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Digging a Little Deeper: Biographical Writing and Research with a Twist

June 23 @ 11:00 - 13:00

$32 – $35

This event is in partnership with WEA Sydney

Biographies – third person account of someone else’s life story – include basic information about the person’s life. This includes details such as parents’ names, birthplace, education, and interests. Biographers should not rely on dry facts alone. Successful biographies also explore family relationships, as well as the impact of major events in the subject’s childhood and the events happening around them and how these influenced their lives. By digging a little deeper you are sure to discover more about your subject and this in turn makes for an interesting biography. This session, chaired by Christine Yeats, will explore how to turn your research into an engaging biography.


  • The Biographer’s Toolkit: The essentials you need to build a biography | Heather Garnsey
  • Biography: A handshake across time | Susan Steggall

About the speakers:

  • Heather Garnsey is a recognised face and voice in Australian family history. Best known for her work as Executive Officer of the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) for 35 years, she’s spoken at seminars, conferences and congresses throughout Australia and overseas. She retired from this very full-time position early in 2020 hoping to finally spend more time on her own family history.
  • Dr Susan Steggall is an author and art historian. She has written a memoir, Alpine Beach: A Family Adventure (1999) and short biographies on grandparents and great-grandparents. Her biography A Most Generous Scholar: Joan Kerr, Art and Architectural Historian, was a Non-Fiction winner in the 2013 Society of Women Writers NSW Book Awards.


June 23
11:00 - 13:00
$32 – $35
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