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Connecting Culture:  Tracing Ancestors

This session is presented by the History Council of New South Wales in partnership with
the State Library of New South Wales, supported by grants from the City of Sydney and Create NSW


The HCNSW’s First Nations Project Officer, Lisa Paton*, has been researching ways in which mob can access their family histories and learn about their ancestry.

It turns out that our valued member, the State Library of New South Wales, has a First Nations team that is more than happy to share their many years of expertise in this area with Lisa, our members and the general public.

Join Melissa Jackson and Kerry-Ann Tape, First Nations family history specialists, for Connecting Culture: Tracing Ancestors workshop for mob. 

In this session we will introduce you to the State Library’s diverse family history collections and provide you with ways in which to trace your ancestors. 

*Lisa Paton’s role is supported by the City of Sydney through a Cultural Sector Innovation Grant.


Session facilitators

Melissa Jackson is a Bundjalung librarian at the State Library of NSW. She specialises in language enquiries and material, cultural consultation and First Nations family history. 

Kerry-Ann Tape is Ngiyampaa, and is a qualified Koori librarian at the State Library of NSW. She specialises in First Nations family history, Tindale genealogies, collection enquiries, transcription and supervised viewings.

Join us for a family history yarn, presented in-person.

Melissa Jackson & Kerry-Ann Tape (Photo credit:  Joy Lai)

When |  Tuesday, 26 July, 2022, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Where |  The Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney

(Bookings are essential – morning tea provided!)

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