It took Lauren Hokin two-and-a-half years of research to put her book together.
In that time she learnt all about the best ways to dig up history, to track a person’s service throughout wars and find out all she could about their time in the military.
Writing Anzacs of Macarthur: The Men and Women Who Served in the First World War was a huge feat and the Bradbury author is sharing just how she did it at two local author talks in the next week.
“I’m going to show people how to look into their family’s war service,” she said.
“My talk will be filled with handy hints – it’s a ‘how-to’ of researching your family’s war history.”
Ms Hokin’s book – created with the assistance of a more than $30,000 federal government grant – tracks the service of every soldier, sailor and nurse from the Macarthur region during World War I.
It lists when and where they served and were wounded or killed.
Ms Hokin said she was keen to share her research know-how with Macarthur locals.
“There will be a lot of people in Macarthur whose relatives were not from here, but were from Sydney or elsewhere,” she said.
My talk will be filled with handy hints – it's a 'how-to' of researching your family's war history.
“So their family’s history won’t be in my book, but I can show them how to find it.”
Ms Hokin used plenty of resources to compile her book, scouring records from RSLs, churches, walls of honour and national archives.
She is proud to share her work with locals and encourage others to take an interest in history.
“I can go into great detail and hopefully deliver information that people will find useful,” she said.
Ms Hokin thinks Macarthur residents will be particularly interested in sourcing their family’s service history in the lead-up to Anzac Day.
Her author talk, Research WWI Ancestors Workshop, will be held at Campbelltown’s HJ Daley Library from 5.30pm on Wednesday, April 19 and Narellan Library in the Red Gum Room at 6pm on Wednesday, April 26.
Bookings for both events are essential.
Copies of her book will also be available for sale ($60) at the workshops.
Anzacs of Macarthur will also be available for purchase from Ms Hokin at Ingleburn RSL Club all-day this Thursday, April 20, at Camden RSL Club from 5pm on Friday, April 1 or from Glenalvon House, Campbelltown between 10am-1pm on Saturday, April 22.