Multi-Generational Aboriginal Family History Research

Thursday, 21 September 2023
*Shauna will be available for those wanting to stay after the class for an informal chat.
UWA Institute of Advanced Studies
Honours Students, Postgraduate Students, Early Career Researchers, Academics, Professional Researchers


Dr Shauna Bostock

Multi-Generational Aboriginal Family History Research - The Ultimate Truth-Telling

The 2023 Tom Stannage Masterclass presented by Dr Shauna Bostock.

Dr Shauna Bostock (Stannage Fellow, 2023) looks back over her 13 year journey to research 5 generations of her Aboriginal family's history. Shauna's research journey led her to a PhD in Aboriginal History (ANU), and her recently published book, Reaching Through Time: Finding My Family's Stories, (Allen & Unwin, 4 July, 2023).

Shauna understands the PhD candidate's struggle to find their way during their own research journey, and hopes that sharing her story will help those who want to embark on, or have begun, a similar journey. This masterclass will present her research journey in its entirety, including her PhD framework and her examiners critique on the completion of her PhD. She will also present a comparison of writing academic, scholarly history - and writing a non-fiction historical narrative for the general reader, with 'insider' glimpses into what publishing companies are looking for when you decide to convert your PhD research into a narrative for a broader audience.

* Dr Bostock will also encourage discussion and engage with students on their own work, ideas and passion for the past.

*Shauna will give the 2023 The Tom Stannage Memorial Lecture Multi-Generational Family History Research: The Ultimate Truth-Telling on 20th September, 6pm in the Murdoch Lecture Theatre.*

The Tom Stannage Memorial Lecture commemorates the exceptional contribution made by Professor Tom Stannage (1944-2012) to the Western Australian community. Professor Stannage was a prominent Australian historian who worked hard to foster a wider understanding of Western Australian history and heritage. He is remembered as an inspiring teacher and a passionate advocate for the study of history.

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