Events

The Southern Cross Region organises a variety of functions and events throughout each year, to enable members to keep in touch with each other.

Our Newsletters also form an important means of communication.  These contain a mixture of articles on Butler individuals, family histories, research hints, and also report on Society events and meetings.  If a member is looking for some information to assist with their research, a request can be made in our “Seeking” column.  The following are samples of our Newsletters.

Southern Cross Newsletter Dec 2016

Southern Cross Newsletter Sept 2018

GENERAL MEETINGS

Date:               Sunday 24th February 2019, starting at noon.

Location:         The Uniting Church Hall, Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine, VIC 3450.

Date :              Sunday 23rd June 2019, starting at noon.

Location:         13 Wilgra Avenue, Ashburton, VIC 3147.

Date :              Sunday 1st September 2019, starting at noon.

Location:         The Kentia Room, Brisbane International Hotel Virginia, in Brisbane, Qld.

Date :              Sunday 24th November 2019, starting at noon.

Location:         To be advised.

We begin with a general discussion, when members compare notes and report progress on their research, and view items from the Archive, while eating lunch.  After a short meeting, when we review and discuss progress on various activities, there is more discussion over afternoon tea.

Please bring your own lunch, tea and coffee is provided.

SOUTHERN CROSS GATHERING 2019

Friday 30th August – Monday 2nd September

Based at: Brisbane International Hotel, Cnr Sandgate & Zillmere Roads, Boondall,  Qld.

At this Gathering there will be talks and displays concerning Butler families and individuals who contributed to the early history and development of the State of Queensland.

FRIDAY 30th AUGUST – REGISTRATION & RECEPTION            

We shall hear about the pioneering family of William Butler.  This will be a great opportunity to meet other people with a Butler connection, compare family histories, view the display of items from the Butler Society Archive, etc. 

SATURDAY 31st AUGUST – DAY TRIP TO KILCOY                      

We shall travel by coach to the small town of Kilcoy which owes a lot of its history to William Butler and his family.  Morning tea will be served at the RSL Hall, followed by a talk about the items in the RSL Museum which relate to Butlers.  We shall view an imposing clock tower in the centre of Kilcoy, which was erected in memory of William Butler, and also visit the Valour Walk, which pays tribute to several Butlers who were awarded the highest honours for their exploits in WWI.  After lunch we shall tour the historic Butler homestead, and then visit St Mary’s Anglican Church, which contains windows and furniture items commemorating various Butlers.  Afternoon tea will be served in the Church Hall before our return to Brisbane.

SUNDAY 1st SEPTEMBER – HISTORY & GENEALOGY FORUM

In the morning there will be an illustrated talk about a Butler family who were the first white settlers on Magnetic Island.  The history of Butler Airlines will also be presented.  There will also be a genealogy forum, and a display of family histories and items from the Archive, including details of Butler families in medieval Ireland and England.  Morning and afternoon tea and a light lunch will be served.

In the evening we shall enjoy a delicious three-course meal, with lots of good conversation and laughter. 

MONDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER – DAY TRIP                 

The coach will leave the hotel and travel to Newstead House, where we shall learn more about Butlers involved with the early history of Queensland.  A two-course lunch will be served.

For further details, contact the Secretary at karyn.collins@bigpond.com.

INTERNATIONAL TRIENNIAL RALLY 2021

The next International Triennial Rally will be held in Kilkenny, Ireland, in 2021.