Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Tuesday Pre-Congress Activities

Today was overcast  but still very pleasant. I did some work this morning while Judy visited the zoo to see the pandas. I had visited them last time I was in Adelaide.
 
This afternoon we went to Glenelg by tram. It is a pleasant trip with some beautiful stone homes visible from the tram.

There were lots of seagulls present and some were quite interested in us as we ate fish and chips, the ideal meal for beside the sea. They were very happy when i gave them my last few chips!

We had a nice amble out along the pier and watched the fishermen, none of whom were catching anything while we were watching but they seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Monument for first landing

Old Town Hall n now  the Discovery Centre



















Afterwards we visited the Bay Discovery Centre which is well worth a visit. It is in the lovely heritage building that was the Old Town Hall. Just inside the door was the Honour Board for World Wars. There were a large number of names listed for WW1 and I am not sure whether these were for men who had served or who were lost.

There are some very interesting historical displays upstairs. At the top of the stairs was a showcase containing this interesting visitors book. It contains the names of people attending the Proclamation Day celebrations on 28 December from 1898-1922. This tradition continued for more than 100 years. What is particularly interesting is that the date of arrival and ship are also listed. This series of books may the clue to finding out the arrival date of some-one's ancestor.

Lots of great displays including one on Douglas Mawson the famous explorer and Glenelg resident. He designed his home while in the Antarctic.

Originally in Glenelg the Pier was a long Pier with an Aquarium and a Tea House. The Pier was badly damaged in a major storm in the 1940's and never returned to its former glory.

An underwater archaeological expedition was carried out with a number of the finds exhibited in the museum. You know that the owners of some of these items would have been very upset when they were lost. They include gold lockets, rings and children's prizes from the popular Penny Arcade and amusement park.

Then the tram ride home to go and register for the AFFHO 2012 conference, slip back to the hotel and get changed for the welcome reception.



The welcome reception was also held at the Convention Centre. There were a number of people in historic dress. It was great to catch up with Shauna Hicks, Carole Riley, Kerry Farmer, Jill Ball handed out some Mardi Gras beads to the bloggers among us so if you see us wearing these beads come and chat as we are  some of the 2500 Geneablogger people who write genealogy blogs.

I also met Daniel Horowitz from My Heritage.  I have recently joined this site and I have to say am quite impressed as I had uploaded 196 of my direct line ancestors recently to My Heritage. It was an easy Gedcom upload and the Smart Matches started to occur. This is where the site does a check and suggests other entries that match your information. 256 Smart Matches were suggested of which I could immediately confirm 251, do some further checking on three and reject two on which I had not included much information. So I was quite impressed with this result.


I also had a nice chat to the team from FindMyPast and exciting things are happening there! Even better when I got back to the hotel to watch the new Australian episode of Who Do you think You Are? there was a Twitter announcement that FindMyPast UK had just released 1.3 million London Westminster parish records!


The conference presentations start from tomorrow morning at 9.00 with the official opening and the Exhibition Hall opens from 8.30am. Remember you are able to register on the day just to visit the Exhibition Hall to chat with all the exhibitors if you are not able to attend the conference.


Now it is time to get some sleep so I am fresh and alert for the many presentations I will be attending tomorrow. So goodnight all.