Ballarat & District Genealogical Society
PO Box 1809 Bakery Hill Mail Centre Vic 3354 Australia
4th Tuesday of each month (except Dec & Jan) 7:30pm, Meeting Room, Ballarat Central Library 178 Doveton Street North, Ballarat
This exciting program of subjects of interest to the genealogist has been arranged. Come along to the meetings and listen to those many and varied guest speakers, ask questions and find some answers to those hard to solve problems.
MEETING PROGRAMME 2017
28 February 2017
Guest Speaker Carmel Reynen on the topic of Deciphering Convict Records. Much shorthand was used. Learn what the abbreviations mean.
28 March 2017
Program - hold the usual Ordinary Meeting followed by socialising over a cuppa, especially to welcome new members in attendance. Showing of old photos and other items brought for preservation advice. Informal session offering help to individuals with 'brick walls' encountered in their family history research.
25 April 2017
ANZAC Day public holiday - no meeting
23 May 2017
Apologies from the scheduled film makers. (Baby came early.) Improvisation from our stalwart secretary. Thank you Carol.
27-28 May 2017 Ballarat Heritage Weekend - in the Australiana Reference Room
During the usual library hours volunteers will be available for help and guidance with family history. Please bring information and documents, such as BDM certificates. We will offer advice on all manner of problems from the simple to the more challenging. No cost.
Saturday 27th May - 9.30am - 4.00pm
Sunday 28th May - 1.15pm - 4.00pm
Reserve a time - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 27 May 2017
Seminar in the library meeting room: Tracing Your European Ancestors - Visiting speakers from the International Settlers Group of the Genealogical Society of Victoria. This is a chance to find out from experts how to trace ancestors from foreign lands. More info and booking form
Sunday 28 May 2017
Guided Tour of Ballarat Old Cemetery 1.00 - 2.00pm. Meet at the entrance gates in Macarthur Street. Gold coin donation on the day would be appreciated. Please make a booking so we will have guides for groups of a manageable size. Please send name and numbers to: email@example.com
27 June 2017
Members to give brief talks about an interesting ancestor they have found.
25 July 2017
Peter Vernon, architect. His father, John Vernon, joined the practice in 1958 and has worked in Ballarat for over fifty years. He is custodian of one of the most significant private collections of architectural drawings in Australia, The Vernon Collection, which includes many of Ballarat’s historic buildings dating back to the gold rush." http://vernon.net.au/practice
22 August 2017
AGM - Dr Val Noone - The Bitter Year of 1917
26 September 2017
Mr Eric Archer, Conservator, ex-NLA Canberra is to give advice on conserving your precious documents and photos. Please bring items for round table format.
24 October 2017
Author Kate Elliott has written these books: The History of Ballarat Regatta Australia's Inland Henley 1862-2002 (2002) and The Boys from the Rush Beds : The History of the Ballarat City Rowing Club 1870-2004 – Incorporating the Early Development of Lake Wendouree 1860-1870, Kathryn M Elliott, 2004. She also has a wider interest in the people who contributed to the building of Ballarat.
28 November 2017
Philippa OHalloran from PROV will attend to answer members' questions about plans to relocate the Ballarat Archives Centre away from its present location in the 'Glasshouse' the Government Offices, cnr Doveton St Nth and Mair Sts. This is a followup to a PROV survey which many members were good enough to fill out and return. Please come along to have your say. After the meeting we hope to have our usual end-of-year Quiz Night, Christmas Breakup and Yuletide Supper.