Register of speakers

Purpose

The purpose of this page is to assist member organisations to find speakers for their events.

Please note

People appear in the list because they have registered on this website. Their appearance is not an endorsement by NSW&ACT AFHS.

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Carol Baxter

Topic of talk

Where presented

Writing family histories (series of five seminars) Various family history groups. Services clubs
Structuring a family history; Crafting a fine book; Gripping writing on International cruise ships
Sensory writing; Publishing your family history; on the lecture circuit
Evidence analysis - How to become a skilled historical detective;
How to separate fact from fiction; Solving the unsolvable;
Surnames - Finding elusive surnames

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – Yes
Central west region – Yes
Southern-south west region – Yes

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – Petrol
Travel fares costs – Air
Accommodation costs – Hotel
Other costs – Yes

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – Yes
Other remote – No

Other comments

Other topics - British Criminals, talks on NSW Colonial reasearch. Remuneration - petrol/airfares as required, accommodation as required. FEE $200 for first hour plus $150 every extra hour


Dr Catherine Bishop

Topic of talk

Where presented

"Minding her own Business: Colonial Business Women in Sydney" / Author of this book about the many colonial women who ran their own businesses. May 2016 / Sydney
Colonial Women in Business (Australia and New Zealand); numerous history societies, libraries, State Library, Sydney
Annie Lock: Australian Female Missionary conferences
Gender and Heritage conferences
The Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs; conferences
Australian ‘History Tourism’ as business conferences

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – Yes
Central west region – Yes
Southern-south west region – Yes

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – Petrol
Travel fares costs – Bus train
Accommodation costs – Hotle or Motel
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

For more information click here

Other comments

I have spoken to a variety of audiences across Sydney and at conferences here and overseas. I would also like to be able to sell my books at talks. RE accommodation - either billet or hotel/motel is fine. Happy to get a speaker's fee if offered :) I have said no to remote presentation because this is an opportunity to see different places.


Susan Boyer

Topic of talk

Where presented

First Fleet Stories various in Sydney, regional NSW, Brisbane, ACT
Early colonial exploration various in Sydney, regional NSW, Brisbane, ACT

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – Yes
Central west region – Yes
Southern-south west region – Yes

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – Petrol
Travel fares costs – No
Accommodation costs – No
Other costs – Fee

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – Fee
Other remote – No

For more information click here

Other comments

I localise the information and stories I present about First Fleet convicts, marines and their descendants, and their connection to the place in which I am presenting.


Annette Coleman

Topic of talk

Where presented

"The History of Burnside" August 2013 / Sydney

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – ??
North west region – ??
Central west region – ??
Southern-south west region – ??

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – ??
Travel fares costs – ??
Accommodation costs – ??
Other costs – ??

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – ??
Webinars – ??
Other remote – ??

Other comments


Cathy Dunn

Topic of talk

Where presented

Devonshire Street Cemetery Meetings, expo
Old Sydney Burial Ground Conferences, Meetings. expo
Early Church records NSW Meetings, Conferences
Law and order 1788 - 1810 Meetings
Norfolk Island 1st Settlement Conferences, History Tours, Expos, SAG and others
and others

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – No
Central west region – No
Southern-south west region – Yes

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – Petrol
Travel fares costs – Bus train
Accommodation costs – Hotel
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

For more information click here

Other comments


Judith Dunn

Topic of talk

Where presented

"Looking Beyond the Obvious" May 2013 / Sydney

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – ??
North west region – ??
Central west region – ??
Southern-south west region – ??

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – ??
Travel fares costs – ??
Accommodation costs – ??
Other costs – ??

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – ??
Webinars – ??
Other remote – ??

Other comments


Kerry Farmer

Topic of talk

Where presented

DNA - various topics Congress, SAG, societies, libraries
Immigration schemes Congress, SAG, Unlock the Past events
Convicts, military, Archives, newspapers, BDM, historical photos online SAG, Unlock the Past, societies, libraries
English genealogy SAG, Unlock the Past
Scottish genealogy SAG, Unlock the Past
Subscription websites - eg Ancestry, findmypast SAG, libraries, societies

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – No
Central west region – No
Southern-south west region – No

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – No
Travel fares costs – Air
Accommodation costs – Billet
Other costs – Fee

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – Fee
Other remote – Yes

For more information click here

Other comments

No travel costs if travel within Sydney is local. Would consider travel outside Sydney


Jim Hawkins

Topic of talk

Where presented

Australian Submarine AE2 and the Dardenelles May 2015 / Sydney

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – ??
North west region – ??
Central west region – ??
Southern-south west region – ??

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – ??
Travel fares costs – ??
Accommodation costs – ??
Other costs – ??

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – ??
Webinars – ??
Other remote – ??

Other comments


Warren Henry

Topic of talk

Where presented

The Ark in your Pocket: How to keep your family connected for thousands of years. Public author events, Probus, VIEW, Rotary, Garden Societies, Historical groups

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – No
Central west region – No
Southern-south west region – No

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – No
Travel fares costs – No
Accommodation costs – No
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – Yes
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

For more information click here

Other comments

Available Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle/Lower Hunter at no cost. Further afield would look for fuel cost and reasonable overnight accommodation.


Brenda Inglis-Powell

Topic of talk

Where presented

Soldiers in Different Armies Please see website for all speaking engagements
My Grandmothers
The Flying Doctor

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – Yes
Central west region – Yes
Southern-south west region – Yes

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – No
Travel fares costs – Air
Accommodation costs – Billet
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – Yes
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

For more information click here

Other comments

I am happy to travel across Australia provided my travel is provided. In the Sydney area I require no remuneration. I do however appreciate the opportunity to sell copies of my book which raises money for the Salvation Army.


Jane Ison

Topic of talk

Where presented

Newcastle Industrial School - A basic history Newcastle U3A, Maitland FHS (and others)
Newcastle Industrial School - understanding the records Lake Macquarie City Library
Missing Industrial School records (Newcastle, Biloela Vernon) Newcastle FHS

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – No
Central west region – No
Southern-south west region – No

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – No
Travel fares costs – No
Accommodation costs – No
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – Yes
Webinars – No
Other remote – Yes

For more information click here

Other comments

Records for and understanding of the industrial schools of the 19th century is limited. Records are only recently available and some have not survived. While it is a limited topic, what we can learn from what remains is fascinating. I would consider travelling to other regions.


Cathy Jones

Topic of talk

Where presented

History Strathfield district - heritage properties, natural environment, government and politics, educational institutions, prominent past residents etc Many presentations given to various socities

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – No
Central west region – No
Southern-south west region – No

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – No
Travel fares costs – No
Accommodation costs – No
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

For more information click here

Other comments

Refer to website www.strathfieldheritage.org for more information.


Peter Kahn

Topic of talk

Where presented

Sydney's Trams of Yesteryear Greater Sydney area (Newcastle/Wollongon/Blue Mountains)

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – No
Central west region – No
Southern-south west region – No

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – No
Travel fares costs – No
Accommodation costs – No
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

For more information click here

Other comments

Thank you for the opportunity. I usually show approx. 20 minutes portion of a dvd "Shooting Through" on Sydney's trams, plus I like to sell copies of the dvd and a couple of books and distribute the promotional brochure.


Lilian Magill

Topic of talk

Where presented

How to do an Index. What to put in an Appendix. SAG, Writing Group.
Copyright. SAG, Writing Group.
How to setup your Blog. SAG, Writing Group.
Getting Organised. SAG and Local Group.
Copyright, Ethics and Citing Sources. SAG.
Starting Genealogical Research. Local Group.

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – No
Central west region – No
Southern-south west region – No

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – Petrol
Travel fares costs – No
Accommodation costs – No
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

For more information click here

Other comments

I am happy to negotiate fees, if I speak out of the Sydney region, if I have to stay overnight. I also do workshops, please see the website for details.


Beth Matthews

Topic of talk

Where presented

"Walking with the Women of the Parramatta Female Factory" February 2013 / Sydney

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – ??
North west region – ??
Central west region – ??
Southern-south west region – ??

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – ??
Travel fares costs – ??
Accommodation costs – ??
Other costs – ??

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – ??
Webinars – ??
Other remote – ??

Other comments


Matt Murphy

Topic of talk

Where presented

Newtown ejectment case Many history societies thoughout Sydney.
Newtown area history Many history societies thoughout Sydney.
False and unreliable history Many history societies thoughout Sydney.
Attainted convicts Many history societies thoughout Sydney.

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – No
Central west region – No
Southern-south west region – No

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – No
Travel fares costs – No
Accommodation costs – No
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

Other comments

Can also do talks in the central coast and hunter area sometimes.


Dr Rie Natalenko

Topic of talk

Where presented

The Family Memory Project Historical societies, Rotary, schools, Wollongong University

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – Yes
Central west region – Yes
Southern-south west region – Yes

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – Petrol
Travel fares costs – Air
Accommodation costs – Hotel
Other costs – Yes

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – Yes
Webinars – Yes
Other remote – No

For more information click here

Other comments

Fees are negotiable as long as accommodation and travel are covered. The fees are less if I am allowed to sell my books and kit after the presentation.


Wendy + Terry Nunan

Topic of talk

Where presented

Thinking Outside the Square – research hints for overcoming dead ends SAGs, Bega Valley
Accessing Historical Land Records via the NSW LPI Website Tongarra Heritage Society & Local Studies Staff, Wollongong Library
Shellharbour’s Forgotten Cemetery – In use 1820s – 1890s, now under Shellharbour Caravan Park Tongarra Heritage Society, Illawarra Retiree’s Assoc
Norfolk Island –An Ancestral Pilgrimage - An account of the first settlement & Terry’s First Fleet ancestors U3A, Various History, Family History Groups
For Love of Will – A WWI Soldier’s letters, photos & life story Shoalhaven, Shellharbour Library Conf,
Seaview – 19th Century ancestral home – declared site of historical significance, Illawarra Escarpment Park Dapto Rotary, FFF (Illawarra Branch), Tongarra

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – No
Central west region – No
Southern-south west region – Yes

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – petrol
Travel fares costs – No
Accommodation costs – Hotel
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

Other comments

We can supply summarised details of these presentations (and others) that we can present with little effort other than a review of the presentation PowerPoint material. Some presentations are given as solo efforts, others in a tag- team format.


Noel Phelan

Topic of talk

Where presented

VIRTUAL TOURS - Destroyer HMAS Vampire; Submarine HMAS Onslow; HMB Endeavour; Museum Galleries at the Museum Darling Harbour and
KEY NAVY EVENTS WW1 - HMAS Sydney/SMS Emden Battle; Dardenelles, Gallipoli & Aust Submarine AE2; Sailors on Horseback many community groups
KEY NAVY EVENTS WW11 - Battle between HMAS Sydney 11 & KSK Kormoran; Finding HMAS Sydney 11; Japanese Midget Submarine attack on Sydney Harbour; Battle of the Coral Sea; MV Krait many community groups
KEYy NAVY EVENTS BEYOND 1945 - HMAS Melbourne & HMAS Voyager Collision
HISTORICAL - Bass & Flinders; CSS Shenandoah; Cook; Bombing of Darwin
GENERAL INTEREST - Flying Boats; Alcohol at Sea; Heroic Men and Fighting Machines

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – No
Central west region – No
Southern-south west region – No

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – Petrol
Travel fares costs – Bus trail
Accommodation costs – Hotel
Other costs – Yes

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

Other comments

The speakers programme provided by volunteer guides to outside community groups and clubs. A free family museum entry pass is provided as a 'lucky door' prize and a range of discounts are offered. Full details from the either Noel or Ron Ray at ron.ray@aapt.net.au mob 0416123034, ph 96241917.


Kim Phillips

Topic of talk

Where presented

Gallipoli Various

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – No
Central west region – No
Southern-south west region – No

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – No
Travel fares costs – No
Accommodation costs – No
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

For more information click here

Other comments

There may be times when I can be available to travel to other parts of NSW. Depends on whether I can get my dog minded :~)


Peter PLOWMAN

Topic of talk

Where presented

The migrant ships that came to Australia Various family history groups.

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – No
Central west region – No
Southern-south west region – No

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – Petrol
Travel fares costs – No
Accommodation costs – Hotel
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

Other comments

Sydney Region - north to Newcastle; south to Wollongong. would be willing to travel further if accommodation costs are covered.


Lesley Evelyn Potter

Topic of talk

Where presented

Author's Talk: A Passion to Care: Nurses & Nursing Western Suburbs Hospital 1894-1982 Ashfield Library
Writing Nursing History. Margaret Martin Library, Randwick
Notoriously Poor Cooks Australian College of Nursing: History Seminar
Family Connections: Colonial Midwives & Family History Cape Banks FHS;Botany Bay FHS; Hurstville FHS
Health Care in the Bush - the Australian Experience International Council of Nurses, Melbourne
Mindful of the mayhem: maternity & midwives at the female factory, Parramatta Australian College of Nursing: History Conference

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – No
Central west region – No
Southern-south west region – No

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – Petrol
Travel fares costs – No
Accommodation costs – No
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

Other comments


Gary Raymond

Topic of talk

Where presented

Spoke about his experiences with the NSW Police and Rescue Squad (including Granville Train Disaster). Now Chaplain, Police Post Trauma Support Groups NSW February 2014 / Sydney

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – ??
North west region – ??
Central west region – ??
Southern-south west region – ??

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – ??
Travel fares costs – ??
Accommodation costs – ??
Other costs – ??

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – ??
Webinars – ??
Other remote – ??

Other comments


Babette Smith

Topic of talk

Where presented

Making of the Australian Working Class Sydney Institute, various historical groups, AHA conference
S.T. Gill: respectable colonial artist or audacious convict Sydney Institute, AHA conference 2016
Historical Roots of Australian core values (written) The Australian, 26 Jan.2015
others as required many, many venues

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – Yes
Central west region – Yes
Southern-south west region – Yes

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – Petrol
Travel fares costs – Air
Accommodation costs – Billet
Other costs – Yes

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – Yes
Other remote – No

For more information click here

Other comments

Costs negotiable depending on distance, host resources etc. My aim is not to be out-of-pocket on travel & if possible to receive some kind of remuneration, particularly as I may have to turn down mediation work in order to give the talk. Hope to sell my books.


Andrew Tink

Topic of talk

Where presented

Australia 1901 - 2001 a narrtive history various
My writing journey various

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – Yes
Central west region – Yes
Southern-south west region – Yes

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – No
Travel fares costs – Air
Accommodation costs – Hotel
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

For more information click here

Other comments

I travel to Canberra frequently and have accomodation there. So I can do events in and around Canberra without requiring reimbusement for travel or accommodation.


Henry VAN ZANDEN

Topic of talk

Where presented

The Lost White Tribes of Australia various groups and associations
1629 Mutiny on the Batavia
The Discovery(ies) of Australia since 1606
The Dutch East Indies and the Dutch East India Company
Captain Willem Janszoo, the man who discovered Australia

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – Yes
Central west region – Yes
Southern-south west region – Yes

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – Yes
Travel fares costs – Yes
Accommodation costs – Yes
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

Other comments

All presentations based on my books. All out of pocket expenses. Fee is negotiable but must include opportunity to sell copies of my books. Will discuss the matter further with organisation.


Kaye Vernon

Topic of talk

Where presented

"Looking for Gold and Finding Gems at State REcords NSW" Young, Grenfell, Library Dee Why FHG, Belrose,Library
"The Plight of Children in the 19th and early 20th Century" SAG, Young FHS, Dee Why FHG, Belrose Library, PArramatta FHG, Ryde, FHG Deniliquin FHG
"Starting out on your Family History Research" Dee Why FHG Warringah Mall Library

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – Yes
Central west region – Yes
Southern-south west region – Yes

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – No
Travel fares costs – Air
Accommodation costs – Hotel
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

For more information click here

Other comments

Travel costs only apply to destinations over 200ks.All costs are negotiable. I often do a double act with Suzanne Voytas who talks on Irish Ancestry and Unusual Tips for Family History Research


Dorothy Warwick

Topic of talk

Where presented

Reminiscing - Postcards and Photographs from Days Gone By - Powerpoint Presentation Hist. Societies, Family History Groups, Probus Groups, U3A Groups
Aussie Icons - Powerpoint Presentation Hist. Societies, Family History Groups, Probus Groups, U3A Groups
History of Linnwood - From Family Home to Community Asset - Powerpoint Presentation Hist. Societies, Family History Groups, Probus Groups, U3A Groups
Tales from the Western Road Cemetery, Mays Hill - Powerpoint Presentation Hist. Societies, Family History Groups, Probus Groups, U3A Groups
People & Places of Parramatta - Powerpoint Presentation Hist. Societies, Family History Groups, Probus Groups, U3A Groups
Grand (and not so Grand) Monuments and Cemeteries from Around the World - Powerpoint Presentation Hist. Societies, Family History Groups, Probus Groups, U3A Groups

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – No
Central west region – No
Southern-south west region – No

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – No
Travel fares costs – No
Accommodation costs – No
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

Other comments

Would prefer day bookings if possible. Will do night presentations only if not too far from Parramatta area.


Richard Whitaker

Topic of talk

Where presented

Claude Tozer Murder KHS
History of Surry Hills COSHA
Great Storms of Sydney KHS, COSHA
Of Droughts and Flooding Rains Probus, Rotary
Darlinghurst Gaol First Fleeters, COSHA
19th Century Photography of Sydney Probus, Rotary, COSHA

Is prepared to give talks in the following regions:
Sydney region – Yes
North west region – No
Central west region – No
Southern-south west region – No

Will seek reinbursment or contribution to the following expenses:
Private travel costs – No
Travel fares costs – No
Accommodation costs – No
Other costs – No

Is prepared to give talks remotely by the following methods:
Skype – No
Webinars – No
Other remote – No

Other comments