Following the founding of the colony of Australia, individuals born in the British Empire were considered British subjects, irrespective of the nationality of their parents. Residents of Australia whose native place was outside of the British Empire were not afforded the same rights and privileges as British subjects. These rights, in particular the right to buy land and vote, could be conferred to an individual by a process known as naturalisation. This bureaucratic process generated multiple sets of records that contain a wealth of genealogical information. This talk will outline the complex history of naturalisation in Australia, the changing terminology used, how, when and why naturalisation records were created, and discuss the likely availability of records and for whom they may have been created.
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About the presenter
Kristy Love (formerly Davidson), Ph.D., is a professional family historian and founder of Family History Agency in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia. In her former working life, she gained several decades of experience working in university research management. In 2021, Kristy completed the short course ‘Chinese Ancestry: Research Methods and Sources’ run by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria (CAFHOV), where she volunteers. Kristy was part of the award-winning CAFHOV team behind the Victorian ‘Certificate Exempting from Dictation Test’ Index project. She has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing, an Honours Degree in Psychology, and a Certificate in Genealogical Research from the Society of Australian Genealogists. Kristy has a particular research interest in Australian women who, like her great-great-grandmother, were criminalised by poverty.
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