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Research and writing history seminar

Event Information

  • 9 May 2014 9:00am - 10 May 2014 4:30pm
  • North Adelaide Football Club, Function Room, Menzies Crescent
  • Prospect
  • South Australia
Other Information
  • Cost: $89.50 two days, $59.50 for one day

seminar home page - presenters - presentation outlines

 —  a unique opportunity for South Australians —
 — a great reason to visit from other states — 

Unlock the Past's Researching and writing history seminar will provide you with practical information and guidance to use in your current or future projects - or perhaps inspire you to write for the first time. The seminar will be held over two days with the option of one day attendance on either Friday or Saturday.

This seminar is offered as part of the About Time: South Australia's History Festival program of approximately 500 events – tours, talks, walks, exhibitions, concerts – about all kinds of history.

Features and event details

  • eight main presentations by historian, genealogist and author Carol Baxter
  • two presentations by local genealogists/historians
  • supporting short presentations by local and sponsoring partners
  • an exhibition by supporting partners
  • special offers and hundreds of dollars worth of prizes

WHEN: Friday and Saturday 9-10 May 2014 9am-4.30pm

NAFC1WHERE: North Adelaide Football Club, Function Room, Menzies Crescent, Prospect


  • advance bookings - by Thursday 8 May 2014 - 6pm
    - $89.50 - two days
    - $59.50 - Friday only
    - $59.50 - Saturday only
  • on the day bookings - after 8 May 2014
    - $100 - two days
    - $70 - one day

book - click here to book

ONLINE BOOKING is only available if paying by Visa or Mastercard


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

NAFC2 Program

During her years as a researcher and writer, Carol has determined that four separate processes are involved in producing a family history or other work of non-fiction: mining, combining, refining and publishing. This series of eight seminars covers all of these areas.

  • Mining: how to become a skilled historical detective - Carol's first three Friday talks
  • Combining: structuring - Carol's last Friday talk
  • Refining: polishing prose - Carol's first three Saturday talks
  • Publishing - Carol's last Saturday talk
Click here for descriptions of each topic
Friday 9 May 2014
9amregistration, exhibition, sales
9.25amwelcome and seminar introduction
9.30amHow to become a skilled historical detective - Carol Baxter
10.30ambreak and exhibition
11amHelp! Which information is correct? Strategies for determining historical truth 
- Carol Baxter
12noonThe Lutheran Archives - Rachel Kuchel
12.15pmUnlock the Past resources for family and local historians
12.30pmlunch break and exhibition
1.30pmFinding stories inside the Commonwealth, State and Local Government archives  - Tamara Wenham and Nicholas Gleghorn
2.00pmOral history for family and local historians - Dr Karen George
2.45pmSolving the ‘unsolvable’ - Carol Baxter
3.30pmbreak and exhibition
3.45pmStructuring a family history or other work of non-fiction - Carol Baxter
Saturday 10 May 2014
9amregistration, exhibition, sales
9.25amwelcome and seminar introduction
9.30amCrafting a good book - Carol Baxter
10.30ambreak and exhibition
11amGripping writing - Carol Baxter
12noonExploring people’s lives @ The State Library of South Australia - Marie Maddocks
12.15pmUnlock the Past resources for family and local historians
12.30pmlunch break and exhibition
1.30pmGenealogy SA presentation  - topic and speaker to be advised
1.45pmNewspapers: Finding Online Family & Local History News! - Shauna Hicks
2.30pmSensory writing - Carol Baxter
3.30pmbreak and exhibition
3.45pmPublishing options - Carol Baxter


Click here for further information on presenters

Carol Baxter (New South Wales) - an experienced and informed historian and genealogist, an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning author and an inspirational presenter. - www.carolbaxter.com

Dr Karen George (South Australia) - professional historian and sole proprietor of Historically Speaking - www.sahistorians.org.au/register/list/george-karen.print.shtml

Shauna Hicks (Queensland) - Australia's most in demand genealogy/history presenter - and author of numerous guide books - www.shaunahicks.com.au

... plus presenters from Genealogy SA, Lutheran Archives, National Archives of Australia, State Library of South Australia and State Records SA

Baxter    Hicks


  • Genealogy SA (South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society)
  • Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner
  • Gould Genealogy & History
  • Lutheran Archives
  • National Archives of Australia
  • Openbook Howden design & print
  • State Library of South Australia
  • State Records SA
  • Unlock the Past publications
  • Unlock the Past cruises
  • ... others to be advised

Note: genealogy societies, historical societies, archives and libraries who actively support the seminar with publicity may also exhibit FREE and have one free seminar registration.

Who should attend?

  • those interested in family or local history - or any form of history
  • those who might be encouraged to research and record their personal or family/local history
  • writers who are interested in developing more skills and ideas for historical writing

Other notes


  • bring pen and paper or writing device
  • audio or video recording is only permissible with the speaker's consent
  • Parking is available adjacent to the venue
  • Food is not included in the seminar cost. We will take orders in the morning for those wishing to share in a Subway platter for lunch - for a moderate cost (not more than $10). You may also bring your own lunch. Tea, coffee and water will also be available. You may bing your own packed lunch if you wish.