In this month’s Snippets, be sure to check out the catch of the day from our Fishing for Fun group; photos of some members’ great artwork; and if you want to delve into your family history, Family History Connections in Blackburn has everything you’ll need.

Seals spoil fishing fun

By Fishing for Fun Course Leader Mike Davies

A recent fishing trip at the end of April, which was attended by six members of the ‘Fishing for Fun’ course, was a challenge. One squid and five mackerel were caught. Unfortunately, the seals were very active which scared the fish. Those who came along braved the cold and attacks of ‘killer seals’ and Werner caught the biggest fish of the night (photo by Linda Zhu).

Tuesday painting class on show

Jane Levy’s Tuesday Drawing and Painting class recently held a display of their work in the Hub. Here are a few snaps of their great work.

Exploring your family history

Have you ever watched an episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and wondered about your own ancestors? Family History Connections is located at 1/41 Railway Road, Blackburn, and can provide a wealth of information for the family history researcher.

Their family history resources include over 13,600 books, 3,300 CDs, around 60 maps, microfiche, and films. Members also get free access to major genealogical databases, like Ancestry, Findmypast, Roots Ireland and MyHeritage, and Library Assistants are on duty to help you.

As a special offer to U3A Nunawading members, Family History Connections will waive the joining fee of $20 for the July half-year offer.

Membership fees – 1 July to 31 December 2024:

Individual Membership – $90
Concession Membership – $75
Interest Group – Free for the first year (usually $25 or 3 for $50)

Download an application form at or call their office on 9877 3789 Monday – Wednesday 10 am to 4 pm, or email

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