Education and Arts

Connecting the dots

The popular series, where well-known Australians play detective as they go in search of their family history, will feature the expertise of historians involved with Find & Connect web resource project.

Find & Connect is a website which allows Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and their families to access information about the institutions in which they spent their childhood. It provides links to archival resources, newspaper articles and legislation which can help them make sense of their past.

Developed as a response to the 2009 Federal Government Apology to these two groups, the web resource is funded by the Department of Social Services and builds on expertise developed through the Who Am I project, an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project between researchers from ACU and the University of Melbourne Escholarship Centre. ACU has employed 10 state-based historians for the past three years. They have developed the content for the web resource.

Professor Shurlee Swain, Chief Historical Investigator for Find & Connect, and NSW state-based historian Dr Naomi Parry are informants for the 22 July program on actor Jacki Weaver.  Professor Swain will also appear in the program.

WA state-based historian Dr Deb Rosser was an informant for the 19 August program on musical star Lisa McCune.

SA state-based historian Dr Karen George appears in the 26 August program on comedian and actor Paul McDermott.

Professor Shurlee Swain said that the historians' contributions to the program were an exciting development for the project.

"This is great evidence of how the research which has built the web resource has not only provided a valuable site for Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and the various support and advocacy services that work with them, but is also making an ongoing contribution to knowledge about Australian history."

You can find out more about Find & Connect here: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/

Further details on Who Do You Think You Are? http://www.sbs.com.au/shows/whodoyouthinkyouare/watchonline/page/i/1/h/Home/