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Finding Your Ancestors: Researching Aboriginal Family History in NSW (Session 4 – July 2021)

July 6 @ 19:00 - 20:00


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 earlier in 2020.

About the special guest:


Want to know more? Find out more about Finding Your Ancestors by downloading a special article by Paul Irish and Michael Bennett published in History Magazine, or by visiting the website and watching our YouTube videos.

Please note these sessions are for Aboriginal community members


July 6
19:00 - 20:00
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