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December Meeting- A Christmas Meal
The Association is developing a new tradition of the meal together on the 2nd Saturday in December.
This year was notable for as it coincided with the 70th Birthday of Lynette Madden who shared with us all a Birthday cake.

November Meeting
"The Dirt Busters - Cornish Pioneer Miners to Australia - the Story of the Dunstan Family: Cornwall to Burra???
Max Beck and his wife Prue from Geelong joined us on Saturday 16th November for a most fascinating and informative story of Max's Dunstan family, with particular reference to Richard Dunstan and his wife Jennipher who was known as Jane. The couple married in Wendron on 8th June 1835. Richard???s parents were Wearne and Ann (nee Uren) Dunstan and Jane???s were William and Dorothy Roberts (nee Moyle).
Times were tough and difficult for a miner in Cornwall and the family lived in a cob house made from clay, sand, straw and mud. The children went to work with their father at a young age, in the mines around Camborne and Reduth where there were rich lodes of copper and tin. The death rate for males working in the mines was high with 28% dying by the age of 30.
Although households maintained a small garden of staple vegetables, there were often food shortages and with the failure of grain crops in 1846, prices peeked and mobs raided mills for grain and flour.

Max & Prue Beck with Bill Phillips and June Parrott
When the potato crops failed it was disastrous as people were without a source of vitamin C with the resultant occurrence of scurvy.
Around this time the government of South Australia was offering assisted passages and Jane planned for her family to emigrate to South Australia. It would have been a frightening experience as the family had never travelled, never been on a boat and none of them could swim. However they set sail from Plymouth, under Captain George Richardson, on 16th October 1848 and arrived in Port Adelaide on 17th January 1849 with the loss of only three lives on the voyage.
To read more of Max's story follow this link

October Meeting
Max Garner - A Glorious Story
Charles Nickell with his wife Ann, eighteen year old Sampson and fourteen year old Margaret arrived in Australia from Cornwall in 1855.
A good number attended the Association meeting in October to enjoy Max Garner???s glorious story of his ancestors, the exciting discovery of his Cornish roots stretching across the old country for over eight generations.
In 2002 after a family reunion in Australia high goals were set. As an engineer Max is an energetic perfectionist, a man captive to method and precision. This led to a whirlwind of concentrated research that resulted in an excellent 400page family history complete with pictures for which the AIGS awarded Max the Alexander Henderson Award for Family Histories in 2012.
Still gripped by the story he had uncovered and with a touch of emotion Max walked us through a process that took him to Cornwall to visit grave yards, family gurus and libraries. He bought survey maps and armed with a camera, like a crusader of old he confronted every possible lead that in turn provided us with a "how-to" process that left us gasping.
Full advantage was taken of Online Parish Clarks and the free services of local U.K. Councils. However Max was adamant, ???Do not trust anything on the Internet. Always confirm it by going to original records.???(This speaks well of the importance of our CAV resources.)
Max Garner
Over one six week period in Cornwall Max said every 24 hours produced new discoveries. He called on the owners of properties formerly occupied by his ancestors. Tracing the actual farm where Sampson Nickell worked as a stable boy he knocked on the door and simply said, "Good afternoon, 160 years ago my relative was a stable boy here, can you tell me about the history of your farm?" He was always greeted and offered hospitality.
Max was intentional in planning his three visits to Cornwall with a shopping list as "long as your arm" and a technique for storing his 4,000 photos. No on-site analysis on the second visit. It was all about scooping as much data as possible. Beginning in St Tudy, a small village in Cornwall he followed the family through the Parishes of St Mabyn, St Kew, St Breock, St Issey all near Wadebridge.
The family have connections to the Moyle, Udy, Buscombe, Northey and Earle families.
An excellent afternoon.

Seniors' Day at the CAV - 8th October
We were able to welcome 21 visitors to our Seniors' Week activity on Tuesday 8th October. Much preparation and planning had been undertaken by Jean Staunton and a group of volunteers, who helped set the rooms up and also ably assisted our visitors with their research and information about the CAV. As a result seven new members have been welcomed.

September Meeting
Special General Meeting:
The Association adopted the new "Rules" of the Association as circulated and as required by the Department of Consumer Affairs

Speaker: Derek Trewarne sharing with words and photos, the recent car convoy that followed the route of the early gold miners who crossed from South Australia to Victoria as described in the Overland Gold research project.  Follow this link for more information Overland Gold
For the text of Derek's talk click here

August Meeting
Speaker: Viv Martin.   Topic: ORAL HISTORY - Truth, Lies or the Shades Between
Viv Martin talked about the recording of oral history and used practical examples from his own and his wife???s research. Everyone has a story to tell.  When people tell stories about their own lives and those stories are preserved and passed down for future generations, it's called oral history which is history in the first person, the way we remember it, the way our parents and grandparents remember it; the way they lived it.
Names and dates are great, and they are the core of genealogy but what about Auntie Jean???s or Uncle Charlie???s tales of the family holidays and day-to-day life on the farm? These are some of the best ways to make our family histories come alive and perhaps interest other family members in genealogy. Everyone???s journey is unique. 
Preserving oral history is a critical first phase of genealogical research and data preservation because those who provide the information are generally older members of the family.  Therefore, find these patriarchs and matriarchs of the family, be they grandparents, great-grandparents, grand-uncles, grand-aunts, great-granduncles, great-grandaunts, older first and second cousins and even older neighbours and acquaintances of these people.
Oral histories should be treated as guidance, not as the ultimate source, because memories often fade and facts get confused. Are the stories actually true?  Most have at least a kernel of truth to them and it is up to the genealogist to be a detective and search for the facts.  Spend time to properly record or investigate each case and not miss some great stories along the way!
By presenting and preserving your family stories in book form, you can ensure their accuracy (maybe) and survival.  Legends can disappear in no time or they can be altered to where they don???t resemble what somebody else heard.  They need to be committed to paper in some form.
Record your sources with your work so that future generations won't have to retrace the information.  Disproving family stories is just as important as proving them. If you are considering the compilation of a book from oral history, do it now!  Memories fade, people die and once the unwritten facts about your proud family heritage are gone, they are gone forever.

July Meeting: Neil Thomas sharing his experiences of a recent visit to PNG
One of Neil Thomas' tasks over the years with the Rotary Club of Geelong has been his involvement with selling Christmas hams to raise money for projects in PNG. Last year an opportunity arose for him to visit PNG and see first hand where some of the raised money has been spent. This was a great adventure for him.   He located the resting place of a Cornish relative at the Bomona War Cemetery, spent time in Port Moresby, the Anglican Martyrs' Memorial School and the village of Sariri.   Sariri is so remote that when he and his other travelers were leaving, children were running over pointing and yelling out "white fellas". Whilst at Popondetta Neil crossed tracks with the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. He is a Welsh Bard and they chatted about Bardic things amongst other subjects.

The Welcoming Party
Right- Neil and the Archbishop

The Mothers' Meeting

Bomona War Cemetry

Bomona War Cemetry 2

Remains of WW2 Plane

June Meeting: AGM/Cornish Language Segment
The June meeting saw the conduct of the Annual General Meeting, presentation of reports for the year 2012/2013 and Election of the Committee for 2013-2014, with thanks extended to those who had undertaken responsibility and tasks on behalf of the CAV.
Following this there was a wonderful presentation by the Cornish Language Group. Janet Woolhouse and June Halls did a small play in Cornish - Soedhva Kerte Kellys (Lost Property Office) and all members were encouraged to join with the Language group in the singing of Bre Cambron (Camborne Hill).

Meeting: "An Armchair Visit to Kernewek Lowender"
Judith Crocker leading the Dance
The afternoon began with members being taught the Furry Dance by our accomplished dancer, Judith Crocker.  The majority of those present were persuaded to join in.

Robyn Coates gave a Power Point presentaion of the history of the Copper Coast in the Yorke Peninsula in South of Australia and the History of the Kernewek Lowender held in the towns of Moonta, Kadina and Wallaroo every second year in May.
The Kernewek Lowender began as an idea in the early 1970's by local businessmen in the economically depressed Copper Coast in country South Australia.
This year is the 40th Anniversary of the first Kernewek Lowender held in May 1973.
Some 30,000 visitors are expected to attend for one or more of the myriad of events designed to provide something for everyone.
The copper mines, once employed hundreds of Cornish immigrants were the lifeblood of the region, but after the mines closed in 1923, agriculture became the main industry. The original Cornish Festival committee selected the May long weekend for the first festival in 1973. The name "Kernewek Lowender" was chosen - it means 'Cornish happiness in the Cornish language'.

April Meeting: ???The Story of the Cornish Gorsedh in Cornwall and Australia???
Led by Bill Phillips and fellow-bards Joy Menhennet from Ballarat and Peter Trevorah we learnt something of the history, language, workings and influence of the Bardic tradition in Australia.
It was important to get clear that bards are Cornish, and are elected and made in Cornwall by the Gorsedh Kernow (translated simply as "the community or gathering of bards").
Its aim is to maintain the national Celtic spirit of Cornwall, to encourage the study and use of the Cornish language, and the study of literature, art, music and history of Cornwall ??? and wherever Cornish people and their culture have travelled.
Robert Gribben, Bill Phillips, Peter Trevorah  & Joy Menhennet

March Meeting

Elizabeth and new-found relative, Elizabeth Carvosso
Elizabeth Hartnell-Young: "The Customs Officer, the Convict and the $20 Note"

Using the format of "Who Do You Think YOu Are", Elizabeth took us back to the 17th Century and John Pye who fathered 43 children, 20 of whom were from different women. 
We learnt of William Gregor, a rector who discovered Titanium; William Pye a Customs Officer at Falmouth from 1710 to 1750 and Molly Haydock who became Mary Reiby and whose image is engraved on our $20.00 note.
In 1790, at the age of 13, she was dressed as a boy and went under the name of James Burrow.  She was convicted of horse stealing at Stafford  and sentenced to be transported for seven years.  At her trial her identity was disclosed.   She arrived in Sydney in 1792 and was assigned as a nursemaid. In 1794 she married Thomas Reibey in Sydney. He was in the service of the East India Co. 
Trading and land purchases along the Hawkesbury made Thomas a wealthy man but he died at Entally House out of Launceston in 1811.  Mary continued her business enterprises owning amoung other properties, Argyle Stores which she leased as a  Customs House. 
She was seen as persevering and enterprising in everything she undertook.  She became interested in education & charity work and on her retirement she lived in the suburb of Newtown until her death in 1855.

February Meeting
The feature of the meeting was the presentation of the experiences, images and recollections of members of the party that travelled to Cornwall in 2012.
Lynette Madden introduced the team and told us the background to the adventure.  After 12 months planning, 21 arrived in Cornwall on or about the 27th April making their base in Penzance.
Kathy Cowling shared her impressions of Penzance and surrounds and the days spent up to and including Trevithick Day in Camborne where a Steam Parade is the main event.
Graham Madden took us around the Penwith Peninsula at the north western tip of Cornwall which is renowned for the mining of copper and tin.  He then told us of the visit to the Minack Theatre and May Day or 'Obby 'Oss Day in Padstow where the 'Osses parade through streets packed with musicians and supporters.
Keith Stodden was moved by visiting sites where John Wesley, the revivalist preacher and founder of Methodism attracted huge crowds.  Gwennap Pit near Redruth is one such place.  The roofless Holy Trinity Church, St Day was another place of interest to Keith.
Jean Staunton related the sights of Helston on Flora Day, 8th May.  It is on this day that the Furry Dance takes place, a celebration of the passing of  Winter and the arrival of Spring.  The Hal-an-Tow, which takes place on the same day, is a kind of mystery play with various historical and mythical themes.
Pauline Duncan told us that this trip had been her first experience travelling overseas alone and how apprehension was transformed into enormous pleasure.
We were able to watch excerpts from a DVD prepared by Iris Diprose recording their last night together and their dinner at ???The Lugger??? in Penzance entertained by Howard Curnow, their tour guide and members of the Apollo Choir.
The segment concluded with Judith Crocker singing "Porthscatho By The Sea" to the tune of "At Much Binding in the Marsh"

13 of the travellers with the President, Robert Gribben centre back.