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Text Box: 	I have decided to change my webpage after all this time and I hope you will enjoy the new format.
	I now have 9 books published and as age is catching up [and taking over] with me, I am pleased, at long last, to have it all recorded and in print and copies residing in our National Library and some State Libraries.  This hopefully will mean that time will come and go (I mean a hundred years or more) and the information I collected will remain available for many future generations to read and enjoy.

My published books - all fully indexed.

 

Grandma!  Where did I come from?

Book 1

Price, de Guérin, Chesson, Slattery,

Gilroy & Brown Families

France in the 14th Century,

Channel Islands in the 17th Century

to Australia and on into the 21st Century

ISBN  0 9578003 0 4 (Published April 2000 reprinted 2001)

(3rd Edition with full Traveller Family updates printed May 2002)

            

Grandma!  Where did I come from?

Book 2

Carden Family to Australia.

Pioneers of Victoria.

ISBN  0 9578003 1 2 (Published July 2000)

 

Grandma!  Where did I come from? 

Book 3

Cavanough, Livingstone & Dick Families

from United Kingdom to Australia

First Fleeters NSW  and Pioneers of Victoria & NSW

ISBN 0 9578003 2 0

(Published June 2000. Reprinted July 2005)

 

Grandma!  Where did I come from? 

Book 4

Dickins, Mullins & Lansley Families

from United Kingdom to Australia - Pioneers of Victoria

ISBN 0 9578003 3 9 (Published August 2000)

 

Grandma!  Where did I come from?  

Book 5

Fairweather, Dibble, Matthews, Bates Family

UK to Australia

ISBN 0 9578003 4 7 (Published November 2002)

 

A Pictorial Family History

Book 6

Snapshots through the Generations

Hundreds of photos covering 12 generations

ISBN 0 9578003 5 5 (Published March 2006)

 

LETTERS of the 20th CENTURY  Book 7

“with love” from Gallipoli to Century’s end.

ISBN 0 9578003 6 3 (Published November 2001)

 

Adventurers, Pioneers, Clergy and the Military 

Book 8

History, Biographies and Stories

The Genes and the Stories in our Family History

ISBN 0 9578003 7 1 (Published August 2000)

 

“Lest we Forget” A ROLL CALL

Book 9

of the ANZAC, BRITISH, CANADIAN

and SOUTH AFRICAN HEROES

in our family history. War graves, history and photos.

Over 200 heroes featured many with their photographs.

ISBN 978-0-9578003-8-0 (Published 2013)

Contact me:

ronnie@southwest.com.au

Webpage:

http://www.southwest.com.au/~ronnie

PO Box 5663 FALCON WA 6210 Australia.

 

[Right] When we were very young: 

Veronica Maude BATES nee DIBBLE just over 2 years old.

[Right above] Veronica (Ronnie) about 7 years old and her brother Robert James Claremont DIBBLE, At about 5 years of age, at the end of ww2.

The Grandchildren are

Rebecca & Jessica Bates, Joshua & Amy Bauer

Scott, Matthew & Amber Price

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John’s

80th

Birthday

celebrations

John’s 80th Birthday celebration:

1. Vicki and Amber PRICE with Ronnie BATES , Grandma, Daughter and Grand-daughter.

2. The birthday boy with his cake. John Malcolm BATES

3. Our Daughter Cathie and Grand-daughter Amy BAUER

4. Birthday boy John and PRICE grand-children: Matthew, Amber and Scott.

 

See Photos Wedding Bells for Grand-children page 27

In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors.  To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family stories.

Researching genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts. Instead, it is breathing life into all who have gone before us.  We are the storytellers of the tribe.  All tribes have one.  We have been called, as it were, by our genes.  Those who have gone before cry out to us.  ‘Tell our story!’  So, we do.

It goes beyond just documenting facts.  It goes to who I am and why I do the things I do.  It goes to a deep pride that our fathers and brothers and sisters fought and some died to make and keep us a Nation.  It goes to a deep and immense understanding they were doing it for us.  It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth.  Without them we could not exist and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach.  That we were born who we are.  That we might remember them.  So we do.

With love and caring we are scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are.  So, as a scribe called, I tell the stories of our families.  It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers.

That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those, young and old to step up and restore the memory to greet those whom we have never known before.

             We also need to find a way to keep the records safe.  To make sure they can be found in hundreds of years into the future.  We know from history that there are natural disasters that destroy building and the records therein.  We know there are wars that also destroy buildings and records stored there in.  Is there a truly “safe” place.

             In  my research I have found amazing documents, records and photographs in major libraries around the world. This point alone has influenced my decision to publish my books. Acquire an ISBN number and place copies in the National Library of Australia and other State Libraries, before it is too late.  There are also copies of my books in the homes of family members and there are indexes available on-line. 

             Not everyone has an interest in genealogy so don’t expect that family/people will always cherish the work you have done.  Others will throw out old letters, photographs, documents because they have no interest and then the next generation are upset by this action, so we need to find an alternative and I believe that self publishing and placing copies in Nation and State Libraries is the way to go.  I will be watching, hopefully “looking down” to see if in 200 years someone will find what I have done.

             You never know.  But good luck with your research and don’t leave it too long before you find your safe place to leave your years of research.

             Cheers, Ronnie.