Roo boy shakes his family tree

Media release: Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Kangaroo player Michael Firrito from the North Melbourne Football Club will be among those shaking their family tree at the National Archives in Melbourne next week.

The annual Shake Your Family Tree day is a great drawcard for both experienced family historians and novices, with experts on hand from a range of institutions to share their knowledge. The National Archives is encouraging people to visit and learn what various collections might hold about their own family on Tuesday 16 April.

'People are always amazed to discover what we hold about their ancestors in the Archives' collection – and what is available elsewhere,' said National Archives Victorian Director Ross Gibbs. 'In our collection they might find family service records, photographs, immigration and citizenship applications, employment records and even letters which help to build a picture of their family's past. The search is even easier now, as many of these documents are available online.'

Other attractions on the day include Professor Janet McCalman's talk about convict ancestors in Victoria and a seminar with Cate O'Neill who will help people find and connect with ancestors who were in 'care' as children.

The Koorie Records Unit will present a workshop of 'Finding your mob' and visitors can attend a conservation clinic to discover how to preserve family history records. Behind-the-scenes tours of the Victorian Archives Centre are also available. A webcast from Canberra, sponsored by, will introduce visitors to a new website Destination: Australia, featuring 20,000 photographs of post-war immigrants.

Experts will be on hand from the National Archives of Australia, Public Record Office Victoria, State Library of Victoria, Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies, the Genealogical Society of Victoria, Find & Connect web resource project, the Koorie Heritage Trust and the Immigration Museum. Showbags and refreshments are available all day.

Entry is free but bookings for events are required. Programs are available at and bookings can be made online.

Shake Your Family Tree will be held at the Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne on Tuesday 16 April from  9.30 to 4pm.

Contact information

  • Jessica Reid (Manager Access Services)
    t 03 9348 5774 e
  • Ross Gibbs (Director, Victoria State Office)
    t (03) 9881 6816 m 0408 645 842 e
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