Who Is Shauna Hicks ?

I worked in government for over 35 years primarily in libraries and archives including the State Library of Queensland, the John Oxley Library in Brisbane, the Queensland State Archives, the National Archives of Australia in Canberra and Public Record Office Victoria in Melbourne. I am currently Director of my own family and local history research business.

In 2006 I was invited to give a talk on my personal involvement with family history at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. The event was held at the historic Melbourne Athenaeum which celebrated its 170th anniversary in 2009. To learn how I became hooked on tracing my own family history, please read All In The Family: Researching Your Family History.


Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology – University of Queensland
Master of Arts in Australian Studies – Griffith University (QLD)
Graduate Diploma in Library Science – Queensland University of Technology
Diploma in Family Historical Studies – Society of Australian Genealogists

Professional Interests

Australian Society of Archivists – retired professional member. In 2007 Shauna was awarded a Distinguished Achievement Award for career achievements and services to the archival profession.

Professional Historians Association (Qld) – Professional member

History Queensland – Patron

Association of Professional Genealogists – Professional member and Australasian Chapter Representative

Family History Interests

Shauna has been tracing her own family history since 1977. In 2009 Shauna received the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO) Services to Family History Award for her achievements in Queensland, Canberra and Victoria.

Genealogical Society of Victoria – member

Genealogical Society of Queensland – member

Genealogy SA – member

Queensland Family History Society – life member and Fellow