Summer can be a busy time for the history lover. Here’s our round-up of the best history and family history events, exhibitions, seminars, talks and more from around Australia and New Zealand.
The voyages of Willem Janzoon and Luis Vaz de Torres and the first European discovery of Australia
What: Learn about the first European discoveries of Australia, by Dutch and Spanish explorers respectively, at this one-hour day lecture by maritime historian Ian Burnet. Plus, find out which maps depict these voyages.
Who: Royal Australian Historical Society
Where: History House, 133 Macquarie St, Sydney
When: 3 February, 1-2pm
An introduction to land records
What: At the general meeting of the Campbelltown Family History Society, Gail Davis from State Records NSW will present two sessions: one introducing the land records held at Stat Records NSW, and the other focusing on children care in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Who: Campbelltown Family History Society and State Records NSW
Where: Campbelltown City Library Meeting Room 1, 1 Hurley Street, Campbelltown
When: 6 February, 1:30-3:30pm
More: State Records NSW
Out of the Vaults: Love and Courtship
What: Join the State Library of New South Wales curators for a talk exploring examples of love and romance – letters, diaries, photographs and other keepsakes, all from the Library’s collections – through the ages.
Who: State Library of New South Wales
Where: Gallery Room, Ground Floor, Mitchell Wing, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
When: 18 February, 6-7:30pm
More: State Library of NSW
Webinar: Cemetery Collections of the Society of Australian Genealogists
What: A webinar presented by the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) regarding its extensive holdings of cemetery records: from early Sydney cemetery transcriptions to registers, photographs, maps and plans.
Where: Webinar – enjoy from home!
When: 24 February, 8-9pm
Cost: Open only to SAG members, the cost is $12
Starting Your Family History
What: A 1.5-hour class teaching you where to begin on your family history journey, covering BDMs, cemeteries, wills and probate, and more.
Who: Genealogical Society of Victoria (GSV)
Where: GSV Meeting Room, Level B1, 257 Collins Street, Melbourne
When: 3 February, 10:30am-12pm
Cost: Free for GSV members, $15 for non members
Researching Your World War I Ancestors
What: An information session explaining how to research your Victorian ancestors in the Great War using the State Library of Victoria’s extensive family history resources.
Who: State Library of Victoria
Where: Meet in the front foyer
When: 16 February, 10-11am
Vietnamese in Australia: 40 Years of Settlement
What: Learn about the rich history of the Vietnamese community in Australia, from the fall of Saigon in 1975 through to today.
Who: Immigration Museum, Museum Victoria
Where: Immigration Museum, Museum Victoria
When: Daily until 30 June, 10am-5pm
More: Museum Victoria
Soldier On: World War I Soldier Settler Stories
What: Explore the stories of World War I settler soldiers with an exhibition by the Public Record Office Victoria.
Who: Public Record Office Victoria (PROV)
Where: Old Treasury Building
When: Until 15 August
Scottish Diaspora Tapestry
What: Explore the stories and experiences of Scottish people and families away from their homeland in 305 unique embroidered tapestries at this exhibition, currently on a worldwide tour.
Who: LINC Tasmania
Where: LINC, Hobart Reading Room, Level 2, 91 Murray Street
When: Until 23 January
Faces of Launceston
What: Explore a photographic exhibition by Tasmanian photographer Philip Kuruvita, of people in Launceseton.
Where: QVMAG, Inveresk
When: Until 28 February
Writing and Publishing Family History
What: Join Noeline Kyle and Rick Valenta for presentations on writing and publishing your own family history, followed by a panel discussion on contemporary publishing.
Who: Queensland Family History Society (QFHS)
Where: Queensland Baptists Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne
When: 6 February, 9am-12:30pm
Cost: $15 for QFHS members and $20 for non members
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