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35 years of service

For 35 years Shirley Babis has been at the State Library of WA helping the public seek out answers to the puzzles in their family trees.

At the Annual Volunteers lunch in December last year, Shirley was a awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for her extraordinary service, by the Board of the Library, the Hon. John Day. 

Shirley is pictured with FHWA President, Garth Walter (left) receiving her award,

The State Library Volunteers, headed up by Marilyn Dimond, are the largest and longest serving group of volunteers at the library and were awarded Fellow of the Library Board in 2021 in recognition of their outstanding work.

New volunteers are always welcome. If you are interested in joining them, contact our Volunteer Liaison Coordinator.

Trove is an online archive that provides access to a huge range of archives free to all Australians. It is the memory house for the nation and imperative for researchers, genealogists, family historians and students. It receives 20 million hits a year and is a vital part of Australian heritage. Currently, funding for Trove expires in July 2023.
We are encouraging all Australians to sign this
petition urging the Federal Government to preserve this national treasure. 
Unlike other petitions that are circulating (and which are all giving real impetus to the call for funding and are greatly appreciated), this petition is linked to the House of Representatives and so is the "official" petition.  
Thank you for your 



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