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(Photo credit:  Sam Hood Collection, State Library of NSW)

About the workshop
This interactive workshop will look at the practice and meanings of family history and ask the questions:

How and why 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?

A/Prof Tanya Evans and Dr Ian Hoskins answer these questions and more in this 3 hour seminar.

Workshop preparation
Participants are asked to bring along examples of their research/their writing about family history and objects.

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.  A/Prof Evans 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.
A/Prof Evans has published four books her last book on the history of the Spit Swimming Club at Balmoral Beach (Swimming with the Spit:  100 Years of the Spit Amateur Swimming Club (NewSouth Publishing, 2016). 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 employed as the North Sydney Council Historian since 2003. His book Sydney Harbour: A History (NewSouth Publishing, 2011) won the Qld Premier’s Prize for History in 2010 and Coast: a History of the NSW Edge (NewSouth Publishing, 2013) won the NSW Premier’s Prize for Community and Regional History in 2014. In 2019, Dr Hoskins is the C H Currey Fellow at the State Library of NSW.

When:     Thursday, 30 May 2019 at 10:00 AM – 01:00 PM
Where:    Stanton Library, 234 Miller Street, North Sydney
Cost:        Free, but please reserve your ticket via the Book Now button on this page
Contact:  9936 8400