STAWELL - Stawell Historical Society members were delighted to welcome a visitor from overseas.
Barry Brown flew over from New Zealand to conduct research on his family history. He chose Stawell as this was the middle name of his father and usually, such names are chosen because of a town.
All Barry knew was that Stawell was a town somewhere in country Victoria.
"I speak German and have been taking ancestry tours to Germany for more than 25 years, to visit locations associated with the German settlers to Nelson, New Zealand in 1844," Mr Brown said.
"My mother's German family came out to Nelson in 1844. I had very little information regarding my father's ancestry except that he was named after a town called Stawell, somewhere in Victoria.
"Thanks to the Stawell Historical Society, I was able to make a start on my father's ancestry."
Mr Brown described the records for Victoria as being amongst the best.
Due to his visit to the Stawell Historical Society, Mr Brown was able to gather a wealth of information about his ancestors.
"I learnt that my grandfather was Frank Sherringham Brown. Sherringham is a city in England," he said.
"He was born in a forestry camp, at Langi Ghiran in 1872, the son of George and Martha (nee Pegley ) Brown.
"Thanks to the Stawell Historical Society, they were able to find the later farm of George and Martha at Great Western, plus the real bonus of Martha's grave, also at Great Western."
Mr Brown said he would forever be indebted to members at the Stawell Historical Society.
"It was quite emotional to see the locations of my grandfather's ancestry, where they were born and lived," he said.