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Speaker Biographies

Carol Baxter

  • Writing narrative non-fiction
  • Writing interesting family histories 1
  • Writing interesting family histories 2

Writer, professional genealogist and General Editor of the Biographical Database of Australia (see Carol's own website: www.carolbaxter.com)

Peter Bell

  • Researching the history of a house or property

Professional historian and writer (see his Professional Historians Association profile)

Michael Bollen

  • Publishing and marketing - self publishing or with a recognised publisher.

Michael Bollen is publisher at Wakefield Press, where during the last 24 years he has worked on an eclectic range of books, including many works of history, biography and memoir. Wakefield’s history list is strong and growing, with various recent titles winning awards and nominations. Wakefleld Press

Peter Donovan

  • So, you want to write history?

Peter Donovan is managing partner of a consulting firm established in 1980 that specialises in commissioned history and heritage assessment. Projects have been undertaken throughout Australia and include more than 50 books and many unpublished reports. (See Peter's web site: History & Historic Preservation Consultants)

Shauna Hicks

  • Writing research or resource guides

Shauna Hicks has been tracing her own family history since 1977 and worked in government for over 35 years primarily in libraries and archives in Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne. She is currently Director of Shauna Hicks History Enterprises and a collaborative partner in Unlock The Past. Shauna has a number of tertiary qualifications from Queensland universities as well as the Diploma in Family Historical Studies from the Society of Australian Genealogists. She is a Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society; a recipient of the Australian Society of Archivists Distinguished Achievement Award and in 2009 received the AFFHO Services to Family History Award. More details.

Graham Jaunay

  • Accessing government and private archive

Adelaide Proformat is the trading name used by professional genealogist, Graham Jaunay based in South Australia. Graham is a history/politics graduate of the University of Adelaide, a registered teacher and life member of the Australian College of Educators. He is an adjunct lecturer in genealogy with Flinders University. He is a member of the Australasian Association of Genealogists & Record Agents. Graham's experience in family history goes back to 1968 when he started researching his own family. Graham Jaunay believes in giving back to the hobby and has held a number of leadership roles in Australian Family History Societies. He operates a number of free services and freely accessible databases holding South Australian material. Visit these via the Free Help and Name Lists buttons on his website. (see Adelaide Proformat).

Ashley Mallett

  • Sporting history & biography

With more than 25 years’ experience in the print media, Ashley Mallett has developed a highly-adaptable approach to a range of professional writing and production services; producing punchy hard news and easy-to-read colour feature stories. He has experience in taking photographs to accompany stories for newspapers, magazines and brochures. Ashley is also an editor and author. (See his SA Writer's Centre profile)

Cassie Mercer

  • Writing for magazines and local media

Cassie Mercer is co-founder of publishing house Irish Wattle, and editor and publisher of Inside History magazine (see Inside History). Cassie has worked in publishing since 1999, after completing a BA in English Literature at the University of Queensland.

Annie Payne

  • How to gather, organise & preserve your family stories

Annie Payne founded History from the Heart in January 2006 and works with people who want more than a family tree. Through individual projects, workshops, an on-line learning course and some innovative products she has developed, she helps people to gather, organise and preserve their family heritage. She is a member of the Association of Personal Historians.

John Scardigno

  • Publishing and marketing - self publishing or with a recognised publisher

Peacock Publications

Patricia Sumerling

  • Context for your history
  • Oral history: tips for historians

Patricia Sumerling has been a professional historian for more than 25 years. Although she has worked mainly in the heritage field, she has followed her own areas of interest in South Australian history. These include the social history of the hotel industry, biographies of South Australians, the city of Adelaide and the Adelaide Park Lands. Her recent publication, The Adelaide Park Lands: a social history by Wakefield Press was published in April 2011. Her first novel also by Wakefield Press, titled The Noon Lady of Towitta, that is based on a 1902 South Australian murder, was published in October 2010. (See her SA Writer's Centre profile)

David Sweeney, Openbook Howden

  • Printing your book

David has been in the printing industry for almost 40 years and has witnessed the dramatic changes in technology during that time. Openbook Howden Print (formerly Lutheran Publishing House) has produced hundreds of family and district histories. They work closely with historians and authors to understand their requirements in order to provide the best possible publication.

Jackie van Bergen

  • Proof reading and tips for a better text

Jackie has been researching her family for about 20 years and been a proof reader for almost 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Science from Monash University and her employment has included laboratory management, technical documentation and recruitment. Her proof reading work is very varied, from local newspapers to advertising flyers to technical manuals to historical publications.