Family history group maintains status quo

There are no changes to the leadership or the nine-member committee of the Millicent-based South East Family History Group following its recent annual general meeting.

The SEFHG was unable to hold its yearly forum in 2020 due to the COVID protocols. With a membership of 140, it is one of the largest groups of its type in the State.

The SEFHG continues under the long-time presidency of Noel Boyle, of Millicent. He took up the role in succession to Rosemary McCourt in 1992.

The other office-holders are Kelvin Edlington (vice-president), Virginia Pawsey (secretary) and Les Bebbington (treasurer). The committee members are Colleen Hammat, Lucy Thompson, John Nicholson, Sandra Edlington and Jan Buhlmann.

The incoming committee will appoint a librarian, research coordinator, newsletter editor and webmaster. After the meeting business was finished, SEFHG members had a show-and-tell session of early Australian memorabilia.

Jann Walker spoke about her childhood books while Jenny Crase showed a Mothers and Widows badge given to the kin of fallen soldiers. Josie Skeer explained two brooches which belonged to her late mother.

J.L. “Fred” Smith took a milk testing trophy awarded to his father at the annual Clare Show in 1932. Colleen Hammat had many metal dog tags; Kelvin Edlington had his father’s farm journal from 1909 while Jan Buhlmann had a 1990s-era mobile phone.

A candle-lit buggy lamp once belonged to the grandfather of Chris Skeer. There have been 76 years pass since the mother of Sandra Edlington purchased a decorated boomerang from an Indigenous man at Ooldea on the trans-Australian rail line.

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