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Yarning team hit the road in WA

Team members from Aboriginal History Western Australia (AHWA) and the State Library of Western Australia’s Storylines will be hitting the road this month to hold free family history sessions in the Great Southern and Wheatbelt.

Usually located in Perth, the teams will be visiting Narrogin, Katanning, Kojonup, Gnowangerup and Albany between Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 March. 

Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Dr Tony Buti said the sessions will be a great opportunity for people to find out about researching their Aboriginal family ancestry and learn more about AHWA’s upcoming truth-telling projects.

“Knowing where you come from is just as important as knowing where you’re going,” said Minister Buti.

“These sessions are a fantastic way for Aboriginal people to learn more about their mob’s history and how they can get help to research where they come from.

“They are also a great introduction to the huge number of historical photos and records that can be searched online, as well as the exciting truth-telling projects being undertaken.

“If you live in the Great Southern or Wheatbelt join our AHWA and Storylines teams for an interesting and informative session, and a yarn.”

The AHWA team are research experts who help Aboriginal people get access to restricted State Government records about themselves and their direct ancestors, in a culturally secure manner. The records, which span the period from 1886 to 1972, are closed to the public due to the personal and sensitive nature of the information.

Storylines is an Aboriginal online archive managed and hosted by the State Library. It features more than 12,000 photos and materials that can help people find information about their family and provides a safe place to share materials about Aboriginal people from Western Australia.

To register and for more details visit Aboriginal history | DLGSC.

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