About Us

Who We Are

Mandurah Family History Society is an experienced group of volunteers who research genealogy.

Do you live in the Peel Region and wish to trace your family history across the globe? Come along to our rooms and library for expert assistance. We always welcome new members and often have guest speakers at our monthly meetings.

Our Mission

“Our mission is to promote and develop the study of family history, genealogy and allied subjects.

We aim to encourage and assist members and the general public with their research, recording and writing of their family history. ”

History of MFHS

The following is a timeline as to how the Mandurah Family History Society started.

  • 1985 The idea of a WAGS Mandurah Group floated.
  • 1986 A publicity campaign in March with a view to recruiting members and administrators was successful and the inaugural meeting of the Mandurah Group of WAGS was held at the town library 14/08/1986.
  • 1987 WAGS Mandurah Group moved to new premises at Mewburn Centre which also housed the town library. The first AGM was held on Sunday 12/04/87.
  • 1988 Membership around 35, sufficient numbers to form a WAGS branch.
  • 1989 Two microfiche readers now in use, Work begun to locate a third machine.
  • 1997 The group moved into the museum buildings at 1 Pinjarra Road.
  • 2000 On 1st July 2000 the government introduced a consumption tax (GST) throughout Australia. Operational complications for WAGS caused local branches to become financially autonomous. Thereafter, societies became affiliates.
  • 2001 Formation of Mandurah Family History Society Inc.
  • 2002 The recently formed society moved to new rooms in Library precinct, Mandurah. Shortly afterwards, on 27 July, the society hosted the WAGS Affiliated Societies Conference at its new headquarters.
  • 2006 A members’ reunion in March celebrated twenty years since the group’s inception.
  • 2010 The Affiliated Societies Conference hosted by the Society in Mandurah.
  • 2016 The Society celebrated its 30th Birthday on 8 October 2016.
  • 2018 Membership 152. The Society has seven functioning research computers with worldwide research capability and a corps of support volunteers of around 26.
Mandurah Family History Society Building

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