Mr Douglas Browning

Mr Douglas Browning – MAAGRA

Special Interests: England and Wales. Consultations in research methods and sources.
Location: Victoria
Lecturer and researcher; transcription of documents in English of any age; Lancashire; London.

email: [email protected]

telephone bh & ah: 03 8637 4730

PO Box 1007, RINGWOOD, VIC 3134, Australia

Office Bearer: Treasurer

Ms Rachel M. Croucher

Ms Rachel M. Croucher – BA (Melb), MA (Monash), MAAGRA

Special Interests: Forensic Genealogy; Adoption; Mixed Ancestries; The Holocaust and Genocide; European History; German Language and History; Irish History; Irish Passports; Sikh Migration Waves in Australia Since the Turn of the 20th Century; Pre- and Post-World War II Lithuanian Migration Waves; The Regions of Gippsland and East Gippsland in Victoria with a particular emphasis on her hometown of Bairnsdale.

email[email protected]

postal address: PO Box 402, North Melbourne VIC 3051


Record agent and Genealogist

Office Bearer: Vice-President

Mr Peter Gill

Mr Peter Gill – BA, B.Ed, MAAGRA
Special Interests: Shipping and immigration, education records, public buildings, inquests/wills.
State/Location specialty: Victoria
Peter Gill has been searching in genealogical and family history records for the past 20 years. His experience has developed from an extensive teaching career, which included working in several different libraries. Peter worked in 2 different Melbourne newspaper offices prior to commencing teaching, so he has a broad and practical research background. Has a long interest in Australian sporting history, inquests, probates and wills.

email: [email protected]

telephone bh & ah: 03 9885 2203  fax: 03 9885 7195

2 Mernda Avenue, ASHBURTON, VIC 3147, Australia

Record Agent
Office Bearer: Committee member

Mr Peter Matthews

Mr Peter Matthews, Dip Ed, B Ed, Grad Dip Ed Admin, MAAGRA

Special Interests: in schools, country Victorian towns, wills and probates, and cemetery records
State/Location specialty: VIC
Prior to beginning this business Peter Matthews was a teacher for 40 years, and a School Principal for half of that time. His most recent Principal role was at a complex multi-campus school and required significant managerial, leadership and technical skills. He has a close attention to detail, documentation and precise planning, and meeting the requirements of clients. He provides general research work for clients as well as genealogical research and advice.

email: [email protected]

telephone bh: 0427 330 132 mobile: 0427 330 132

PM Research Services, 8 Vickers Street, Kialla, VIC 3631, Australia

Record Agent

Mrs Anita Payne

Mrs Anita Payne – DipFamHist (UTAS), MAAGRA
Special Interests: Family history research, Charting trees, Cemeteries, PROV, Convicts, Heraldry, all Australian, New Zealand, UK
research and most recently Netherlands.
State/Location specialty: Victoria and other states.
I have a life long history of researching not only my own family but also assisting others find their family
members as well. Where genealogy is so often considered to be research of only the past, I regularly find living
relatives, which can lead to warm family reunions.
My professional background of 40 years has essentially been in nursing, which is very people-oriented.
Interestingly, this gives me extra insights into matters such as illness and cause of death. I no longer work in that
area, concentrating fully on genealogy.
The greatest pleasure in my work has always been the surprised and happy reactions of clients whose family
past, wherever that went, lets them feel they know where they came from. Usually they also receive some
fascinating and previously unheard of tales of their family’s past lifestyle and circumstances.
I am in the process of updating my (old) websites, including obtaining testimonials from happy clients, and
expect to have them flying soon.
Telephone: 0418 466 099
Postal: Unit 2, 40 Main Street, Rutherglen 3685
Record Agent

Mrs Carmel Reynen

Mrs Carmel Reynen


  • Diploma Professional Writing and Editing
  • Subjects completed with University Tasmania for Family History
  • Certificate of Genealogy Society of Australian Genealogists

Location: Central Victoria with access to Public Record Office, Ballarat

Special Interest: is in making stories from life events, newspapers etc to bring history back to life.

  • Dating photographs
  • Cemetery Photography
  • Repatriation records for return soldiers

Biography: I have over 40 years of Genealogical Experience and have taken part in a number of short courses in genealogy over that time.

Have also been responsible for a local genealogical newsletter for the past eight years. I also administer a number of facebook sites for genealogical interests, however also very aware of privacy issues.

Have also given talks to various Societies re using TROVE, Facebook for Genealogy, searching  Military Records as well as using Birth, Death and Marriage Records.

email: [email protected]

Ms Phoebe Wilkens

Ms Phoebe Wilkens

Adv. Diploma Local, Family & Applied History, B. Historical Inquiry & Practice, member of the PHA, MAAGRA.

Special interests include, family history and genealogical research, family trees, local historical research, discovering the history of your home, property or business, breaking down ‘brick walls’ and solving family mysteries.

I have many years of experience working with and utilising records from the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and the National Archives of Australia, the State Library of Victoria, the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, the Australian War Memorial, as well as local historical institutions and societies.

I also have vast experience working with English, Irish and Scottish records as well as experience working with Dutch and Dutch East Indian records.

Location: Victoria


email: [email protected]


telephone: 0402 682 329

postal address: PO Box 429, Brunswick, Victoria 3055 OR E3 Federal Mills Park, 33 Mackey Street, North Geelong, Victoria, 3215

Mrs Anne Young

Mrs Anne Young – Grad. Dip., M. Litt. Local & Applied History (UNE); MAAGRA
Special Interests: Working directly with family history researchers
State/Location specialty: Victoria
Using a range of materials, both paper and digital, I provide relevant, well-sourced information that answer the questions of clients in a professional, cost-effective and timely manner. I have a Graduate Diploma in Local and Applied History (UNE, 1999) and a Master of Letters (Australian History) (UNE, 2001). I deal directly with family history researchers, and I have also provided professional services through’s ExpertConnect service, completing 96 projects, with an average 5-star rating, the maximum.

email: [email protected]   


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telephone: 0420 665 308

PO Box 122W, BALLARAT WEST, VIC 3350, Australia

Record Agent and Genealogist

Office Bearer: Secretary