”It was great! As always a must attend event” so said one of the 170 plus people who attended this year’s annual Feast. This was the seventh city-based event, a collaboration between the Public Record Office Victoria, National Archives of Australia (Victorian Office), Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and the State Library of Victoria. This year it was held at the Library on Monday 2 August 2010. For the fourth time the event featured the Don Grant Lecture organised by the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations (VAFHO) and given in 2010 by Professor Geoffrey Blainey on the topic “Victoria in the 19th Century : Everyday life and family history”.
In 2010, there was significant attendance from Victorian public library staff as well as a large group from State Trustees. There was also strong regional representation with groups from Warragul, Yarrawonga, and Ballarat and many other parts of Victoria.
Overall the feedback on the day was very positive. Examples of some of the comments include :
”Excellent all round”
“My first time attending. Has exceeded expectations!! Excellent format showcasing key topics in family history. Really valued Philip’s presentation in particular”
“Brilliant – esp. Prof Blainey”
“All in all a Great Day. Well Done”
“We travelled from country Victoria & it was well worthwhile.”
“Congratulations to the organisers. Well done. Much appreciated.”
“Thanks for the ‘gift’ of Prof. G. Blainey!”
For those who like to get organised well ahead, we are tentatively planning the 2011 Feast for Monday 1 August. Stay tuned for details!