Cyclone Debbie

Water has caused havoc at the Whitsunday Family History Groups library.

At least 30cm. of water inundated the community centre causing damage to all the item stored just above floor level.

Due to this damage the Finder’s Cafe has been postponed to a later date.


DNA testing with Jan Harrison

Members enjoying the discussion with Jan

Jan Harrison gave an informed outline of how the use of DNA testing allowed her to find her biological father.

The test gave her links to cousins in the United States who she contacted to find out about the family connections.

Senior Cultural Award

The Whitsunday Family History Group are proud to announce that they are the recipients of the Whitsunday Regional Council Australia Day 2018 Senior Cultural Award Image (2)

The RSL Club in Proserpine was packed to overflowing. The Lions club of Proserpine provided a delicious afternoon tea.

The stage was decorated with Australia Day bunting, the Australian Flag and also featured was a life size poster of Queen Elizabeth 11.

The Proserpine citizens Band commenced the proceedings by playing well-loved Australian songs such as “The Dog sat on the Tuckerbox” and “Botany Bay”

Proserpine Citizens Band


The official Welcome was given by MC Lee-Anne Dougherty who also compered the event.

The Australian Anthem was sung with gusto and the the Mayor acknowledged the traditional owners of the land on which this ceremony was being held.

Mayor Andrew Willcox introduced the event with his reflections on Australia Day followed by the Australia day awards.

Jennifer Wood, Vice President of WFHG accepted the “Senior Cultural Award” from Mayor Andrew Willcox on behalf of the Whitsunday family history group. In her acceptance speech Jennifer acknowledged the hours of work the WFH Group members contributed to the compiling of the book written by Lloyd Fox and Lyn Bourke Authors of the book “Proserpine News 1939-1945 WWII”. This book is self-published with the assistance of a Regional Arts Development Fund(RADF) Grant and a Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Programme grant.

The day ended with a celebration cake being cut, the tune “congratulations” being played by the Proserpine Citizens Band and a party following the citizen Ceremony where three new Australians were welcomed and Mayor Andrew Willcox exclaimed “You are in !” 

WW2 The Proserpine News – 1939 to 1945

This book is available from the Whitsunday Family History Group.Proserpine News WW2


  • The Proserpine News World War II 1939-1945 : a record of military personnel from Proserpine &​ districts /​ compiled by Lyn Burke and Lloyd Fox assisted by Lydia Wilson and the Whitsunday Family History Group ; foreword by Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland.


  • Burke, Lynn, (compiler.)

Other Authors

  • Fox, Lloyd, (compiler.)
  • Wilson, Lydia, (compiler.)
  • Palaszczuk, Annastacia, 1969-, (writer of foreword.)
  • Whitsunday Family History Group (Qld.) (issuing body.)


  • [Proserpine, Queensland] Whitsunday Family History Group, [2017]

Content Types

  • still image
  • text

Carrier Types

  • volume

Physical Description

  • 282 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 30 cm.



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