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Newsletter No 28 May 2004                                                                                                                 PAGE 4

The Shepparton Family History Group Inc

Activity Report:

  Over the years our group has been slowly but surely building a club, which I am sure the founders of "The Shepparton Family History Group" would be very pleased. This April marked 20 years since the birth of our club by a small but dedicated group, initially meeting in the South Shepparton Technical School, (now McGuire College) and later moving to the Mechanics Institute building then finally to our present site at the Heritage Centre. Over this time our resources have grown enormously to the present vast range of microfiche, CD Rom's, reference books, local records (school, cemetery, rate books etc), biographies and many more resources to help a growing band of people, both members and visitors, to achieve their goal of a researching information on as many of their ancestors and descendants as possible. On Sunday the18th of April a 20th birthday celebration was held in the club rooms to celebrate our clubs achievements, former members joining in with our present members for afternoon tea and a chat. Television and newspaper coverage of the event was good publicity for our group.
 Our club has been an active participant in two Expo's during the past six months. We are an active member of GMAGS (The Goulburn and Murray Association of Local and Family History Groups) who held their annual Expo at Mulwala last November, our display table helping answer queries about family history as well as selling a number of books for both our club and the Shepparton Heritage Centre. We also manned a table at the Bendigo Expo in March with some success.
 We have continued to field many enquiries over the internet and undoubtedly this will become a prominent means of future genealogy research. This extra research puts an ever increasing workload on a small band of workers and if it continues to grow, as we hope it will, then extra help will be needed for research, letter writing, photocopying etc.
 Two guest speakers have been very well received at our clubrooms. David Evans from Ballarat spoke on The Victorian Mining Accidents index and Greg Kirk from Benalla gave us an insight into his research into returned service personnel in the Benalla area and to war memorabilia in general.
 We were able to repay the hospitality previously given to us by the Maryborough Family History Group, by hosting them at our clubrooms on 1st May. Our catering possibly reached the standard set by Maryborough last year and all had a very pleasant day.
Coming Events
Guest Speaker
  Margaret Owen of the Cornish Association of Victoria will speak on Cornwall and The Cornish in Australia on Sunday August 15th at 1.30 pm in the Shepparton Library (Cnr Marungi and Nixon St Shepparton).   Ladies a plate please.

GMAG'S  5th Annual EXPO
  Coming up on Saturday the 20th November at the Mulwala Services Club,Mulwala, NSW.

Recent Additions to SFHG library:-
Ballarat Base Hospital Admissions 1856-1913(microfiche)
Bendigo Independent. Inquests 1862-1865.  Also includes birth, deaths , marriages, murders, suicides, funerals, obituaries, Annette O'Donohue
Echuca Cemetery Index 1860-1998. (microfiche)
In the Performance of his Duty: the Murder of Victoria Police 1837-1988, Brown, Gavin Gary Presland and Ralph Stavely
Symmetry of Souls - Blues Brothers, Cats Cousins.  A Centenary and a Quarter of Mooroopna Football/Netball Club 1877 - 2002, Tom Carey
Heilys and Other Distractions - a Memoir on Rushworth and its People, Ralph Heily
Index to Pine Lodge Cemetery compiled by Faye Botheras
In Search of our Days, From Sevenoaks, Kent to Noorilim, Victoria, Australia and then on, Gillian Day
Inverloch and District Identities and Pioneers, Norman R Deakin for the Inverloch Historical Society
Grandma McMahon's "Godkins", Vol.1, Australia and New Zealand, Wally McMahon
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