Forthcoming Events and Notices
There are no special events planned by the branch this year.
The next committee meeting is set for Wednesday 29 January 2020 at 1pm in the Genealogy Room.
The next Mainland South regional meeting is set for Sunday 1 March 2020 at Balclutha.
Past event: Dr Catherine Bishop - Author on tour
Dr Bishop from Macquarie University in Melbourne is on a NZ tour to promote her new book Women Mean Business: Colonial Businesswomen in NZ which is coming out in October with the Otago University Press, and spoke to the branch on Wednesday 16 October. She gave an excellent introduction to her book through a Powerpoint presentation and included examples of Southland women who had been successful businesswomen in their time.
Her first book, Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney (NewSouth, 2015), won the prestigious Ashurst Business Literature Prize in 2016. Her new book showcases business women who contributed to early urban life in New Zealand. Copies of this book are available for purchase at booksellers.
Click here for an information sheet of the author and her NZ book.
Past event: Southland Branch's 50th Anniversary : 2019
2019 is the 50th anniversary year of the Southland Branch, which initially began in May 1969 as the Invercargill Genealogists Club. Following approval by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, the club was accepted as an official branch.
The first meeting of the new branch (the 5th branch to be affiliated to the new Society) was held on 19 November 1969.
An anniversary dinner to mark the occasion, was held at the conclusion of Family History Week 2019 on Friday 9 August 2019. It was an evening event, at the Ascot Park Hotel.
It was attended by 48 past and present members. Look for reports in forthcoming issues of the 'Branch Lines' newsletters.
Past event: Family History Week : 5~9 August 2019
The Southland Branch observes August as Family History Month and held a series of lunch-hour seminars in conjunction with the Invercargill Public Library, in the Meeting Room in the Library building during the week 5-9 August.
The programme was :-
There was a steady turnout of people during the week and addresses were well received.
- Mon 5 August: Preserving the Past for the Future. Mary Stuart (NZSG) and Early Bluff birth facts. Yvonne Service (NZSG).
- Tue 6 August: Tracing your whakapapa. Joe Wakefield (Invercargill Public Library).
- Wed 7 August: Using local resources - a Riverton case study. John MacManus (NZSG).
- Thu 8 August: Discover the Invercargill Archives Online. Amanda Hunter (Invercargill City Library Archives).
- Fri 9 August: It's not all on the Internet! Wendy Shaw (NZSG).
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