I was born and bred in the Western District of Victoria and my family roots are firmly planted there like those of the mighty river red gums. From the Volcanic plains to the Grampians soaring on the horizon, this area that is so special to me must have been a special place for ancestors too. Many made their way there on arrival in Australia and never left. Together they grew towns, communities and families that would continue to thrive over 150 years later.
I have had an interest in the pioneering history of the Western District since I was a young child. I lived near to the Hamilton Pastoral Museum and I would often visit on their Open Days. Inside an old church building, I would marvel at the collection of household implements, ornaments and the like. Outside, old steam engines and horse-drawn ploughs would captivate me.
Add to that a passion for research which started with being a bored only child reading encyclopedias and led on to a degree in Media & Social Research. I just love looking up stuff. So when I started my family history research I was in my element and throw in the web, an information addict’s dream come true, and I was hooked.
In 2012, I completed a Certificate of Genealogical Research and in 2016, a Diploma of Family Historical Studies both with the Society of Australian Genealogists. I am a member of the Society of Australian Genealogists, the Genealogical Society of Victoria and the Stawell Historical Society.