Apr 122019

Dr Jonathan Richards  will be presenting “Lost records Hurt Historians” Saturday 4.55-5.40pm

Could you please tell us a little about your background?

I am a professional historian.

How has genealogy/family history/history/heraldry improved or changed your life?

Archive research has changed my life completely

What do you love most about history?

The search, and possible discovery, of key records that tell us about past lives

Have you attended the State Conference in previous years?

Yes, attended the Gold Coast conference

What are your key topics for the Waves in Time Conference?

History can be enhanced by finding records; conversely finding out that records have been lost, stolen or not survived can frustrate historians

How do you think your topics will help the family & local historians at the Waves in Time Conference 2019?

Reminding historians that perseverance furthers but may ultimately be fruitless

What do you think are the benefits of attending a large conference like this, for you personally and for others attending?

Spending time with people from a range of backgrounds often helps gain new perspectives

Do you have a favourite piece of advice or a tip or trick you can share with conference attendees?

Lucky dip, or serendipity, sometimes reveals surprises


Jonathan is the author of ‘The Secret War’ (2005), the first comprehensive study of Queensland’s notorious Native Police force’.

  One Response to “Waves in Time Meet the Speaker: Dr Jonathan Richards”

  1. I will be interesting to here a professional historian talk about lost records at the Waves in Time conference. I have had a few disappointments myself and my research is not as extensive as many others.

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