The HAFS Committee


Barrie Hungerford – [E.9.3a.4b.1c] served as HAFS President 1997-2001 and as Patron since 2007. He was admitted as a barrister in 1973 and took silk in 1988. Barrie was a Judge of the Industrial Commission of NSW from 1989-2002, then practiced law part-time until full retirement in 2012.

Office bearers:

President: Lesley Abrahams – [H.4a.1b.1c.1d / E.6.5a.1b.1c.1d] joined the Committee in November 2011. She is the daughter of HAFS Foundation Member Meredyth Hungerford [H.4a.1b.1c=]. Lesley worked as a teacher-librarian, and since living in Dubbo has been a keen volunteer guide at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Vice-President: Pauline Tyrrell – [E.2.4a.10b.1c.2d=] Pauline grew up in Brisbane, where she worked for the ABC before marrying Bruce Tyrrell in 1977. She lives in Pokolbin, NSW, and has been on the Committee since October 2005. Her interest in family history dates from 2001.

Secretary: Brett Harvey – [E.1.1a. 15b.1c.1d.1e=] Brett grew up in Seven Hills NSW and works for the National Australia Bank as a Credit Manager. Brett married Helen Switzer in 1990. He was elected to the Committee in October 2013.

Treasurer: Catriona Rogers – [E.6.12a.1b.2c.1d] was elected at the 2016 AGM. She has three adult sons and three grand- children. Professionally, she is a Chartered Accountant with her own practice in the Sydney CBD.  Catriona is also our Social Secretary.

Ordinary Committee members:

Editor: Charles Sherlock AM – [E.4.1a.6b. 5c.1d] has been HAFS Editor of our Newsletters and Journals since October 2005, taking over from his son Peter. Born and educated in Sydney,  he met his wife Peta in Canberra. After they married in 1970 Charles taught Theology in Melbourne for four decades. A widely-published author, he lives in lovely Trentham in active retirement.

Davina Hall Best – [E2.2a.2b.4c.2d.1e] was elected to the Committee at the AGM in October 2017. Davina is HAFS web administrator and lives in Sydney surrounded by her daughters and grand-daughters. Davina is a semi-retired computer scientist and finance professional. She is relatively new to family history, but is passionate about Ancestry, DNA and sharing our history through the internet.

Michael Cooper – [E.6.13a.2b.2c.1d] was elected to the Committee in October 2014. Born in Sydney, Michael is now retired, having worked as a corporate lawyer and company secretary for various companies over his working career.  Michael also acts as the HAFS web editor.

Lesley Greenwood – [E.2.7a.3b.9c.1d] was elected to the Committee at the 2020 AGM. She was a HAFS Foundation Member in 1990, and since retirement from the NSW Education Department has a renewed interest in family history research. Born and raised in Quirindi NSW, Lesley has been temporarily residing in Sydney since 1983.

Kathy Smart – [H.4a.1b.1c.1d.1e /E.6.5a.1b.1c.1d.1e] was elected to the Committee at the 2020 AGM. Kathy lives in Dubbo and joins her mother Lesley Abrahams on the Committee. Kathy lives in Dubbo with her family and a menagerie of animals, and works full-time. Kathy is a keen student of English Tudor history and life.

Other Society contributors:

John BS Hungerford [E.1.1a.7b.1c. 2d] was a Committee member from September 1997 to October 2014, including being Secretary, Treasurer and President. He continues to assist with our research, actively supporting the Society in our endeavours.

Eric Young [L.VIII.i.2.5a.4b.2c] a past Committee Member for three years, family researcher since 1977, Eric began the HAFS Digitising Project in 2005 to preserve HAFS- related doucumentation by converting to digital form.