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Week 13: 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

June 11, 2012

Amy Coffin of The We Tree Genealogy Blog in conjunction with GeneaBloggers has called for bloggers of genealogy and family history to take on the 2012 challenge of  52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy    This week’s topic is Local Societies.  Local genealogical and historical societies are the lifeblood of genealogy. Members and volunteers give their time and money to preserve local history and promote family history. Tell us about a local society for which you are thankful.

Recently I made a visit to The Lilydale & District Historical Society. I have no ancestral connections to the district but was in the area and had heard that they had a great display of information about  Dame Nellie Melba  so called in to check it out.  The society is in The Old Courthouse at 61 Castella Street, Lilydale, which as the oldest civic  building in the Yarra Ranges, is the perfect venue for a historical society. On the day I visited, the volunteers were busily getting ready for the grand opening of their new home.

They have a lovely display with photographs of local families.  The Dame Nellie Melba display is extensive and definitely is worth the visit. The society is also currently working on the  1891 Suffrage Petition, a huge project, compiling a list of all local women who signed the petition.
This photo shows two of the friendly volunteers who are happy to help out with any enquiries.

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