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December 2018

The maddest place on earth – that was Melbourne in the nineteenth century. We are delighted that Jill Giese, who recently won the Victorian Premier’s History Award for her book of that title, will be giving a talk at the GSV in February. The judges said of the book that it is ‘a brilliant fusion of serious scholarship and imaginative writing’. Don’t miss it! Other forthcoming talks feature the New Poor Law (1834), researching in the 1700s, and DNA. There’s also a seminar on the highlands of Scotland.

At the Society’s AGM in October medals and certificates were given to volunteers for outstanding service to the Society. We are all indebted to the many volunteers who ensure the smooth running of our Society. Not least of these are the Council, who do a great job ‘steering the ship’.

Our ‘How to’ article on accessing records takes us to South Australia while Research Corner gives us some new ideas on where to search for newspapers.

This issue we include four full length articles and a brief ‘back page’ article from members. The winner of the 2018 GSV Writing Prize is Helen Pearce’s ‘Daniel Elphinstone: his son’s secret exposed’, a fascinating tale of crime and transportation, which takes us from Edinburgh to Tasmania. Do you believe in premonitions? Did Robert Athorn? John Barry tells his story and leaves us to ponder if Robert really had a premonition. Peter Jenkins details the difficult family relationships amongst his forebears. Eril Andrews tells the story of his mining ancestors, and the unlikely circumstance of two brothers both being involved in mining accidents in different parts of the country at different times. Terry Draper’s article features a coincidence that led to the discovery of the origin of a name.

For those readers interested in a particular surname, you will find all the surnames from each article listed at the end after the notes and sources.

We hope you enjoy these items, as well as all the usual features.

Barbara Beaumont

Ancestor Editorial Team