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Unlock the Past Brisbane Seminar

Event Information

  • 29 Mar 2011 1:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Kedron-Wavell Services Club, 375 Hamilton Rd, Chermside
  • Brisbane
  • Queensland
Other Information
  • Cost: FREE

A FREE half day seminar featuring several interstate speakers who will be in Brisbane at the time. There is also the option to stay for a Battlefield Tours and Cruises Wine and Cheese Information Evening. Or just come for the evening only.


  • 1.00-1.30 - trade tables
  • 1.30-2.10 - Connecting with family lines online - Rosemary Kopittke
  • 2.20-3.00 - FamilySearch, including tips on using the New Family Search - Paul Parton
  • 3.00-3.30 - afternoon tea break and trade tables
  • 3.30-3.45 - War Comes to Australia Seminar and NT Tour Feb 2012 - Jacqui Haraldstad & Alan Phillips
  • 3.45-4.25 - Researching Military Ancestors in Australia - Shauna Hicks
  • 4.30-5.15 - In their footsteps: Why we visit battlefields - Mat McLachlan
  • 5.15-6.30 - trade tables and meal for those wishing to stay for the evening meeting or further meet with our presenters

EVENING (this program is put on by Clean Cruising, our cruise/tour partner)
Tuesday 29th March 2011, 6.30pm for a 7pm start at the Community Centre at the Kedron-Wavell Services Club Inc (same room as the afternoon seminar)

Clean Cruising invites you to attend a

Battlefield Tours and Cruises
Wine and Cheese Information Evening

This is a special opportunity to mingle with the friendly Clean Cruising staff and special guest Mat McLachlan from Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours. Mat will be there on the night to talk about the many upcoming battlefield anniversary tours including the following:

  • Darwin Tour - War comes to Australia - Feb 2012
  • Escorted tours to Gallipoli and France for ANZAC Day
  • A cruise to the World War Two battlefields in the Pacific in March 2012
  • A 36 night cruise from Fremantle to Gallipoli in April 2015 for the 100th anniversary
  • A 14 night History and Genealogy Cruise on the MS Volendam to New Zealand and much more

Unlock the Past and Gould Genealogy & History will attend with a trade table and further event information

RSVP to Clean Cruising (not Unlock the Past) for the evening meeting
Please RSVP by Friday 11 March 2011 to Kimberley Green on (07) 3100 7969
or email groups@cleancruising.com.au

Presenter Details

Rosemary Kopittke (Brisbane) - Rosemary has been tracing her family since 1985. A statistician by training, she has worked as an hydrologist, teacher and biometrician though now works as a consultant for Gould Genealogy & History. She has published numerous indexes but is best known for Emigrants from Hamburg to Australasia 1850-1879. A current member of the AFFHO Council and the Queensland FHS Management Committee, Rosemary is a Fellow of QFHS and in 2006 received the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Service to Family History.

We used to write letters to discover family connections but now there are many different ways we can find others searching the same family lines.  In this all new presentation Rosemary looks at GenesReunited, MyHeritage, Ancestry and other websites to see how we can use the resources of the internet to make those family connections. What does each of them offer and which is best for you?

Shauna Hicks (Melbourne) - archivist, librarian, genealogist and writer. Shauna Hicks has been tracing her own family history since 1977 and worked in government for over 35 years primarily in libraries and archives in Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne. She is currently Director of  Shauna Hicks History Enterprises and a collaborative partner in Unlock The Past.
Shauna has a number of tertiary qualifications from Queensland universities as well as the Diploma in Family Historical Studies from the Society of Australian Genealogists. She is a Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society; a recipient of the Australian Society of Archivists Distinguished Achievement Award and in 2009 received the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Service to Family History. In this presentation Shauna looks at tracing military ancestors from the Boer War plus WW1 and WW2 and draws on the speaker's own research for her military ancestors. Resources available online are highlighted.

Paul Parton (Sydney) - Paul Parton is a presenter for FamilySearch in their Outreach program. He also gives technical support to 145 Family History Centres Australia-wide. He has had an interest in family history for more than 40 years. Paul was a professional trainer prior to his retirement as Pacific Area Director of Information Technology Services with FamilySearch’s parent organisation. He was also involved in the early development of data acquisition systems for Australia’s nuclear research facility.

Mat McLachlan (Sydney) - Mat McLachlan is one of Australia's leading war historians and battlefield guides, and has spent more than a decade following in the footsteps of Australian troops on battlefields around the world. His 2007 book, Walking with the Anzacs, is considered the definitive guide to Australian battlefields on the Western Front. It was reprinted in 2008. Mat also produced and appears in the First World War documentary Lost in Flanders, airing on the ABC in November 2008. His next book, Walking with the Anzacs: Gallipoli, will be released in 2010 and will be the most comprehensive guide to the Australian battlefields of Gallipoli yet published. He also appears regularly as an historian on the ABC, The History Channel and Channel 7's Sunrise. Mat is the founder of Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours and personally designs or escorts all their tours.

Unlock the Past is partnering with Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours for the War Comes to Australia 70th anniversary tour of NT War sites in February 2012. Mat will also be a presenter at our War Comes to Australia Seminar in Sydney in February 2012 (come and learn about the seminar which is being considered for other states as well)

Who should attend?

  • those interested in family or local history
  • anyone with military forbears - or just interested in military history
  • Those interested to learn more of the exciting new history and genealogy cruises and the NT Battlefield tour

Trade Tables 

There will be a trade exhibition available during the afternoon and evening including

  • Clean Cruising
  • FamilySearch
  • Friends of Toowong Cemetery Association (Commonwealth War memorial)
  • Genealogical Society of Queensland
  • Gould Genealogy & History
  • Inside History (magazine)
  • Queensland Family History Society
  • State Library of Queensland
  • Unlock the Past
     ... and likely some others.

Come and see the newly launched History and Genealogy 2011: Australia and New Zealand Click here for details. One person’s comment: “… wow! What a great publication – looking forward to going through it word by word! See what others are saying

Seminar Cost, Registration Details & Further Information

This seminar is free, but to be sure of a place it is best to register beforehand. Book here.

Date and venue: Tuesday 29 March 2011, 1pm-5.30pm (seminar) at the Community Centre
at the Kedron-Wavell Services Club Inc (same room as the evening information seminar)

Refreshments will be available at cost from the Club's bar as will meals between the afternoon and evening sessions for any who care to join us.

For further information contact Alan at alan@unlockthepast.com.au or phone 8395 7476.