Unlock The Past will be at

2017 UTP cruise - PNG - Jul-Aug 2017 
Researching abroad: Brit/Eur - Aug 2017 
NSW & ACT State Conference - Sep 2017 
Holy Land tour/conference - Oct/Nov 2017 
2018 UTP cruise - Alaska - Aug/Sep 2018


Remembering Beersheba: Light Horse Charge centenary tour

Event Information

  • 23 Oct 2017 2:00pm - 1 Nov 2017 2:00pm
  • Israel - tour to various places
  • Australia, Other Countries
Other Information
  • Cost: to be advised




a centenary war commemoration and a general Holy Land tour

This special centenary commemorative tour is organised by the Israel Travel Centre.
nlock the Past will have a dedicated group of our own within that larger tour.
Our group will feature a number of value-added benefits.

The tour is marketed outside Australia and to Australians without the war commemorative interest as
Holy Land tour and genealogy conference (Israel) 

Tour places are limited and expected to fill quickly
CLICK HERE to register your interest (definite, probable or possible)
for the first opportunity of a place when bookings open in early March

The tour

For more information on the tour visit the tour web site.  Download a detailed tour brochure


  • those with ancestors who participated in the Charge of Beersheba especially - a once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone to "be part of history" that your ancestors contributed to.
  • those whose ancestors served in Palestine in either of the two World Wars
  • anyone with interest in Jewish family history research - visit the homeland of the Jews
  • anyone with an interest in the (central) land of the Bible. Whilst the last full tour day is the actual commemoration day at Beersheba all other days are a regular Holy Land tour. And even at Beersheba we visit Abraham's Well and Visitor Center.
See the Anzac & Beersheba tour web site for full itinerary but here are some of the key places/sites
War interest (both World Wars)
 - Light Horse memorial on the Sea of Galilee
 - Turkish Pilots memorial
 - German WWI War cemetery
 - bridge built by General Allenby (Jordan Valley)
 - Holocaust Memorial (Jerusalem)
 - Latrun Tank Museum (biggest in the world)
 - Jerusalem Commonwealth Cemetery
 - follow the path of the ANZACs leading up to the attack on Beersheba
 - Hatzerim Air Force Museum
 - Beersheba Commonwealth Cemetery
 - new ANZAC Museum, Beersheba (opening by the October commemoration)
   (because of expected crowds the formal ceremony access maybe restricted)
 - experience the re-enactment of the Charge of Beersheba
 - Park of the Australian Soldier, Beersheba
Christian/biblical interest, including later Christian history 
 - Caesarea built by Herod the Great
 - Sea of Galilee 
 - Nazareth 
 - Jerusalem - 2 days and 2 nights visiting a number of Christian interest sites 
 - the Dead Sea - including Masada, the last stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans
 - Abrahams Well and Visitor Center, Beersheba 

And much more - click here to see the full itinerary

The conference
separate from, but immediately following the tour
We are delighted that MyHeritage have agreed to sponsor and host a two day genealogy conference in Tel Aviv (their international headquarters) immediately following the tour. The conference program will include topics in the following subject areas:
  - British Isles research
  - European research
  - Jewish research and resources in Israel
  - WWI and WWII in Palestine
  - DNA
  - MyHeritage's powerful technologies for genealogy discoveries 
MyHeritageMyHeritage - www.myheritage.com. MyHeritage is the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. MyHeritage is available in 43 languages. Learn about content, technologies, and services at MyHeritage designed to help you discover new information about your family and to find previously unknown ancestors.
It is expected that most will want to do the associated conference,
but there will be opportunity for those not wanting to do this to opt out - with credit for the accommodation/conference cost.


To be advised

An Unlock the Past group

An Unlock the Past group will add value to the general commemorative tour

  • networking generally with like-minded family historians
  • dedicated Unlock the Past tour bus - if we get 30 or more in our group
  • a two day genealogy conference at the end of the tour (1-2 Nov) - see below
  • over AU$500 in Unlock the Past bonuses. These will be along the lines of the 2nd tier of bonuses we offer anyone booking our Unlock the Past cruises - but with some differences to suit this tour group
  • entry into an Unlock the Past tour prize draw from those booked with our tour group - value expected to be AU$500-$1000, depending on contribution from tour sponsors


CLICK HERE to register your interest (definite, probable or possible)

Alternatively email - alan@unlockthepast.com.au - or phone (08) 8263 2055 to register your interest.