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History & Genealogy Expo Adelaide 2010 Evaluation

The first Unlock the Past History & Genealogy Expo was held in Adelaide on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 July 2010 at the West Adelaide Function Centre (Football Club), Richmond, close to the Adelaide CBD. Click here for the Adelaide Expo website

The two day Expo featuredCongress

  • over 50 exhibitors (see photos below)
  • 38 talks from 25 different presenters
  • Two special presentations on Who Do you Think You Are? - The making of a compelling Australian TV series – by Diana Pepper of Artemis International (the film maker). Megan Gibson, a researcher for some episodes, was also an exhibitor and presenter in the theatrette in the Exhibition area.
  • Theatrette with product demos, interactive presentations, historic video etc - see PROGRAM  
  • One on one consultations with several experts

About 450 people attended, with the majority coming on both days. 55 returned a printed evaluation form and subsequently an online evaluation form was completed by 113 visitors, speakers and exhibitors. Following are the results of the online visitor survey. The printed survey, though less detailed, generally agreed with the online results.

  Exhibition Speakers Venue Meals
Excellent 37% 42% 28% 14%
Very good 45% 47% 43% 21%
Good 17% 11% 19% 34%
Fair 1% 0% 9% 22%
Poor 0% 0% 1% 9%

Which days were you there?  

  • Friday only    18%
  • Saturday only    21%
  • both days    61%

Would you attend a future expo?

  • definitely    67%
  • probably    22%
  • maybe    11%
  • probably not    0%
  • no    0%

How often would you like to see an Expo or similar event?

  • each year    58%
  • every 2 years    34%
  • every 3 years    6%
  • Other    2%

This was the first event of this kind we have organised. We did not get everything right (see below), and exhibitors and speakers vary, but the responses were very positive overall.

We were given a tick as follows

  • Exhibition - 99% - excellent, very good or good
  • Speakers - 100% - excellent, very good or good
  • Venue - 90% - excellent, very good or good
  • Meals - 69% - excellent, very good or good (would have been better if we had given better information on what was on offer)
  • Would you attend a future expo? - 89% - definitely or probably (11% maybe)

No commitment has been made at this stage to another Expo in Adelaide, but we have learnt from our experience this time and the many feedback comments. Our Sydney Expo in October and any other expos will improve in the following key areas:

  • talks to be a mix of 30 and 45 minutes each. with 15 minute break between (rather than 25 minutes and 5 minutes between)
  • set a lower exhibition entry price, together with a modest charge for each talk.
  • program to be set before opening for bookings
  • give better general advance info to visitors, speakers, exhibitors - getting there, parking, food, program, other features etc 
  • better signage and directions to rooms and more up front program display at entry
  • program in the expo guide to be in a more prominent place - probably inside cover


Cornish Association                                                      Ciaran and Jacqui of Clean Cruising - our cruise agents


Annie Payne, History From the Heart                              Cassie Mercer, Irish Wattle


Ron and Sue Austin, Slouch Hat Publications                     Shauna and Max

Customised Heritage Tours  Liz and helper from Customised Heritage Tours

  Clare Regional History Group

  Paul from FamilySearch

Kerry (TMG & NIGS) and Rosemary (Findmypast.com.au)

  Jenny, Alona and Anthea, Gould Genealogy & History

  Sylvie an Neil Smith, Mostly Unsung

  Pioneers? At least members of the Pioneers Association

  Army Museum of South Australia

  Diana Pepper(Artemis Fims) with Beryl and Nancy of SAGHS

Sharon and Tim

The Unlock the Past team - Alan, Stephen, Shauna, Rosemary, Sharon and Aimée

Summary % Venue
excellent 28%
very good 43%
good 19%
fair 9%
poor 1%


Pricing Adelaide V Sydney

As a attendee at Adelaide and a potential attendee in Sydney. I feel I must comment about the pricing.

Adelaide 2 day pre booked $20, attended both days.

Sydney 1 day pre booking $20, I can only attend one day.

Just a observation, GERRY