My upcoming appearances

Townsville City Council Heritage Day 2017

I'll have a stall at this year's Heritage Day at West End Park, Sunday 23 July. You can buy a signed copy of my new book Queen City of the North: a History of Townsville, or my first book Flinders Street Townsville: a Pictorial History; or browse through an historic collection of WWI postcards. Drop by and say hi!

Past Events:

11 February 2017
1pm - 4pm

Engaging with Local History
I'll be presenting at this event, a Queensland History Teachers Association Professional Development Day
Venue: James Cook University

10 February 2017

5.30pm for 6pm start

Book LaunchQueen City of the North: a History of Townsville
Mary Who? Bookshop, Flinders Street, Townsville.
RSVP by 8 February to Mary Who? Bookshop on 4771 3824.

Come along and hear me talk about the inspiration behind the book, and get your signed copy!

30 October 2016

9.30am - 1pm
Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (building 18), James Cook University, Townsville

JCU Library Special Collections Open Day


9.30 am  Viewing - Special Collections Reading Room
10.00 am Sue Valis - Storing your collections
11.00 am Morning tea and viewing T150 Satellite Exhibition: Townsville on the move
11.30 am  Trisha Fielding talks Townsville history
12.30 pm  Q&A
1.00 pm  Close

Featuring guest presentations
Storing your Collections by Sue Valis 
Sue Valis undertook the Conservation of Cultural Material course at the University of Canberra and has worked in numerous institutions, including the Australian Museum and Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, the National Museum of Australia in Canberra and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin.She is currently the Conservator from the Museum of Tropical Queensland.
Sue Valis will cover suitable storage systems for a variety of collections, including works of art on paper, documents, photographs, books, textiles and 3D objects.  As part of storage preparation, Sue will also describe the handling of objects, recording of their condition and the manufacture of various object supports.
Trisha Fielding talks Townsville History  
Trisha Fielding is a historian and freelance writer and the author of the award-winning blog North Queensland History. Trisha has had more than 120 historical articles published in the Townsville Bulletin and she is currently working on a book entitled Queen City of the North: A History of Townsville.
Trisha has a knack of unearthing fascinating stories about Townsville’s history. Join with Trisha as she reflects on her favourite stories of Townsville’s history revealed through the JCU Special Collections, and shares her top tips for researching and writing history.
Booking link:

20 August 2016
10am - 1pm
Charters Towers Excelsior Library,
130 Gill Street, Charters Towers

Turning Research into Writing
(workshop by Trisha Fielding)
Research is key to writing a well-told story with depth and detail. Learn how to make the most of the resources available to you through libraries, archives and collections during the research phase of your project.
Whether you’re writing about local history, becoming biographer of a great life story or creating a fictional story with a historical setting, solid research will be a positive addition.
To book your place, go directly to the Queensland Writers Centre webpage:

30 March 2016
Townsville Civic Theatre

T150 Yarns Series Launch
Villains, Heroes and Saints

Townsville Yarns is a series of engaging story-telling events held around the city, told live by a panel of local and visiting identities. The launch topic is "Villains, Heroes and Saints" and will discuss some of Townsville's colourful characters such as Errol Flynn, Saint Mary MacKillop, business identities, controversial people and criminals. 

I'll be a panelist at this event!

Entry is free but bookings are required.

13 May 2016
State Library of Queensland

Heritage Leaders Workshop

State Library of Queensland will host the second Heritage Leaders Workshop, 12 - 13 May in conjunction with this year’s Q ANZAC 100 Symposium.
Register your interest and join fellow Queensland heritage workers and volunteers for a free two-day program of workshops that will explore capabilities, offer practical tips and skills, and provide the opportunity to network with fellow heritage professionals.
Facilitated by author and journalist, Ian Townsend, the workshop will feature dynamic keynote speaker, Professor Bruce Scates FASSA, Chair of History and Australian Studies National Centre for Australian Studies, and an intensive workshop program.
I'll be presenting a workshop on blogging about history.

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