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On death and burial

Event Information

  • 1 Mar 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • 53 Prospect Road,
  • Gaythorne
  • Queensland
Other Information
  • Cost: $15 (members) $20 (non-members)

On Death and Burial

Speakers: Dr Kerry Raymond, Helen Smith, Dr Leigh Summers

Dr Kerry Raymond, whose academic career involved software engineering, has a project to document all the cemeteries in south-east Queensland via a website with indexed photographs of headstones.

Burials: both an end and a means—Kerry’s presentation will assist researchers in using records connected with burial. These records are full of fascinating clues to advance your family history research of other family members. The talk will explore the possibilities of knocking down the brick walls researchers may encounter.

Helen Smith has been researching her family since 1986. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and is President of Southern Suburbs Branch of the GSQ.

Death certificates: fact or fiction—Death certificates were never designed for family historians, however establishing the cause of death is important for our records and for researching a family’s medical health. This presentation will explain the evolution of death certificates, advances in medical knowledge, and show how to avoid some of the pitfalls of death certificate research.

Dr Leigh Summers is an historian whose interests include 19th and 20th century fashion, the body, and sexuality. She is the Director of Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and Museum

Jet is black but it also sparkles—This presentation will look at the role of widows’ weeds worn by the Victorian middle-class. Some widows defied mourning conventions that demanded they wear clothing that was ostensibly designed to deflect, not attract, attention. The talk will be liberally illustrated and draw from both British and Australian sources.

To register for On Death and Burial, send your cheque (payable to Queensland FHS) or credit card payment details to Queensland FHS, PO Box 171, Indooroopilly, Qld. 4068. Book online www.qfhs.org.au or phone 07 3355 3369 during library opening hours.