Researching Family History

Date : 
30 May 2019 
Venue: Stanton Library (Conference room, level 2)
Council Event
Cost: Free

Event Details

The practice and meanings of family history 

How do we practice family history?  Are there frameworks and methods used that are common to all?  How do we recognise, deal with and capture emotions in the practice of gathering family history?  What can family history tell us about how our ancestors have dealt with the challenges and pleasures of their lives and how can this affect and support individuals and families through contemporary experiences?

This seminar is interactive - participants are asked to bring along examples of their research/their writing about family history and object. A/Prof Tanya Evans on behalf of the History Council of NSW and Dr Ian Hoskins will facilitate the seminar.

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About the Facilitators

A/Prof Tanya Evans, Associate Professor, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Centre for Media History (CMH) and Centre for Applied History, Macquarie University. She is a public historian who specialises in the history of the family, motherhood, poverty and sexuality. She is passionate about researching ordinary people and places in the past and co-creating historical knowledge with diverse communities as well as teaching and producing public programs. Professor Evans has published four books her last book on the history of The Spit Swimming Club at Balmoral Beach. She continues to research and write about the different ways in which family history is practised in Australia, England and Canada.


Dr Ian Hoskins has been the North Sydney Council Historian since 2003. His book Sydney Harbour: A History won the Qld Premier’s Prize for History in 2010 and Coast: a history of the NSW edge won the NSW Premier’s Prize for Community and Regional History in 2014. He is the 2019 CH Currey Fellow at the State Library of NSW. 


30 May 2019 at 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM


Stanton Library (Conference room, level 2)
234 Miller Street Miller Street
North Sydney
New South Wales 2060


: 99368400

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