Using Criminal Records as Sources of History

There is continuing fascination with crime – true crime or fictional accounts of “murder most foul”. Join RAHS President Christine Yeats for a workshop on how various nineteenth and early-twentieth century criminal records available in NSW, can be used by historians and writers for research into past crimes or ones that only exist in the writer’s imagination.

Supreme Court Building Sydney c.1900 [Image courtesy NSW State Archives]

Christine Yeats will discuss some of these key records, including material at the State Archives, newspaper accounts and other related records. Christine will draw on examples from historical research to demonstrate how these records have been used.

About the speaker: Christine Yeats is the President of the Royal Australian Historical Society, President of the National Council of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia (ISAA) and the Chair of the NSW Chapter of ISAA. In addition, Christine convenes the Assessment Sub-Committee of the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

An archivist by profession, Christine is a researcher and professional historian with a particular interest in Australia’s colonial history. Her current research projects include Australia’s Romani, colonial women silk growers and the botanist Sarah Hynes.

[This event is held in conjunction with WEA Sydney.]


When: Wednesday, 15 May 2019 | 11am – 1pm
Where: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $32-$35


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