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Celebrate Family History Month with Author Jane Eales

Posted 31 August 2016 by (Hurstville News)

Award-winning author Jane Eales will be a special guest speaker at Hurstville Library as part of Family History Month on Wednesday 31 August 2016.

Jane will speak about her award-winning memoir Secrets, spies and spotted dogs, which explores the author’s secret adoption in London 1947, and her search for her birth mother, a World War II spy.

Jane was 19 when she learned that she was adopted and was sworn to secrecy and forbidden to find her biological family.

About twenty years later, due to tragic family circumstances, Jane began a search for truth and identity that would take her to Africa, Europe and Australia.

Secrets, spies and spotted dogs is a fascinating read that explores the ways in which the two world wars radically changed the traditional roles of women and their expectations of motherhood.

Secrets, spies and spotted dogs recently won the Autobiography/Biography category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in New York. Jane has featured on ABC Radio National’s Conversations with Richard Fidler, and has been positively reviewed in The Australian.

National family history month (NFHM) runs during the month August 2016 and is an initiative of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO). It aims to promote genealogy, family history, heraldry and related subjects.

Event Details
When: 7.00pm-8.00pm, Wednesday 31 August, 2016
Where: Hurstville Library, corner Queens Road and Dora Street, Hurstville
Cost: Free event. Bookings essential
RSVP: To book visit the ‘What’s On’ section at, call 9330 6111 or email .
Transport: Bus stops and Hurstville Train Station are all within walking distance to Hurstville Library
For more information, contact Hurstville Library on 9330 6111.