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Researching military ancestors

September 19 @ 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

$25 – $40

This course is designed to take you through the various record collections in Australia and overseas to help you locate your elusive military ancestors. Through your research, you may be able to glimpse what life could have been like for an individual during a time of great upheaval and unrest. Muster rolls, service records, maps and war diaries all help to build a clearer picture. Whether your ancestor came as an escort for a convict ship or served in World War 1 or World War 11 or any other military conflict in which Australians were involved, then this is the course for you.

Presenters: Cathie Sherwood and Sharyn Merkley

Cathie Sherwood
Passionate about history and addicted to family history, Cathie has been researching her Irish, English and Scottish ancestors for over forty-five years. Cathie volunteers as a GSQ library assistant one day a week and presents courses. She operates her own professional genealogy business and previously worked in universities for over twenty years, as a lecturer in information technology and education, retiring as an Associate Professor. Cathie has recently completed the Society of Australian Genealogists’ Certificate in Genealogical Research and is now undertaking the Society’s Diploma in Family Historical Studies. In addition, she holds a Master’s degree in Education (by research), two graduate diplomas in information technology, a Bachelor of Arts and a 3 year Diploma in Teaching

Sharyn Merkley
I first became interested in my own family history as a teenager listening to my great grandmother’s stories. Between work as a computer programmer, raising children and a later career in teaching, I have continued to research my own and my husband’s families.
Family stories are incomplete unless they are in context and social history has become a new passion. I have become fascinated with how individual life stories reveal a personal window into our larger histories. “Brisbane Burns: How the great fires of 1864 shaped a city and its people” published in 2017, was my examination of stories of both ordinary and well-known personalities whose lives were touched by the fires.
I have also completed a Diploma in Family History with the University of Tasmania and enjoy applying my family history detective skills to rebuild our ancestors’ lives.


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September 19
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$25 – $40
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(07) 3349 6072


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