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HAGSOC Monthly Meeting; Matthew Higgins: ACT High Country: Rugged Beyond Imagination?

Event Information

  • 5 Mar 2013 8:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Neighbourhood Hall, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton St, Cook, ACT 2614
  • Cook
  • Australian Capital Territory
Other Information
  • Cost: Free - visitors welcome

Matthew Higgins:  ACT High Country:  Rugged Beyond Imagination?



At the monthly meeting of The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra (HAGSOC) on Tuesday 5 March 2013 at 8pm at the Neighbourhood Hall, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street Cook ACT 2614 (6251 7004) our guest speaker will be Matthew Higgins.  Matthew’s topic will be:  ACT High Country:  Rugged Beyond Imagination?


The ACT high country, at the northern end of the Australian Alps, features many of the historical themes found throughout the mountains.  These include grazing, brumby running, water harvesting, scientific endeavour, skiing, forestry and others.  The high country offers an opportunity to consider how an environment shaped the people who entered it, just as those people shaped the land around them.  This presentation will include extracts from oral history interviews.


Matthew Higgins has been working in Canberra as a professional historian for 30 years.  He has worked with the Australian War Memorial, the Australian Heritage Commission, and the National Museum of Australia.  He has completed many freelance projects (including oral history interviews for the National Library of Australia), and is the author of numerous articles and a number of books, the most recent of which is Rugged beyond imagination: stories from an Australian mountain region (NMA Press 2009).  Matthew is passionate about the Australian high country and he skis and bushwalks as often as opportunity allows.


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