Research agents – Melbourne and Hobart – Fact sheet 44

The research agents listed below have indicated to the National Archives their willingness to undertake research in the Archives reading rooms in Melbourne and Hobart. Areas of specialisation, where advised, have been included. Arrangements concerning conditions and fees should be made privately between inquirers and research agents. The Archives makes no recommendation as to the competence of the agents, and their inclusion in this list does not indicate any form of accreditation by the Archives. The Archives accepts no responsibility for the work performed.

Research agents – Melbourne

Ms Abigail Belfrage, MA (Public History), GradDipCultHMgmt, BA (Hons) History
The History Dept.
Tel: 0405 527 770

Archival and genealogical research, especially immigration, service, land and property records. Research coaching service also offered.

Born and Bred Historical Research
PO Box 739
Brunswick Lower VIC 3056

Local, national and international historical and genealogical research, including NAA records, Will and Probate files, Inquests, Immigration, Education and Land records; family trees and narrative service. Previous archival experience as employees of PROV and the Geelong Heritage Centre.

Ms Kate Church BA (Hons)
23 Monash St
Shepparton VIC 3630
Tel: (03) 5821 2611

Interest in the Shepparton area of country Victoria during World War I. Willing to undertake research on towns in the Shepparton/Mooroopna area, and World War I servicemen from these areas.

Cooee History and Heritage
Dr Andrew Kilsby, BA (Mil), LitB, PhD student UNSW at ADFA
4 Midlothian Street
Malvern East VIC 3145
Tel: 0408 342 795

Australian military, business and biographic history

Ms Krystyna Duszniak
Lost Histories
192 Hawthorn Road
Caulfield North VIC 3161
Tel: (03) 95329551 Fax: (03) 90127387

Polish-Jewish history; immigration

Ms Helen D. Harris, OAM, MA (History)
40 William Street
Box Hill VIC 3128
Tel: (03) 9890 9288

Historical and genealogical research specialising in women, goldfields, police and criminal history.

EthnoLink Language Services
Mr Costa Vasili
Level 1/94 Bridge Road
Richmond VIC 3121
Tel: 1300 727 441

Polish ancestry research, Jewish family history, translation

Settlers Genealogical Services
Mrs Dorothy Anderson
9 Wattleview Grove
Bendigo VIC 3556
Tel: (03) 5446 2780

Genealogical research, specialising in women pioneers and Aboriginal people – in all offices of the National Archives

Mr Peter Gill BA, BEd
2 Mernda Avenue
Ashburton VIC 3147
Tel: (03) 9885 2203

General historical and genealogical research at the NAA Melbourne office, PROV, SLV, and Melbourne University Archives. Will also search sources of Tasmanian history located in Melbourne-based collections; member of Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents (AAGRA)

POLARON European Solutions Eva Hussain
Suite 2/535 Clayton Rd
Clayton South VIC 3169
Tel: 1300 885 561

European research, Polish heritage research, Polish/Jewish/Catholic family history, immigration World War II, general historical research, interpreting, translations

Mr Robert and Mrs Rebecca McIntosh
Bayside 32 Camp Street
Chelsea VIC 3196
Tel: (03) 9095 3123

Connecting people with their families from past generations, especially those with a military background and those descended from America and the United Kingdom. Fast and thorough services tailored to your needs.

Brian Tseng, BA (Hons) History
3/3 Major Street
Highett VIC 3190

Genealogical and historical research; land and building records search; Chinese migrants; shipping and immigration records. Collections regularly searched: National Archives (Melbourne Office), Land Title Office Victoria, PR, SLV, RHSV, Melbourne University Archives. Member of Professional Historian Association (Victoria)

PM Research Services
Mr Peter Matthews, Dip Ed, B Ed, Grad Dip Ed Admin
8 Vickers Street
Kialla VIC 3631
Tel: 0427 330 132

Genealogical and historical research; special interest in schools, country Victorian towns, wills and probates, and cemetery records. Collections regularly searched include Public Records Office of Victoria (PROV), State Library of Victoria (SLV), Genealogical Society of Victoria (GSV), National Archives of Australia (NAA), Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc. (AIGS) and the Australian War Memorial (AWM). Member of GSV.

Anne Young, Grad. Dip., M. Litt. Local & Applied History (UNE)

Family, military and general historical research; member of Association of Professional Genealogists and Australian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents (AAGRA)

Dr Sophie Couchman, MA (public history) and PhD

Archival and genealogical research, particularly Chinese immigration. Experience working with a wide range of records. Member of the Professional Historians Association, the Australian Historical Association and the Oral History Association.

Mostly Unsung Military History Research and Publications
Lt Col Neil C Smith, AM, Retd
Box 7020
Brighton VIC 3186
Tel/fax: (03) 9555 5401

Australian and British military history and related biographical research

Mr Grahame Kingston – Director, Military History Research Centre
Tel: (02) 6296 7584
Specialising in military genealogy (1850 – 1975), research consulting and services, and artefact conservation

Research agents – Hobart

Genealogical Services of Tasmania
Mr Reg A Watson
PO Box 146
Lindisfarne TAS 7015
Tel: (03) 6243 8597
Fax: (03) 6243 8599

Ms Irene Schaffer OAM
2/5a Marys Hope Road
Rosetta TAS 7010
Tel: (03) 6272 2124

Mr Grahame Kingston – Director, Military History Research Centre
Tel: (02) 6296 7584
Specialising in military genealogy (1850 – 1975), research consulting and services, and artefact conservation

Other lists of research agents

Please see fact sheets 40 to 45 for details of research agents providing a service in other National Archives reading rooms. Fact sheet 208 lists research agents undertaking work in cultural institutions overseas.

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