History, Genealogy and Heritage Events

Unlock The Past will be at

Unlock the Past Cruises

South Australia & Victorian Border Expo (Mt Gambier) - Speakers

Kerry Farmer

  • Tracing English ancestors
  • DNA for genealogists

Kerry worked for many years designing, writing and testing computer software. Teaching family history classes since 1997, Kerry is on the Education Committee of the Society of Australian Genealogists, and presents seminars and classes there as well as at adult education colleges and elsewhere. She currently teaches online courses in “Australian and New Zealand Genealogy” through the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (see www.genealogicalstudies.com ). Kerry and Rosemary Kopittke recently wrote the book “Which Genealogy Program?” published by Unlock the Past. More recently Kerry wrote the book "DNA for Genealogists", also published by Unlock the Past. Kerry’s website is www.familyhistoryresearch.com.au. More details.

Graham Greenwood

  • Regional newspapers: a wonderful resource, featuring the Border Watch 150 years on

Graham is a former Border Watch manager and now sits on the newspaper's board. He is the author of a number of biographies and histories.

Jacqui Haraldstad

  • 1942: War comes to Australia

Jacqui is Business Development Manager for Clean Cruising, and is partnering with Unlock the Past in organising and managing the Unlock the Past cruises and War Comes to Australia tour of the Northern Territory.

Shauna Hicks

  • It's not all online
  • Asylums: Looking for the sick, the poor and the aged
  • Google Your Family Tree: Tips & Tricks
  • Are you making the most of TROVE?

Shauna Hicks has been tracing her own family history since 1977 and worked in government for over 35 years primarily in libraries and archives in Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne. She is currently Director of Shauna Hicks History Enterprises and a collaborative partner in Unlock The Past. Shauna has a number of tertiary qualifications from Queensland universities as well as the Diploma in Family Historical Studies from the Society of Australian Genealogists. She is a Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society; a recipient of the Australian Society of Archivists Distinguished Achievement Award and in 2009 received the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Service to Family History. More details.

Graham Jaunay

  • Identifying and dating old photographs
  • South Australia's major archives for family historians

Adelaide Proformat is the trading name used by professional genealogist, Graham Jaunay based in Adelaide. 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 an adjunct lecturer in genealogy with Flinders University. He is a member of the Australasian Association of Genealogists & Record Agents. Graham's experience in family history goes back to 1968 when he started researching his own family. Graham Jaunay believes in giving back to the hobby and 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.

Andrew Kilsby

  • Our early citizen soldiers: volunteers and militia prior to the First World War
  • South Australia and Victoria in war: the story of the 9th Light Horse and men from the region who served

Andrew is an early career historian, published author and researcher.  His strengths as an historian lie with military, biographical, business and social history in the period 1850-1920, but he has wide ranging history interests across most periods. His history consulting firm, Cooee History & Heritage, was established in 2009. More details.

Rosemary Kopittke

  • Findmypast.co.uk
  • Findmypast.com.au
  • Connecting with family lines online
  • ScotlandsPeople

Rosemary has been tracing her family since 1985. A statistician by training, she has worked as an hydrologist, teacher and biometrician though now works as a consultant for Gould Genealogy & History. She has published numerous indexes but is best known for Emigrants from Hamburg to Australasia 1850-1879. A current member of the AFFHO Council and the Queensland FHS Management Committee, Rosemary is a Fellow of QFHS and in 2006 received the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Service to Family History. More details.

Judy Murdoch

  • Community history: research and writing

Judy is Naracoorte's best known historian. She was a former Deputy Principal of the School and is actively involved in the Kanawinka Writers and Historians and National Trust, Naracoorte. She has written a number of books, including Bool Lagoon: A Changing Balance, History of Naracoorte, Light on Dark: Caves of the S.E., The Last Jam Sandwich and The More Things Change.

Pam O'Connor

  • Community history: research and writing

Paul Parton

  • FamilySearch: Ancestors At Your Fingertips
  • FamilySearch: More Records to More People Faster

Paul Parton is a presenter for FamilySearch in their Outreach program. He also gives technical support to 145 Family History Centres Australia-wide. He has had an interest in family history for more than 40 years. Paul was a professional trainer prior to his retirement as Pacific Area Director of Information Technology Services with FamilySearch’s parent organisation. He was also involved in the early development of data acquisition systems for Australia’s nuclear research facility.

Alan Phillips

  • 1942: War comes to Australia

Alan has been involved in local and family history since 1971. He was foundation President of the Torrens Valley & District Historical Society in 1976 and The Gumeracha and District History Centre soon after. He has contributed to, and published, a number of books and booklets on the Hannaford, Kelly and Randell families of South Australia - as well as assisting with 3 historical books on the North Adelaide Football Club. He established the following historical/genealogical services.

  • Gould Genealogy & History (1976)
  • Gould Publishing Services (1990)
  • Archive Digital Books Australasia (2003)
  • Family Photo Book (2009)
  • Unlock the Past (2009)

Carole Riley

  • Australian government & police gazettes
  • Social media for family historians

Carole Riley is a professional genealogist based in Sydney, Australia with a background in computer programming and an interest in using the web to further genealogical education and networking. Carole serves on the Council of the Society of Australian Genealogists  and is the Convenor of their IT Committee. She is also the founder of the Sydney User Group of The Master Genealogist  (TMG) and is currently serving as a Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists . She has a Master of Applied Science (Psychology of Coaching) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney, and a Diploma of Professional Counselling. Carole writes two blogs - Genealogy in New South Wales  about genealogy research in NSW and elsewhere; and Carole's Canvas , which is her personal blog about her own family history and other topics. More details.

Neil Smith

  • Australia's ANZAC Heritage

Lieutenant Colonel Neil Smith, AM was raised near Perth and spent 24 years in the Australian Regular Army. He has a keen interest in Australian and British military history and has published on a wide range of related matters with the emphasis on those who served. Based on Melbourne, Neil frequently works with the media, often addresses family history and other groups and provides a rapid and unique military history research facility.

Richard Sullivan

  • South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society

Executive Officer, South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society

Susie Zada

  • Genealogical Society of Victoria: GSV @ Home
  • Sewerage records: an untapped magnificent resource

Susie Zada has been researching her family since the late 1960s and working as a genealogist, historian and researcher since 1990.  She completed an Associate Diploma in Local and Applied History at University of New England (Armidale) in 1996 and has been working in the area of the built Heritage since 1996.  Susie has been guest speaker on various topics at genealogical and historical societies and community groups across Victoria and has worked on Heritage Studies in various municipalities in Victoria. She has researched and published five books as well as historical interpretive displays, CD-Roms, indexes and extensive web sites on local history.  Susie is currently Assistant Resources Manager at the Genealogical Society of Victoria.

Regional Genealogy Societies

  • South East Family History Group
    ... others to be advised

Regional History Societies

  •  ... to be advised

Regional Libraries

  •  Mount Gambier Library
    ... others to be advised

Regional Museums

  •  ... to be advised