Council Members

2021–2022

You can find out more about people who have been part of the management group of Family History ACT (FHACT) in any of the years since 1975-76 here

President - Rosemary McKenzie

 

Rosemary has been researching her family history since she was a teenager. Her parents are from Victoria and Queensland, so no local or even NSW research. Her ancestry then goes overseas to Germany and the UK – England, Scotland, Ireland – no Wales yet! Her primary interests are convicts, immigration, writing, travel and recently DNA. Rosemary has been a member of FHACT since 2003 and has been on council for most of those years starting with membership secretary then vice-president, treasurer and president. Currently Rosemary is also editor of The Ancestral Searcher (TAS), and Volunteers Coordinator.

Vice-president - Michele Rainger

 

Michele’s interest in family history was piqued when she attended her first family reunion while still at school. Since then life and family have often gotten in the way so she has only been researching sporadically until recently. Now retired Michele has time to pursue her interest in researching and writing her family history. She joined FHACT in 2017 and figures that the best way to learn about family history is to get involved and learn by having a go. Michele is currently the convenor of the Convict Special Interest Group.

Secretary - Peta Furnell

Inspired by family stories of ancestors from Norway, Ireland and England and their lives in Victoria, I have been researching my family history for over a decade. The growth in online databases has been a boon with more facts, maps and pictures gathered. All this builds on the work of current and past family members, especially my grandmother, mother and aunts. To make sense of all this material I have been learning from other members at FHACT to improve my skills as a detective, archivist and storyteller.  I look forward to contributing to the organisation.

Treasurer - Cheryl Bollard

Cheryl has been a member of HAGSOC since 2018 and was Secretary from 2019-2021.  At the 2021 AGM, Cheryl was appointed as Treasurer. She has a keen interest in most areas of family history and regularly attends a number of SIGS and SUGS, including the Irish, Scottish, Convict, Family Tree Maker and DNA groups.

Councillors

Anne Beasley

Anne has been a member of FHACT since 2015 and other areas within the organisation she was involved with at the moment are the bookshop and assisting with library duty volunteers.

Her main family history research is focused on her maternal side, using DNA as part of that research with excellent help from the DNA user group members.

Beyond her family history research Anne enjoys going to the gym, walking, Pilates and watching tennis.

Peter McLoughlin

Bio coming soon.

Mel McNamara

Mel decided in January 2021 to restart a small family tree project from high school (1996). Having no idea how to really do family history she started researching ideas, stumbling across a book at the NLA – ‘Family History for Beginners & Beyond’ by HASGOC, it looked interesting and packet full of information, she had to purchase it. Inside the book it suggested joining your local Family Historical Society. Attending an Open Day in April 2021, she knew straight away she wanted to be part of FHACT, signing up on the spot. Since joining our society Mel has been honoured to become our compiler of the PNL and assists on the membership team, she looks forward to assisting the society and members.

Sue Pillans

Sue, recently retired, has been a quiet member since the early 90’s and is looking forward to finally making a contribution to the running of FHACT. Interests include Irish and early Australian History, WW1 and the Family Historian program. Playing bridge and gardening take up the rest of her vanishing spare time.

Howard Viccars

 

Howard started gathering family history material from his parents while they were alive but didn’t do much with it for many years. When he retired he started using Family Tree Maker and Ancestry then joined Family History ACT (then the Heraldry & Genalogy Society of Caberra) and the Family Tree Maker SUG in 2015. Since then Howard has joined several other SIGs. In 2016 he became Computer Manager for FHACT and that has been his main focus since then. In 2019 Howard became a Council member with a specific interest in the Digital Management Group and their plans for a new membership and website.

David Wintrip

Joining Family History ACT in 2017 was a way for David to further explore his family origins, and their connection to the north of England. Learning from a community of practice that boasts a rich combination of skills, knowledge and experience in all things heraldic and genealogical, has proven to be invaluable to his research.  He attends a number of special interest groups and is a library volunteer.