Fresh face joins history group leadership team

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Aportion of her retirement hours are happily being spent in Millicent by one-time Mount Gambier City Council Deputy Mayor Penny Richardson.

The retired mental health worker can often be found immersed in the vast collection of the South East Family History Group.

“This is a good fit for me as I have family connections with Millicent, Kalangadoo, Glencoe and Tarpeena,” Ms Richardson said.

“I have found I am related to the Pick, Boneham and McQuade families and many others.”

After a long period in various key roles in the public eye, Ms Richardson said she was happy to keep a low profile nowadays.

However, she accepted a position on the management committee of the SEFHG at its recent annual general meeting after Jan Buhlmann did not seek a further term.

All other office-holders and committee members were returned to office unopposed.

The SEFHG will again be headed in the following 12 months by Noel Boyle (president), Kelvin Eglington (vice president), Virginia Pawsey (secretary) and Les Bebbington (treasurer).

The SEFHG draws its membership of 140 from a wide cross-section of society and includes former Naracoorte Lucindale Mayor David Hood.

Research sessions are held every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon.

It next meets of April 21 when retired Millicent forester Michael Bleby will talk about the various Lone Pine war memorial trees.

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