The Port Phillip Pioneers Group (PPPG) is a family history group and was formed in May 1970 as a special interest group of The Genealogical Society of Victoria (GSV). The original purpose was to bring together members of the GSV who could establish lineal descent from Pioneers who settled or were born in the Port Phillip District of the Colony of New South Wales (the present State of Victoria) prior to 1 July 1851. The Group became a separate Incorporated Association in April 1991 and membership of the GSV is no longer required. Linking with the GSV is maintained as a Member Group. We are also affiliated with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
The State of Victoria in Australia was known as the Port Phillip District of New South Wales prior to separation on 1 July 1851. Settlement at Melbourne, on the northern shore of Port Phillip Bay, commenced in 1835.
OFFICE BEARERS & COMMITTEE FOR 2013 - Jessie Handoll (President); Barbara Hawkins (Vice President); Marilla James (Honorary Secretary); Susan Grant (Honorary Treasurer), Pam Fenwick, Michael Grogan, Ken Smith and Clare Bayne (Committee Members). Michael Grogan is Examiner of Proofs; Barbara Hawkins is Newsletter Editor; Tom Davison is Property Officer, Val Farley is Door Person; Jan Hanslow is Speech Transcriber; Alexander Romanov-Hughes is Webmaster & Auditor; Ken Smith is Distributor of Publications; Margaret Kaan provides Afternoon Teas and Clare Bayne is Publicity Officer.
REPRESENTATIVES - The PPPG has representatives in Queensland (Elaine & John Bampton, 16 Robina Court, Robina, Qld., 4226. Tel: 07-5578-8382) and in the United States of America (Ken McNaughton, 3778 College Avenue, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043, U.S.A.).
ADDRESS - The Registered Office of the Port Phillip Pioneers Group Inc. (ACN: A0022862G) is maintained by the Genealogical Society of Victoria at Level B1, 257 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria. This address is not staffed by PPPG Members and we do not have an answering service here. However the public can do research here on Port Phillip District era records in the Genealogical Society of Victoria's Library for a fee.