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Connecting with young historians

We were delighted to have the opportunity to connect with students at St Nicholas school in Tamworth last week. St Nicholas approached Indigenous Services to ask if we could support them as they develop a project with Indigenous  students in the school to research their family history. 

We identified two very different examples of family trees to share with the students - to ignite their imagination and inspire their creativity.

Penny Evans’ collaged and sewn artist book Mapping Genealogy captured the student’s imagination and will hopefully inspire them to consider the different formats a family tree can take.  

Title page of artist book

The second example, in a more traditional format dazzled them with its size and detail. Created by Rev ES King in 1985 Family tree of the Dennis, Hilt, McIntosh, Ross and Whye families, this family tree is a rich resource for people from the Brewarrina area.

We were also able to share language lists from the region  and we were delighted that the students could read some of the Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay words recorded by Rev William Ridley in 1885. This is just one example of the rich language material available at the State Library. You can find out more on the Rediscovering Indigenous Languages website. 

The story of the amazing Mary Jane Cain (1844-1922) completed our virtual excursion and students were interested to hear about this leader of the Coonabarabran community known as “Queenie” Cain.

The students were wonderful participants in this virtual excursion. They were full of enthusiasm and asked great questions. We look forward to seeing the results of their projects in coming weeks.