The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 9 May 2017 in the Great Southern Room, 4th floor of the State Library (Alexander Library Building) and will start at 5.30pm.  Refreshments will be served from 5pm.  The guest speaker will be Dr Anne Scrimgeour, former Battye Fellow. She will speak about The Pilbara Aboriginal movement of the 1940s and 1950s.

NEW BOOK RELEASE: Australia’s last convicts: reprobates, rogues and recidivists

Researched and compiled by Lorraine Clark and Cherie Strickland of Swan Genealogy, this book is an important study and includes rare photographs of convicts who after serving their sentences were sent back to Fremantle prison for crimes committed in WA. Lorraine and Cherie were recently featured on Channel Seven’s Today Tonight and in a two page spread in the West Australian.   The book has been published by the Friends in partnership with the State Records Office of WA.  Copies will be available for purchase for $20 each at the meeting and Lorraine and Cherie have generously donated all proceeds to the Friends of Battye Library Inc.

Oral History Australia WA Branch is under threat due to lack of volunteers.

The Branch is financially sound but does not have enough volunteers.

President Doug Ayre has been leading the Association without the support of a Vice President or Secretary.

He has advised our membership base is growing so we have been going reasonably well but the committee have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we cannot continue much longer without a Secretary, Vice-President and at least two more committee members.

We have a general meeting scheduled for 6 pm on Wednesday the 7th of June 2017 at the State Library of WA when I will seek the input of members in a general discussion on this issue. If we cannot fill the committee positions then I expect that a motion of closure of the branch will be put at our AGM on 10 September 2017.

Doug Ayre

President OHAA WA Branch Inc

Mobile 0430 405 633

Broome Oral History Winter School

Thinking of heading north and escaping winter this year?

Have you thought about coming to Broome?

Why not enrol in the new accredited Oral History training course being delivered in Broome this dry season?

Dates: 13 – 15th June 2017

Course costs: $350 for OHA members and  students $395 for others (includes membership to OHA-WA)

Those who complete the workshop, an interview and their assessment workbook, will be awarded their certificate issued by the Goolarri Media Enterprises (GME) Registered Training Organisation No.51278. Your certificate will be recognised nation-wide under the Australian Quality Framework.

Student accommodation is available at Notre Dame University – $70 per night – share house.

For further information and to register contact Dr Elaine Rabbitt OHAA-WA Committee Member: