Venue: Box Hill Golf Club, 202 Station Street, Box Hill
Time: 12.00 noon for 12.30
Cost: $50 per head (drinks at own cost)
This year we welcome Janet McCalman AC who is the Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health. She is known for her social histories of Melbourne life: Struggletown (1984), Journeyings (1993) and the history of the Royal Women’s Hospital, Sex and Suffering (1998). Since starting work at the University of Melbourne she has concentrated on historical population health and has built, with the collaboration of volunteer genealogists, four cradle-to-grave studies: the last two of Convicts transported to Tasmania and of Victorian men who served overseas in the First AIF.
She will speak on the topic “Family Connections and the Bigger Picture”.
Genealogy has become one of the great pleasures of the Internet age. So many people are immersed in the excitement of the historical chase, the solving of life puzzles, the connecting to new relatives all over the world. But can this work serve other uses such as medicine and science? This talk will be about the campaign to transcribe and link Victoria’s world-leading births, deaths and marriages, to build an intergenerational population social and medical history of an immigrant society. The Swedes, the people of Montreal, the Norwegians and the Mormons in Utah have all done this, and the Scots are in the process of doing it also. Why can’t we?
During the day you will also hear the announcements of the entrants and winners of the prestigious 2018 family history awards - the Alexander Henderson Award and the Don Grant Award. As well as this you will have the opportunity to meet the entrants and browse their books whilst also enjoying a delicious two course luncheon with many other members and friends.
Booking forms can be downloaded here and will also be available in the Resource Centre with replies to be received by 10th May.