Exploring our ancestors’ occupations
June 1 @ 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$25 – $40
Merchant, miner, tailor, tinworker, framework knitter, lace maker – which one do you have?
What did our ancestors do to earn a living? You may have discovered a particular occupation listed on a certificate or census record – but what did this actually mean? Mechanisation and industrialisation changed the way things were done and many specialised occupations of the 18th and 19th centuries no longer exist. The traditional journey from apprenticeship to master in a trade could be long and arduous and not all our ancestors took this journey. This course will highlight a range of resources for exploring our ancestors’ occupations and look at how you can discover the kind of work your ancestors may have undertaken.
Presenter: Pauline Williams
Pauline Williams has been researching her family history for over 25 years. While her research has primarily been in England, she has links on her maternal line to Wales, America, and Norway. Pauline has been a member of GSQ since 1987, filling a variety of roles including secretary, editor of the quarterly journal Generation, convenor of the GSQ Writing Group, and a GSQ library assistant. She was joint editor of Queenslanders: Pioneer families 1859-1901, published by GSQ in 2009 and has authored many articles. She has recently written a family history for her paternal line and is currently revising and updating the family history she wrote on her maternal line. She has developed and presented courses at GSQ and elsewhere on a wide variety of topics. Pauline holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Arts (Writing, Editing and Publishing) from The University of Queensland.