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Library Assets

The following is just a small sample of the types of resources held by the Society...

Print Media

The Society has a considerable holding of both Australian and International books, magazines, newsletters, maps, shipping lists, directories, census records, electoral rolls, etc. of genealogical interest, not least of which are copies of the original handwritten Register of "Baptisms at Port Augusta and the Vasse" for the period 1830 - 1875. This Register thus dates from the very earliest days of colonial settlement at Augusta. It is interesting to note that the Register is in a fact a 'Register of Deaths' which was adapted by crossing through the word "Deaths" and substituting "Baptisms". As there was no clergyman at Augusta at that time the Register was maintained by the Resident Magistrate, Captain Molloy. In addition to this earliest of registers the Society has also acquired copies of St. Mary's Church Parish Registers for Baptisms 1886 - 1953, Marriages 1858 - 1885 and Burials 1886 - 1935 all rich sources of data for family historians.

Microform Media

Microfiche Records:
Australian: These include Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes, Cemetery Records, Obituaries, Shipping, Court, Police and Convict Records, Orphanage Records, Biographical Indexes, Rates Books, Mining and Pastoral Lease Records, Lands Indexes, Emigrant Indexes, Hospital Admission Records, Hotels & Publican listings, etc.

International: Also on microfiche we have the International Genealogical Index for most countries of the world, various Parish Registers and early Trade Directories, Passenger Lists, the 1881 British Census, Old Age Pension Claims records for Ireland, etc.

Microfilm Records:
Various old Regional and local newspapers including the predecessors of
The ‘West Australian’ newspaper from 1833 to 1882 comprising;
The ‘Perth Gazette & Western Australian Journal'.
The ‘Perth Gazette & Independent Journal of Politics & News’.
The ‘Perth Gazette & Western Australian Times'.
The ‘Western Australian Times’.

Films on loan from Busselton Public Library;
The ‘West Australian’ - 27 Feb. 1892 to 28 Oct. 1892.
The ‘Bunbury Herald’ - 28 Sep. 1892 to 16 Nov. 1895.
The ‘South Western News’ - 26 Oct. 1903 to 22 Dec. 1949.
‘Group Settlement Chronicles’ - 4 Dec. 1923 to 7 Oct. 1930.
The ‘Busselton-Margaret Times’ - 23 Jul. 1964 to 29 Dec. 1967.
Parish Records comprising; Augusta Baptisms - 12 May 1830 to 22 Dec. 1885. Augusta Burials - 13 May 1885 to 13 August 1886. Busselton Marriages (St. Mary’s Church) - 10 Mar 1858 to 23 Dec. 1885. Miscellaneous Diocesan material.

We also have access to the vast resources of the LDS Church's FamilySearch Library Catalog;
Our agreement with enables anyone to order microfilms and microfiche online and have them sent to our Library (or to a LDS Family History Centre or other accredited Family History Society library of choice) for viewing. You don't have to be a member of our Society to use our facilities but note that our standard 'Casual Researcher' and equipment usage fees apply. Details on request.
The FamilySearch Catalog can be searched HERE. Materials from the catalog can be ordered online HERE.

Digital Media

On CD-ROM we have 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891 Censuses for various Counties of England and Wales, the National Burials Index for England and Wales (2nd. edition), British Vital Records Index (2nd. edition), Australian Vital Records Index, Mormon Immigration Index, various Trade Directories and Topographical Dictionaries, Marine Births, Deaths and Marriages on ships into Victoria 1853 - 1920, W. A. Government Gazette Indexes, W.A. Inquests Index 1876 - 1903, etc.

Internet Access

Internet access is available for a nominal fee.

Research Service

We have a competent Research Officer who will carry out a thorough search of all local resources on your behalf. Please note that because the search typically involves very many hours of work a non-refundable fee of $50 payable in advance is required. Photocopies and/or printouts if required will be charged separately on completion.