Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Other end of the spectrum

I have two more speaking engagements this month for The Ku-ring-gai Seniors' Festival and an appearance on the Unlock the Past/Gould Genealogy stand at The Botany Bay Family History Society Heritage Fair on March 29th. I also hope to host a Hangout or two.

The audiences I address contain many silver-haired people and those whom hairdressers help to keep the silver at bay. Sometimes a few youngsters in their twenties or thirties may even come along. The audiences are usually mixed but the females well and truly outnumber the blokes.

I am very excited about the only gig I have planned for April before Mr GeniAus and I take off on our next overseas adventure. For starters I expect that there will be around twenty males and only one female (apart from me) in attendance at this exclusive event. If any youngsters in their twenties or thirties were to join us they would feel positively ancient.

One of my offspring told the group leader that I was an expert in genealogy (nice to see he has an inflated opinion of his Mum) and offered my services to speak to the group.

I am very excited that I will be talking to Year 1 students and their teacher at The King's School in Parramatta about my passion, family history. I will have to draw on my history as a Children's and Primary School Librarian and Teacher so that I won't bore the socks of them. I am also reminded of the Jesuit boast , 'Give me the child for his first seven years, and I'll give you the man,'. 

These chaps are either 6 or 7 years old,  I wonder if, in half an hour or so I can hook a few future family historians.

These chaps will be my audience on April 1

5 comments:

Jackie van Bergen said...

How great!
You'll have to dig out all the heroes and villains stories for that talk!
And never too young for Trove :)

Sharon said...

Fantastic Jill. You will have a ball and so will the class.

I once took my great great grandfather's amputation saw to show a class to talk about the olden days. Probably wouldn't do that again.

Jane Taubman said...

Sounds like a great gig. I am sure your young audience will be entranced. I agree with Jackie Heroes and Villains could be the way to go.

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Bet you will find a way to hook them in. Loved the contrast between Kings and the Jesuits ;-)

Jill Ball said...

Saints and Sinners might be a good angle. Our boy has lots of convicts , we have a few priests and nuns and his Mum's side has a Greek priest.

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