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06 January 2012

Meet-Ups in Brisbane, January 2012

I look forward to seeing some of you at one (or both) of the Genealogists for Families 'meet-up' events in Brisbane (Queensland, Australia) this month. If you are interested in genealogy and microlending, you are welcome to come along even if you have not yet joined our Kiva lending team. You are also welcome to bring family or friends who are curious about what we do.

The main get-together will be at 1:30pm, Sunday 22nd January 2012, at... (Correction! The venue has been changed. Details are in a more recent blog post.)

A smaller gathering will be held a week earlier, at 10:30am, Sunday 15th January 2012 at Tognini's cafe near the State Library of Queensland bookshop.

I chose those dates and venues partly because the Lifeline Bookfest, the largest second-hand book sale in the world, will be nearby at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. A map of the area is on www.culturalcentresouthbank.com.au.

If you think you may be able to join us on Sunday 15th or 22nd January, please email me at the address shown in the sidebar.


  1. Brisbane is a bit far from my normal hunting grounds, so I'll have to give you a rain check on this one. Maybe, someday, I'll be in Australia and can meet you, in person. :)

  2. Yes Pam, Arizona is a bit too far from Brisbane! But I do hope we can meet in person someday. Two members of our team (one from the Netherlands and one from Australia) intend to meet up at the National Archives in The Hague later this year. Opportunities like that are an unexpected bonus for members of Genealogists for Families!

  3. Judy, I should be able to come on Sunday 15th after all. Look forward to meeting everyone.

  4. What a shame I won't be able to make this meeting, especially with a bookfest.

  5. Pauleen, we very much hope that you can join us on the 15th. Julie, fingers crossed that you can meet some of our team when you visit Australia later this year.

  6. I thoroughly enjoyed our first team gathering yesterday. We met at 10:30 for coffee, and we were still chatting happily a couple of hours later, so we stayed for lunch! Fiona, Chris and Ken came up from the Gold Coast, and Helen and I were the Brisbane representatives. Nola had to cancel at the last minute but hopes to be at the second gathering (next Sunday, 22nd). Pauleen was also unable to come, but may be able to join us for another event in late February or early March.

    There will be a change of venue for next Sunday's meet-up. The cafe I originally suggested is (in my opinion) not suitable now that it has a 'new look, new management and new menu'. I will post an update when I have confirmed the new location.

  7. Updated details for the meet-up on Sunday 22nd January 2012 are in a new blog post. I would be interested in your comments on the question I asked at the end of that post.


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