On 9th April 2011, seven Akehurst-ers gathered at the Celtic Club in Melbourne for the 2011 Akehurst Antipodean GetTogether.

After introductions and working out where we fitted in the trees, we had four presentations.

The first was by Colin Ackehurst who showed us the various ways to present our family history research. These ranged from a straightforward family tree through to an interactive web-based game. Colin is happy to answer any questions - contact him at colin@akehurst.org.

This was followed by Diane's Oldman's presentation on "Western Australia's Group Settlement Scheme", which operated primarily in the 1920's and 1930's to encourage immigrants from the UK to settle in the southwest of Western Australia. One settler was Arthur Akehurst and Diane used Arthur's story to illustrate the highs and lows of carving out a life in the Australian Bush.

For our third presentation, Colin showed us some of the databases which are being developed to hold the Akehurst One-Name Study data. These include civil registration, censuses, parish registers, military, and wills/probate. David demonstrated the utility of the first two databases by showing, in five minutes, how to take Marian's tree back almost 100 years.

Diane then showed us a photographic scrapbook' she had prepared for her family. She made it all sound so easy that I started wondering why I was not publishing my family photographs in that format. The company Diane uses is My Reflections, and you can see their website at www.MyReflections.com.au

The meeting finished just after 6pm. We then went downstairs to the Club's restaurant, where we enjoyed our meals (and the Guinness!).

All in all, it was a very interesting day. We renewed friendships, made new ones, exchanged information, learned a lot, and had a good time.

I have put a photograph of the attendees in the Files Area. If you don't know how to find the Files Area, send an email to

moderator@akehurst.org and Colin will lead you through the steps.

Other attendees may like to share their thoughts on the day with us.

The next GetTogether will be held in Kent in September 2012. The message at the bottom of each posting to the Akehurst List will keep you updated. You do read the message at the bottom of each message, don't you??

AFHS Get Together - 2011 - Melbourne, Australia

Back row: Liz Rushton, Marian Gori, Colin Ackehurst, David Evans

Front row: Diane Oldman, Judy Harvey, Anne Barraclough.