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Conference 2013

Victorian Interpretive Projects Inc. with Victorian Association of Family History Organisations welcomes attendees to the eighth Victorian State Family History Conference Under the Southern Cross: A Goldfields Experience to be held at Australian Catholic University (Aquinas Campus), 1200 Mair Street, Ballarat, Victoria on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May 2013.

  • registration required for this fully catered conference event
  • over 30 interesting professional speakers
  • exhibitors and displays
  • Goldfields, Footy, Mapping, Heritage, and Ned Kelly – Keynotes
  • exciting plenary Session to be Podcast


The Official welcome was hosted by Victorian Interpretive Projects Inc. and the City of Ballarat at the historic Town Hall, Ballarat on Friday 3 May from 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm.

Councillor Vicky Coltman who welcomed guests from Victoria and interstate officially opened  the conference.

Jennifer Forest set up an interesting display and gave a fascinating talk on the City of Ballarat’s collections.



9.30 am – 4.30 pm Saturday 4 May 2013

9.00 am – 3.40 pm Sunday 5 May 2013

Australian Catholic University, 1200 Mair Street, Ballarat

Parking from Ripon Avenue off Ripon Street


Registration Form 7 Mar 2013


6.30 pm Saturday 4 May 2013

GPlace – former Golden Point State School, English Street, Ballarat (FULL)

Names will be placed on a waiting list (20 April 2013)


The 2013 Conference is auspiced by Victorian Association of Family History Organisations (VAFHO) and Victorian Interpretive Projects Inc. (VIPs). Atttendees will be able to choose from 24 different sessions over two days, featuring more than 30 invited speakers. A plenary session Private Lives: Public Images: Is Family History JUST for the family or should it be for a broader audience? will be held on Sunday afternoon 5 May 2013 at the conclusion of the conference. This session was recorded by community radio Voice FM and will be podcast.

The venue for the conference was the historic Australian Catholic University Aquinas Campus, built by mine magnate Cyrus Retallick, and later used as Queen’s Church of England Girls’ Grammar School before being sold to the Australian Catholic University. Aquinas Campus map, an image of the site and information about Ballarat can be found at:

To view the list of session topics visit 2 page program:

Program 18 March 2013

Contact email:

NOTE:  Whilst every care is taken with the compilation of the conference program and the session & speakers lists, VAFHO and VIPs reserve the right to alter topics and/or change speakers in the event they are no longer available.

Goldfields Dinner


A Conference highlight will be the  Goldfields Dinner on Saturday, 4 May 2013, 6.30 pm at the former Golden Point State School.  The evening will include a themed dinner showcasing excellent regional produce and local entertainers. The VAFHO Awards will be presented. PLEASE NOTE: Places to the Conference Goldfields Dinner (limit 100) have been filled. If you wish to attend the Dinner please contact and your name will be placed on a waiting list.

Conference Venue

ACU Aquinas Campus 1200 Mair Street, Ballarat

Parking via Ripon Avenue (off Ripon Street)

To view a map of Ballarat:

The conference venue is located within 10 minutes easy walk of the Ballarat CBD where you will find many of the city’s best shops, cafes and restaurants. It is also within easy walking distance of Ballarat’s railway station (and the intercity bus exchange).

An excellent choice of accommodation (including motels, hotels and B&B’s) is available nearby.

Conference attendees are encouraged to stay on in Ballarat for the city’s annual Heritage Weekend on 11-12 May 2013.

NOTE:  Attendees who plan to come to the conference with the intention of staying on for Ballarat’s Heritage Weekend in 2013 are STRONGLY advised to book their accommodation at the earliest possible opportunity. More than 15,000 people attended this popular two day event in May 2012!

Previous VAFHO conferences have been well attended. To find out more about past VAFHO conferences visit:

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