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Commemorate the ANZAC story with a History Talk

Author Anne Hutchison is back with a new book and fresh insights into researching and writing about historical lives. In her latest book, Private CRL Smith, Anne tells the story of a young Aussie on the Western Front during World War 1.

The History Talk: A Digger’s Story will be held at Bathurst Library on Keppel Street
on Thursday 13 April at 6pm in the lead up to ANZAC Day. Anne will talk about the
research process of collecting memorabilia and anecdotes of her family member and
how she brought everything together into a cohesive story. This event is part of the
NSW Heritage Festival.

The book is based on the private war diary of Charles Robert Lumsden Smith who
fought in France and Belgium. You won’t find his name amongst the heroes written
about in the history books, but he was one of the many unsung heroes of a war too
willing to sacrifice young lives.

Patou Clerc, Bathurst Library Manager, is looking forward to having Anne Hutchison
back in the library. “Last year Anne held a very engaging author talk for her book No
Ordinary Life. She has a way of giving interesting insight into the subject of the book,
while also explaining some ways of researching your family history.”

For more information, visit or call the library on 6333 6281. Bookings are essential.

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