My Friend's Irish Oma: Cultural Curiosities and Communication

GAGHACon 2018: Australisches Deutschtum

My Friend's Irish Oma: Cultural Curiosities and Communication

Presented by Rachel Croucher

I was recently commissioned “to quickly delve” into a friend’s family tree because she knew “nothing useful” and wanted some stories of her Irish heritage to share with her growing brood of grandchildren. I soon learned her grandmother’s maiden name was "Fischer with a -C." This immediately fired up the German-speaking part of my brain. Further investigation revealed my friend's grandmother was one Augustina Wilhelmina Driemel, and not the Mary Murphy I had envisaged. She excitedly called her sister who responded, “I know, I had Guinness in Berlin with some new cousins last year.” I will use the talk to emphasise the importance of communication between families before beginning genealogical journeys with the aim of reconnecting. I will also emphasise that uncovering a mixed ancestry is something to be celebrated and not feared as potentially diminishing one’s primary sense of cultural identity. Because hey, it’s cool to be German too!

About the Speakers

Rachel Croucher is an AAGRA-accredited genealogist and Associate Director of Research Development at the Australian Sikh Heritage Association. She studied for one year in Germany during high school and has travelled extensively throughout numerous German-speaking countries and regions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (German and Political Science) from The University of Melbourne and a Master of Public History (Holocaust and Genocide Studies) from Monash University. She has worked extensively in media and editing, and was a German translator in the archives of the Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre in Elsternwick for seven years.

Practical Info

18 August 2018 10:10 (Australia/Adelaide)
1 hour
Margaret Murray Room