Three of the speaker's four grandparents have German ancestry (one is French Huguenot/German), and this presentation will outline where they all came from, how and when they came to Australia, and some interesting highlights (a murder, a suicide, a scalding to death). It will feature how information (Australian and German sources) was found, and how they have contributed to Australia, though none are famous. It will also explore the question of why the speaker's German heritage was hidden or forgotten. The two areas of settlement for were south-east Queensland (Toowoomba) and the Macleay River (Kempsey).
About the Speaker
Neil Renaud is a retired TAFE college librarian, and previously a high school teacher of History/English. He holds a BA, a Diploma of Education, and a Diploma of Librarianship, and has been conducting extensive family research for about 8 years. In that time, Neil has written a number of short essays/publications on his family, including the 'Huguenot Times' and is currently writing his complete family history. He is member of the Huguenot Society of Australia and is currently secretary of the Colo Shire Family History Group (currently Secretary).