About us

We meet on the second Thursday of each month, except December and January, in the Victor Harbor Library meeting room at 10 am. Visitors welcome.

We start with an informal meeting and discussion, including morning tea. Members then have access to the library’s computers 11 am–12 noon to pursue their own research or to help each other. Members are currently exploring DNA research options in this period.


Encounter Bay Family History Group grew from the South Coast Family History Group. The group began in 2001 following a genealogy course presented by Victor Harbor Seniors On Line (VHSOL). It operated under the auspices of VHSOL for seven years. In 2008, the group branched out independently with a base at the Victor Harbor Library. Read more … Summary Encounter Bay Family History Group

Encounter Bay

Encounter Bay stretches from Newland Head at Victor Harbor to Cape Jaffa (near Robe) on the southeast coast of South Australia. Its hinterland is the Fleurieu Peninsula, and the lakes systems of the lower River Murray, including The Coorong.

Historically, the bay was the meeting place in 1802 of the British and French explorers charting Australia’s coastline: Matthew Flinders in his ship Investigator and Nicolas Baudin in the Géographe.

Our major towns are Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Middleton and Goolwa, all approximately 80 km south of Adelaide.