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Progenitor : the official quarterly journal of the Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory Inc.



Progenitor : the official quarterly journal of the Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory Inc.


Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory Inc.


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DECEMBER 2014, VOL 33 NO 4

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DECEMBER 2014 VOL 33 NO 4 74 received by more than 190 persons. We look forward to presenting similar talks early next year. A big Thank You to the City of Darwin and to each of the presenters. Talking Territorians was the theme for our Seniors Month talks, which were held over four Thursdays in August. About 160 persons attended and the presenters were Trevor Horman, Bloo Campbell, Jacqueline OBrien OAM, and our June Tomlinson. I think June may tell us more about these events and the benefits gained, both by those attending and by our Society. Feedback again says that all talks were of a high standard. The Society sincerely thanks the Director of the Archives Centre, Phyllis Williams, Kathryn Hamilton, Francoise Barr and other staff members for providing and organizing the Conference Room for both events. During the year our small group of dedicated members continued with the valuable heritage conservation research work on remote cemeteries and small grave-yards. This involves very careful research work to determine the old and young pioneers who are buried in those places and then erecting on each site a brass plaque displaying the names of those persons. Grants through Heritage Conservation Services, Department of Natural Resources Environ ment and the Arts have enabled us to carry out this research work and the placement of plaques at each finished site. Our Society thanks the Northern Territory Government for this support and recognition. We are pleased to report that at last the Maranboy plaque has been erected. The aforementioned group researching the pioneer cemeteries is headed by our principal researcher Vern OBrien OBE, ably assisted by June Tomlinson, along with husband Digger and Beattie Mayo. A grant of $10,000.00 provided by the City of Darwin, will allow us to continue with the massive and difficult task of determining who is buried in the heritage Palmerston Cemetery (off Goyder Road) and where possible, determining the location of each grave. Many of which have, over the years, been obliterated by the elements, aided by the movement of machinery through the cemetery. The use of Ground Penetrating Radar will be of considerable assis tance in this task and we sincerely thank Wayne Parslow of the firm, Danisam, for offering these services as a com munity donation. A small team of members, headed by Patsy Hickey, has been charged with completing this major pioneer cemetery task and we hope to be able to report good progress and results for the next AGM. During the year, GSNT lodged an objection to the proposed development of a large parcel of land adjoining the cemetery, which, if it goes ahead, could encroach on or under (underground carpark) the Palmerston Cemetery. No decision has yet been forthcoming. Another successful fund-raising Sausage-Sizzle was held at Bunnings in May of this year and we will be doing it all again in November. This is one of our major fund-raising activities and we thank Bunnings for giving us these oppor tunities. We always get a good number of members who give their time and effort to ensure the success of these events. I wont try to remember the names of each of you, but you know who you are and Im sure you know how much we appreciate you. I particularly want to thank Elaine Barry, for organizing the sausages, bread, main ice box, serviettes and sundry items needed for the day. Thanks Elaine. We still have a keen team involved in the very time consuming work of readying thousands of files, with the ulti mate aim of publishing an index of Northern Territory Pioneers. Foremost in that band we thank our pocket dynamo, Patsy Hickey, Beattie Mayo for her ongoing work (again often late into the night), together with Nadine Parkinson, Neville Jones, Nerilie Heikkinen, Flora Love, Elaine Barry, and,Vern OBrien. A special vote of thanks to Elaine for the months of work she has put in (often after-hours) and continues to put in, in collating and actioning many Pioneer forms which had not previously been entered into the system, or were deficient in content. Patsy Hickey and Dianne Tessmann took on the task of applying for grants to enable us to purchase or otherwise obtain various pieces of equipment and research resources for our impressive library. We are pleased to report that with the aid of a $20,000.00 Community Benefit Fund Grant from the N.T. Government we have purchased the Scan Pro roll-film and fiche scanner-to-print unit mentioned in least years Report. A magical addition to our Li brary. Many thanks to the NT Government for assisting us with this Grant. June Tomlinson works with Patsy and