mind that your health is of paramount interest to us, which is why we have implemented the above. I ask that when you start to use the library that you abide with these simple steps.

In view of the difficulties encountered with numbers for our AGM, we  cancelled our October meeting at which Christine Timoney would have talked to us about “Ireland Reaching Out”.  She has agreed to talk to us at our December meeting instead. By then we will hopefully be in the next level of restrictions for COVID, i.e. more attendees allowed. Due to this we will not be having a quiz this year, sorry about that to all you brainboxes out there!!!

Our AGM took place on 5th September 2020.

Bits and Pieces about WA

The first settlers in WA were the Aborigines, (Noongars), some 40,000 years ago and it wasn’t until the 17th century that Europeans started to show interest in the land. The first to land here was Dirk Hartog in 1616 on the Eendracht, followed by the Batavia in 1629, the New London with John Daniel in 1681, William Dampier in 1688 and Willem de Vlamingh in 1696. If you haven’t seen the partly restored Batavia in Fremantle, it is well worth a visit.

In 1826 New South Wales, established a convict settlement in King George Sound, which later became Albany, (at that time New Zealand was part of NSW), then in 1829 Captain Stirling arrived in WA on the “Parmelia”, with the first pioneers. This was followed by many more ships with pioneers aboard, and in 1850 the first of some 9,721 convicts arrived on the “Scindiian”. There were 43 convict ships that came to WA the last in 1868 being the “Hougoumont”.

Click here to view: First convict ship arrives in W.A.

The fifth pioneer ship to arrive on 23 August 1829, the “Marquis of Anglesea”, later became the first prison hulk in W.A.

For those of us who came to WA on the $10 pom scheme, our names are on the welcome wall at the Maritime Museum in Fremantle, if you submitted the information that is. This monument also includes the names of some Pioneers and Convicts.

I know that most of you probably understand all this but I try to also cater for new members who may not be as savvy about our country’s history. It is worth remembering as there is so much rich ethnic background to our population that shouldn’t go ignored, even the convicts. Some of these were sent here on trivial charges and most received their tickets of leave soon after landing so that the working population was available to work the land across the State.

Of course, we have vital records available to us for W.A., Births from 1841 to 1932, Marriage 1841 to 1936 and Deaths 1841 to 1971. They can be searched for at:


Mandurah FHS Meeting   
Mandurah Family History Society’s Library is re-opening 15 June, 2020, for more info click here.