Library early closure: The Library will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 October to prepare for the annual Keith Murdoch Oration. More information

Facade conservation & repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information

Library early closure & facade conservation works
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2014 Family History Feast

Monday 25 August 2014, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Village Roadshow Theatrette
Entry 3, La Trobe St
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The annual Family History Feast is a day of free information sessions for family history researchers.

Discover the major Victorian government agencies for genealogical research and how they can help with your family history research.

Family History Feast is held annually during National Family History Month and includes the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations' Don Grant Memorial Lecture.



9.30am – Doors open.

10–10.15am – Welcome (Sue Roberts, CEO & State Librarian)

10.15–10.45am – More than suitcases: collecting migrant stories at Museum Victoria (Dr Moya McFadzean, Senior Curator of Migration and Cultural Diversity, Museum Victoria)

10.45–11.30am – Lost in translation: anecdotes of family history research in Africa, Turkey and Sicily (Diana Hookham)

11.30am–12.15pm – Records of Chinese on the Ballarat goldfields (Liz Denny, Access Services Officer, Public Record Office Victoria)


12.15–1.30pm – Lunch (own expense). Bring your old photos, letters and memorabilia for a lunchtime conservation clinic with State Library conservators, who will advise you on preserving those precious items for future generations. (Individual consultations are for a maximum of ten minutes.)


1.30–2.15pm – From monoculture to multiculture: locating information about non-British people in the records of the National Archives of Australia (Andrew Griffin, Reference Archivist, National Archives of Australia)

2.15–3pm – Searching for Germans in the State Library of Victoria collections (Walter Struve, Librarian, Redmond Barry team)

3–4pm – 2014 Don Grant Memorial Lecture. FamilySearch: a world of family history possibilities (Jenny Harkness, Vice-President, Victorian Association of Family History Organisations (VAFHO), introduced by Jan Parker, President, VAFHO)


The event is organised jointly by the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV), National Archives of Australia (Victorian office), Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the Immigration Museum, Victorian Association of Family History Organisations and the State Library of Victoria.

More to explore

You can also watch and listen to a selection of past Family History Feast lectures on our website.