Bringing Family History To Life

A Newcastle Writer’s Festival event, presented by History Council NSW. With so many online archives and ancestry aids, tracing your family tree is now easier than ever. But what does it all mean? Join host Nancy Cushing, as she and the panel’s three prominent family historians – Melanie Nolan, Tanya Evans and Catharine Coleborne – Read more …

Kin: A Real People’s History of Our Nation

In Kin: A Real People’s History of Our Nation (Hardie Grant) Nick Brodie traces his family tree back to some of the earliest white arrivals in the Australia to uncover a series of stories of hardship and travail, of revival and treasured memory, of individual hope, and of social, economic and cultural achievement. It was Read more …

The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption

Marian Quartly, Shurlee Swain and Denise Cuthbert, in The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption (Monash Unversity Publishing), tell the history of adoption in Australia from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to its decline at the beginning of the twenty-first. As the rate of adoptions in Australia falls to a historic low, and parliaments Read more …