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Learning about your female ancestors

Event Information

  • 16 Apr 2016 9:00am - 12:30pm
  • Queen Alexandra Conference Centre, 347 Old Cleveland Road,
  • Queensland
Other Information
  • Cost: Members $25.00 Non-members $35.00





  • Skilled workers: Women at work in Queensland in the 1800s Jan Richardson, postgraduate student, UNE - Queensland's early records and newspapers reveal a wealth of fascinating information about women at work in colonial Queensland. They placed advertisements for educational establishments and dressmaking businesses, ran hotels, worked as nurses, and owned shops and boarding houses. Despite the limitations placed on women in Australia in the 1800s, restricting most to raising families or working as "unskilled" domestic servants, records show that a significant number of women made a valuable and pioneering contribution to the Queensland colonial economy as skilled workers and enterprising business owners.

  • 19th Century female immigration and "distressed gentlewomen" – Stephanie Ryan, Senior Librarian, Family History (State Library of Queensland) – Stephanie’s presentation will focus an interesting picture of women caught in a time of change, how they were treated and how they coped.

Women in the Professions – teaching, nursing, public service  - Marg Doherty, experienced genealogist, past president of GSQ, Post Graduate student, UNE – Learn about women who took the opportunity to teach, nurse, study medicine or join the public service.  These roles were new to women around the late 19th century.   Find out how to find your ancestors in these professions.