College of Arts and Law

Place, Image, Object

Homes, heirlooms, albums and art; find stories in your family treasure.

The material world surrounds us. The objects and images we have collected, and places our families have inhabited, help us in researching our family history and memories. Homes, human-shaped environments like gardens, and inherited items (some valuable, others mundane) can carry stories down through generations. Places, images, and objects are imbued with the potential to provide immediate ways of relating to your family's past, and sharing it with others.

Study without tuition fees*: HECS Scholarships available for all domestic students. When studying Place, Image, Object you will not incur a tuition fee or debt for the unit. This unit is offered within the Diploma of Family History (R2H) or the Associate Degree in Arts (R2B) / Bachelor of General Studies courses, depending on whether you are a commencing or continuing student.

Online: Place, Image, Object is part of a fully online suite of units to enable flexible study.

Free access to Library: Gain free access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories and other resources that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.

Unit Objectives

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  • Interpret, contextualise, and document your own objects, images and places;
  • respond to and care for your family's history; and
  • share your history with others.

(*conditions apply)

Further study opportunities available with fees concessions:

- Diploma of Family History
- College of Arts and Law - Study with Fee Concessions

Location: Online

Current Intake:
Semester 1, 13 March 2017 (Closed)

Next Intake:

General Enquiries:
+61 3 6226 6365

What students say...

"I am an experienced family history researcher, but I felt that I was probably overlooking vital information. This course (Introduction to Family History) was a great learning curve for me, but the two most important things I learnt was to maintain a strict research log and to read all documents thoroughly. This course is highly recommended."
- Ian Beckett, NSW

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