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HAGSOC Monthly Meeting: Cheryl Mongan: An Enduring Presence: Galong & Its People

Event Information

  • 2 Jul 2013 8:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Neighbourhood Hall, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton St, Cook, ACT
  • Cook
  • Australian Capital Territory
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  • Cost: Free - visitors welcome

Cheryl Mongan:  An Abiding Presence:  Galong and its People



At the monthly meeting of The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra (HAGSOC) on Tuesday 2 July 2013 at 8pm at the Neighbourhood Hall, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street Cook ACT 2614 (6251 7004) our guest speaker will be Cheryl Mongan.  Cheryl’s topic will be:  An abiding presence; Galong and its people.


Cheryl will tell the story of the new museum being created at St Clement's Monastery at Galong. Over the years many HAGSOC members have had a close relationship with this property - perhaps through attending one of the many conferences held there, or through a connection with an early Galong or Boorowa family or simply through a love of local history.  Whatever the connection or interest, the story of the museum which is emerging on the site will hold your interest.  The museum occupies just 94 square metres and it tells the story of the land on which the shack, then the home, then the 'castle' and finally, the Monastery, was built, the early Europeans who lived there or passed through, the religious and educational role it came to play.


Cheryl has been involved in heritage organisations and advisory committees for many years. She has written and edited a number of historical publications including 'a decent set of girls': The Irish Famine Orphans of the Thomas Arbuthnott 1849-1850. For many years Cheryl worked in the History unit of the Dept of Veteran's Affairs and since 2009 she has been the manager of the St Clement's Retreat and Conference Centre.


There is no charge for attending the monthly meeting  and visitors are welcome.


The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc was founded in 1964 ‘to promote and encourage the study and preservation of family history, genealogy, heraldry and allied subjects, and to assist members and others in research in these areas.’  The Society is run entirely by volunteers, who give generously of their time, expertise and goodwill to provide a service for all members. 


The Secretary

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc

GPO Box 585