Launch of Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser (1857 -1867)

Maryborough Regional Library, Friday 2 August

We are proud to announce the completion and launch of the digitisation into Trove of the Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser (1857-1867) and would like to congratulate CAFHOV Treasurer Robyn Ansell for her leading role in it. The goldrush in the Maryborough district comes alive with the digitisation of this local paper, made possible by a Local History Grant from the Victorian government’s Public Record Office.

The guest speaker Robyn Ansell has family links to the goldfields, with an Irish Mining Registrar from Ballarat and Chinese miners from Creswick and Maryborough. A member of the Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria, the Maryborough Midlands Historical Society and the Creswick Historical Society, Robyn is keen to demonstrate to you why newspapers on Trove are a gift to genealogists and students of history.

This is a free event held in conjunction with National Family History Month:


Maud & Anetta Whay around 1900. Private collection: Robyn Ansell

Keynote address at National Family History Month, Friday 2 August

We are delighted to announce that CAFHOV member, Dr Sophie Couchman, is going to be the keynote speaker at the launch of this year’s National Family History Month. Her paper, ‘Doing it for ourselves – transcription projects’, will discuss CAFHOV’s recent project ‘Transcribing Chinese travels into Victoria’s history’ where we crowd sourced the creation of an online digital index of three registers of people who applied for Certificates of Exemption from Dictation Test (CEDT).

The launch will be held at the Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel St, North Melbourne, Friday 2 August, from 2.30pm. Bookings essential. Further information: