Bishop’s life explored by The Famiy HIstory Society of Rockingham

THE Family History Society of Rockingham and Districts will explore the life of Bishop Rosendo Salvado at its next presentation on November 7.

Salvado was born in 1814 and helped make New Norcia Mission, 145km north east of Perth, one of the State’s largest landholders.

He provided education to Aboriginal people and fought for legal equality regardless of a person’s race. His efforts helped influence amendments to the 1871 Bastardy Act and 1974 Industrial Schools Act.

The changes to the Acts ensured men of European descent were responsible for the upkeep of their Aboriginal children and also helped to break down barriers for Aboriginal children to receive an education through the mission.

Guest speaker and New Norcia local Dom Chris Power will present the life of the bishop. The event will take place in the first floor meeting room at Rockingham Lotteries House from 2pm. Entry is $5.

For more, contact Verna on 9527 4988.