PORT PHILLIP PIONEERS GROUP INC.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
|Date ||Scheduled Event|
30 August 2017
|Melbourne Day Celebrations|
Flag Raising Ceremony, Concert, etc.
9 September 2017
at 2.00 p.m.
|Speaker: David Langdon (President of Richmond & Burnley Historical Society)
Topic: "Richmond in the 1840s"
5 November 2017
at 10.00 a.m.
|Annual Pioneer Service at St. James Old Cathedral, Melbourne.
Speaker: Professor Peter Sherlock (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Divinity)
Topic: "Rev. Adam Compton Thomson"
11 November 2017
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.
- JULY 2017 MEETING - Well-known author Joy Braybrook gave an interesting talk on "John Pascoe Fawkner" at our July meeting. She revealed many little known facts about his early life in England and the years he spent in Van Diemens Land.
- ANNUAL PIONEER SERVICE 2017 - The speaker at the Annual Pioneer Service at St. James Old Cathedral on 5 November this year will be Professor Peter Sherlock. He will speak to us about the sole Anglican parson in Melbourne during much of the 1840s, Adam Compton Thompson. It is the 175th Anniversary of the opening of the building and Thompson was the priest at that time.
- 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. 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.
- MAY 2017 MEETINGS - The Annual General Meeting on 13 May 2017 was followed by a General Meeting at which Mike Moore and Tim Gatehouse of the Fitzroy History Society gave an illustrated talk on "Newtown (Fitzroy) in the 1840s."
- COMMITEE CHANGES - At the Annual General Meeting, Anne Bevis was welcomed as a Committee Member and was appointed to the newly created position of Minute Secretary. Bernie McPhee, who for health reasons, did not seek another term as a Committee Member received the President's thanks for his service.
- 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 date for the next newsletters are 7 August 2017 ( August - September 2017 Newsletter ) and 9 October 2017 ( October - November 2017 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.
- PIONEER SERVICE 2016 - Last year the Pioneer Service at St. James Old Cathedral was held on Sunday 6 November 2016. It began at 10.00am and followed the Service of Morning Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer (1662). Senior Minister, the Rev. Matt Williams conducted the service assisted by their Student Minister, Mr. Michael Phillips. The Lessons were read by Barbara Busk-Christensen and James McComish. Music was provided by David Brown of Scotch College at the organ and The Old Cathedral Voices. The Sermon by Rev. Matt Williams, began with a quote from the opening lines of "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens and focussed on the development of Melbourne's two Anglican Cathedrals. Refreshments were provided in the adjoining Conference Centre afterwards.
- MELBOURNE DAY 2016 - Melbourne celebrated its 181st birthday on 30 August last year with a Flag-Raising Ceremony beside the River Yarra and other activities. The annual Melbourne Regatta was held at the Docklands on Sunday, 28 August 2016.
- 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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