MEETING PROGRAMME 2016
23 February 2016
Guest Speaker Carmel Reynen on the topic of Trove (digitised newspapers online) - how it can be useful for family historians
This help session will need to be re-scheduled because Trove is closing down on the 22 Feb and reopening on the 25th with a whole new update and format.
In place for the 23rd of Feb will be a similar session with online newspapers other than Trove. For example: NZ Papers Past. Search skills are generic and will be useful for when Trove is back up again.
22 March 2016
Neil Huybregts at short notice will speak on the topic of Finding Dr Otway. Neil explains: Otway was the first to use steam power to crush quartz for gold in Ballarat. An American, he crossed the Rocky Mountains on foot in 1849 along with 29,000 others on their way to the California gold rush, then came to Ballarat in 1853 before heading off to Steiglitz, Tasmania, New South Wales, St Arnaud, Blackwood and places unknown.
See Neil's wiki page about Dr Otway bih.federation.edu.au/index.php/William_Beauclerc_Otway
The talk will focus on the research adventure, including things as simple as using Google to find variations on last names.
Meeting at Old Colonists' Club, 20 Lydiard St Nth with historian Gerald Jenzen. Meet at 7.30pm. (Quite steep stairs. No disabled access.)
24 May 2016
Guest Speaker Neil Leckie, Ballarat Ranger Military Museum manager and historian.
Dr Fadi Charchar, Assoc Dean (Research) Faculty of Health, Federation University, Australia, returns to speak to us again about DNA and Genealogy. Those who attended his first presentation will know that this is not to be missed.
26 July 2016
Guest Speaker Yvonne Horsfield will be telling us about her fascinating Chinese ancestry. In particular we will hear about John Tong Way (Lau Tong Way), missionary, and his wife Mary, née Kong, after whom Tong Way Place on Golden Point is named. Here is the Australian Dictionary of Biography entry for his son Samuel John Tong-Way (1894–1988) http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/tong-way-samuel-john-14875
22 August 2016
AGM - Joan Hunt to chair the installation of officer bearers. The topic for the evening will relate to Joan's 2015 doctoral thesis. Mining Communities on the Springdallah goldfield in the 1860s – an exploration of nine communities of Springdallah between Linton and Cape Clear, whose families came from all parts of the United Kingdom, Europe, and the America. These people arrived often with extended networks across generations, and used the mining and land legislation of Victoria to create stable domestic lives based on the deep lead alluvial gold mining industry of the 19th century.
27 September 2016
Members Show and Tell - please contact Secretary Carol with your topic to share. There will also be a segment on how to use the Ballarat Cemeteries CD produced in 2006 in conjunction with the Genealogical Society of Victoria. There are several sections to explore: Registers for the Ballarat Old Cemetery and the Ballarat New Cemetery (combined and separate) as well as the Crematorium, Transcriptions of Memorials, and the Register to 2005 Graves, which shows the occupants of each grave. Happy to provide tutoring for people wanting to use these records.
25 October 2016
Member, Max Duthie, will share his experiences in the writing of family history stories. He has completed online units from the University of Tasmania.
22 November 2016
Quiz Night, Christmas Breakup, Yuletide Supper
MEETING PROGRAMME 2015
25 February 2015
Guest Speaker Carmel Reynen on the topic of Family Tree Maker - how it can help family historians
Guest Speaker Jenny O'Donnell on her book about the history of the Bishop's Palace 28 April 2015
Guest Speaker President Graeme Reynolds on English Wills 26 May 2015
Guest Speaker Ben Schueddekopf on his recent visit to World War 1 commemorative site Villers Bretonneaux 23 June 2015
Guest Speaker Brett Weinberg, hospital volunteer transcribing Ballarat Benevolent Home - inmates registers. 28 July 2015
Guest Speaker Dr Anne Beggs Sunter - Gold Mining in Ballarat and the impact of WWI 25 August 2015
AGM - Guest Speaker The Reverend Professor Emeritus Dr Robert W Gribben, President of the Cornish Association of Victoria and an authority on the Methodist Church world wide. He will inform us about the several forms of Methodism practised on the Ballarat goldfields. 22 September 2015
Guest Speaker Charles Zhang President of the Ballarat Chinese Association. With his son Charles followed in his ancestor's footsteps on the journey from Robe, SA, to the Victorian goldfields. 27 October 2015
Guest Speaker Jennifer Burrell, former Honorary Research Coordinator, on using Digger Births, Deaths and Marriages indexes for family history research. 24 November 2015
Christmas Breakup and Quiz Night. Yuletide Supper.