Family history, identity, and public history: writing a history of The Benevolent Society in its 200th year

Tanya Evans, Patricia Curthoys

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Abstract

Since 2011, the authors have worked together on outputs associated with the bicentenary of The Benevolent Society of New South Wales, Australia's oldest charity, established in 1813. This article focuses on one of those outputs-a project making use of family histories of clients of The Benevolent Society's Asylum, in the second half of the nineteenth century, to reveal the histories of these families in colonial New South Wales. The project also involves an exploration of the many different ways in which contemporary Australians are active agents in the creation of historical knowledge when practicing family history.

LanguageEnglish
Pages285-301
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Australian Studies
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

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