The official newsletter of Congress 2015 :: The 14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry 26-30 March 2015.
Canberra Calling

Issue 2 :: November 2012

Call for speakers

Would you like to present a paper at Congress 2015?
Or do you know someone who might like to do so?

All speakers interested in presenting at Congress 2015 are now being invited to advise Congress organisers through a Registration of Speaker Interest (ROSI) process. The call for speakers will remain open until the end of June 2013. Detailed information is available on our website

Speakers are asked to address the theme of the Congress, Generations Meeting Across Time, which allows exploration of a very wide range of issues, resources and technologies encompassing the fields of family history, genealogy and heraldry. Within this broad theme topics could cover, but are not limited to:
  • Crossing the great divide – be it geographic, social or cultural
  • Building the nation – infrastructure, military, social, political etc.
  • Finding families in national, state and local institutions or repositories
  • Making the digital age work for family historians and genealogists
Please pass this information to any potential speakers who may not have caught up with this news.

One of our favourite places

National Arboretum Canberra

When visiting Canberra for Congress, one feature not to be missed is the National Arboretum Canberra which is emerging out of the ashes of the devastating fires in 2003. The Aboretum is being developed on 250 hectares of land west of Lake Burley Griffin, and will fulfil part of the original vision of Canberra designed by Walter Burley Griffin. The walkways and plantings are being designed parallel to the water axis of Canberra proposed by Burley Griffin providing spectacular long views across the lake and landscape.   

Aerial shot of the arboretum site
An early aerial shot of the arboretum site, with Dairy Farmers Hill in the foreground, Telstra Tower on Black Mountain in the background, and Lake Burley Griffin to the right.Visit during Conference to witness this site's amazing transformation. Photo courtesy of the ACT Government.

The winning design of 100 Forests 100 Gardens was the result of a competition launched in May 2004 and features forests and gardens of Australian natives and various types of rare and endangered trees from around the world. It incorporates an existing stand of 5000 Himalayan cedars and an 80 year old Cork Oak plantation, and also complements the Westbourne Woods Arboretum and neighbouring Lindsay Pryor National Arboretum. The latter soon to become the home of a unique National Rock Garden with substantial iconic rock specimens from each State and Territory.

The forest plantings are well advanced and include many special plantings such as the Forest of Remembrance of 102 Turkish pine to commemorate the lives of more than 102,000 service personnel lost while serving with Australian units from 1860 to the present day. When completed, the arboretum will also include outdoor sculptures, a cafe/restaurant, visitor centre, hotel, bonsai display, children’s garden and playground, reflective pavilion and a spacious outdoor events space. It is being recognised as a recreational, educational, scientific and tourist asset, as well as being a beautiful national icon.  

Special features include the recently launched Canberra Discovery Garden which is a new water wise community education garden, and a natural amphitheatre which is the spectacular venue for the Voices in the Park outdoor concerts. 

Significant dignitaries and leaders have participated in many ceremonial tree plantings, including the Lone Pine and the Tree of Remembrance. These ceremonial gardens will be located along the spine of the central valley which extends from the main entrance area to the crowning ridge line and will be part of an arrival experience leading to the Visitors Centre, currently under construction. The Arboretum will be officially opened in 2013 to coincide with the Centenary of Canberra.

For more information about the arboretum visit:

Conference 2013

Register now for NSW & ACT Family History Conference 2013 newsletter

Limestone Plains to Marble Halls: NSW & ACT Family History Conference 2013
Canberra, 20-22 September 2013

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra will be busy in the lead up to Congress 2015. In September 2013 we will be hosting the annual NSW & ACT Family History Conference here in Canberra. It will be a wonderful time to visit with the Capital which will be abuzz with centenary celebrations. Planning for next year's conference is in full swing, the website is live and being updated with information as the program is locked in. To receive updates on speakers, accommodation options, tours and visits register for the free newsletter.

For more information visit the Conference 2013 website:
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