PORT PHILLIP PIONEERS GROUP INC.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
|Date ||Scheduled Event|
12 May 2018
at 2.00 p.m.
|Annual General Meeting &|
Speaker: Carolyn Brown, President
'The Friends of Black Rock House Inc.'
Topic: "The Life of Charles Ebden and Black Rock House"
14 July 2018
at 2.00 p.m.
|Speaker: To Be Advised.
Topic: To Be Advised.
|Meetings Venue: Wesley Hall, St. Andrew's Uniting Church, 253A Burke Road, (cnr. Malvern Road), Gardiner.|
Visitors Welcome. Doors open 1.30 p.m. Two dollars entry includes refreshments after meeting at 4.00 p.m.
Please note that the parking restriction signs in the carpark do not apply on Saturdays.
Public Transport: No. 72 (Camberwell) tram or by train to Gardiner Railway Station.
Audio tapes of past talks can be borrowed from our library.
- FEBRUARY 2018 MEETING - At our first meeting for 2018 Susan Grant gave a talk about the painting "Government Residence Melbourne 1837" by Joseph Anderson Panton. It was purchased in the 1980s by Art Dealer and Philanthropist, Dr. Joseph Brown and is now located in the Cowen Gallery, State Library of Victoria.
- SALE FAMILY HISTORY EXPO - PPPG Representatives will be at Sale, Victoria on Saturday, 21 April 2018 for the Sale Family History Expo. They would love to speak to you at this event if you can make it.
- SANDS AND McDOUGALL DIRECTORIES - The State Library of Victoria have digitised the classic Sands and McDougall Directories - 24 volumes dating from 1862 to 1974. These directories listed every property, householder, trade and business in Melbourne and later on all of Victoria - they were the go-to-guides for more than a century. About seven million records will now go online.
- ANNUAL PIONEER SERVICE 2017 - The bells of St. James Old Cathedral, cast in the 1800s by Mears and Stainbank of London, rang out on the morning of 5 November this year to announce the Annual Pioneer Service. Following a prelude on the organ by David Brown, and a Processional Psalm sung by the Old Cathedral Voices the congregation sang the Royal Anthem. The 1662 Book of Common Prayer Service was ably conducted by Student Minister Michael Phillips, filling in for the Senior Minister, Rev. Matt Williams who flew to New Zealand during the week following the death of a family member there. The Lessons were read by Owen Billington and Student Minister Bei-En Zou. An interesting sermon was delivered by Professor Peter Sherlock, a Church Historian and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Divinity. He spoke about the sole Anglican parson in Melbourne during much of the 1840s, the Rev. Adam Compton Thompson. It was the 175th Anniversary of the opening of the church building and Thompson was the priest at that time. A presentation was made to Calvin Crisp who, with a team of dedicated volunteers over the past four years, has compiled a computer database of all the parish registers. A Morning Tea was served in the adjoining Conference Centre after the service.
- DENILIQUIN FAMILY HISTORY EXPO - PPPG Representatives Clare Bayne, Marilla James, and Barbara Hawkins (pictured above between talking with enquirers) headed off to Deniliquin, New South Wales on 13 and 14 October 2017 for the Deniliquin Family History Expo held at the Deniliquin R.S.L. Hall. Barbara reported "We had some delightful people finding information about their families. So good to be able to help." and "We had a great time with lots of laughter and conversations that are not possible during meeting time."
- MELBOURNE DAY 2017 - This year marked the 182nd anniversary of the arrival at Melbourne of the "Enterprize" from Launceston, Van Diemens Land. The day began with the arrival at Enterprize Park on the River Yarra of the Victoria Police Pipe Band followed by the "Enterprize" re-enactment crew. Aboriginal artist Stan "Yarramunua" Dryden then gave a 'Welcome to Country' and played a didgeridoo. This was followed by short addresses by Acting Lord Mayor Arron Wood, Melbourne Day Committee Chairman Campbell Walker and 2017 Junior Lord Mayor Sienna Koop whose classmates from St. Louis de Montfort School in Aspendale were in the audience. Captain John Lancey from the "Enterprize" also spoke. The City of Melbourne Flag was then raised on the flagpole. Also present was Town Crier Philip Greenbank from Hepburn Shire Council. Radio 3AW had an outside broadcast van on the opposite bank featuring Neil Mitchell's morning program. A red helicopter occasionally passed overhead as it came in to land on the heliport at Batman Park, and the "Spirit of Tasmania 1" and the "U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard" were docked at Station Pier.
- SUBSCRIPTIONS 2017/2018 - The Annual Membership Subscription fees for members and newsletter subscribers were announced at the last Annual General Meeting. Due to the substantial increase in the cost of postage it has been decided to create two levels of fees. For those members and newsletter subscribers who receive their Newsletter by e-mail, the fee will remain at $15.00 per year. For those members who receive their Newsletter by post, the yearly fee will rise to $20.00. This new fee structure will only apply when a membership renewal is due. Life Membership category has been suspended for the time being. The current low interest rates do not generate enough income to pay the yearly membership costs. This decision will not affect existing Life Members. Subscriptions for 2017/2018 became due on 1 July 2017. Members who were still unfinancial at 31 December 2017 have been removed from our mailing list. Past members can rejoin at any time upon payment of the current annual subscription. For any enquiries please contact the Honorary Treasurer, Susan Grant on 9822 2658.
- GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA - The new Genealogical Society of Victoria Research and Education Centre, located on Level 6, 85 Queen Street, Melbourne, is now open for business. The building is located between Collins and Little Collins Streets on the west side of Queen Street. Check their website for further details. President Jessie Handoll and Vice-President Barbara Hawkins attended their annual 'Meeting of Groups' day on 27 May 2017 as PPPG Representatives.
- PORT PHILLIP PIONEER REGISTER - Barbara Hawkins and her dedicated team have digitised Lester Stephen's paper-based Register of Pioneers to permanently preserve it. It has been saved onto three separate external hard drives which are being kept at different locations. Members can access the Register free of charge at PPPG Meetings and they can download entries to their memory sticks if required. Barbara is currently checking through the files for errors and identifying any names that need to be removed for the sake of privacy. The original hand-written Register will eventually be disposed of.
- NEWSLETTER - Do you have an article or image to share with our readers? Did your family enter a competition for the biggest animal, or write some poetry or have a story from our timeframe? Do you have an old postcard of a place? We need you to put your thinking caps on and share with us what you have. It does not have to be long, just a snippet will fill a vacant space. We look forward to hearing from you. News items, images and articles should be sent to the Editor, Barbara Hawkins, by e-mail or by post to 27 Cootamundra Avenue, Capel Sound, Victoria, 3940. The editor's closing dates for the next newsletters are 9 April 2018 ( April - May 2018 Newsletter ); 12 June 2018 ( June - July 2018 Newsletter ); 6 August 2018 ( August - September 2018 Newsletter ); and 8 October 2018 ( October - November 2018 Newsletter ).
- PPPG NEWSLETTERS BY E-MAIL - Financial Members can have their bi-monthly PPPG Newsletters sent to them by e-mail instead of by Australia Post. Nearly one third of our members and newsletter subscribers have now requested this e-mail version. Contact Susan Grant if you would like to arrange for this. We will of course still send copies by post to those who wish it, but please note our new membership rates. Unless we hear from you, we will continue to send your Newsletter via Australia Post. Please make sure we have your correct e-mail address if you choose to receive our e-Newsletter.
- PUBLICITY - Beverley Jacobson, our new Publicity Officer needs members who can help by placing PPPG Posters and Postcards in local libraries, interest groups, historical societies, etc. Thank you to those members who took flyers home from previous meetings. Contact Beverley on 9588 1592 for supplies.
- BOROONDARA CEMETERY MONUMENTAL TRANSCRIPTIONS ONLINE - The PPPG Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, Melbourne Monumental Transcriptions are now available online within a database on Ancestry.com. They are located at 'New Records - Victoria, Australia. Cemetery Records and Headstone Transcriptions, 1844-1997. This database consists of an index to burials and headstone transcriptions for five cemeteries in Victoria, Australia. (Boroondara, Coburg, Footscray, Lilydale and St. Kilda). Licences have also been sold through the GSV to Find My Past and My Heritage. It was a requirement of the contracts that we retain copyright of the work carried out by volunteers from PPPG, who transcribed the inscriptions; and the GSV who indexed them; and that on the websites of the organisations, credit is given for this work.
- PIONEER PROFILES - VOLUME 7 - Are you thinking of writing a Profile of your claimed ancestor? If so, now is the time!!! We are calling for stories about the Pioneers that made the Port Phillip District of New South Wales their home before 1 July 1851 whether of their own free will or not. One to four pages is all that we ask. It does not take too many words to complete one page successfully if you have pictures of the people or of something that is connected to them. A diary entry by an ancestor can put one in the enviroment of the people arriving in such a place, if they came about this time. Books can help with ideas - "Saltwater in the Ink - Voices from the Australian Seas" by Lucy Sussex is a wonderful example of letters and diaries of people travelling to the colony in the early 1800s, describing what their sea journey may have been like. Remember that it is not a complete history that is needed here, just a profile of your Pioneer - make a start and see what happens. Guidelines to help you navigate through the experience, which might seem a bit daunting, are available here. Any questions can be addressed to the Pioneer Profiles Editor.
- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - The Committee needs new people to continue the task of working to keep the Group alive. It is fun and you learn new things all the time. Please chat to a Committee member to learn more.
- PPPG LIST OF CLAIMED PIONEERS - A listing of all the claimed ancestors of PPPG Members is now available for viewing. Since 1970 there have been 1,414 persons admitted to PPPG Membership with claims to a total of 3,108 pioneer ancestors. This database is in a .pdf file and can be viewed by following this link to Pioneer Ancestors.
- CAUTIONARY NOTE FROM OUR PRESIDENT - A few months ago when in London she went to The National Archives in Kew to do some family research only to discover that to get a Reader's Card she had to produce two items of identification - a photo ID (either a passport or driver's licence) and a utility bill with her name and address on it which she did not have. In order to enter the archive area of the building one must first swipe their card, and to retrieve a record and then return it you again swipe your card. The staff were very helpful to her in the non-secure area as they knew she had only one day to spare.
- OLD MELBOURNE CEMETERY - Following news of the planned redevelopment of the Queen Victoria Market site, which is on top of the Old Melbourne Cemetery, PPPG President Jessie Handoll wrote to Dr. Kathy Alexander, CEO of the City of Melbourne noting our Group's concerns that the remains of any of our early pioneers are dealt with in a dignified manner if they are re-located. We have asked that our Group be kept in the information loop regarding this. The Developer's 'Phase Three Community Engagement,' which closed on 29 March 2015, included an online survey. The results of this survey and a 'Draft Final Plan' have now been released. For further information visit their website and make your views known or contact our Honorary Secretary, Marilla James to register your support for a PPPG submission.
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