Events

Unlock the Past Cruise March 2011 - Day One (Part One)

I am here sitting in the internet cafe on the Pacific Dawn, typing away as speedily as possible to not use up too much internet time (.75c per minute, for future reference).

As I have a copious amount of time on board, when I'm not lying down feeling sick or in talks (still feeling sick), I thought I could let those who may be interested know what's happening and what to expect from future cruises.

This morning's talks consisted of Shauna Hick's and Jeremy Palmer. I have never heard Jeremy speak so was interested in sitting in. First I will discuss Shauna's though.

2010 in review and 2011 in prospect

2011 is now upon us. We want to consolidate following a very busy and formative 2010 for Unlock the Past (UTP). In many ways we were pioneering with a number of new and innovative ventures. We have gained more experience, new skills, knowledge etc. to make 2011 better again. 

Click here for a handy PDF version of this blog post.

Cruise update - limited places available!

For those who still wish to go on the History & Genealogy Cruise, you'd better make up your mind fast as places are VERY limited. There are only a few cabins left so make your interest known by clicking here.

History & Genealogy Expo [video]

Have you wondered what the Expos are all about? Can they really help with your genealogy, history & heritage interests. Take a look at this video for just a taste of the atmosphere, the exhibition and some of the speakers you will enjoy if you come along to a History & Genealogy Expo hosted by Unlock the Past.

Scottish expert comes to Australia [video]

Professional Scottish researcher Chris Paton recently came to Australia and spoke at meetings in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Australian genealogy blogger, geniaus reports on his talks at the History & Genealogy Expo in Sydney in her blog. Feedback from others was just as glowing for Chris.

Major Events Poll

Here are the results of our 16th Unlock the Past poll - What major events do you hope to attend? Seventy-six people voted casting a total of 216 votes. The summary shows a lot of interest in attending major events - more than 60 percent have indicated they will be attending the Find My Past Tour in May and the National Roadshow later in the year. Events which are regional (and hence not accessible to everyone who responded) still have recorded a fairly high level of interest.

Events of interest

Here are the results of our 8th Unlock the Past poll. 142 people voted casting a total of 684 votes. It seems there is interest in events of all types. Most events will be seminars, fairs and conferences by societies and others, most of which Unlock the Past will support. However Unlock the Past will conduct some regional roadshows. In addition we have provisionally commited to 4 major events – expos in Adelaide and Sydney, a national roadshow and a history-genealogy cruise in early early 2011.

Queensland – 150 years on

This has been a special year in Queensland’s history.

As the Q150 website explains: “Proclamation Day, Thursday 10 December 2009, [marked] 150 years since the historic reading in Brisbane of the Letters Patent … proclaiming Queensland a separate colony to New South Wales.

Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Ferguson Bowen, accompanied by his wife Lady Diamantina Bowen, witnessed the reading of the Letters Patent from the balcony of Adelaide House, now the Deanery of St John’s Cathedral in Ann Street, Brisbane.”

Cruise poll results

Here are the results of our 6th Unlock the Past poll. 214 people voted. 35 said they had been on a cruise before and 28 sent comments.  With over 205 indications of strong interest (definite, probably and partner)  it would seem that a block booking for 300 could be filled. Inevitably some may not be able to come at the time selected, but perhaps some of the 67 “maybes” could be persuaded. And of course we have only given very limited notice to date.

Events photos and coming events

Photos of several recent events in three states are now online. Click here to view them

October events to come

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