Finding Your Ancestors: Researching Aboriginal Family History in NSW (Dec 2021)
December 7 @ 13:00 - 14:00
Join Paul Irish and Michael Bennett in our monthly online series as they answer your questions about the best way to research your family. Each month they will be joined by special guests from Aboriginal communities, libraries and archives who have expertise in collections that could shed light on your family’s past. So turn off the TV, put your mobile on mute & log on to Zoom to get advice on finding the information you are looking for. There is so much to find if you only know where to start.
About the hosts:
Paul Irish is a historian and archaeologist with Sydney firm Coast History & Heritage. For over ten years he has been piecing together the history of Aboriginal families from coastal Sydney with researchers from the La Perouse Aboriginal community, including the 2015 NSW History Fellowship exhibition This Is Where They Travelled: Historical Aboriginal Lives in Sydney and his 2017 book Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal people of Coastal Sydney.
Michael Bennett is a Sydney-based historian who for the last 20 years has worked with Aboriginal communities throughout NSW on native title claims, heritage projects, genealogical research and oral history recordings. He manages the Pathfinders website which explores the history of NSW Aboriginal trackers. The book of the same name was published in 2020.
About the special guest:
Wendy Gallagher is the Senior Advisor, Regional Engagement at NSW State Archives. She has worked with the State Archives Collection for over 30 years and wants everyone to know more about this wonderful Collection. Wendy has worked both in the public Reading Room and behind the scenes managing new State archives as they arrived at NSW State Archives.
Want to know more about the NSW Tindale Genealogies? In the below video, Melissa Jackson and Ronald Briggs introduce you to the NSW Tindale Genealogies at the State Library of NSW.