Western Sydney Regional Seminar – Bookings Closed
For catering purposes, bookings close 15 November 2023.
Theme: Unveiling the Untold: Crafting Compelling Local Histories
Event Date & Time: Saturday 18 Nov 2023 @ 10 am – 3 pm
Event Location: Western Sydney Records Centre. 161 O’Connell St, Kingswood NSW 2747.
Are you eager to dive into the fascinating world of local history research? Do you want to uncover untold stories and shed light on the past of your community? If so, join us for this seminar on researching and writing compelling local histories.
This seminar will explore the techniques and methodologies for conducting thorough and captivating research into your local area’s history. We will guide you through the process of unearthing hidden treasures, gathering reliable information, and piecing together a narrative that will captivate readers and preserve your community’s heritage. You will learn from experienced historians, archivists, and researchers who have honed their skills in uncovering the past.
About the speakers:
Dr Iain Stuart is President of the Royal Australian Historical Society. Iain is a graduate from Latrobe University, Monash University and the University of Sydney, where he wrote his dissertation on 19th-century rural landscapes. He has worked for the Government Heritage Agencies in Victoria and NSW and as an archaeological consultant on various projects since 1993.
Judith Dunn OAM is a Councillor of the Royal Australian Historical Society and author of eight books on Parramatta’s local and community history, including her most recent, Then and There Lying Dead: Murders, Accidents, Inquests and Incidents in Sydney’s Greater West 1803–1950.
Dr Matthew Stephens is Research Librarian at the Caroline Simpson Library, Museums of History NSW. He has had a long-term interest in early book and sheet music collections in NSW, in their owners, and the stories they tell. His publications include Hannah Snell: The Secret Life of a Female Marine, 1723–1792 (London: Ship Street Press, 1997; 2014), and he was contributor and co-editor of Sound Heritage: Making Music Matter in Historic Houses by Jeanice Brooks, Matthew Stephens and Wiebke Thormählen (Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon; New York, 2022).
Emily Hanna is Lead Archivist, Collection Discovery at Museums of History NSW. For many years, Emily has helped people to access the NSW State Archives Collection across a range of channels, including the reading room, enquiry services and talks.
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