Family History ACT

the home of the

Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra

The office holders for 2016-2017


President – Nick Reddan

Nick has been a member of HAGSOC since 1988 when he started researching his family history. He has been a member of HAGSOC council since 2009.
His main interest is in Irish genealogy but he has also researched his English and Scottish ancestors.
Nick initiated and manages a significant genealogical database – The Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland.
His research efforts have been recognised by the Irish Genealogical Research Society who made him a fellow in 2007.

Vice President – Jenny Higgins

Jenny has been a member of HAGSOC for over 30 years and has contributed to library supervision and the education program. She was the family history librarian at the National Library of Australia until retirement in 2013 and holds a part time position at the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Secretary – Julie Austin


Treasurer – Sue Jeffs

Sue has over 30 years experience in providing financial and accounting services, and holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree. For the last 17 years working in corporate finance roles in the Federal Government, she took a redundancy package last year.
She has extensive experience in many different software packages, including MYOB.
Sue is also the Treasurer in another Community Service Organisation, a position held for a number of years.
Her three daughters and their partners plus all four grandchildren all live in Canberra.



Rosemary McKenzie

Rosemary has been researching her family history since she was a teenager. Her parents are from Victoria and Queensland, so no local or even NSW research. Her ancestry then goes overseas to Germany and the UK – England, Scotland, Ireland – no Wales yet! Her primary interests are convicts, immigration, writing, travel and recently DNA. Rosemary has been a member of HAGSOC since 2003 and has been on council for nine of those years starting with membership secretary then vice-president, treasurer and president. Currently Rosemary is editor of The Ancestral Searcher (TAS).


Joan Pratt

Joan grew up in Melbourne and Canberra and studied Arts and Law at the Canberra University College. She worked in the Attorney-General’s Department, then after a short period lecturing at Canberra Uni, moved to northern NSW and was a country solicitor and farmer for thirty years. Joan has been a member of the Society since returning to Canberra and enjoys researching the social, political and economic background of her family and writing up the family stories.

Anne Beasley

Anne has a brick wall that she is keen to break down or at least make some cracks in which she has been working on and off on for many years. Has been a member since 2015. Keen to learn more about DNA and how it can help researchers of family history. Loves swing and balboa dancing from the 20’s – 30’s era. Keen to learn more about HAGSOC and how it helps its members and looking forward to being able to spend more time researching and attending meetings of interest at HAGSOC in 2017.

Robyn Coghlan

Robyn Coghlan

Has been a member of HAGSOC since 1987 and has supervised the library on a monthly basis from the beginning. For the past four years, Robyn has coordinated use of the Education Room by external groups.