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

Issue 5 :: October 2014


...only 3 days left until Early Bird registrations close

You only have a few days left to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration discount. Early Bird Registrations will close at midnight (Sydney time) on Friday 31st October. Register before midnight on Friday and you will save $55 on the full price of registration. Leaving you with plenty of pocket money for all the goodies you can gather up at Congress!  After early birds close full Congress Registration will cost $550. So get in quick and secure yourself a place at Congress, a good discount and a chance to select from some of the most popular, and quickly filling sessions. Register online now.


Our web site has plenty of accommodation options – whether you are looking for a top class hotel or a top quality park to set up your caravan. Canberra has it all.

Remember that it is always worth checking accommodation sites such as, and to see what they can offer. You can often pick up a bargain.

There are plenty of hotels in the vicinity, The National Convention Centre is just on the edge of Canberra CBD and the hotels within two or three kilometres are an easy walk on properly formed, flat footpaths.

Speaker Update

Unfortunately Michelle Patient has had to withdraw from Congress. To ensure that no-one is disappointed, Michelle has suggested an alternative speaker. We will update the website with details as soon our new speaker is confirmed.

Timely then for us to remind you that, once registered you are always free to change your session preferences—at least  while places remain in a session. So if you are already registered to see Michelle just login using your Congress registration details to revise your preferences (see below for instructions).

Shuttle buses between Congress venue and social events
We have arranged shuttle buses on the evening of the major social events. On Thursday evening there will be buses travelling between the Convention Centre and the Australian War Memorial and on Saturday evening between the Convention Centre and Australian Parliament House. There will be a small charge for these ($5 each way) and tickets will be available from 2pm on Thursday at the Convention Centre.

It will assist us in planning times and number of buses required if you would indicate on your registration whether you would like to use this service. No obligation, it is just to help us plan. There is also parking available at both venues. Closer to the time, we suggest that you check their websites for details.

Do you want to change your registration in any way?
Would you like to select a different session, book a partner tour or attend one of the social events? Have you changed your email address or other contact details? You can edit your registration until just a couple of weeks before Congress. When you first register for Congress you will receive a code that allows you to access your registration. To make changes, go to the Congress website, enter the Delegate Zone (from the home page) use your access code and edit your registration.

Folk Festival
A very big event on the Canberra calendar is the National Folk Festival held every Easter. The 2015 Festival will be held from 2-6 April 2015. There is no doubt that the performers at 2015 will include some of the best in the land.  Check out their website at and remember that their early Bird tickets also close on 31st October.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all our registration announcements. And check out our wonderful official Congress bloggers: Jill Ball, Pauleen Cass and Shauna Hicks for lots of great posts on Congress and our speakers.

For more information on Congress, our exciting speakers program and registration details visit the Congress 2015 website:
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