Our new GSV Research and Education Centre
As we have previously advised, the GSV has decided to relocate. We are pleased to report that very satisfactory new premises have been found and we are in the process of moving in.
The new GSV Research and Education Centre is located on Level 6, 85 Queen Street, Melbourne and we will open for business on Tuesday 4 April. The building is located between Collins and Little Collins Streets on the west side of Queen Street. There are lots of cafes in the proximity and we have the use of a shared kitchen with the other tenant on the floor, however we will have our own lunch area for socialising. Please use our existing telephone number until we inform you otherwise.
The ambience of our floor is light, bright and very pleasant. It’s quite a contrast with the Collins Street basement that we’ve occupied for the past twelve years. We’ve gone for a mostly open plan layout so as to share the natural light around, and to make best use of the floor space. The floor area is less than we’re used to, but more in keeping with our membership and means.
There is lift access up from the building foyer and there are no steps between the foyer and the street. The building is normally closed on the weekends so we will be making arrangement so that members and visitors will have after-hours access on Saturdays.
The facilities and services of the GSV essentially are unchanged. Our staff and volunteers will be available to provide you with unparalleled personal help to research and compile your family history. Our education and training programs will continue to stimulate you with interesting background and practical information, and the GSV’s special interest and discussion groups will progress your knowledge of particular topics in a convivial social environment with like-minded people. Greater use will be made of other selected venues for sessions and meetings that will require space for large attendances.
Our library collection will now be located in two places. The GSV Research Collection of specialised family history research publications will be housed at Queen Street. The remaining majority of our collection will be integrated with the library at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria in their premises at the corner of William and A’Beckett Streets. An agreement between our two societies will facilitate access to the combined collection for GSV members. This arrangement is part of our long-term strategy to collaborate with other similar organizations. We strongly encourage you to visit us, progress your family research, attend an education session, participate in one of our several discussion groups, or just socialise with a coffee.
Please make the most of your Society and our new home!
by Allan Aberdeen and David Down