training and education sessions

The last of our popular training sessions for 2019 will be held on Monday 28th October, at the usual time of 11am at Western Plains Cultural Centre. The topic for October will be “The Factory Above the Gaol”. You will discover why this factory was established and the “services” it offered. You will gain an insight in the daily lives of the women, girls and young children who were sent there. You will also learn where you can find more information about your own factory female convict. You must register to attend this course, with a $5 fee for members and a $10 fee for non-members. Contact K Robinson on 6885 5773 if you have not already registered.

Share Your Story on Friday, 18th October 2019

Share Your Story for this month will be presented by well known author Graeme Hosken. Graeme has many publications, the last being on his family history in the Adelong area. Graeme has many publications on WW1 soldiers, the latest covering soldiers from the Adelong area, which then grew into a history of the people of that area. Graeme will be presenting pictures at his presentation, which includes many ‘old trucks’ owned by the family. Make sure you come along for this presentation at the usual time of 2pm on the 18th October 2019 at the Western Plains Cultural Centre. As usual we will be providing afternoon tea where you can chat with Graeme afterwards. Don’t forget your $4 towards the cost of afternoon tea.

Closure of Family History Rooms

Due to circumstances beyond our control, namely a power outage for that day, we have to advise that the Family History rooms will be closed on Tuesday 22nd October 2019. At this stage this is the only date will be unable to open our rooms. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Training & Education Sessions

An interesting and topical training session will be held on Monday 23rd September commencing at 11.00am. The session for September will cover ‘How DNA can open up your family history research’ The session will be presented by Lyn Smith who has first hand knowledge, after taking a DNA test. You must register for this event by contacting Linda Barnes on 6887 8284 or email The cost for members is $5 or $10 for non-members.

Share Your Story, Friday 20th September 2019

September will see member Nola Walters give a presentation on her family history research which starts with a convict great grandmother, who then went on to have a large family. This Share Your Story follows very nicely on from our information session last month covering tracing the convict paper trail. Make sure you come along for an entertaining afternoon. The session will be held in the Community Arts Centre at Western Plains Cultural Centre at 2pm. For only $4 you can enjoy a scrumptious afternoon tea after the event and have a chat with Nola and other attendees.

Family History Annual stock take Wednesday 18th September

As members know our society has an extensive library of books, journals, maps and assorted other items. To keep track of all these assets it is necessary to conduct a stock take or audit every year.
The annual stock take this year will take place on Wednesday 18th September commencing at 10.00am. We would love to have our members assist in this stock take, as many hands make light work. If you can help out on this day, or wish to know more about it, please contact our president Linda on 6887 8284 or email her at
Morning tea and lunch will be provided, and if necessary afternoon tea. We would love to have your help with this project.

Trustees of one of the largest collections of genealogical and historical resources outside of Sydney.