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December Meeting: Christmas Luncheon
For the second year running the members gathered for an old-fashioned luncheon together.  The venue was festive, the food was plentiful and the variety extraordinary.  When all were satisfied there was caroling and quizzes to entertain.  The images below tell something of the story.



November Meeting: Tom and Libby Luke.   Title: Bendigo, it’s Cornish.

Tom and Libby are both extremely passionate about and proud of their Bendigo Heritage, with both being descended from miners who came to Sandhurst (Bendigo) in the middle of the 19th century seeking their fortunes during the Gold Rush. Both are Bards of Cornwall and Tom was awarded the prestigious Paul Smales Award by the London Cornish Association. Libby is a noted philatelist. Their other interests include training people to record their Family History on computer and photographing and recording all the headstones in local, interstate and even in Cornwall Cemeteries. To date they have completed 22 cemeteries.
Together they retraced the steps of the Cornish Miners who in 1852 trekked overland from the copper fields of South Australia to Bendigo. Another DVD was produced covering this trip simply titled, “Burra to Bendigo”

Tom and Libby after presenting "Bendigo, It's Cornish" for the final time.  Tom is holdoing a transcript.

Their motto is: "Some men see things as they are and say, 'Why?' We dream things that never were and say 'Why Not?'"

October Meeting
Due to David Bannear's unfortunate illness, Robyn Coates stepped into the breach and showed us over the ‘Lost Gardens of Heligan’, near Mevagissey.

The Heligan estate was bought by Sampson Tremayne in 1569; Heligan House was built by William Tremayne in 1603 and substantially rebuilt by Sir John Tremayne and extended by Henry Hawkins Tremayne and John Hearle Tremayne. Unusually for Cornwall the house is built of bricks thought to have been made on the estate.
In 2008, The Lost Gardens of Heligan were granted National Collection Holder status by Plant Heritage for their historic and unique collection of camellias and rhododendrons introduced to Heligan pre-1920. There are more than 70 veteran camellias and 350 ancient rhododendrons included in the collection. The earliest rhododendrons in the collection were raised from seed collected by Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, in India during his expedition of 1847-51.

September Meeting
Robert Gribben, as our speaker, under the title of "The Varieties of Methodism", began with something of the lives of the founders, John Wesley (born 1703) and his brother Charles (born 1707).  They were both ordained as priest in the Church of England and remained so.  Robert exposed the myth that Charles was the musician explaining that Charles only wrote the words of over 6000 Hymns for which he is now famous.  The tunes were assigned or written by others.
John has been described as a "benevolent dictator" who travelled extensively preaching the Gospel including 31 visits to Cornwall and many to the USA.
After John Wesley's death in 1791 divisions arose leading to "The Wesleyans", "The New Connection", "The Independent Methodist", The Primative Methodists", "The Bible Christians" and "The United Methodist Free Churches"
There was parital re-unification in Australia in 1902 and a similar re-unification in the UK in 1932 and the USA in 1939.
Robert Gribben and Robin Pryor
holding the map of the Parish of Sithney
donated by Patrica Eade

Di & Jenny
Di Christensen and Jenny Harkness
during afternoon tea

 August Meeting
 Our President Robert Gribben opened the meeting and we sang, Hail to the Homeland.
 We were delighted to hear that two new Bards had been appointed from Australia –    Peter Mundy (Bendigo) and Julie Wheeler (Tomerong, NSW).
Julie has been involved with the Southern Sons of Cornwall in NSW for many years and is also the OPC for Redruth.  Peter has been involved in the twin city project with Bendigo and Penzance.
We offer our congratulations to them both.
Following a short business meeting, Bill Phillips shared some information from a Thomas family history given to him by a new found ‘cousin’ continuing the trek from Burra to Bendigo as outlined by Moira Drew at the July meeting. This concerned members of the Thomas and Roach families.

Our speaker for the afternoon was Jenny Harkness whose topic was, ‘What’s new at Family Search?’
Jenny, who is a member of the Latter Day Saints Church, has been researching her family for many years and has recently discovered a Cornish connection.
Using the internet, Jenny was able to show us the features of Family Search - www.familysearch.org
With more and more records being added as the microfilms are digitised, it is worthwhile to continually keep checking the site.

About 65 gathered together for the July meeting.
Some came early to do research, whilst others just gathered for lunch and enjoyed a good time of fellowship. All enjoyed the meeting and afternoon tea.
Following the singing of ‘Hail to the Homeland’, our new President, Robert Gribben, welcomed everyone and introduced himself. Robert paid tribute to the life of Ron Angwin and informed us of the recent deaths of Bard, Susan Pellowe (USA) and author E V Thompson.
Our speaker for the afternoon needed no introduction, as it was our friend and CAV member, Moira Drew.
An archivist by profession, Moira has been working on ‘The Overland Gold Project’, for some years, trying to un-fathom the journey from South Australia to the goldfields of Victoria in 1851/52 (mainly Bendigo and Castlemaine) undertaken by many thousands of miners and their families.
Moira’s interest developed from research into her Roach and Ninnes families and the trek to Bendigo from Burra undertaken by Thomas and Maria Ninnes and their family.
Sadly, Maria Ninnes and two young children, Grace and Jane, died soon after completing their travels from Burra and are buried in a lone grave on the outskirts of Bendigo.
Many details of the experiences of those who travelled were included in Moira’s talk and these are included on the Overland Gold Website which also includes an interactive map and a blog.
This can be found at: http://www.cornishvic.org.au/overlandgold

Moira presenting and receiving Award

Moira has prepared an excellent DIY Travel Guide and hopes that through town Information Centres and family History Groups along the route, that interest from the general public will develop.
Her meetings with local history and visitor centres to date have been positive.
A group of people from the CAV has indicated their interest in following the route either to or from Kernewek Lowender in 2013.
Robert thanked Moira and congratulated her on a wonderful achievement and an outstanding research project. Robert presented Moira with an Award for Excellence for her work.

Robert also presented a certificate of appreciation to Arthur Coates for his work on the CAV website.

Arthur with Robert
June Meeting - Annual General Meeting
Bill Phillips chaired the Election of the CAV Committee and sincerely thanked the previous year’s committee for their hard work.
Special thanks was made to Neil Thomas for his two years of service as CAV President and Bill presented Neil with a certificate of appreciation.
Rev Prof. Robert Gribben was voted in as incoming President.
We look forward to Robert's contribution over the next two years.
Our Treasurer, Rod Phillips, recommended that we needed to increase Membership Fees (which had not been increased since 2004) and the increase was carried. 
New fees for 2012/2013 are: - Single $30.00, Family $45.00 and Life $330.00.
An honorary life membership was presented to Derek Trewarne for dedication and outstanding contribution to the Association.
Certificates of Appreciation were presented to:
 1. Gladys Grigg and Michelle Tresidder for their work over a number of years in the Library.
2. Lynette and Graeme Madden for their work in arranging a very successful tour of Aussie folk to Cornwall.
3. Bill Woodward for all his work in entering Library Catalogue information into the computer register - this was presented at a later date as Bill was not able to be at the AGM.

Lynette Madden gave a brief report on the Cornish Tour and all those who had returned were given a warm welcome home.

A most informative DVD of the ‘The Cornish In South Australia’ followed and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

May Meeting 
Patron Bill Phillips paid a sincere tribute to Lesley Morton following her death the previous week. Bill was able to also share a tribute on behalf of the Cornish Association at her funeral and shared with the meeting the DVD of her life.
Lesley will be sadly missed but the CAV will always be grateful for her work, support and care over many years.

Tren Harvey then shared his story of growing up in St Just  as a 12 year with his brother in the early war years. As a child, being so far down south he was not as aware of the effects of the war.
He kept us fascinated and entertained as he talked and showed pictures of a plane which had crashed in a paddock near his home and school and hunting for bits of aircraft around the area, and a ship struck at sea just out from St Just.
They used under the stairs as an air raid shelter until they had a more substantial one.
Two girls joined the family as part of the evacuee program and the family enjoyed their company for two years.
The death of his father had a huge impact on the family and a number of changes resulted.
Food rations and ration books were all part of the war years, but because they lived near farms, Tren’s family was not as affected as some.  
 Tren’s presentation was greatly appreciated by all members present. 

Tren Harvey

April Meeting
During our April meeting, members of the Cornish Language Group presented a short play, in the Cornish Language, entitled, ‘She doesn’t like pasties’.
English sub-titles enabled the audience to follow the play, which, according to one of the participants, Peter Trevorah, had received ‘rave’ reviews in the USA.(well at least one review).
It was a fun time for the audience and the participants – Janet, Stephen, Peter, June and Marjory - seemed to enjoy it also.
An open invitation awaits anyone keen to learn the Cornish language and according to Peter, ‘Janet provides wonderful hospitality’.

Viv Martin was our key speaker and to commence the afternoon there was a short tribute for ANZAC Day ‘to the fallen’ and Viv noted his family’s particular loss Private Charles Martin, his father’s brother, who was killed at Pozières in 1916.

Viv’s father, John Kenneth Martin, was an Army Chaplain during the Second World War and we were able to ‘visit’ many of his postings through the wonderful collection of images that Viv has amassed.
Ordained as a Church of Christ minister, ‘J’K had many postings throughout Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. The family were living in Ballarat when Viv was a youngster between 1942 and 1946 and after the war moved to Bendigo where his father had a career change and became a chiropodist.

A presentation was made to June Whiffin for her organisation of our participation in the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival.
Derek presenting flowers to June, Viv Martin and selected players
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February Meeting

Our guest was noted Australian children's authour Hazel Edwards and her topic was "Writing a Non-Boring Family History". 
We learnt the the Federal Government gave Prince Fredrick and Princess Mary books written by hazel as presents for their children.
Hazel is a 2012 Australian Ambassador for the national Reading Program.
Hazel told us of her universal secrets for writing, which she suggested could also be applied when writing Family History.

Hazel Edwards showing members some of her books
These included the importance of anecdotes, a catchy title, coming from an unusual perspective such as that of an animal or an item of relevance, resist telling the story chronologically if starting with an important event can grab the readers interest and/or sharing "heroes" not just dates about dead people.
The meeting began with a rousing rendition of Trelawny ended with the usual expansive spread.  A great time was had by all.