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$39 Limited inc GST / $35

Stitching Stories: Crafting personal narratives using interconnected online resources

<p><strong>In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society.</strong></p>

<p><strong>Speaker:</strong> Christine Yeats</p>

<p>This workshop will equip participants with the knowledge and


In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society.

Speaker: Christine Yeats

This workshop will equip participants with the knowledge and skills to delve into the rich tapestry of online resources available for uncovering life stories. By exploring interconnected platforms and databases, participants will gain the ability to piece together historical narratives and paint a comprehensive picture of a person's life. It will showcase the wealth of information available in digital format (indexes, newspapers, government archives and genealogical websites), provide tips on effective search strategies, and highlight the importance of corroborating information across multiple sources to ensure accuracy.


  • Face-to-Face


Introduction to personal narrative crafting with guidance on the following:

  • understanding the significance of interconnected online resources in crafting a narrative
  • exploring indexes and digitised copies as sources for narrative materials
  • techniques for navigating indexes and digitised archives effectively
  • advice on organising digital content for narrative development
  • ethical considerations in utilising digitised resources for storytelling.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain proficiency in navigating various interconnected online resources, including indexes and digitised copies, for sourcing narrative materials.
  2. Have enhanced capacity to organise digital content in order to construct coherent personal narratives.
  3. Cultivate critical thinking and evaluation skills to assess the credibility and authenticity of resource materials.
  4. Gain ethical awareness and understanding of responsible use of resource materials for crafting narratives.
  5. Be confident in crafting narratives using interconnected online resources.


Christine Yeats is an archivist, historical researcher and active supporter of local historical societies. Her research interests include the history of the Romani (Gypsies) in nineteenth century Australia and attempts to introduce a silk industry into the Australian colonies. Christine has undertaken a range of consultancy projects including significance assessments, biographical and local history research. She is President of the Federation of Australian Historical Society, Senior Vice President of the RAHS and a member of the Professional Historians Association (NSW & ACT). Her recent publication is Handy Guide: Convict Records of NSW: The Human Stories of the Transportation System (2021).

Please note: If you are a member of RAHS and wish to apply your RAHS Member discount to this course, please ensure you add your RAHS member number through the Checkout when enrolling (unless previously added) by pressing Add Concession at the top of the page. To become a RAHS Member, visit their website at

Royal Australian Historical Society

The Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS), Australia's oldest historical organisation founded in Sydney in 1901, promotes the study of Australian history. The Society organises events,...