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HAGSOC Monthly Meeting: Jim Windeyer: Writing Your Family History

Event Information

  • 4 Jun 2013 8:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Neighbourhood Hall, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton St, Cook, ACT 2614
  • Cook
  • Australian Capital Territory
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  • Cost: Free

Jim Windeyer:  Writing Your Family History



At the monthly meeting of The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra (HAGSOC) on Tuesday 4 June 2013 at 8pm at the Neighbourhood Hall, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street Cook ACT 2614 (6251 7004) our guest speaker will be Jim Windeyer.  Jim’s topic will be:  Writing Your Family History.


Jim Windeyer's family has been in the public domain, legal especially, in Australia since 1828.  However, he will not talk about them so much as the resources he had access to in his research; some of the delights and stories they have revealed; and what the various lives say about the social context of their times. He sees the ideal relationship of 'family ' and 'history' as being one of mutual contribution.


Jim Windeyer is a history honours graduate from Sydney and Oxford Universities.  He taught history in secondary schools in Australia and the UK for 39 years:  including 5 years at Melbourne grammar, 7 years at Cranbrook Sydney and 22 years at Canberra Grammar where he became Deputy Headmaster.  He retired at the end of 2003.


Jim has written several entries for the Australian Dictionary of Biography and small works on particular members of his family, including his great-great grandfather Richard and the rights of aborigines;  his great aunt Margaret who founded the National Council of Women of NSW; and a second cousin twice removed, the forger Mr One-by-one.  Since his retirement Jim has written a full biography of his grandfather and is now working on one for his great grandparents Justice William Charles Windeyer and his wife Mary.


Jim will have copies of some of his books available for sale at the meeting.


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