The Honourable Linda Dessau, AC Governor of Victoria
Jenny started her career as a pharmacist, but later moved into Psychology. She studied for a PhD at La Trobe University then moved to an academic position at Monash University researching the circadian timing system and its effects on sleep and drug effects. Later in life she decided to pursue her lifelong interest in history, and became a keen member of the GSV, joining the Council in 2013. Jenny has a keen interest in DNA and has played a major role in the planning of the GSV’s series of DNA events. She is the presenter of several of the forthcoming talks and tutorials on that subject.
Vicki Montgomery has served on Council since 2006, first as Treasurer and since 2016 as Secretary. Vicki has worked as a Film Production Accountant and as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. She currently works in Talent Management. She joined GSV in 1991 because GSV members then had priority access to the IGI CD-ROMS at State Library Victoria. She volunteered with the Research Team. Vicki is also the convenor of the London Discussion Circle. Vicki’s research centres on Bristol, West Midlands, Derbyshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Westmoreland, Northern Ireland and a lone early branch of the family in the Netherlands. As a young girl Vicki began her family research with the task of finding her grandmother’s birth certificate – difficult due to the lengthy process of sending letters to England, obtaining international cheques and because her grandmother had lied about her age.
Stephen Hawke joined the GSV in 2006 and became Treasurer in 2016. He worked as a Chartered Accountant for 27years with KPMG and five years with both McGrath Nicol and AHG Clarke & Co. He frequently travelled to London and started to wonder about his family history connections there. GSV resources have assisted him to research his ancestors in England, Scotland and Ireland and he has written a book about his paternal ancestors. He is currently researching his maternal side for the next book. Stephen is the Online Parish Clerk for three Cornwall parishes and he is kept busy with weekly enquiries about their records. This expertise is well utilised at GSV as he is the Convenor of the SW England Research and Discussion Circle (SWERD).
Linley Hooper is the part-time Research Library Manager of the GSV. When she worked in the Fryer Memorial Library at Queensland University, with an Australiana and early settler history focus, the seeds were sown for Linley’s investigation of her own family history. She joined the GSV in 1979 as a library volunteer and served on Council 1983 -1987 then joined the staff. Linley maintains the collection, supervises the collection maintenance team and oversees the volunteer Research Assistants. In 2000 she introduced the library’s online catalogue and databases. You will see her regular contributions to Ancestor on library and research news. Linley presents talks each month on some of the major computer based resources. Her personal family research interests include the British Isles, where she continues to make breakthroughs even after 40 years. She holds a Fellowship of the Society, its highest honour.
Meg Bate is the part-time Assistant Library Manager at the GSV. She previously worked as a Reference Librarian at La Trobe University. During this time she contributed to the development of library software with the Australian Academic Research Library Network (AARLIN) and the International Group of Ex Libris Users. She has now taken a ‘fun job’ and uses these skills in her work with the GSV Library’s digitization and indexing project and the website. She also writes articles for Ancestor and wrote the first article about the internet for the VicGum newsletter in 1994. Meg also presents monthly talks on some of the major computer based resourses. She took up genealogy after her mother died in 1990. Apart from her family history research, Meg is a keen cross-country skier, and has achieved the title of Loppett Master, having competed in 20 citizen ski races of 20 - 90 kms around the world.
Linda Farrow is the full-time Office Administrator of the GSV. She has had a varied career including working at Ford Australia’s Head Office and as a Personal and Executive Assistant. Most recently she worked as a Medical Transcriptionist from home, so was keen to take up this office-based administrative role when it became available in late 2016. At a family reunion in 1989, a relative produced a book about a Van Diemen’s Land convict ancestor dating back to 1834, and this sparked her interest in family history. Linda has been a GSV member for five years and is also a member of VicGUM and the Irish Ancestry Group. She researches her Australian, English and Irish ancestors, and has found one branch of her family emigrated from Ireland to America where they became Mormons and published a family history book.