Life Members  

Having rendered outstanding service to the society, two extraordinary members Ian Barnes and NIgel Tyson were awarded Life Membership at the AGM on June 30, 2024. President Garth Walter presented the awards to both longstanding members for their contributions over many years to FamilyHistoryWA.


Ian BAGM 2024 Garth WAlter, Ian Barnes LM.jpgarnes, right, most members will have met as the first friendly face when they come to the library, the one who fixes the dripping taps, the one who has followed up many curly research questions.

Most recently Ian has been a driving force behind the project People of Western Australia's Ghost Towns.

And did you know that he is the one behind the camera at many gatherings, documenting the people and places for posterity?



AGM 2024 Nigel Tyson LM.jpgNIgel Tyson, who joined the Society in 2002, is one of those whose contribution is largely unseen, but nevertheless of great value to members.

As the It Support person, his role is crucial in keeping our computer systems operating for members researching their family histories. 

The EDR (Electronic Document Respository), developed by Nigel, has ensured that the vast collection of CDs remains accessible despite rhe advancing technology making them all but obsolete in most libraries.  

Nigel's expertise has also been instrumental in the upgrades to our LINUX system, as well as the uploading of the new Member Jungle website.

* LIfe Members 2024 Citations



Are you interested in being a part of the People of Western Australia's Ghost Towns Project It's very easy to get involved and the level of commitment is only controlled by the amount of time you can give.  We don't set a number of hours per day, per week or per month.  We know that everyone's life is different and that only you know what is possible for you.  So we have set up the project in a way that each volunteer is able to do what they can when they can.

This is a long term project.  And there are lots of reasons for the level of commitment to change over time.  We get that!  And we are fine with it.   

We currently have a fully online training session planned for 2:00pm on Saturday, July 6; a hands-on refresher for existing volunteers on July 13; and a full hybrid session on July 27.

To be able to book you need to register with us first.  Send an email to and we will get back to you with information about the training session.

And you want to find out more about the project, read Malcolm Quekett's wonderful article on
pages 138-9 of the West Australian from 18 May, 2024.

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Acknowledgement of Country

FamilyHistoryWA acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.