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Guest Speaker-Professor Stuart Macintyre. “More Scotch Abroad Than At Home”

His talk will draw on the essay he contributed to the 2014 exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, ‘For Auld Lang Syne’ to explore Scottish attachments in colonial Australia.

Stuart Macintyre is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. His interest in Scottish History goes back to research he conducted in Scotland in the 1970’s.

In 2014 he attended the Scottish Diaspora Conference organised by Professor Tom Devine in Edinburgh.

Next meeting: Saturday 28th November at 1. p.m. in the GSV Meeting Room

The Scottish Ancestry Group was founded in March 1990 by a group of GSV members with a common interest in their Scottish heritage. In May 1991, the group was formally adopted as a Service Group of The Genealogical Society of Victoria Inc.


Four meetings are held each year. These are on the third Saturday of March, June & September, and the fourth Saturday in November.

All GSV members and all Thistle subscribers are welcome at the four meetings.
Visitors, i.e. non GSV members, are also welcome.

2015/2016 Renewal Form

How to join

Scottish Ancestry Group Committee 2015-2016

Chairperson: Margaret McLaren
Treasurer: Carlene Catramados
Membership Secretary: John Blackwood
Thistle Editor: Joy Roy


1. To promote awareness of the group and its activities
2. To promote research into Scottish family history
3. To promote an understanding of the nuances relating to research into
Scottish family history
4. To publish a quarterly newsletter "Thistle" containing material
relevant to Scottish family history
5. To publish other publications containing material relevant to Scottish
family history
6. To hold meetings on a quarterly basis to enable topics relevant to
Scottish family history to be presented
7. To hold workshops, road shows, seminars, conferences etc., as and when
8. To collect and donate research materials relevant to Scottish family
history to the GSV Library
9. To exchange newsletters with like groups locally, nationally and

Who may join?

Anyone may join the Scottish Ancestry Group on payment of the annual membership fee.

GSV members may attend the Scottish Ancestry Group quarterly meetings at no charge, but unless they are also financial members of the Scottish Ancestry Group, they may not hold office in the Scottish Ancestry Group or vote at the annual election of Scottish Ancestry Group office bearers.

Members who are not GSV members may not hold office in the Scottish Ancestry Group.

Where a Scottish Ancestry Group activity involves the use of the GSV Library, any member who is not a GSV member will be required to pay the GSV Library Visitor's Fee.

How to Join

The annual membership fee is $11.00 (including GST), for any number of people at the same address

The membership fee year is from 1st September until 30th August the following year, and there is a pro rata fee if you join any time during the year

Complete the application form and send it with your remittance to the address as shown. Note that any cheques and/or money orders must be made payable to The Genealogical Society of Victoria.

Application forms may also be processed in person at the GSV Reception during normal business hours, or you can bring them to the next Scottish Ancestry Group meeting.

Scottish Ancestry Group

Level B1 257 Collins Street

Melbourne Victoria 3000.

Beginner's Workshops

The Scottish Ancestry Group offers new members, as well as those stuck in their research, a "hands-on" class where you can learn the basic steps to Scottish Family History research plus how to locate all the Scottish resources in the GSV Library. Class numbers are small so that each participant can be given individual attention by experienced genealogists.

Workshop places must be pre-booked, and new members can register their interest on the Application form. Spare places on up-coming Workshops will be advertised in Thistle.

Dates for the Workshops in 2015 are Friday 1st May and Saturday 31st October

Other services

Conferences and Seminars: From time to time, conferences, seminars, and other sessions separate from the normal meeting schedule will be held to enable a broad range of information to be disseminated. These events will be advertised in Thistle and Ancestor.

Conference papers for the 2006 and 2011 Australasian Scottish Genealogy Conference can be purchased through the GSV Bookshop

Library Donation Fund: One of the aims of the Scottish Ancestry Group is to donate material relevant to Scottish Family History research to the GSV Library.

All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. All cheques and money orders need to be made out to "The Genealogical Society of Victoria". Make sure you clearly nominate that your payment is a donation to the Scottish Ancestry Group Library Donation Fund.

Mailing Address
Scottish Ancestry Group
c/o GSV
Level B1 257 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000 Victoria


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Sat 17 Sep 16 @ 01.00PM- 03.00PM
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Sat 26 Nov 16 @ 01.00PM- 03.00PM
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