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HAGSOC Monthly Meeting; Dr Dr Ken Old: Factual Fiction in the historical novel, the best of both worlds?

Event Information

  • 5 Feb 2013 8:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Neighbourhood Hall, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton St, Cook, ACT 2613
  • Cook
  • Australian Capital Territory
Other Information
  • Cost: Free visitors welcome

Dr Ken Old:  Factual Fiction in the historical novel, the best of both worlds?

 At the monthly meeting of The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra on Tuesday 5 February 2013 at 8pm at the Neighbourhood Hall, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street Cook (6251 7004) our guest speaker will be Dr Ken Love.  Ken’s topic will be:  Factual fiction in the historical novel, the best of both worlds?

 What to do with all our genealogical information? Will it remain unread, in cabinets and computer files, or do the stories that are uncovered merit their telling to a wider audience.  If so, why not write a novel?  “Throstle nest: the story of a family” takes historical records and the outcomes of 5 years of genealogical research and weaves a story around them.  

 The characters are portrayed through their relationships and conversations and by descriptions of the events and environments that shape their lives. The tale spans a period of 60 years from 1855-1914, including the lives of family members who lived on the North Yorkshire moors and industrial Tees side. The book also includes the adventures of a new chum on the goldfields and outback of NSW.

Where information is incomplete, especially regarding the Australian chapters the narrative includes both historical and imaginary people and events, their authenticity supported by research on contemporary families and on travels to the locations where the action takes place.  This presentation will show how a mix of fact and imagination in a historical novel seeks to combine the best of both worlds.

 Dr Ken Old, who was born in North Yorkshire, obtained his PhD in plant pathology from the University of Minnesota and then spent forty years in research and teaching, firstly at Dundee University and then at the CSIRO Division of Forestry in Canberra.  Now retired to their bush retreat south of Canberra, Ken and his wife continue their regular 4WD trips to the outback as well as pursuing their hobbies of gardening, genealogy photography and writing. 

 There is no charge for attending the monthly meeting  and visitors are welcome.

 The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc was founded in 1964 ‘to promote and encourage the study and preservation of family history, genealogy, heraldry and allied subjects, and to assist members and others in research in these areas.’  The Society is run entirely by volunteers, who give generously of their time, expertise and goodwill to provide a service for all members. 


The Secretary

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc

GPO Box 585