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Friday, December 15, 2017

Noeline Kyle’s Writing Family History December specials - 50% discount during December 2017
How to write your family history: a guide to creating, planning, editing and publishing family stories

N. Kyle - 40 pages $2.95 (Usual price $5.95

Go to Noeline Kyle's webpage: for print copies of Noeline's UTP books all $10 only until the end of December. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

History is not what you thought it was, is it?

History is nor what you or I thought it was?  What do you rhink?

2017 has been a busy year for me,  and it continues…I have presented  talks and seminars and workshops, published and launched a book, written and submitted several articles and, as well, I continue my volunteer role at the Kempsey Museum, and support the local community with their writing. In addition, in my role at the Kempsey Museum, I conduct research, write and submit grant supplications and more recently co-curated an exhibition with Julia Morrell at the Slim Dusty Museum. 
More info Noeline Kyle’s books and writing
 On my book Womens Business Midwives on the Mid North Coast of NSW
On my book  Nurses and Midwives in Australian History
On Women’s History
On my book Constance Kent and the Road Murder
There is a review of my book A Greater Guilt on Marion Diamond’s blog, oh well, there it is, the one book I wrote that is well outside my expertise is given a rather insipid  review…still at my age one cannot be  that fussed, I have written a lot of words, a lot of books and I have delivered many talks and workshops…I shall soldier on still doing it as people continue to ask me to do so, perhaps I am doing something right.;dn=288964248687897;res=IELAPA;subject=Law%20(General)

Let  me know if you find reviews or comments on my books or my talks as I am happy to know about  anything you find, whether negative or positive, on the internet.  I am compiling a list and hoping to draw something from the wisdom or not of others….

The quote is from 1066, and in full reads:

History is not what you thought it was. It is what you can remember!!  

Here is a pic from a recent exhibition, it is of a dressmaker Nelly Partridge who made many gowns for the women  of the Macleay Valley.  The Photograph is from her wedding during WW1 in England:

Nelly's story will be added soon.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

RAHS Day Lecture – Women’s Business: Midwives on the Mid North Coast of NSW to 1950

November 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dr Noeline Kyle will discuss her research into 200 midwives and more that 80 private hospital on the Mid North Coast of NSW. This research began in 1979 when she was writing a biography of her great grandmother Mary Kirkpatrick and culminated in her latest publication Women’s Business: Midwives on the Mid North Coast of NSW to 1950. Noeline will discuss the training, career details, and family life of midwives who worked in country towns and outline the complex and extraordinary lives of these women who were the major health providers of women and babies in country regions of Australia.
Dr Noeline Kyle is a professional historian and retired academic and has published women’s history, Australian history, biography/memoir and family history.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Writing history and where to find information

Writing history or biography or memoir is more than just putting words on the page.  It is a critical method, - you are reconstructing the past. You are seeking to  find how humans interacted with their world, and what that means for us today.

What it means for the individual, for communities, for countries.  Historians evaluate evidence, they use theory and they write stories. It is a mix of analysis, description and narrative.  The trick is how to put all three of these together into a strong historical story.

And then there is the author.  Every book an author writes, whether fiction or non-fiction, is connected. There is a thread or perhaps many threads running from one book to another. And those threads all begin and end with you, the author.

All of my books are connected in some way; through women's history, the family, the history of childhood, and within all of these how I approach the writing of history, a long standing interest in social justice and a preference for social history and writing about the lives of 'ordinary' people in history.

There is lots of advice out there, on the internet, on the shelves of libraries and in bookshops, on how to write well.  Not so much however on how to write history which remains a specialised area.  You will find books in university libraries on this topic and also there are articles and notes on the internet that can help.

Go to my webpage and you will find free advice and also my books covering how to write about women, about childhood, about family history and much more all on sale until November 30..

Sunday, June 11, 2017


😇My apologies for the state of my webpage, am trying to fix it.  So please be patient,

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Noeline Kyle will publish her book Women’s business: midwives on the mid north coast of NSW to 1950, a study of Port Macquarie/Hastings, Kempsey/Macleay Valley and Armidale/Uralla regions, in mid 2017.  The book details the training, careers, family life, business enterprises, travel to and between towns/villages, friendships and partnerships with other midwives or nurses, community participation and their  contribution to the profession and their communities of more than 200 midwives and the 70 hospitals they established or managed.  Normally $35, Noeline is offering a pre publication purchase price of $25 if purchased before 22 May 2017. For details on how to place an order and make payments email Noeline at:, or ring her mob.: 0403868051.  You can also  place an order on Noeline’s website,

Women's business will only be published with a limited number of copies so order your copy now ....from:

Monday, November 14, 2016


Writing the lives of midwives on the Mid North Coast (see fuller description of my my long years of research on my website at:  Midwives of the Mid North Coast of New Sout Wales, Australia)

Macleay Argus
4 January, 1924


As I draw near to the final stages of my research and writing about the lives and careers of midwives (and nurses), and their private maternity hospitals, I find myself sometimes catching a  glimpse of who they were...I chart their lives on the mid north coast towns where they worked as this is the focus of my study.   But, to understand them a little more and fill in their lives, I also sketch in their beginnings, some family information,  their training, and the many moves they had to make to find work in the years 1890s through to the 1940s.  And I do look at what happened to them when they left the mid north coast as these women were highly mobile and always looking for their next appointment. 

I am struck always by their resourcefulness, their willingness to accept change, their strength and their endurance as they sometimes changed places/towns and employment sometimes yearly, always often. One example is Clara Armitage  who was the licensee and resident manager of Kendall Lying In Hospital (a small village near Port Macquarie, NSW) from 1920 to 1926. She then returned to Sydney where she worked in Hurlstone Park (1927), Marrickville (1928), Coogee (1929), Arncliffe (1930-31), and then moved to the country town of Guyra (1932-1937). Clara was single and was 84 when she died a few short years later in1941.  She had been working and delivering babies and caring for women all of her life.

Clara is just one of the 200 women’s stories which will be part of my Historical Biography of these women. But as I attempt to fill in these final pages and write how these women were I do have a sense of them, some idea of who they were,  a glimpse of them in my mind’s eye, so many of them passing but real in that ghostly, fading past. It is so important that they are remembered, these indefatigable women who gave so much to local communities and are still, in many cases, remembered by those communities today.

I will publish my book Women's Business: Midwives on the Mid North Coast of NSW, (a historical biograpy of the Hastigns, Macleay and Armidale regions to 1950)  in 2017. Updates will be posted on my blog and my website at: