|Terry Eakin preparing for the seminar|
Terry, who has travelled to Ireland 21 times, has published a number of works including Research in Ireland : with particular reference to the nine counties of Ulster. Thanks, Terry, for sharing your experiences with us.
Not at all related to the day's proceedings was meeting up with a second cousin once removed. We are both descended from convict, Elizabeth Phipps and one of her men.
Around ten years ago I had been in contact by snail mail and telephone with Elva who shared a lot of her research with me. I reciprocated by dropping off a bundle in her letterbox one day but did not get to meet her. Apparently Elva had noticed in the Society's newsletter that I had joined up and was on the lookout for me. When I was waiting for the seminar to begin I noticed Elva's name badge and we struck up a conversation that continued during the breaks in proceedings. I have to say that in spite of all the learning that took place yesterday meeting cousin Elva was the highlight of my day.
|Lunch by Turramurra Ladies|
I am so glad that I joined this society that has a well-stocked research centre and a great program of talks and seminars and where the members are friendly and welcoming.
Thanks to Jo Harris and the team who organised this splendid event and to the ladies of the Turramurra Uniting Church who were the lunchtime caterers.