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More books about women's stories

Bill Barlow
10 April 2021
GSV News

More books about women's stories


We had a good response to our list of books about women's stories.

So another list prepared by Penny Mercer for our GSV Writers is attached here as well. (See PDF below).


Liz Rushen's book Single and Free: female migration to Australia 1833-1837 is in the GSV library and elsewhere. See her website for her accounts of four women's stories https://www.rushen.com.au/bounty-womens-stories


Barbara Goldfinch let us know of a rare book  'Women of Williamstown' (City of Hobson's Bay, 1990), which includes a piece about her grandmother in WW2 written by her father. This is not in the SLV or NLA (but Prahran Mechanics Institute has a copy), so it reminds us how important it is to ensure publications are put in places for safe-keeping and thus turn up on databases like Trove.


Writing stories is one thing but ensuring they can be found is just as important.



How a picture revealed a woman

Lucrezia Borgia, Dosso Dossi, NGV
Lucrezia Borgia, Dosso Dossi, NGV
Bill Barlow
10 April 2021
GSV News

It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words.


This coming week on 15 April the GSV is very pleased to host a talk by Carl Villis of NGV about the revealing of a famous woman, Lucrezia Borgia.


Dating of paintings - Lucrezia Borgia

Lucrezia's portrait - a journey across five centuries


15 April 10.30-11.30 am via Zoom.


Don't miss this opportunity. Book via the GSV website quickly.

$5 GSV members. $20 non-members. GSV members please log in to register.


Carl Villis will relate the journey of discovery that led to the newsworthy reattribution of the National Gallery of Victoria’s sixteenth-century portrait of Lucrezia Borgia, the most famous woman of Renaissance Italy.  Prior to this research, the portrait was believed to represent a young man, but through one discovery at a time, a detailed examination of the portrait’s highly specific technical and visual features led to the conclusion that the painting’s subject could only be Lucrezia. The revelations came about through an interconnected examination of conservation, art historical and provenance sources which may be familiar to genealogical researchers.


About our presenter

Carl Villis is the Senior Conservator of Paintings at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. He has specialised in the conservation of Old Master paintings at the NGV for the past twenty-five years. He has also spent several years working in both Italy and the United States. At the Gallery he has conducted major conservation treatments and technical research on paintings by many artists in the collection, including Correggio, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Rubens and Giambattista Tiepolo. He frequently combines his technical analysis of paintings with art historical research and has published studies on works by Poussin, Van Dyck and Bernardo Bellotto, among others. In 2013-14 he was a Craig Hugh Smyth Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Centre for Renaissance Studies at the Villa I Tatti in Florence for the purpose of researching and writing a book on his identification of the Gallery’s early sixteenth-century portrait of Lucrezia Borgia.



Lucrezia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara (1519-1530)

Dosso DOSSI 

Battista DOSSI (attributed to) 

oil on wood panel

74.5 × 57.2 cm

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Felton Bequest, 1966

© Public Domain 

Photo: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne



Bill Barlow
5 April 2021
Writers Circle

     Last month, for the GSV Writers discussion on 'Telling Women's Stories', some members provided lists of thought-provoking references that delve into the complexities of women’s histories in Australia. Following Women’s History Monthand to encourage wider thinking about women's stories,we thought we would share these lists with you, with thanks to the GSV Writers Discussion Circle.


The list can be downloaded HERE https://www.gsv.org.au/sites/default/files/references_womens_stories_.pdf 


Dr Kristy Love*,who has recently joined the GSV Volunteers' Team, edited and added to the reference lists and contributes this overview.





In offering this list of references, we acknowledge that it is by no means a comprehensive source of writing about and of women’s histories, but we hope it gives sufficient breadth to encompass a range of experiences. 


History books tend to focus ontales of derring-do, royalty, the military, enterprise, exploration, and discovery, primarily by men and about men, often to the omission of in-depth portrayals of the lives of women. We hope this list goes some way to covering those gaps. 


The list includes several classics of feminist literature and women’s rights - a must for understanding the changing political and social forces at play in women’s lives. It also encompasses texts on intersectional feminisma termfirst used by the scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, and further developed by other Black feminists. Intersectionality has now come to refer tothe waysthat overlapping identity categories, such as gender,race, religion, ability, sexuality, class, and culture affect people’s opportunities and status in the world. These books are important as they can help us think critically about howwomen’s histories have been told, about the authors of those stories and about what they have chosen to include and omit in histories of women. These references can also help us become more aware of our blindspotsso that we can write more nuanced histories that encompass the complexities of women’s lives.


The list includes books that provoke thinking about the Indigenous Australian women whose families were decimated by colonisation and whose children were forcibly removed under racist acts of Parliament. It includes references about sexual and reproductive rights. About the difficult paths faced by single or unmarried mothers, many of whom also gave up their children under duress.About the lives of women who faced perilous journeys as they immigrated here or fled dire circumstances in their countries of origin. About the pioneering women, both free settlers and convicts, many of whom had to endure multiple births from a young age. Many women suffered harsh conditions living on the goldfields and on isolated back-country farms and stations.


It includes books about those women who lived lives outside of the norms of the time, such as those criminalised by poverty, or those demonised by differing historical ideas about mental health and institutionalisation. 


The list also provides references about the organisations set up by women to support other women, about the collectives of women who fought for equality and changes in legal status - the right to vote, to own property, to work, to education, and for reproductive rights. Otheritems are about individuals, of women’s personal stories of war, as pioneers in their professions, as scholars, as mothers. 


We encourage you to explore the list and welcome suggestions for additions.


Dr Kristy Love



You can add your suggestions as a comment to this post on the blog or on our Facebook site. There is plenty of interesting reading for autumn to fuel your current research and writing.



Dr Kristy Love (formerly Davidson) is a researcher with a passion for family history writing. Her particular interest is the historical criminalisation of impoverished women. She recently joined the GSV Volunteers Team and is now assisting with our GSV Blog Family History Matters. Kristy has a PhD in Creative Writing, an Honours degree in Psychology and has worked in university research management for over two decades. She is a member of the Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria and assists with their social media outreach. She is also currently undertaking the Certificate of Genealogical Studies through the Society of Australian Genealogists. 


Image credits 

In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi (Willam Collins, 2016) - her investigation of her violent father and his new identity as a 'complete woman'.

Margaret Flockton: A Fragrant Memory by Louise Wilson (Wakefield Press, 2016) - the story of Australia's first professional botanical artist.

A Suburban Girl: Australia 1918-1948, by Moira Lambert (MacMillan, 1990) - a memoir of 'the urban, middle-class life of her times'. 

Dear Sun: the Letters of Joy Hester and Sunday Reed, (ed) Janine Burke (Minerva 1997) - a powerful and intimate friendship between two remarkable women in Melbourne's art world of 1940s.

Firing by Ninette Dutton (Editions Tom Thompson, 2011) - an autobiography 'for her granddaughter...who is part of the story'.

Trude's Story: A journey from Vienna via Shanghai to Melbourne, by Gertude Speiser (Makor Jewish Community Library, 2008) - memoir of escape from Nazi Austria and emigration to start a new life.

White Beech: The Rainforest Years by Germaine Greer (Bloomsbury, 2014) - memoir of 'an old dog, who succeeded in learning a load of new tricks' restoring sixty hectares of Qld rainforest.

Brian's wife, Jenny's mum, by Judy [et al]: presented by Gwen Wesson (Dove, 1975) - writing of 'ordinary housewives'.



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Bill Barlow
3 April 2021
GSV News
In the Library

As advised in the last BLOG post the GSV is now offering books from its Collection for sale as a result of our recent move.

The first selection are Australian titles. My apologies that the list was not attached to the notification of the previous post. (I hope it works this time) See the link below.  You can also access this via the website > BLOG.


There will be further notifications of books being sold. It may be just nostalgia, but sometimes it is nicer to turn pages rather than digitally scroll, especially in areas of special interest to which you often return.

You may find a local history that fills a niche in your research.


Book Sale at the GSV

Bill Barlow
1 April 2021
GSV News

The GSV is in the process selling a number of ex library books that are surplus to requirements, starting with those from the Australian collection.

Most are in good condition, with usual catalogue markings, and cover a variety of topics including passenger records, local history and research guides. See list below.

Members interested in purchasing titles from the list below should email gsv@gsv.org.au with GSV Book Sale in the subject line, or telephone Linda Farrow at the GSV on 03 9662 4455.

As the books are stored offsite, collection is by arrangement only, with payment (credit card preferred) on pickup from the GSV: Level 1, 10 Queen St, Melbourne.


We have sorted many more books for sale and will let you know when these are also available.

You can view/download the list of books here: Books for Sale




Telling women's stories

Three sisters whose stories have not been told.
Three sisters whose stories have not been told.
Bill Barlow
16 March 2021
Treasure Chest
Writers Circle

By Claire Dunlop


At this month's GSV WRITERS discussion 'grid' on Wed 3 March we shared our thoughts around 'Telling Women's Stories'. About 25 of us fitted in the Zoom grid and our discussion covered many of the challenges in researching and writing women's stories.


The following observations give a useful overview for us as historians as we choose to challenge ourselves in 2021 to tell women's stories. 


Common challenges to finding women's history


Changing name to married name particularly if married a couple of times. 


Women who were not married but changed their name to that of a man with whom they were then living. Often in records and newspapers a woman will have been referred to as, for example, 'Mrs L Adams' when her name was 'Jane'.


No public profile - most history books and historical society websites barely mention women.


Invisible undocumented employment. Women earned money in activities but that information rarely appears on the census or electoral roles, such as some farm activities, agricultural labourers in England or egg money from chickens, also taking in laundry and dressmaking, housekeeping and domestic service.


Some married women continued carrying on the piecework that they had done before marriage. 


Some businesses were really run by women, but their husbands got the credit. Look for clues for this.


Documents and sources that can prove helpful


Birth, baptism, marriage, death, burial certificates and information– not just hers, but those around her because she may well have helped deliver a baby, witnessed a wedding or reported a death. As well as establishing facts, this information shows the people in the woman's life at that time. Look at all the names and interrogate what they were there for and what they were doing. Use your imagination.


Reports relating to community groups and organisations- such as churches, Country Women's Association (CWA), etc. 


Relevant to women in Victoria in 1891- Did she sign the petition to get the vote? https://prov.vic.gov.au/explore-collection/explore-topic/women-archive


Relevant to women in Australia- Trove. It can be easy to track teachers in country towns as the newspapers that covered those towns would have a small article on the new teacher. 


Relevant to women in the UK -'British Newspapers on line'.


Inquestsinto own death, children's deaths, husband's death or death of other near relatives.


Government gazettes- After 1883 women passed an exam to enter the public service in Victoria as clerks, telegraphists and later on as telephonists and their name was published.  Also in the late 1880s women who worked as nurses and warders in asylums had their appointments documented in the Government Gazette.


Lists of licensees of hotels- Very common for women to manage hotels


Family stories- best if person left a diary or letters but also common where the woman lived to be very old and shared her stories with offspring. Can usually be fact checked.


Women's health

Information on voyage to Australia - ref. Health, medicine and the sea - Australian Voyages c.1815-1860, by Katherine Foxhall, Manchester University Press 2012. 

Hospital and asylum registers - see Public Record of Victoria collections

Sometimes women were committed to asylums by male relatives against their will, so asylum records could be misleading.

Sometimes death certificates were unspecific about a woman's cause of death i.e. a 19th century English certificate shows a 44-year-old woman dying of 'decay of nature'. Many times this reflects the toll taken by almost constant pregnancy or lactation.


Information relating to husbands and male relatives

Women usually had to follow her husband to different locations irrespective of whether they wanted to go. Literate women of slightly higher social positions could obtain work via the patronage of powerful male relatives - matrons of charitable institutions, post mistresses, school mistresses.


The group also shared many anecdotes of researching 'our' women, such as ancestors who followed the hereditary role of ladies-in-waiting to the queen and of another's ancestor who had her husband change his name to hers as a requirement of a Marriage Settlement to preserve her assets. 


And how to write our stories of 19th century women in the context of the times? By our standards her 'hard life' makes her a strong woman 'because she survived what would probably kill us'.

We reminded ourselves that as historians we need to 'choose to challenge' truisms to better understand and empathise with our ancestors.


The challenge to get their stories out there

Penny also challenged us to look for places to publish and preserve women’s stories, such as municipal street naming, local historical societies, or contributing entries to the Australian Dictionary of Biographyor the Australian Women’s Register. The RHSV this week launched their 'RHSV Women’s Biographical Dictionary’ recognising the role of many women in that Society. See https://www.historyvictoria.org.au/search-collection/rhsv-womens-biographical-dictionary/



The photo

Three sisters whose stories have not been told: Norma Holland, Stella Wilson and Vida Marguerite Winifred Ebbott.

One remained single; one a mother of one; and the other a 'Soldier Settler' orchardist's wife and mother of five, whose eldest son died in a Lancaster bomber over Germany. One of their brothers was Nellie Melba's piano accompanist.

(Photo: Courtesy W. Barlow)


Lots of DNA coming up at GSV

Bill Barlow
13 March 2021
DNA and family history

Our series on DNA and family history are starting back at the beginning this month.


The first session starts on March 30 - Using DNA for Family History.


This introductory presentation by Alan Rhodes is intended to help people get underway and start their DNA journey. Alan will give you the essential DNA basics and explains how a DNA test can set you on your way to finding cousins, common ancestors and solving family history mysteries and more. This session and the series over the next couple of months guide participants in getting best value out of their DNA test such as Ancestry and My Heritage.


This talk will be presented online via Zoom. 

30 March 2021, 11:00 am to 12:30


$5 GSV members. $20 non-members. Maximum 45 participants.

Bookings are required and can be made online via the Register Now link. You will receive an email with the Zoom link.


Then the series continues.


27 April - Using DNA matches

Your DNA matches are the key to using DNA in your family history.  This presentation demonstrates the essential strategies to work out how you are connected to your DNA matches, to identify ancestors and extend your family tree.  The focus is on Ancestry but the strategies are relevant no matter which company you have tested with.


25 May - Ancestry's 'Thrulines'

The 'ThruLines' feature provides you with another way to view your matches and potentially identify new ancestors.  The presentation demonstrates how to use 'ThruLines', verify the suggestions and extend your family tree.


It is worth noting that people who have actually progressed a bit will benefit from revisiting theses sessions.


DNA webcasts in your own time

A reminder also that GSV Members can listen to the 3 introductory DNA webcasts on our website.


And if reading is still your thing...

In our current Ancestor journal go to the regular section 'DNA News and Notes' in which Philip Crane explains how he married conventional genealogical research techniques to his DNA results to make sense of the relationship to one of his ancestors.


There is lots of DNA at GSV.

What's in the current issue of Ancestor

Bill Barlow
8 March 2021
GSV News



The March edition of the GSV's award-winning quarterly journal Ancestor is now out.

Members will receive it in hard copy by mail or can read it as a flipbook or a PDF in the Members Area of our website, thus saving paper and running costs for the GSV.

Back copies are also available via the website - helping you with your home de-cluttering!


' In the March 2021 we open with the runner-up from last year’s Writing Competition, Susan Wight’s article about her Webster forebears who made soda water in a number of locations in Victoria and southern New South Wales. Also included is one of the short-listed articles from 2020 and one from 2019. Bernard Metcalfe tells of the hard but eventful life of Jane Hughes and her family on the gold diggings of central Victoria in the 1850s to 1880s. Claire Dunlop invites us to consider how the life of her ancestor worked out after a most disadvantageous start.

We also feature the first two articles in a series on female publicans. Leonie Elliss writes about her widowed ancestor Mary Delany who successfully ran both a hotel and a drapery store in the former mining town of Gordon. Margaret Vines speculates on what prompted the widowed Johanna O’Donnell to take on the licence of the North Fitzroy Arms hotel.


Have you ever wondered whether to use the word baptism or christening? In our back page feature, Robert Gribben, explains the origin of the terms and how any perceived differences may have arisen.


Phillip Crane’s ‘DNA News and Notes’ explains how he needed to use conventional genealogical research techniques married to his autosomal DNA results to make sense of the true relationship to one of his ancestors.


Senior New Zealand genealogist, Bruce Ralston has generously prepared this issue’s ‘How to’ article on researching your New Zealand genealogy. It is a very comprehensive article and is sure to be referred to frequently. We particularly thank Bruce for this important contribution.


Submissions for Members Queries have been diminishing over recent times, so we have decided to discontinue this page. We advise members to use the forum membershelpmembersto get help with their queries.


Finally, be sure to read the President’s report about our new home. This is an exciting new development and we are looking forward to being able to visit, but please check the website for Covid-19 restrictions.'


- Barbara Beaumont, Ancestor Editorial Team



Entries are now invited for the


2021 GSV Writing Prize.


Closes 4 pm 27 August 2021.


You too may be published in future Ancestor journals.


Purpose of the Prize

  • to encourage the writing of family history 
  • to provide an opportunity for recognition and publication
  • to publish the winner as an example of quality family history writing


You can see details about the Prize on the website under 'ANCESTOR' here https://www.gsv.org.au/gsv-writing-prize


The Prize was first awarded in 2013. Past winners are:


2013    Kath McKay: Finding Shakespeare in family research

2014    Anne Cavanagh: Elizabeth and the Doctor elope: the story of Elizabeth Ware

2015    Marilyn Fordred: Every photo tells a story     

2016    Emma Hegarty: Finding Mary Jane

2017    Helen Pearce: Thomas Owen: the skeleton in the family’s closet

2018    Helen Pearce: Daniel Elphinstone: his son’s secret exposed

2019    Louise Wilson: Masters of the Road

2020   Brian Reid: 'Tom were the naughty lad'.


The Judges's report on the 2020 Prize is available on the website to help you think about your entry this year.


There is plenty of time between now and August. But it is important not to leave your writing to the last minute, as it will benefit from having time to review and reflect on it, before your final rewrite.


Happy reading ... and writing!

Don't forget there is no family history without the writing part.

How can I get rid of old family photos?

Meeting British immigrants, Station Pier, Port Melbourne 1960s (Photo: permission of W.Barlow)
Bill Barlow
2 March 2021
Treasure Chest

I have seen lots of family history advice about how to preserve my family photos, but what I need to do, is to get rid of them! 


Some GSV members had an interesting exchange recently. Viv Martin posed the problem we all face:


'I am about to start scanning my school report books, academic certificates and swimming certificates, etc. When finished, will I just dispose of them as waste paper? I doubt that they would have any significance, except as examples, to the local Historical Society? What do others do with such material?'



Others responded, reflecting many aspects of this dilemma:


'I’d have trouble disposing of them.' VM. 'Shredder, waste paper bin, bonfire? 

'Probably the school could use them. I know someone who gave theirs to the school and they use them for displays.'


'I've got stuff like that. Also Mum's stuff. It includes a receipt for her wedding dress and furniture. Dad's payslips and his driver's licence and receipt for the Chev Roadster. Just don't know what should be done with them.'


Keeping them in a safe place


'My ‘25 yard’ swimming certificate was one of my greatest achievements. If I could find it I wouldn’t throw it away.'


'I’m sure mine is in that safe place where I’ve hidden everything else, if only I could remember where that safe place is!


'I've hidden all Mum's vital docs. Eventually had to pay to get new copies of birth/marriage and life insurance policies. Such a waste 'cos I know they are here somewhere.'


What is the value of keeping the original?


VM. 'When I am gone, the family won't know what to do with it [the swimming certificate]. Once I have a good scanned image, it is just more paper work of no great consequence?'


'Hmmm...I would keep the originals. My grandmother kept some of my Grandfather's and my father's early school and employment papers. The real thing has more meaning than a copy from a computer. Don't sell yourself short. Someone will be interested in who you were one day.'


VM. 'Who has your Grandfather's and father's papers? Who will inherit your originals? If my scans were to be printed out in colour and identical size paper, it would be hard to tell the difference!'


'It isn't just the visual image of documents that can matter. It's the fact that my grandfather may have held this paper. That my father's hand produced that signature. That this photo negative was in a camera held by my mother. That this certificate was handed to me in the presence of three generations of my family.

Things have souls, and they are part of our soul. Otherwise, why not have a PDF of the Declaration of Independence on display in Washington. Why not have a jpeg of Magna Carta in Salisbury Cathedral?' 


VM. 'I understand [that] there is some satisfaction in viewing the originals of significant documents such as the 'Declaration of Independence' and the 'Magna Carta'. The personal documents have an attraction that will not be the same to subsequent generations. My children would remember three of their four grandparents but my grandchildren can only look at photos, read stories or view some documents of these people. What significance to them of the actual personal letters? 


Throwing things away


'The hardest thing to do is throw the ‘stuff’ away after scanning. I have been scanning photos and documents for the past six months. All I can think is that the family won't have to throw it out once I am gone. The first box full was the hardest!'


'I’m afraid I never throw anything like that out, I’ve got mine, not worth much and also mum’s. Eventually have to extend the house, only joking!'


Re-formatting and technology changes


'I have the originals and the 'tree' all to be passed on to a younger cousin. I also have them on disc and my computer. Technology is moving so fast can we be sure that we will be always able to access our saved items?...So nice to handle the originals.' 


VM. 'From past experience, I can tell you there is always someone out there who will be able to read and transfer old technology to whatever will become the 'modern' medium'. 


'It all seems like hard work. When the originals could be available. And when the originals are not valued and 'tossed', what then? The record is lost forever.'


Adding the stories


VM. 'When I review what I have already done and accumulated, it is fairly extensive... Now I find I need to collate and write up the stories because much of it is now only known by me... I have the stories and even recordings of my parents. So much "stuff", so little time.'


'It is a problem. I scan things and then try and think of a suitable archive. I check Museum Vic, SLV and local or relevant museums online to see if they have examples. I aim to try and extract the history or significance from documents from the viewpoint of future generations, then throw the originals out, as they won't want them. I scanned my first bankbooks recently and added some notes to tell the story of the entries, then threw them out. But it's lots of work. I should work on the most 'significant' docs first.' 


VM. [That's] what I need to do. What I have will be woven into my life story... I can recall many stories attached to the swimming certificate and to school, of course! [The documents] inspire even more memories!


Preserving digital copies


So making digital copies is the first step. But having made a digital copy and decided where to keep that, we have just made more stuff - and we still have the originals! In fact after I donated originals to the Museum they gave me back copies of their professional scans!


To preserve the record a digitised copy can be put on websites, your own or others, or given to an appropriate collecting institution, such as the GSV. The GSV can give guidance for people wishing to donate material in digital format.


But what do you do with the original?


Before you give up and keep everything, try and find a custodian who will value it. This could be a library, an archive or a museum. The GSV does accept donated personal papers, images of identified people, manuscript material and primary source material (e.g. certificates) relating to genealogical research, but does not undertake to retain material once it is digitised.  


It is unlikely that allyour items will match one institution's collecting policy. A local history museum may take school photos, or early photos of places. My family's 'Ten-Pound Pom' documents told a story of British immigration and found a place at Victoria's Immigration Museum. Stonnington Heritage Centre took my father's photos of Gardiners Creek in flood (in 1934) and his early school photos. Recently the life-story of Shelagh Philpott, a British child migrant sent to Australia in 1950, has been acknowledged with the recent acquisition of her photos, letters and papers by Museum Victoria. Shelagh received a payment in recognition of the distress suffered and an apology from the UK Government in 2010. These documents are now held in the Museum and have been digitised at Collections Online https://collections.museumsvictoria.com.au/articles/17052


When looking for a suitable place for your documents:


  • scan them and make a note about their stories and provenance,
  • assess their significance and wider value to others,
  • identify possible collecting institutions and read their acquisition policies,
  • check if they may digitise the items and put them online, and
  • if their catalogue is shared with NLA Trove Pictures Collection.


In case you despair of having enough time or energy for all this, pick out the rarest or most significant, or most interesting, items first.


If you do decide to keep the photograph, label it well and record that a digital copy has been made and where it is held. This will help others who have to decide in future what to do with it. Keep all the items together in a way that is easy to pass on. They will thank you.


Job done. 




New GSV Centre opens 2 March

Bill Barlow
25 February 2021
GSV News

Great news!

The GSV Centre has now moved to

Level 1, 10 Queen Street, Melbourne

and we are delighted with our new home.


As you can see we are still finishing the unpacking, but the library is ready for members to come in again on Tuesday next week (March 2). An email explaining our safe reopening procedures is being sent to all members.



Because of Covid requirements for physical distancing you will need to book before coming in. The workplaces are more spread out than usual but six computers are ready for you to resume your research using all our commercial databases plus our own digital collections. Those LDS films which you have not been able to access during Covid are waiting for you come in and browse.



Finding new premises then moving has not been easy especially with Covid restrictions but everything has gone smoothly, thanks entirely to the months of planning and effort by our Councillors and other volunteers. They have been fantastic.


The GSV has downsized in floorspace but become efficient in the process. Our task over the next few months is to develop our media hub for simultaneous in centre and at home Zoom presentations.


In the meantime it will be great to have in-person communication with members again, so do come in when you can, have a coffee in the shop downstairs and check out our new home.


So please ring or email to confirm your visit, so we are Covid safe.



Jenny Redman