If photographs shape the world, what happens when you have no images of yourself as a child? This is the reality for many people who grew up in out of home care in 20th century Australia. Picture research is, therefore, one of the most satisfying elements of working on the Find Connect web resource, which is a national digital history project funded by the Australian Government to assist former care leavers to connect with their past. Image collections, whether created by the NSW Government Printing Office, institutional staff or the Australian Women’s Weekly, provide essential but contentious links to the past. In this talk, Find Connect’s NSW State-Based Historian, In her talk, Dr Naomi Parry will unpack some of these collections, and discuss how historians might navigate their use and reuse, balancing the desire of some to know with the sensitivities of others about the images they convey.

This is a shortened version of a talk presented during History Week 2013 as part of the Speaker Connect program, a partnership between the History Council of NSW and the Royal Australian Historical Society.
Supported by Your Community Heritage.

Filmed and produced by Absorb.

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