Discover family and local history


8 November 2018 – inaugural seminar

Thursday 8 Nov 2018, 9am – 4.45pm

Hetzel Theatre State Library of South Australia
Institute Building on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue


– pre-booked $40 (by 10pm Mon 5 Nov)
– on the day $50

Pre-bookings have now closed – you may still come and register on the day – $50

Click here or the graphic at left to book your place at the conference


9.00am – registration and exhibition
9.25am – welcome and seminar introduction
9.30am – From Clare to Clare – Discovering the Kellys – S. Lear
10.15am – break (30 mins)
10.45am – ‘There is no person starving here’ – Ireland, Australia and the Great Famine in Ireland – R. Reid
11.30am – ‘Come dance with me in Ireland’ – touring Ireland, finding Australia – R. Reid
12.15pm – prize winners announced and notice of coming seminars and events
12.25pm – lunch break (80 mins)
12.30pm – tour of the State Library family history service – tour 1
1.15pm – tour of the State Library family history service – tour2
1.45pm – Assisted emigration from Great Britain to Australia, 1830 to 1914 – R. Reid
2.30pm – What did you do in the Great War Granny? Women and war work at the Cheer-Up Society of South Australia – C. Schoepf
3.15pm – break (15 mins)
3.30pm – Hearts at home: records of soldiers and their families – A. Laube
4.00pm – ‘If only I could see your grave’ – Remembering Australians on the Western Front, 1918-1939 – R. Reid
4.45pm – close


Dr Richard Reid (ACT)
Richard is an Irish ‘assisted immigrant’ who arrived in Sydney in 1972. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and Queens University, Belfast, he received his Ph.D. from ANU for his work on Irish assisted emigration to New South Wales, 1848-1870, published in 2011 as Farewell my children – Irish assisted emigration to Australia, 1848-1870. He has worked on many other Irish-Australian projects such as events for the Australian Bicentenary (1988) celebrations in Ireland, and was the Senior Curator for the National Museum of Australia’s major Irish exhibition, ‘Not Just Ned – a true history of the Irish in Australia’, in 2011.

With his appointment to the Australian War Memorial, Richard had a close involvement with interpreting the experiences of Australians in war, especially in World War I. In 1993, he was the AWM’s Executive Officer for the project that returned the remains of an Unknown Australian Soldier to the Hall of Memory at the Memorial. He has led Australian groups to Gallipoli and the Western Front and was the Australian historian on the official tri-nation (Turkey, Australia and New Zealand) historical and archaeological survey of the Anzac battlefield. Since retirement he has continued working on the Gallipoli battlefield survey (published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press as Anzac battlefield : a Gallipoli landscape of war and memory) as well as Irish projects relating to the emigration of orphan girls from Irish workhouses during the Great Famine (1845-1850) and the transportation of convicts from Ireland to the Australian colonies between 1788 and 1868. Richard has been a presenter on three Unlock the Past cruises.

Christeen Schoepf
Christeen’s PhD research unpacks the lives and stories of the 500 women named on the unique and significant Cheer-Up Society Roll of Honour

Sue Lear (Genealogy SA)
Sue is an enthusiastic member of the Genealogy SA Council. She has had a long term, passionate interest in tracing her Irish and Huguenot ancestry and making family connections around the world.

Anthony Laube (State Library of South Australia)
Anthony has decades of experience working at the State Library, particularly in the Library’s newspaper collections. He was involved in digitising and indexing of the Library’s Red Cross Bureau archive, a record of families seeking information about missing soldiers during the Great War.

Other information

Exhibition – an exhibition with information and sales tables will be open in the breaks and before the first presentation. There will be special offers and prizes drawn from all who pre-book.

Food – this is not included in the seminar cost. Options are

  • Bring your own (eat at venue)
  • Aroma Café (within the State Library building)
  • find a cafe in the city nearby

Parking – several nearby car parks

  • UPark – 9-17 Gawler Place, Adelaide (150m walk) early bird rates $16 a day
  • Wilson Parking – 215-225 North Terrace, Adelaide (200m walk) early bird rates $13-$16 a day
  • Wilson Parking – 251 North Terrace, Adelaide (500m walk) early bird rate $13 a day
  • Check out Parkopedia for more

Public transport – There are bus stops close to the Library near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace. Plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.