Family History Feast

Enjoy free information sessions for family historians at this year’s ever-popular Family History Feast.

Bookings required

08 August 2016, 10:00am4:00pm
LocationMeet at Entry 3, La Trobe Street
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

State Library Victoria hosts its 13th annual Family History Feast during National Family History Month in August. This year, the ever-popular program turns to the subject of researching occupational records.

Enjoy free information sessions on a range of subjects based on this year’s theme, and learn how Victorian government agencies can help family historians.

Also hear researcher, local historian and genealogist Susie Zada deliver this year’s Don Grant Memorial Lecture, organised by the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations (VAFHO).

You can download or print the program (PDF) under the 'More to explore' heading at the bottom of this page.


Doors open

Kate Torney, Chief Executive Officer, State Library Victoria

Occupations overview

Immigration and occupations: immigrant stories from the Immigration Museum
Catherine Devery, Acting Discovery Centre Operations Coordinator

Good morning boys and girls: a guide to finding teacher records at PROV
Jack Martin, Coordinator, Collection Management, Public Record Office Victoria

Reconstructing Melbourne’s early Chinese businesses
Barbara Nichol, historian


  • Library conservation clinic. Bring your old photos, letters and memorabilia to this conservation clinic where State Library Victoria conservators will advise you on their preservation. Individual consultations are for a maximum of 10 minutes.
  • Heroes and villains: Strutt’s Australia free exhibition. Discover stunning paintings, sketches and drawings by William Strutt (1825–1915), whose large-scale works captured the brutal fury of the landscape alongside the human drama of life in colonial Australia.

Printer, tailor, space scientist, tramway worker: glimpses of migrant employment in the National Archives of Australia
Terrie Page, Assistant Director, Access and Communication Victoria State Office

The rush for daily bread: information about occupations in the Australian Manuscripts Collection
Sandra Burt, Shona Dewar and Lois McEvey, Manuscripts, State Library Victoria

Don Grant Memorial Lecture –'Grannie' Ferris: midwife, nurse, doctor and undertaker 
Susie Zada, researcher and genealogist
Introduced by Jan Parker, President, Victorian Association of Family History Organisations