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Thursday 18 August 2022
1 to 2pm
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building (Ground floor)
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About the presenter

Ian Smith, Research and Writing Professional

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Genealogy SA presents For Love of Country

Ian Smith talks about his book 'For Love of Country' which provides a record of the service and sacrifice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from South Australia in the Australian armed forces from the Second Boer War to today. The book lists the names of 422 service personnel, contains profiles of over 30 individual veterans across various conflicts, and places their service and sacrifice in the societal context from which it was given. A great deal of genealogical research was involved in writing the book, there are interesting aspects of conducting genealogical research into Aboriginal families which are unique.

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Ian Smith

Ian Smith is a research and writing professional, specialising in veterans' issues and military subjects, with previous experience in the Australian Army, Federal Police and Australian Public Service, is seeking contracts to research and develop publications for NFPs and public sector organisations.

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Genealogy Gems

Genealogy Gems is presented by Genealogy SA and supported by the State Library of SA.

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