Don Grant, a much loved and well known friend of genealogists, died yesterday in Australia.
Don, was the founder of Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc., the Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents Inc., and the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Inc (AFFHO). The history of AFFHO states:
"The Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations was successfully launched at the Australian National University. Canberra on 30 Sep and 1 Oct 1978, when sixteen genealogical, heraldry, family organisations and government bodies joined together in one Federation. The first President of the Federation was Mr WM (Bill) Marsh of the Heraldry & Genealogical Society of Canberra. The first Vice President was Mr Don WM Grant (Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies) who conducted the inaugural meeting, as Mr Marsh was overseas at the time."
As Chairman of the Organising Committee and in association with AIGS, Don organized the first Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry, in Melbourne at Easter 1977 - an event which is still going strong. He was the assistant editor of the proceedings which came out in 1980. Out of this Congress developed AFFHO and AAGRA.
Don was also a Fellow of the Genealogical Society of Victoria.
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