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Power up your local and family history research in National Family History Month

Event Information

  • 1 Aug 2015 9:00am - 4:30pm
  • Mead Hall 65 Flinders Street
  • Adelaide
  • South Australia
Other Information
  • Cost: $39.50 full day ($29.50 morning or afternoon only)

WAR - PHOTOGRAPHS ... and more

family history - local history - personal history - social history

A one day seminar with leading Australian genealogists/historians. All communities and most families have people who went to war. Photographs are valuable personal, family and social history resources, whether they are by our own families or by others with whom our families interacted. This is a seminar for all who are researching their own family history, the history of a community or who just want to learn more about the lives and times of their ancestors and communities.

Features and event details

  • main presentations by leading historians and genealogists
  • supporting short presentations by local and sponsoring partners
  • an exhibition by supporting partners
  • book sales by Gould Genealogy & History
  • 10% discount on all Unlock the Past guide books at the seminar
  • hundreds of dollars worth of prizes

MapWHEN: Saturday 1 August 2015 9am-4.30pm

WHERE: Mead Hall, 65 Flinders St Adelaide
   (part of the historic Flinders Street Baptist church)


  • $39.50 - full seminar
  • $29.50 - half day (morning 9am - 2pm
     or afternoon (12.30pm - 4.30pm)

book - click here to book

ONLINE BOOKING is only available if paying by Visa or Mastercard. Bookings by 9pm Fri 31 Jul 2015

NOT PRE-BOOKED? - just come on the day and pay at the door


  • online bookings - Visa or Mastercard only
  • phone or mail - cheque, Visa, Mastercard
  • phone or mail - EFT
    - Account Name: Gould Genealogy
    - BSB: 015-621
    - Account Number: 1980 23389



Saturday 1 August 2015
9amregistration, exhibition, sales
9.25amwelcome and seminar introduction
9.30amMilitary ancestors: discovering their records - Graham Jaunay
11.15ambreak and exhibition
11.45amWar and family history in local cemeteries - Dr Susan Marsden
12.30pmlunch break - book sales - exhibition
1.45pmPrize draw and seminar partner/sponsor information
2pmIn just three generations (video of live presentation) - Judy Russell
2.30pmIdentifying and dating old family photographs - Graham Jaunay
3.20pmbreak and exhibition (video of live presentation)
3.40pm17th century barber surgeon (video of live presentation) - Master Christopher and Mistress Agnes

Late program changes

  • Graham Jaunay will now present an extended military ancestors talk in place of the planned presentation by Shauna Hicks who is unable to attend.
  • New topic In just three generations - a 20 minute stirring talk (video presentation) by leading US lawyer/genealogist Judy Russell, highlighting how our family history can be lost in just 3 generations
  • New topic - 17th century barber surgeon - Master Christopher and Mistress Agnes. This was given on our just completed 8th genealogy conference cruise.  
    generations. A blog report by Chris Paton stated - "
    The highlight of the day was by a long shot, An Evening with Master Christopher: 17th century barber surgeon. For this, Chris Braund and Janet Few donned period costumes to explain the life and times of a typical 17th century barber surgeon, with many volunteers drawn from the audience to be 'operated on' - yours truly included, for an apparent complaint down below that I never knew I had and hope to God I never ever do, if Chris' treatment is anything to go by! ... It was a hilarious talk, and one that was the talk of the boat for many days to come.
  • All Unlock the past guide books will be available on the day at 20% discount. These include 11 titles by Shauna Hicks, a number by Graham Jaunay, five military titles and about 40 others.


  • Shauna Hicks (Queensland) - Shauna, our announced lead presenter has sadly had to withdraw at the last minute, due to a broken arm which prevents her from travelling.
  • JaunayGraham Jaunay - professional genealogist, author and speaker. Graham is a history/politics graduate of the University of Adelaide, a registered teacher and life member of the Australian College of Educators. He is a member of the Australasian Association of Genealogists & Record Agents. He has held a number of leadership roles in Australian Family History Societies. He operates a number of free services and freely accessible databases holding South Australian material. Visit these via the Free Help and Name Lists buttons on his website. Graham has written a significant number of books on the methodology of researching family history in Australia, Great Britain, Ireland and France as well as more specialised research topics. He has also written a number of books on individual family and local histories. Click here to learn more about Graham. Graham's web site
  • MarsdenDr Susan Marsden - a highly-experienced history and heritage consultant on national, state and local projects, commissioned histories and oral history interviews, as well as employment as South Australian State Historian, and National Conservation Manager at the Australian Council of National Trusts, Canberra. She is currently President of the History Council of South Australia. Click here to learn more about Susan.  


  • Gould Genealogy & History
  • Unlock the Past publications
  • Unlock the Past cruises
  • ... others to be advised

Note: genealogy societies, historical societies, archives and libraries who actively support the seminar with publicity may also exhibit FREE and have one free seminar registration.

Who should attend?

  • those interested in family or local history - or any form of history
  • those who might be encouraged to research and record their personal or family/local history

Other notes

  • parking - the closest parking station is a short distance across the road from the venue at 69 Wyatt Street, with a weekend all day rate of $10. There is an even cheaper parking station not much further away in Roper Street on the corner of Wakefield Street, with an all day rate on Saturday of $5. There are a limited number 3 hour car parking spaces on Flinders street itself near the venue from 8am-12noon on Saturdays, which you may be able to try for.
  • public transport - those familiar with bus transport should be able to check out routes to get to 69 Flinders Street. If you are coming by tram, the closest stops (500m away) our Victoria Square and Pirie Street.
  • food is not included in the seminar cost. We will take orders in the morning for those wishing to share in a Subway platter for lunch - for a moderate cost (not more than $10). Tea, coffee and water will also be available. You may bring your own packed lunch if you wish.
  • bring pen and paper or writing device
  • audio or video recording is only permissible with the speaker's consent