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Interest in ancestry grows
Expert speaker at Society of Genealogists' open day
Knowledgeable: Genealogist Heather Bray
will be speaking at the Gore branch of the
New Zealand Society of Genealogists' open
day on March 9.
By BRIDGET RAILTON
Curious about where you come from,
who your ancestors are, or just history in
A highly regarded genealogist, Heather
Bray, of Dunedin, will be speaking at the
Gore branch of the New Zealand Society
of Genealogists on Saturday, March 9.
Bray will be giving two talks: the first on
researching females on your family tree,
beginning at 10am, and the second on
researching in Ireland.
NZSG Gore's publicity officer Jeni
Simpson said people were beginning to
show a heightened interest in their
family history thanks to television shows
like UKTV's Who Do You Think You Are?
and increased advertising.
''They're seeing celebrities and all the
things they are finding out,'' she said.
''At the same time we find that people
who don't know anything about their
history wouldn't mind learning a bit. We
Gore (A&P) Show.''
Simpson said Bray was the ideal person
to speak to curious people due to her vast
knowledge on the topic and her
experience as a speaker.
''She knows her stuff. She comes
regularly to speak at the NZSG meetings
on all sorts of subjects. She gets the point
NZSG Gore have also recently purchased
a Stones Directory, a type of early
phonebook, for the Otago/Southland
region containing detailed information
on people, their occupations, businesses
and location maps.
Because most of the information in them
was compiled from house-to-house
surveys, the information was largely
very up-to-date, she said. The infor-
mation is on 21 fully searchable CDs and
located at the Gore branch of NZSG.
Duck racers have quacking good time
Quack: Thousands of rubber ducks released into the
Mataura River by a helicopter for Jadyn Barton's
Quacking Day Out.
A cracker turnout for a Quacking Day Out has
paid off with $11,000 raised for the Mataura boy
with Ataxia Telangiectasia.
Organised as a fundraiser to assist 10-year-old
Jadyn Barton to a specialised clinic in Australia,
the Quacking Day out morphed into a fun event
for the whole community with hundreds turning
out to watch 1500 ducks race down the Mataura
Organiser Rhonda Barton said it was an awesome
day out despite a hiccup that saw all the ducks
float straight into a backwash rather than the
''We would like to thank the whole community for
an amazing turnout. It was a big event to organise
but it paid off,'' she said.
Jadyn had since been accepted into the AT Clinic
in June this year.
Winning ducks eventually made it to the finish
line, with first going to Eryn Phillipson (Duck 200)
and the Lake Tekapo Package.
Other placings were: Second place Jodi Green
(Duck 974) Dunedin Package.
Third place Steven Tutty (Duck 792) Queenstown
Fourth place Ella Thompson (Duck 922) Dunedin
MAKING THE GRADE
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