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Thursday, May 10, 2012

AGM 2012

Our AGM for 2012 was held Wednesday 9th May. A few changes were made while some jobs have remained unchanged. After a decade of being President Graeme Hickey has retired from the job. We appreciate the job he has done over the years. I have taken it up for another stint. I was President way back early in 2000. Jan Parker will continue to be Vice-President. Our tireless Secretary Barb Coleman is continuing her job with Raynor Thomas helping out as Minute Secretary. It was hard to find anyone to take on the Treasurers job but Jan Hickey was persuaded to continue the job with help from Barb Coleman and husband Graeme where needed.

Graeme talked about the prior year explaining that we didn't have much income this time and were unable to receive any grants. We are at about 40 members at present but may have to try and promote the group to get some new blood in. We have purchased a new computer and it will be set up in the rooms very soon. We will need to get rid of all the really old computers and printers to the recyclers. At our Christmas break up dinner last year we had a very interesting talk by Margaret Fleming who recently published the book "Gum Trees, Lagoons and Flat Plains", stories about the Yarroweyah district. Shauna Hicks kindly came and talked to us during the year and we greatly appreciate the time and expertise that she gives our group.

We have decided to make a few changes to our fees. We are keeping our membership the same but we will put the price up of our research. Non-members who come to our research will still pay a $5 fee to visit the room but will need to pay more if further research is done by our members. For our online/postal enquiries we will be asking for an initial fee of $20 and if any more detailed research is to be done this will be negotiated withe the enquirer. 

Good News: "In the Days of the Punt" Vol1 and 2 are now ready for sale. Thanks to Norm Jordan for making the inserts and design for the CD's and I have finally edited the material and have digitised it into 2 pdf documents. The group has decided that the cost of the CD will be $25 plus postage and packaging. Go to our website for contacts and details of how to purchase one.

So plans for this year will be to get back to work on the local cemeteries. Tocumwal needs to be collated and put on to CD and Barooga which we have on sale in booklet form will also be updated and put on to CD. Also our website could do with a good overhaul. So stay tuned for more details on this. Sadly our bus trip to Melbourne had to be cancelled due to lack of numbers however we may organise a car load or a train trip in the near future. 

On the 3rd June GMAGS are having a day at Yarrawonga from 9.30am with speakers Shauna Hicks and Mark Grealy from Archival Access Victoria. Shauna will be speaking on:
  • Ancestors in Church Records
  • Sources for Identifying Photographs
  • Making the Most of Australian Government Archives
  • Online
  • Ancestors in Unexpected Places: Exploring Public Record
  • Office Victoria’s Nooks and Crannies
The Cost is $20.00 with Morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea included
For Catering purposes please let Jan Parker know by 28th May
rekrapj@bigpond.net.au or 0427 883 264
This should be a great day!!


  1. Congratulations, Nicole.

    Hope to see more blog posts from Cobram now you are at the helm.

  2. Just ran across your blog while browsing through Geneabloggers. How did the talk last June go?

    Regards, Jim
    Hidden Genealogy Nuggets