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  • The 2013 VAFHO Conference, May 3-5 in Ballarat, is an event not to be missed for those interested in goldfields history, heritage and culture.
    • Ned Kelly’s DNA; wild Victorian women; the origins of Aussie Rules; online tools to unlock the secrets of the past are just a sample of the topics offered over 5 keynotes and 24 presentations over 8 sessions.
    • Experience the wonders of the Ballarat Town Hall at the Friday night welcome reception
    • Browse the trade exhibits at the venue on Saturday and Sunday
    • Sample authentic goldfields fare prepared by Spade to Blade’s Gary Thomas at the ‘Goldfields Experience’ Conference Dinner and VAFHO Awards, held at the historic Golden Point School

    Early bird registration of $190.00 and $50 for the Conference Dinner is great value for the quality of the presenters who include:

    • Nationally and Internationally renowned authors Associate Professor David Goodman, Dean Laureate Professor Robert Pascoe, Senior Lecturer Dr Charles Fahey, and Dr Val Noone
    • National Library of Australia’s Family History Reference Librarian Jenny Higgins
    • PROV’s Senior Collections Advisor Charlie Farrugia
    • Overall winners of the Victorian Community History Awards 2005 Dr Dorothy Wickham and Clare Gervasoni
    • Sovereign Hill Museums Association Senior Historian Dr Jan Croggon and the Gold Museum’s Assistant Curator Claire Muir
    • ABC Open’s Marc Eiden (to be confirmed)

    More speakers

    Conference updates will be posted on our Facebook group page. If you’d like to receive regular updates on your Facebook Timeline, just click ‘LIKE’ on

  • You can also visit the VAFHO State Conference 2013 Event page to let us know in advance whether you’ll be attending. Just add your FB name to our online list at

Please come and join us at VAFHO’s State Conference 2013!!