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Colonial Australia Research Group


CARG meets to discuss research on arrivals in Australia from 1788 to 1901. All are welcome to attend and contribute to our meetings.

In 2024 we’ll be looking at what colonists did once they arrived, where they moved to and the challenges they faced. This gives us scope to look further than the NSW story, and explore how other states grew into thriving centres.  

Each meeting we’ll be looking for case studies from our participants to present and show us how they discovered the settlement experience of their ancestors. Keep an eye on our Discussion Forum for calls for contributions.

This group meets 4 times per year.
Each session lasts approximately 2 hours.

Group Leads

  • Lorraine Luks
  • Kristine Newton
  • Sharon Shelley

Upcoming Meetings

GROUP: Colonial Australia Research Group

16 March 2024 3:00 PM via Zoom

Topic:  The Unruly Rural Rush

GROUP: Colonial Australia Research Group

01 June 2024 3:00 PM via Zoom

Topic: Diggers, robbers and getters

GROUP: Colonial Australia Research Group

15 August 2024

Special event, details to come.

Please note this event will be held in the evening.

GROUP: Colonial Australia Research Group

16 November 2024 3:00 PM via Zoom

Topic: Camels, pearls and grapes

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Discussion Forum

Colonial Australia Research Guide (to follow)

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