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
Mr Eric Archer, Conservator, ex-NLA Canberra to give advice on conserving your precious documents and photos. Please bring items for round table format.
25 April 2017
ANZAC Day public holiday - no meeting
23 May 2017
Thomas Watson, Ballarat-born film producer, now based in Melbourne, and his colleague, Jean-Baptiste Breliere, have created a film called The World Ended on Mango Street (see the trailer using this link https://vimeo.com/171716665). Thomas says, "The film tells the story of my grandmother, Yvonne Holman (nee Watson), who was incarcerated in a Japanese concentration camp in Java, Indonesia, during WWII. After the war, she married an Australian man and had children, but my grandmother never told her family about what happened in Indonesia. Her children only understood the brutality of their mother’s experience after her death two years ago. Our film explores the ramifications of this silence on the family." For more information visit the film’s website on www.onmangostreet.org
27-28 May 2017
Ballarat Heritage Weekend
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.
Sunday 28 May 2017
Talks in the library meeting room - TBA
27 June 2017
Members to give brief talks about an interesting ancestor they have found.
25 July 2017
22 August 2017
26 September 2017
24 October 2017
28 November 2017
Quiz Night, Christmas Breakup, Yuletide Supper