meet the staff
Activity of the SAG is managed by a small team on behalf of the Board.
(Please bear with us whilst we update our photos, in the meantime, enjoy some from our collection!)
Staff are mostly part-time, often flexibly to support our events calendar, and spread across our two premises in Sydney throughout the week as well as working remotely. Use the Contact Us information to get to the team: https://www.sag.org.au/Contact-Us
The Society's core office hours are 10.00am-3.00pm Monday to Friday with the Library open at distinct times - see https://www.sag.org.au/VisitUs
Lorraine Brothers Librarian
I usually work… Tuesday to Friday and the third Saturday of each month in the Library.
I am responsible for… Accessions, cataloguing and maintaining the Library Collection. Assisting volunteers and members with enquiries and locating items when in the Library.
My most exciting family history find was when… I discovered that my GGG Grandfather was a Pipe Major in Scotland and so was his father who won the Prize Pipe at the Highland Games in 1793. Then finding them mentioned in books on the Pipers and the theatres of war they served in.
Vanessa Cassin Education Manager
I usually work... Monday to Friday, and often evenings and Saturdays depending on the events program.
I am responsible for.. the planning and implementation of the Society’s education/events program. I source and schedule guest speakers for webinars and conferences and act as host for many of the events. I support the convenors of all the Special Interest Groups and initiate new groups.
Family history means: joining together all the puzzle pieces to discover where I come from and what experiences have led to me being the person I am. I enjoy the challenge of analysing all the evidence and especially the thrill of finding that elusive clue that ties all the snippets of information together.
Kathy Conroy Bookshop Manager
I usually work...Tuesday to Thursday and first Saturday of each month in the Library.
I am responsible for... daily administration of the Library's 379 Kent Street facilities including front-desk reception duties, together with managing the online and inhouse bookshop.
James Findlay Archival Project Manager
I usually work...Monday to Friday in Richmond Villa.
I am responsible for… Managing the Society’s Manuscripts and Images Collection as well as planning for its future.
Family history means: the quest to understand the stories of ones’ forbears. I believe its power lies in establishing a deep connection with history, which can lead the researcher to new understandings about the past lives of people and the worlds they inhabited.
The Society supports the global community of family historians with training, events, peer support, developing its archive/reference collections, and advocacy activities.
Ruth Graham Chief Executive Officer
I usually work...Monday to Friday but flexibly around events and meetings across evenings and weekends.
I am responsible for…the general management of Society, representing the Society to the media or at public events, and coordinating the Certificate and Diploma cohorts. I am Company Secretary, lead on social media content/external engagement.
Family history means: connecting with past stories and the decisions of your forebears whilst uncovering new cousins in the present. Many lifetimes yet to be uncovered!
Marlene Scahill Events Bookings Officer
I usually work...Mondays and Wednesdays 10.00am-3.00pm.
I am responsible for... Co-ordinating all the event registrations
My most exciting family history find was when… I discovered that I was related to William & Harry through their mother.
Danielle Tebb Membership Officer
I usually work…Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and alternate Saturdays.
I am responsible for…The SAG membership system - generating and processing membership renewals, sending out Descent and SAG-E, organising MIDAS retrievals and co-ordinating the annual Croker Prize entries for judging.
My most exciting family history find was when…Discovering my maternal great-grandfather had briefly been a member of SAG before his death in 1950 and a research question he posed then remains unanswered to this day.