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Noeline Kyle - Researching & Writing Women into Family History

Event Information

  • 25 Nov 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • 280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Sydney CBD
  • New South Wales
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  • Cost: Free and open to the public

Researching women’s lives requires the family historian to be resourceful. Publisher and historian Noeline Kyle reveals how to trace women in public and private sources more easily — and write their stories more fully.

Sources about women are often located closer to the home: in letters, diaries, cookbooks, sewing books, photographs and oral histories, and in the records of churches and charitable organisations. But, at the same time, these are the sources least likely to be readily available and they often lack the broad range of information necessary to shape comprehensive stories of women.

Using family history research and its methodologies offers a valuable starting place to find women in the public and private records. With the tools to access special areas of research useful for women’s lives, researchers are better placed to discover and write the stories of women’s lives.

Drawing on her extensive research and writing from over 30 years of academic and popular publishing and from her latest book, Finding Florence, Maude, Matilda, Rose: Researching and Writing Women into Family History (2013), Noeline Kyle introduces some of her ideas on how researching and writing the stories of women is changing in the 21st century for the better.

Guest Speaker

Noeline Kyle publishes women’s history, biography and memoir, and books on writing family history.

Her books include Her natural destiny: the education of women in NSW (1986), We Should’ve Listened to Grandma: Women and Family History, (1988), Memories & Dreams: A Biography of Nurse Mary Kirkpatrick, (2001); Writing Family History Made Very Easy (2007) and How to Write & Publish Your Family Story in Ten Easy Steps (2011).

Recent books are Finding Florence, Maude, Matilda, Rose: Researching and Writing Women into Family History (2013) and Citing historical sources: a manual for family historians (2013). Her memoir Ghost child: a memoir focusing on childhood and growing up in the Australian bush, is due for publication later this year.

Noeline is a member of the History Council of NSW, a life member of Newcastle Family History Society and maintains membership of several local historical societies and family history groups. She is an Emeritus Professor at Queensland University of Technology and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney.


FREE & Open to the Public