Dr David J Evans is a former Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering based in Geelong. He has also been active in charity work and served as the Honorary Secretary and later Executive Officer of Sirovilla Inc., a Geelong-based housing charity established in 1972. While serving in this role he published the organisation’s history in 1999 under the titleThe Sirovilla story, Patsey Pacific, Belmont, Victoria, 1999.

Jennifer McNeice is a local and family historian: writing, providing consultancy advice and conducting workshops for other researchers. She is a member of the Genealogical Society of Victoria and the Society of Australian Genealogists, and holds a Bachelor of Science (University of Melbourne) and Diploma in Family Historical Studies. She has recently written a history of Koonung Cottage. In her spare time, Jennifer is a volunteer biographer at Eastern Palliative Care and occasionally writes cryptic crosswords.

Dorothy Small began researching her family history well before the Internet was a key resource. Since retiring from full-time employment she has enjoyed volunteering and researching at a variety of organisations, including Public Record Office Victoria. She now volunteers at the Williamstown library and Puffing Billy Railway, Belgrave. She is also the secretary of the Williamstown Historical Society.

Author email: dorothylsmall@gmail.com

Janet Lynch is a public servant with a long-standing interest in history, after tracing her own family tree. Janet completed a part-time Bachelor of Arts (Australian Studies) followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts (Historical Research) in 2013 at Monash University. She is a graduate member of the Professional Historians Association of Victoria.

Author email: lynchjnt@yahoo.com

Jacquie Browne nee Keown is a mother of three amazing children, Nana of two phenomenal and gorgeous girls, Kenzie and Lillie, and a Melburnian through and through. She is a student of life, forever curious; from being halfway through her Bachelor of Arts way back when, to now always happily honing her complementary health practitioner skills; she ecstatically embraces all dancing, singing, music and travel.

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