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In the wake of Covid-19 difficulties in hosting a live event, we are currently restructuring FHDU 2021 for a virtual event.

Sadly, the ongoing COVID-19 saga has caught up with FHDU 2021. We have reluctantly decided to change our in-person event into a fully virtual online event instead. We were all looking forward to a real, live, in-person event. Unfortunately, that is not to be.

But this gives us the opportunity to significantly re-format FHDU 2021. We are looking at this as a positive opportunity. We can now bring a significantly more valuable event to people around the globe.

Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart

Tasmania

Hamish Maxwell-Stewart is a Professor of Social History based in Hobart. He has a passion for using digital techniques to piece together past lives and has made regular appearances on TV and radio, including the British and Australian version of Who Do You Think You Are.

Hamish Maxwell-Stewart is a professor of social history. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a PhD, he worked for the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at the University of Glasgow before migrating to Australia. Hamish has an extensive track record of working with family and local historians to digitise, clean, code and link historical record groups.  

In recent years he has led a team that have put together 1.6 million digitised Tasmanian records in order to explore the factors responsible for influencing life course and intergenerational outcomes. Hamish is passionate about digital history. He developed the highly successful Diploma in Family History at the University of Tasmania and taught in many of its units. He has also helped to develop a number of highly successful heritage interpretations and has made regular appearances on Who Do You Think You Are.

Although based in Hobart Hamish has recently taken up a position with the University of New England. His current ambition is to work with the history and archaeology team there to create new ways of visualising, analysing and exploring past lives.

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Placing individual convict lives within context
Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart

In this presentation Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart from the University of New England talks about the importance of digitising records in order to place lives in context. In the process he explores such issues as the long term health consequences of being locked in a solitary cell.

Getting the most out of physical descriptions
Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart

In this presentation Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart from the University of New England will share some tips for deciphering descriptions of tattoos and making sense of scar patterns and height measurements.

Reading tattoos and scar patterns
Essential sources of information for piecing together convict lives
Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart

In this presentation Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart from the University of New England will take you on a tour of British and Australian records that can be used to piece together the lives of transported convicts.

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