Discover local and family history on a digitised Trove

Published on 22 November 2019

Are you curious about your family history or the history of Melton? Join local resident and historian Janeen O’Connell for a genealogy workshop at Melton Library where she will teach you how to uncover your own family history as she traces the steps she took to research her award-winning historical fiction book series, the Cullen-Bartlett Dynasty.  

In the workshop, Starting your Family History Journey, O’Connell will explore the secrets of Trove, the National Library of Australia’s online digital archive, which recently digitised the Melton Express newspaper from 1914 to 1954.

While the starting point of any family history journey can daunt the intrepid investigator, the workshop will demonstrate how the free resources available at the library can help anyone uncover historic secrets and exciting new information.  

A member of the Melton Family History Group and Melton Wordsmiths, O’Connell recently won the City of Melton Short Story Competition with her a piece titled Irish Girls can Weave. It was based on her own family history, including her five times great grandmother Elizabeth Bartlett, who was only 20 when transported for Australia from Ireland for stealing buckles.

City of Melton Mayor Cr Lara Carli, said the Melton City Libraries are full of information for budding genealogists.

“Trove and other online resources allow us to look through a window into the past at the click of a button,” Cr Carli said.

“Forget dark shelves and dusty archives, family discoveries can be easily made in the modern and welcoming surrounds of our local libraries.

“It’s really exciting to think of all the things we could discover about Melton’s history and family histories now that Trove has given the Melton Express archives a second, and digital, life.”

‘Starting your Family History Journey’ with Janeen O’Connell
         Thursday 5 December, 6pm
WHERE:        Melton Library and Learning Hub
BOOKINGS: or 9747 5300

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