Orange Regional Seminar – Looking to the Future & Discovering the Past

View of Summer Street, the main street of Orange, c.1900 [RAHS Photograph Collection]

The Royal Australian Historical Society is staging one of its popular regional seminars in conjunction with Central West Libraries. It will appeal to anyone who wishes to learn more about historical records for the study of local history, including land title research, discovering the secrets cemeteries can reveal, and improving your research using Trove (the National Library of Australia’s free online database).

As RAHS President Christine Yeats explains, ‘you don’t have to be an expert to come to the seminar – you just need to be interested in the people and place from the past’. ‘There is so much to discover about Australian history and going back to original source materials is critical in truly understanding the life experiences of our ancestors.’

Christine will be discussing search strategies using the new Historical Land Records Viewer (HLRV) website to help delve into the story of your home and discover how it is a piece of living history. She will also provide tips for searching newspapers, gazettes, journals, diaries, letter and maps on Trove.

Judith Dunn OAM, author of eight books, five of which are on the Parramatta Cemeteries, will highlight how cemeteries can encapsulate and reflect the local area: ‘A cemetery is not just a person’s history; it’s a community’s history. There is so much more to a cemetery than the memorials on the surface.’

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When: Saturday 14 March 2020, 9.30am – 3pm
Where: Orange Ex-Services Club, 231-243 Anson Street Orange 2800
Cost: $20 (incl. morning tea and lunch)

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