Fairweather 120Tricia Fairweather (Western Australia)
Tricia originally hails from England and emigrated to Australia in the early 1980s. She is a professional librarian and her current position is Subject Specialist: Family History at the State Library of Western Australia where she has worked for eight years. Prior to that, she worked in university libraries and in a commercial photographic stock library. She feels privileged to be working in an area of personal interest and thoroughly enjoys giving family history presentations on a wide variety of genealogy and social history topics. In addition, she is responsible for creating content on the State Library’s family history web pages and also has the opportunity to conduct research using the J S Battye Library and State Record Office collections and to write articles. She is currently involved in selecting World War One material for digitisation and has put together a sample of these on Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/statelibrarywa/sets/72157644981485672

She has a particular interest in historic photographs and in discovering and telling women’s stories as these are often unrepresented in official records. An example of this is the ‘Bride Ships’ presentation which has generated quite a lot of interest. She was recently interviewed on this topic for the television series ‘Coast’ which is yet to be aired on the History Channel.

Tricia has been researching both her own and her husband’s family histories for more than twenty years. This family research is predominantly English and includes Suffolk, Norfolk, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Yorkshire.

Unlock the Past Cruises – 1st & 8th


  • Australian Joint Copying Project: what is it and where do I start?
  • Black and white and read all over
  • Bride ships in all but name: Miss Monk and the servant girls
  • Travellers’ tales: how to find diaries, journals and other narratives of journeys to Australia