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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

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!

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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

President

Where do 'Squizzy' Taylor and Sir Tommy Bent share a final resting place?

Bill Barlow
12 February 2021
GSV News

Cemeteries are fascinating archives of history and remembrance.

The Brighton General Cemetery is one such place with many interesting stories associated with its 165 years of existence, including those of 'Squizzy' and Tommy Bent.

 

The Brighton Cemetorians help bring these stories to life.  

 

On Sunday 14 March at 2.00 pm

they will be conducting their first walk -

 

Off to the Races - Owners, Trainers & Jockeys

 

- where you will hear about some of the pioneers connected to the racing industry. 'Meet' the man behind the name of the Herbert Power Stakes that is held at the Caulfield Racecourse. Hear about the often not so easy lives of the various jockeys, owners and trainers.

The walk will begin near the cemetery office. Cost will be $15 for non members $10 for members.

Ring Lois Cowmeadow on 9558 4248 to book. Numbers will be limited.

 

The Brighton Cemetorians Inc. is a not-for-profit community group formed in 2005 with the aim of raising awareness of the Brighton General Cemetery.  The aim of the group is to work with and assist the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust and management to:

· Raise public awareness of the Brighton General Cemetery as a historical place of local, state and national importance

· Actively research and preserve the history of the Brighton General Cemetery

· Collate stories of persons interred at the Brighton General Cemetery

· Facilitate the restoration of significant monuments through close links with interested organisations, descendants and other stakeholders

 

They undertake tours of the Cemetery, research requests for people wanting to locate a grave and produce a journal called The Cemetorianwhich is indexed on their website.

 

You can find out more about the Brighton Cemetorians and the Cemetery stories on their website - https://www.brightoncemetorians.org.au  

And you can become a member and join in their endeavours.

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Photo:

Brighton General Cemetery and

Firing Party - the Historical Re-enactment Society of Australia at the William Robertson plaque unveiling - 1st April 2007. Who was William Robertson?2007

Moonrakers and Bristolians, SWERD is expanding.

Bill Barlow
2 February 2021
GSV News
SWERD

 

Breaking news!

The very popular GSV Discussion Circle - SWERD (South West England Research) - is expanding its area of interest to include Bristol and the landlocked county of Wiltshire. Bristol is a populous city and ceremonial county. 

 

'The local nickname for Wiltshire natives is apparently Moonrakers. This originated from a story of smugglers who managed to foil the local Excise men by hiding their alcohol, possibly French brandy in barrels or kegs, in a village pond. When confronted by the excise men they raked the surface to conceal the submerged contraband with ripples, and claimed that they were trying to rake in a large round cheese visible in the pond, really a reflection of the full moon. The officials took them for simple yokels or mad and left them alone, allowing them to continue with their illegal activities.' (source: Wikipedia)

So anyone with links to Bristolians and Moonrakers will find this Discussion Group, which meets next on Feb 12 very welcoming.

 

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Ref. Wikipedia contributors. "Wiltshire." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 11 Jan. 2021. Web. 2 Feb. 2021.)

Image: Cherhill White Horse, Cherhill, Wiltshire, England (Sw8 at the English language Wikipedia, C-C-A - SA 3.0 licence)

 

Back to school - for grandparents too!

Bill Barlow
2 February 2021
GSV News
SWERD

 

GSV Events in February 2021

Now that the kids are back in school - actually in school this year - we grandparents (and others) are free to catch up with our events.

 

You will have recently read that the Society is moving its Centre during February. During this period our events will continue via Zoom. We have a packed and varied program of events, which are open to all GSV Members.

All are listed on our website.

 

Writing Course 

As previously advised Margaret Vines is conducting her very popular writing course in 1.5 hours sessions over three days – 1, 8 and 15 February. Bookings are limited so investigate the event page and book before it is too late. If you miss out this time, join the Writers Group for encouragement and assistance.

 

Classes

The classes conducted by our librarians Linley Hooper and Meg Bate cover digital topics of interest to family historian. Assistance with your Scottish research is also available.

Circles 

The various Discussion Circles such as the Writers, DNA Study Group, Counties of Northern England, South West England Research, London Research, British India and the Victoria/Tasmania Circles will all be conducted during the month. These events are open to all Members.

SWERD meet on Feb 12 and have now enlarged this group to include Bristol and Wiltshire.

 

The Good Oil 

The next session will be held on 19 February. Come along with an item of family ephemera and share the story behind the item. This is an open group where we share our experiences and seek assistance to further our family history research. Everyone is welcome.

Special Interest Groups:

The Irish Ancestry Group will meet on 13 February. This group is open to all members and especially those with an interest in Irish family history research.

The International Settlers Group for those researching non-British ancestors will be held on 20 February. Four of the members of this group will talk about their ‘Most Interesting Ancestor’.

 

Introducing our GSV Member Societies

This is a new series of monthly events where our Member Societies across Victoria are provided with an opportunity to talk about their resources and expertise. On the 25thof this month The Lilydale and District Historical Society will introduce themselves and outline their resources many of which are not available elsewhere.

 

Talks – We have a program of five talks this month:

· 4 February – Carl Villis from the National Gallery of Victoria will talk about journey of discovery that led to the reattribution of the NGV’s 16thcentury portrait of Lucrezia Borgia.

· 9 February – Alan Rhodes will talk about DNA Auto Clusters – learn how to group your matches into clusters likely to share common ancestors.

· 11 February – Louise Wilson will discuss researching people would arrived in NSW well before 1850 and how to find the resources to support that research.

· 18 February – Steven Haby of the Prahran Mechanics Institute will explore the development and impact of the railways in Melbourne and Victoria across the 19thand 20thcenturies.

· 23 February – Alan Rhodes with introduce the website Gedmatch. 

 

All events may be booked through the GSV Members section of our website. Upon registration you will receive and email containing the zoom meeting details.

 

Join in, enjoy and discover something new.

Zoom in on your DNA in 2021

Bill Barlow
29 January 2021
DNA and family history

 

Understandably we have been focussed on virus particles lately - and the pandemics that may cut across our family histories.

But now it is again time to zoom in on the smaller molecule that affects us all - DNA.

These molecules are about 2 millionth of a millimetre in size - a metre long if we unravel one - and 30 to 70 times smaller than a Covid virus particle.

 

There is no need for a degree in microbiology! We have lots of experts who can help us decode this fascinating world.

 

Our program of DNA Zoom talks commences on Tuesday 9 February.

The talks are presented by Alan Rhodes and proved very popular in 2020.

The first four sessions for 2021 will be on advanced topics following on from last year’s program.  These talks are for people who have some experience using DNA for family history and/or have attended the 2020 program of DNA talks. The topics covered will be Autoclusters (9 Feb), Gedmatch part 1 and 2 (23 Feb and 9 March) and Y DNA (16 March)

 

New to DNA? What's it all about?

From the 30 March there will be fortnightly Zoom sessions for those new to using DNA for family history.  These sessions will introduce you to all that you need to use DNA in your family history.  The sessions are relevant whether you have tested with any of the major testing companies such as Ancestry and My Heritage.  

These talks were fully booked in 2020 and will include session summaries and further reading, emailed to all participants prior to each session.

 

Webcast at your own leisure

GSV also has three free webcasts for members to introduce them to DNA and family history.  These topics covered are ‘Should I do a DNA Test’, ‘DNA and Ethnicity Results’ and ‘DNA and Family History’.

See GSV Activities on the website for the full list of topics and dates and book into the sessions.

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A cousin of mine emailed a few days ago to tell me he is still finding lots of us through our DNA connections by using 'clustering'. I have to admit I have enough trouble keeping in touch with the ones I find just on social media! I hope he hasn't invited them all to cluster at my place![Ed] 

Help get more Victorian newspapers on Trove

Bill Barlow
26 January 2021
GSV News

 

Our lockdown year reminded me how lucky we are to have Trove and digitised newspapers online. For those of us who fiddled with microfilm readers and squinted at black screens over the years, more searchable Trove can't come soon enough.

 

There are more than 10,000 years worth of out-of-copyright microfilmed Victorian newspapers at State Library Victoria yet to be digitised to Trove. These almost extinct local newspapers regularly reported domestic details that provide gems which enliven our family stories and which may prove to be our only link to past lives. 

 

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In 2017 a campaign was mounted to digitise to Trove 35 years of five microfilmed, out-of-copyright newspapers of the Knox and Dandenong Ranges area. Through the efforts of the Dandenong Ranges Historical Council, an umbrella group of four historical societies, a heritage trust and a local action group, all five local newspapers were successfully digitised on Trove

 

Following this success, a campaign headed 'More Trove for Vic' (see WEBSITE) has been launched to encourage the Victorian Government to provide more funding so that more Victorian newspapers can be digitised and made searchable on Trove'More Trove for Vic' has put up an e-petition on the Victorian Parliament website and is encouraging historically-minded people to support it.

 

Based on the State Library Victoria's summary of holdings of microfilmed newspapers there are more than 10,000 years worth of out-of-copyright microfilmed newspapers from 71 Victorian municipalities yet to be digitised to Trove 26 of these municipalities have more than 85% of their microfilmed newspapers yet to be digitised to Trove.

 

'More Trove for Vic' calculates that at the rate achieved in 2018-19 it would take nearly 180 years to digitise just the microfilmed newspapers of the more than 870 newspapers published in 216 towns and communities in 71 municipalities across Victoria.  But if the Victorian Government commits to funding a dedicated mass-digitisation of Victoria's historical newspapers then this could be completed in 3 years. The microfilmed newspapers could be digitised for as little as 80c per Victorian per year for three years and this would benefit 71 municipalities. 


 

You can view and sign the petition here: follow the prompts at https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/council/petitions/electronic-petitions/view-e-petitions/details/12/299

 

You must be a resident of Victoria to sign. You can read more information about how petitions to Parliament work on the Parliament's website.

 

The CLOSING DATE for this petition is 30 May 2021. After that it may be tabled by a Member of the Legislative Council and will then be referred to the relevant Minister.

 

Obviously the more signatures the better!

 

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Campaign logo designed by Laura Renfrew, 2020.

 

What have family historians been doing in 2020?

Bill Barlow
14 January 2021
Book Reviews
GSV News

Did the circumstances of 2020 focus you on your family history research?

Or maybe, instead you turned to cooking and walking just to get out. 

 

Certainly this pandemic and the recent storming of the US Capitol building makes this family historian think more about the pandemics of the past and the volatile political uprisings that our family members may have lived through in their day. The 1918-20 Spanish flu killed about 20-50 M of the then 1.8 billion world population. So far COVID is approaching about 2 m deaths of 7.8 billion world population. 

 

Whether learning about the past will be enough to save us from a repetition (Churchill, Santayana, etc.) remains to be seen. But 'knowing more' about such past events helps us cope better - and hopefully helps our survival. [Ed.]

 

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Why do we study family history? This question was asked on this blog on 3 Sept 2018: 'What makes a family historian tick?' A new book sets out some answers.

 

Many GSV members responded to this question by participating in a survey of the motives and characteristics of family historians that was conducted by social researchers at the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University. 

 

The outcomes of that study have been incorporated in a new book, now available: The Psychology of Family History: Exploring our Genealogyby Susan Moore, Doreen Rosenthal and Rebecca Robinson (Routledge, 2020).

 

The book presents their findings regarding:

  • Family history: Passion and popularity 
  • Spiritual and religious underpinnings of genealogy 
  • Identity: Who do I think I am? 
  • Biological realities: Who am I genetically? 
  • Beyond the self: Altruistic and intergenerational motives 
  • Family history as therapy   
  • The genealogical detective: Cognitive motives for family history research 
  • Health: What are my inherited health risks? 
  • Ethical dilemmas:  What should I do now? 

It concludes with consideration of the future challenges for family historians.

 

You can find out more about the book at: https://www.routledge.com/The-Psychology-of-Family-History-Exploring-Our-Genealogy/Moore-Rosenthal-Robinson/p/book/9781003011576

 

 

Maybe we can bring you a review in a future post. 

 

Best Wishes to all of us for this New Year of 2021

- and check out our GSV Events in January-March (see the last post and the website).

 

GET A GRIP ON PAST AND FUTURE EVENTS

Bill Barlow
22 December 2020
GSV News

 

A TALE OF PAST EVENTS

The arrival of "La Grippe" - the 1889 'Russian influenza' of Europe and America - was reported in Australia and New Zealand in 1890 (Australian Town & Country Journal, 5 Apr 1890, p10.) In Europe it 'began to kill off a great number of old people, and a 'number of Civil Servants [were] reported suffering from the epidemic...In Victoria it is chiefly Civil servants who have been attacked. Randwick races are coming on, and it is to be hoped that our own poor overworked Government clerks will not suffer from the malady', the Journal opined. Dr Thompson, the NSW Chief Medical Inspector advised that 'quarantine against influenza would be profitless against the disease and would certainly cause very serious monetary loss'. By April 1890 it was raging in Melbourne. The first notice of its arrival in Sydney was on April 2 when HMS Rapid returned from Hobart with Alexander Stevens, my great grandfather in its crew and 21 cases under treatment. Another RN ship brought 35 active cases from Melbourne. The harbour master did not quarantine the vessels but kept afflicted crew on board. At least the captain and officers were able to attend the Sydney Lord Mayors' Ball a few days later, so that was good.

All sounds very familiar 130 years later. In fact the 'Russian' flu may have been caused by the COVID 19-like 'common cold' coronavirus, which split or jumped from a cattle virus about then. The events of this year have given us a firsthand lesson in the part played by disease throughout our family histories.

 

But that's enough reflection on 2020. 

Australia's 'luckiness of distance' - and good management - means that we can plan events for 2021. [Ed.]

 

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GSV 2021 EVENTS

Thanks to all at the GSV, the 2021 Events program has lots to offer.

Our existing program of Classes, Discussion Circles and Talks will continue in the new year by Zoom. And there are new events and talks coming up.

 

15 January - The Good Oil will recommence when Cheryl Griffin will lead a discussion on various techniques and tips for undertaking good family history research.

20 January - The GSV Writers are planning the first of a series of ‘Shut Up And Write’ sessions. This was successfully introduced to their program this year, to focus members on starting and completing a piece of writing. Without this, all that research doesn't become history. Numbers at this event are limited so book early for this exciting event. The group's full program for the year will be on the website soon. All GSV members are welcome.

Writing course - 1, 8 and 15 February

For help in the skills needed to write your history, Margaret Vines will conduct her Writing Course by Zoomon consecutive Mondays 1, 8 and 15 February 2021, starting at 10.30 am. The course fee will be $75 and like her past courses will include the writing process - getting started, drafting and editing, basic writing skills and documenting your writing. Participants would be expected to write in class and between classes. The course is limited to 10 participants.

2021 SUMMER / AUTUMN TALKS

Book now to attend the following:

21 January– Ann Copeland from the State Library of Victoria will discuss the records available to assist you to research a house or property

4 February– Carl Villis from the National Gallery of Victoria will talk about dating paintings

11 February– A talk entitled ‘Researching NSW records prior to 1850’ will be presented by Louise Wilson 

18 February– Stephen Haby from the Prahran Mechanics Institute will talk about the development of the Melbourne railway system and its impact on the lives of your ancestors

4 March– Jillian Hiscock, the Collections Manager at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, will speak about their extensive resources including their manuscript and image collections.

18 March– Liz Rushen will present her talk about ‘Immigration to Victoria prior to the Goldrush’. This talk had to be cancelled in December. There are spaces still available for this event.

 

Register early for these events so that you do not miss out

 

The GSV Education Team wishes all members a happy and safe holiday period and looks forward to seeing you at events in 2021.