Ballarat & District Genealogical Society
PO Box 1809 Bakery Hill Mail Centre Vic 3354 Australia
4th Tuesday of each month (except Dec & Jan) 7:30pm, Meeting Room, Ballarat Central Library 178 Doveton Street North, Ballarat
This exciting program of subjects of interest to the genealogist has been arranged. Come along to the meetings and listen to those many and varied guest speakers, ask questions and find some answers to those hard to solve problems.
MEETING PROGRAMME 2017
28 February 2017
Guest Speaker Carmel Reynen on the topic of Deciphering Convict Records. Much shorthand was used. Learn what the abbreviations mean.
28 March 2017
Program - hold the usual Ordinary Meeting followed by socialising over a cuppa, especially to welcome new members in attendance. Showing of old photos and other items brought for preservation advice. Informal session offering help to individuals with 'brick walls' encountered in their family history research.
25 April 2017
ANZAC Day public holiday - no meeting
23 May 2017
Apologies from the film makers. Baby came early. If you were disappointed by the 'no show' there will be another chance to hear this story. Please go to the Mechanics' Institute Twilight Talk on Friday 14th July 2017 at 5.30 for 6.00pm. ballaratmi.org.au/arts-events/twilight-talks or phone Rosemary in the BMI Library for information on 5331 3042.
Thomas Watson, Ballarat-born film producer, now based in Melbourne, and his colleague, Jean-Baptiste Breliere, have created a film called The World Ended on Mango Street (see the trailer using this link https://vimeo.com/171716665). Thomas says, "The film tells the story of my grandmother, Yvonne Holman (nee Watson), who was incarcerated in a Japanese concentration camp in Java, Indonesia, during WWII. After the war, she married an Australian man and had children, but my grandmother never told her family about what happened in Indonesia. Her children only understood the brutality of their mother’s experience after her death two years ago. Our film explores the ramifications of this silence on the family." For more information visit the film’s website on www.onmangostreet.org
27-28 May 2017 Ballarat Heritage Weekend - in the Australiana Reference Room
During the usual library hours volunteers will be available for help and guidance with family history. Please bring information and documents, such as BDM certificates. We will offer advice on all manner of problems from the simple to the more challenging. No cost.
Saturday 27th May - 9.30am - 4.00pm
Sunday 28th May - 1.15pm - 4.00pm
Reserve a time - email email@example.com
Saturday 27 May 2017
Seminar in the library meeting room: Tracing Your European Ancestors - Visiting speakers from the International Settlers Group of the Genealogical Society of Victoria. This is a chance to find out from experts how to trace ancestors from foreign lands. More info and booking form
Sunday 28 May 2017
Guided Tour of Ballarat Old Cemetery 1.00 - 2.00pm. Meet at the entrance gates in Macarthur Street. Gold coin donation on the day would be appreciated. Please make a booking so we will have guides for groups of a manageable size. Please send name and numbers to: firstname.lastname@example.org
27 June 2017
Members to give brief talks about an interesting ancestor they have found.
25 July 2017
Peter Vernon, architect. His father, John Vernon, joined the practice in 1958 and has worked in Ballarat for over fifty years. He is custodian of one of the most significant private collections of architectural drawings in Australia, The Vernon Collection, which includes many of Ballarat’s historic buildings dating back to the gold rush." http://vernon.net.au/practice
22 August 2017
AGM - TBA
26 September 2017
Mr Eric Archer, Conservator, ex-NLA Canberra is to give advice on conserving your precious documents and photos. Please bring items for round table format.
24 October 2017
28 November 2017
Quiz Night, Christmas Breakup, Yuletide Supper