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The People and Places of the Port Phillip District 1835-1851

Event Information

  • 2 Apr 2011 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Genealogical Society of Victoria Level B1 257 Collins Street
  • Melbourne 3000
  • Victoria
Other Information
  • Cost: GSV Members $30.00 Non Members $40.00

The People and Places of the Port Phillip District 1835-1851

Saturday 2 April 2011
10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Dr Gary Presland
The Landscapes of 19th century Melbourne

When our ancestors arrived in Melbourne they encountered landscapes that were different in many ways from those we see today. Between the place where passengers stepped off the ship to the streets of Melbourne was a swampy woodland, prone to flooding; wetlands stretched along both sides of the Yarra; and crossing the river could mean getting your feet wet on a slippery rock ledge used as a bridge. This talk will provide insights into the landscapes inhabited by our ancestors. It will also look at the extent to which the environments encountered by 19th century settlers dictated how and where people lived.

Rev. Dr. Ian Breward
The churches in early Victoria

The lecture will cover the different ways in which the major British Churches began and developed their ministry, before 1851. In every case, the laity provided indispensable energy, finance and various ways of leading worship in the initial absence of clergy. They also provided limited education through societies and Sunday schools. Some clergy found if difficult to adjust to this initiative, as well as finding the physical demands of travel and absence of buildings very testing. Nevertheless, important foundations were laid in this period, which could be built on after Separation and the discovery of gold

Prof. Richard Broome
Port Phillip as a Frontier Society of the British World

British and Irish society were undergoing rapid transformation in the early nineteenth century as they experienced revolutions in agriculture, industry, political structure, social attitudes and population. A segment of this population migrated to Port Phillip society where they created a society that was the same and also different to home given the environment and social differences. It became a bellyful place for those in the lower ranks and one of a capital growth for those higher up. But for the indigenous peoples and the environment it was a story of loss.

Susan Priestley M.A.
Port Phillip Imprints before 1851

An overview of imprints left by activity in the Port Phillip district during the years up to 1851 and a guide to useful sources for following the movements of ancestors and illuminating the times in which they lived.

BYO lunch
Booking with payment is essential. Make payment at GSV reception or through online shop
GSV members $30.00 Non-members $40.00