Orange Will Host Family History Conference

Orange Will Host Family History Conference

Br Erin Archer


The 2017 NSW and ACT Association of Family History Societies Annual Conference has announced it will be held in Orange, in the Central West of NSW.

More than 300 family and local historians will attend a series of presentations, workshops and, exhibitions in the Orange Civic Theatre, the Orange City Library, the Orange Regional Gallery, and the Orange Regional Museum on September 22 to 24.

The Orange Family History Group has been selected to host the conference, with the theme of ‘Your Family Story: Telling, Recording and Preserving’, and is an opportunity for those interested in writing, publishing, e-publishing, use of social media, pictorial materials, copyright and preservation.

According to Orange Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair Ron Gander, the conference will have a huge impact on the city, as there will be around 350 people booking accommodation, eating at restaurants, cafes and pubs, and shopping in the CBD.

Speaking to 2MCE Local News, Central West Libraries Manager Jan Richards agreed that it will help the local community of Orange economically, but also said the conference will be a huge benefit for local families, as they will be able to network with the different speakers and community members.

Ms Richards said the conference will have plenty of speakers who are well renowned  in Australia, that will give talks on different areas of family history, with a focus on convicts, Irish orphans and  jailbird ancestors.

“Our theme is Your Family Story: Telling, Recording and Preserving, and we’ve really chosen our speakers and our presenters so that they fit into that, and it’s about telling your story, about different ways of looking at it, and different connections.” She said.

One of the conference’s keynote speakers is Dr Christina Henri from Tasmania, and she has been working on a community project where she has asked people from around the world, to create a bonnet, for their female convict ancestor.

She will be speaking on Saturday, and will talk about the stories behind some of those women.

The other is actor and writer William McInnes, who is well known to write about his life and family in his books, and he will be speaking on Sunday.

For more information and to register for the conference, check out their website here!

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