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Family time: from left, Joy Roy from Bendigo and the Genealogical
Society of Victoria, Ann Copeland from the State Library and Marga-
ret Pegler from the South Gippsland Genealogical Society on Satur-
day. Both Joy and Ann were guest speakers at a family history seminar
hosted at the Uniting Church in Leongatha by the South Gippsland
Learning: Jenefer Chitty from Leongatha
and Pam Harrison from Inverloch enjoyed
the family history seminar on Saturday.
Spirits, Scots and the State Library
MORE than 30 peo-
ple enjoyed a family
history seminar at
the Uniting Church
Hall on Saturday,
hosted by the South
Three speakers gave
excellent talks that will
help in researching family
Dr Celestina Saga-
zio, historian and cultural
manager for the Southern
Trust, outlined the his-
tory of the Old Melbourne
The latter contains the
graves of many notable
Victorian figures and the
trust is trying to preserve
and restore those that are
This was a glimpse
into social history of Mel-
bourne and her talk ended
with a hilarious collection
of off-beat epitaphs, in-
cluding Spike Milligan’s
famous “I told them I was
Joy Roy, an experi-
enced researcher in many
fields, listed and explained
the many on-line sites that
deal with Scottish re-
These covered aspects
including life events,
maps, censuses, military
records, wills and pic-
Ann Copeland is in
charge of the family his-
tory section at the State
Library and she told the
attendees about the nu-
merous records related to
the United Kingdom held
by the Library.
These include books,
maps and on-line records.
The section has pro-
duced guides available at
the centre to help visitors
with research and staff
will also assist.
Both Joy and Ann
mentioned the commer-
cial websites, Ancestry
and Find my Past, which
are continually adding to
Individuals can sub-
scribe to these, but the
State Library makes them
available to the public free
of cost. The local munici-
pal libraries also offer this
The South Gippsland
holds monthly meetings
to try to help members
widen their research skills
and the library is open for
public use from noon on
Thursdays and Fridays.
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“These latest recommendations by AFL
Gippsland I believe have wrongly been made
based solely on the performance of our senior
side this year, but this is totally unfair,” Mr
“The club has been gearing up for entry into
West Gippsland and decided this year we’d not
pay big sums of money for players.
“We have had our ups and downs lately but
we decided we’d stay tight financially. We would
be coming into the 2017 season quite well finan-
cially and have nearly raised a six figure sum to
attract players back.”
However the president of the Alberton Foot-
ball Netball League, Barry Stride, said his board
has assurances from AFL Gippsland that Al-
berton would never be reduced to seven sides,
which it would if Korumburra-Bena’s appeal
“Three games and a bye each week is not
viable,” Mr Stride said.
“Alberton will survive but it will never be
reduced to seven sides.”
Korumburra-Bena’s recent history indicates it
has been one of, if not the, most successful club
going around with many premierships in both foot-
ball and netball.
At one stage it was indicated it was too strong
and should be in the higher standard Gippsland
Football League, playing against the likes of Won-
thaggi, Leongatha and Traralgon.
Clubs in the former Bass Valley Football League
have thrown their support behind Korumburra-Be-
na moving into West Gippsland with Phillip Island,
Dalyston, Inverloch-Kongwak and Kilcunda-Bass
all writing letters to support the Giants’ bid.
“We have a great tradition with these clubs;
against Dalyston we play for the Ian Hillberg
Shield,” Mr Besley said.
Mr Besley named players from his club who all
wanted to play higher level football and he believed
some of these players would have come back if the
club was in West Gippsland. These players includ-
ed Aaron Hillberg, Cade Maskell, Josh Hopkins,
Brent Fitzgerald, Paul Patterson, Shannon Brae
and Tom Wyatt.
The decision has shocked the club from top to
bottom, with all grades of football and netball af-
The Korumburra-Bena netballers are also fu-
rious with the decision; the A Grade team is the
strongest going around having won the last four
premierships with some great rivalries against Da-
lyston and more lately Inverloch-Kongwak.
The Giants’ netball teams are all strong and
with the movement of some of the more successful
teams into West Gippsland it is feared the club’s
matches in Alberton would be walkovers. A look
at some of the scores in Saturday’s netball matches
against Toora is a case in point.
The junior football teams are also facing weeks
where they will have no opposition.
For example, on Saturday the oval was empty
as Toora did not have the numbers to field an Under
16s team so the boys went without a game.
According to the Giants’ Under 16s coach Nick
Besley, in the next nine weeks the Under 16s have
four byes, a league bye and just four matches;
that’s less than a game every fortnight.
“We are sitting sixth but as you get no points
for a bye we have less hope of being able to make
the finals,” he said.
Co-captain of the Under 16s Josh Hill said it
was annoying waking up on a Saturday morning
only for there to be no footy.
Both Nick and Josh said with less football, the
interest goes out of the competition and enthusi-
asm wanes at training when there is no game on
In the current Alberton Football League, and
mostly in clubs that will stay in this league in 2017,
four teams do not have Under 18s and three do not
have Under 16s. This means many of the Giants’
juniors will be sitting it out with no games.
Club president Ross Besley said he was not be-
ing disrespectful to the remaining clubs in the Al-
berton Football League but believed Korumburra-
Bena’s future was best served in West Gippsland.
“We as a club have to look after ourselves and
we feel quite strongly about this and will fight the
move all the way,” he said.
Read more about how the footy shake-up will
affect your club on the back page of today’s Star.
Giants to fight league decision
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