- Category: Marcia Watson
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Mystery surrounds the identity of Donald Smith
My grandmother’s brother, Donald Arthur Biglin, wrote a brief life story for his children. It began:
I was born at Upper Swan WA on the 17.6.1906. My father William Biglin worked for a Mr Barrett Lennard, who had a farm and vineyard. While my family were at Upper Swan, a very old man was also working on the same farm. Being summer, the heat and long days, work was too hard for him, so he Donald Smith came to live with us, and when I was born I was called Donald. I can just remember him, before he died at Narrogin hospital.
I was 2½ years old when we moved to Cuballing, on to a bush block to develop a farm. ……….
- Category: Genealogy Curmudgeon
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The silly season is once again upon us and we will no doubt experience some Grumps and Curmudgeons in full flight.
For the simple explanation of what constitutes a grump see the definitions under Grumpy page for the 'normal' expectation of what a grump (or curmudgeon) is supposed to be.
So what is a Curmudgeon?
Curmudgeons however live in a much higher plane than that of the run of the mill grump.
- Category: News Items
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Whilst the rest of us are preparing for Christmas, some dedicated WAGS members were hard at work to improve the experience of being in the WAGS Library Non-book area. Thanks Ian and Ian and all those assembled for getting this important project underway !
The Server Room
In order to provide a quieter area for research in unit six, WAGS is building an enclosed air conditioned room to house the server machines that share and store data around our organisation.
The project, designed by Simon and Simon, commenced last Saturday 12th December, when members of the Computer SIG assisted in shifting the long computer table away from the rear wall.
- Category: Genealogy Curmudgeon
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Boats are small, ships are big - boats go to and from Rottnest Island, up the Swan river or other estuaries - Ships travel on the ocean or sea & Boats go on Ships.
Anyone who migrated by sea to Australia over the past 200 years (excluding recent refugees) is pretty much guaranteed to have come on a Ship.
Nothing annoys an ex seafarer more than to have his/her life at sea referred to as he/she having spent time on a boat...
- Category: Julie Martin
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Gift of a rare book - Who was Mrs Matters?
WAGS Foundation member Brian Croker was recently given a copy of the very rare book, Australasians who count in London and who counts in Western Australia written by Mrs. Leonard W Matters.
Brian indexed the content and generously shared his work with WAGS. The index can now be viewed on the Society’s website and a digital copy of the entire book can be freely viewed on the website of the National Library of Australia. Anyone interested in Australian and especially Western Australian social history, will find it a fascinating item.
- Category: Opinion
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On Sunday 29th November, the long term member of the Guild of One Name Studies and Queensland regional rep Helen Smith, whom you may have seen on a genie-cruise, presented two workshops at WAGS.
It was a great day organised by the GOONS Western Australian representative, Ann Spiro.