August is National Family History Month at the National Library of Australia, where you can use the Library’s extensive resources if you are curious, to discover the details of your own Australian story from First Fleet to the 21st century.
There are also sorts of events to point you in the right direction, getting you started at the library learning how to use Microform readers, troll the treasure trove of daily newspapers that go back into our past, providing fascinating insights and colourful stories of life of early life in the great Southern land.
The Families and Society Collection is a resource that offers mainly Australian content on family, marriage and women; culture and institutions; private, civil and family law; social services and public welfare. Content includes peer-reviewed journals from government and specialist associations.
There will be many librarians on tap to assist, especially with Social Media and there are to be a great many author talks and special events.
Layers by design: Landscape and Quilts is a talk by Dr Dianne Firth, whose work as a quilter has been widely exhibited in Australia and overseas. Her love of landscape has often inspired her choice of subject and the way she chooses and treats the fabrics making up her quilts.
There will be a special On War Lecture with Dr Roger Lee, Head of the Australian Army History unit, who will reveal the complexities of the Great War as we come close to its one hundred year anniversary. National Library of Australia – Family History Month in August, 2014