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Albany Historical Society has reproduced an informative article from one of its earlier newsletters on the Chinese in Albany by Bonnie Hicks. Chinese men were imported from 1847 to work as servants and market gardeners, and they have a place in the local history which is only occasionally recognised. The last Chinese market gardener was Ah Sam who sold his produce from his cart and is still remembered.

The Little Bottler, newsletter of the Colonial Bottle & Collector Club, has updated its layout and enhanced its colour, making it a more visually appealing publication. An article of general interest concerns military sweetheart jewellery which suggests that such jewellery was first worn during the American Civil War and began with the soldering of brooch pins on the back of regimental badges. It then became more widely produced and worn during both world wars. I wonder if members have examples in their family collections?

Denmark Historical Society’s Koorabup is full of interesting old group settler photographs.

Fremantle History Society has introduced an interesting column in its newsletter titled — ‘Treasures from Trove’. As so much local history lies buried in old newspapers and we now have a means of easy access to it, this idea might be one that could appeal to other societies.

Kalamunda & Districts Historical Society’s Bulletin tells of the building work of a prominent early settler, Albert John (Jack) Secrett, and his many buildings that remain and some that are being demolished to make way for suburban infill. The places that are disappearing need to be remembered in this way because, if they’re not, then the lives of those who lived or worked in them also fades and we lose important community history.

Maritime Heritage Association Journal provides readers with the story of two recently recorded watercolours by marine artist George R W Bourne (1858-1910). Bourne served in the British merchant marine before moving to Queensland, then South Australia, and then Western Australia where he lived and painted for the last thirteen years of his life. For more of the story, see the Journal.

Maylands Historical & Peninsula Association has become a network partner in Be Connected, a federal government program aiming to get every Australian online. The Association will provide trained digital mentors who can help members and others in our community use their computer or phone, or assist them with tasks on the internet. Digital mentors can show learners the online courses on the Be Connected website, and answer any questions that they might have.

In Peelers Gazette, the WA Police Historical Society tells the story of a long-serving police officer Jeremiah John Jones whose mother was the proprietor of the Glenrowan Inn and who was held hostage with the rest of his family by the Kelly Gang in their last stand. With two of his brothers, Jerry followed the gold to WA and all became mounted policemen. Jerry stayed with the police from 1901 until his death in 1932. He was promoted to sergeant and served in several country stations including Gnowangerup, Northampton and Merredin. It seems that he enjoyed the job and did it well.

The Walponian, newsletter of the Walpole, Nornalup and District Historical Society, reports on how the all-important postal mail reached the district in the early 20th century. The arrival and departure of letters and their stately journey is now a thing of the past. The slow arrival of news reports might have been a source of peacefulness but it was also a cause of great anxiety. In these earlier times the postal arrangements, the mailman and the radio were crucial services for almost everyone.

York Society reports on the success of the 2019 Act-Belong-Commit York Society Art & Craft Awards with visitors commenting that it was the best yet. About 1000 people viewed the exhibition which displayed 327 entries from the various categories of art and craft. This year's special theme was ‘Flight’. The annual event bonds the town's community as members work for a common cause.