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The lives and times of our World War I and Irish ancestors - with Dr Richard Reid

Event Information

  • 24 Jan 2015 10:30am - 4:40pm
  • State Library of WA, 25 Francis Street, Perth Cultural Centre
  • Perth
  • Western Australia
Other Information
  • Cost: $39.50 full day ($29.50 half day)

ReidDr Richard Reid is Australian historian on the official tri-nation (Turkey, Australia and New Zealand) historical and archaeological survey of the Anzac battlefield. Since his appointment to the Australian War Memorial, Richard has 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. For the last 15 years he has led Australian groups to Gallipoli and the Western Front (France and Belgium).

Richard is also an Irish historian and author and has led genealogy tours to Ireland. He will give an Irish presentation as well at this seminar. Helen Smith, a popular genealogy presenter in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Canada will also give a presentation.

The seminar will feature:

  • four main presentations by visiting experts, Dr Richard Reid and Helen Smith
  • an exhibition
    - Gould Genealogy & History (books for sale)
    - Unlock the Past history publications
    - Unlock the Past history & genealogy cruises
    - Western Australian Genealogical Society 
  • special offers and $1000 in prizes
Both presenters are key presenters on the 7th Unlock the Past history and genealogy cruise, which returns to Fremantle on the morning of the seminar. Click here to read full biographies of both presenters

WHEN: Saturday 24 January 2015, 10.30am - 4.30pm 

WHERE: State Library of WA, 25 Francis Street, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth


  • Pre-booked** - by Thursday 22 January 2015, 8pm
    $39.50 - full day
    $29.50 - morning only 10.30am to 2.30pm
    $29.50 - afternoon only 1pm to 4.30pm
** pre-booking is necessary to be sure of a place. All who pre-book will also be in the draw for over $1000 worth of prizes. If you do not pre-book, you may still gain entry on the day, provided there are places still available. Day entry will be $50 for a full day or $35 for morning or afternoon

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  • individuals
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    • phone or mail - cheque, Visa, Mastercard
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       - Account Name: Gould Genealogy
       - BSB: 015-621
       - Account Number: 1980 23389

Provisional program
Saturday 24 January 2015
10.30amregistration, exhibition, sales
11amwelcome and seminar introduction
11.05amTrenches, memorials and bits of metal: the Anzac area of Gallipoli today - R. Reid
12noonDocuments of death - H. Smith
12.50pmprize draw
1pmlunch break and exhibition
2.20pmWAGS WWI projects: Gallipoli Dead and 11th Battalion (Cheops) projects - L. Fitzpatrick
2.40pm'There is no person starving here': Australia, Ireland and the great famine 1845-50 - R. Reid
3.30pmbreak and exhibition
3.50pm'That treeless, shell-torn wilderness': Australian experience of the Western front, France and Belgium 1916 to 1918 - R. Reid