Family History Feast

Bookings required

Map shewing the site of Melbourne and the position of the huts & building previous to the foundation of the township by Sir Richard Bourke in 1837, surveyed & drawn by Robert Russell
21 August 2017, 10:00am4:00pm
LocationMeet at Entry 3, La Trobe Street
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

State Library Victoria hosts its 14th annual Family History Feast during National Family History Month in August. This year, the ever-popular program turns to the subject of researching maps and land 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 Dr Charles Fahey deliver this year’s Don Grant Memorial Lecture, organised by the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations (VAFHO).

Live streaming

If you're unable to be at Family History Feast in person this year, watch Family History Feast sessions live on the State Library website.


Doors open

Kate Torney, Chief Executive Officer, State Library Victoria

Exploring Koorie history and genealogy
John Patten, Manager Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Museums Victoria

Overview of Public Record Office Victoria land records 
Charlie Farrugia, Senior Collections Advisor, Public Record Office Victoria  

Care and preservation of your family history collection
Conservation staff, State Library Victoria


Farmland and manor houses to air fields and hospitals: military property acquisition during WWII
Terrie Page, Assistant Director Access and Communication, Victorian State Office, National Archives of Australia 

From cattle yards to war workers: the plan collection of Bendigo Regional Archives Centre
Dr Michele Matthews, Archives Officer, Bendigo Regional Archives Centre

Family history on the map
Sarah Ryan, Coordinator Map Collection, State Library Victoria

2017 Don Grant Memorial Lecture – Families and land: land settlement and the role of families, Victoria 1870–1940
Dr Charles Fahey, Convener History Program, Department of Archaeology and History, La Trobe University
Introduced by Jan Parker, President, Victorian Association of Family History Organisations (VAFHO)


Family History Feast will be filmed and broadcast live on the State library Victoria website. Please be aware that audio from audience participation in Q&A sessions may be broadcast.