Archives for Saturday, 30 January 2010

Inverell Family History Group hopes to reopen next week

I’ve received a response to my previous post about the fire that destroyed the premises and resources of the Inverell Family History Group from the President, Ann Hodgens:

Dear Carole,
Thanks for publishing the story about Inverell District Family History Group and the big fire which destroyed our library. We would like everyone to know that the group will be continuing and we have new premises already. The group did have a very small amount of material off site, however the wonderful family history and history world have overwhelmed us with their generous offers of duplicate books etc. At present we are unable to accept any offers of research material, however people can register anything they would like to offer, relevant to the wider Inverell district, by downloading from our website a donation form and after completing this, returning the form to us at PO Box 367, Inverell 2360. We we are able to accdept material we will then contact donors.
The wonderful fire brigade people rescued some of our family files containing family trees, copies of BDM certificates, etc and our priority is to salvage what we can of these. We believe we may salvage as many of 200 of these family files which is fantastic.
Our insurance company have authorised an immediate payment to provide us with computer, photocopier, desk, table, filing cabinet, bookshelf and chairs – these are now in place in our new premises at 129 Otho Street, opposite the centrelink offices. Members have generously donated items such as, paper, pens, pencils, stapler, magnifying glass, waste paper bins and even toilet paper!! We hope to be open again next week.
We would like to thank everyone for their amazing and very welcome support through this disaster.
Ann Hodgens

Please contact the group directly through their website if you can offer them any assistance.

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