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Dunn 120Cathy Dunn

Cathy’s love of history research and writing started back in her Fashion and Marketing teaching days. After leaving full time TAFE teaching, Cathy continued with her studies at UNE and she completed Graduate Diploma in Local, Family and Applied History.

“Whether we like or not, we are always learning, discovering and exploring”.

She has published over 15 South Coast NSW regional history and early colonial NSW and Norfolk Island history publications. Cathy has been involved with family history research and indexing of records of early colonial NSW and Norfolk Island for over 25 years.

Cathy is a member of the Professional Historians Association of NSW & ACT (PHANSWACT), and has completed many research projects in addition to heritage and family history reports for individuals, companies and government bodies including the Old Sydney Burial Ground 1792 – 1820 Project for the City of Sydney Council.

And yes Cathy has other hats too. She is also a web designer and tourism destination publicist which is an ever changing industry online with her business South Coast Promotions. She has been an innovator and support to the South Coast business and tourism sector for the past 15 years.

Cathy has worked in all media, from newspaper articles, radio, TV to social media.

“Sometimes patience is the only thing that separates victory and failure in both life and work.”

Today she also works greatly in heritage tourism, combining all her heritage skills and knowledge with tourism promotion. Cathy is an experienced presenter/speaker and has for many years been involved with using Facebook as a communication tool for historians.

Her historical research and love of Norfolk Island started many years ago with her husband Arthur’s family members of Andrew Hamilton Hume, William Broughton, Richard Burrows, Elizabeth Cole and others. Over the years she has done vast research and writings on the people who arrived in NSW aboard the Royal Admiral 1792, many of whom were on Norfolk Island.

Her first visit to Norfolk Island was in July 2010 for the Islands of History, the 25th Anniversary Conference of the PHANSWACT. After many years of research, in March 2012 she published Norfolk Island Deaths: 1st Settlement 1788 – 1814, which was launched on Norfolk Island during ‘Foundation Day’ Week. In March this year Cathy launch her latest publication Rev. Fulton Baptisms, Burials and Marriages 1801 – 1806 during the 2014 History Lovers Tour of Norfolk Island.

Cathy Dunn and her husband live at Ulladulla on the South Coast of NSW.


HicksShauna Hicks

Shauna Hicks has been tracing her own family history since 1977 and worked in government for over 35 years in libraries and archives in Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne. Since retiring, she has written a number of family history guides and is a regular speaker at genealogy cruises, conferences and  seminars. She now operates a small part time research and consultancy business, Shauna Hicks History Enterprises, at www.shaunahicks.com.au and is the author of the blog, Diary of an Australian Genealogist.

Shauna has a number of tertiary qualifications from Queensland universities including a Master of Arts in Australian Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Library Science and a Diploma in Family Historical Studies from the Society of Australian Genealogists. She is a Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society; a recipient of the Australian Society of Archivists Distinguished Achievement Award and the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations’ Services to Family History Award.

She is the author of a number of research publications published by Unlock the Past, including

  • Family and local history resource directory for Victoria
  • Family history on the cheap
  • Finding ancestors in church records: a brief guide to resources
  • My ancestor was in an asylum: a brief guide to asylum records in Australia and New Zealand
  • It’s not all online: a guide to genealogy sources offline
  • What was the voyage really like?: a brief guide to researching convict and immigrant voyages to Australia and New Zealand
  • Our family history archives: a brief introduction
  • Tracing mining ancestors: a brief guide to resources in Australia and New Zealand
  • Trove: discover genealogy treasure in the National Library of Australia
  • numerous articles for journals and History and Genealogy 2011: Australia and New Zealand

McCoy 120Liz McCoy

Liz, who holds a Bachelor of Historical Inquiry and Practice, grew up on Norfolk Island being a descendant of one of the famous Bounty Mutineers is fluent in the local language and has been researching the history of Norfolk Island and it various settlements and inhabitants for more than 20 years.

Liz worked in the Kingston Arthurs Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) for over 12 years as their research and interpretation officer and has extensively researched the burial grounds, land grants, and families of Norfolk Island. She has worked on transcription and restoration of the monuments in Norfolk Island’s existing burial ground. Liz has researched extensively the harsh Second Penal Settlement. She has represented KAVHA and Norfolk Island at many conferences, on Norfolk Island in Tasmania and NSW and has studied the close links and family connections between Norfolk Island, Tasmania, NSW and New Zealand.