Karen Grega is an experienced senior manager having held CEO positions with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) - Home of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the Sydney Olympic Park Business Association and the Inaugural Maccabi Australia International Games in Australia. In her professional life, Karen faced many challenges. The personal challenge Karen outlines in her talk saw her utilise her skills in research, lateral thinking, coupled with a ‘can-do’ attitude and will to succeed, in a matter much closer to her heart. She is now sharing her experience to assist other first-generation Australians and ensuring the stories she unearthed continue to be told.
An unassuming cardboard box containing 28 rolls of her father’s undeveloped BxW films over 60 years old kicked-off an amazing family history journey for Karen, with sporting fields giving way to WW2 battlefields in Central & Eastern Europe and sugar cane fields in North Queensland.
Piecing together the documented life of her father and uncle, Karen has traced their escape from war-ravaged Slovakia, to life in a displaced persons’ camp in Ludwigsburg, Germany, followed by their journey to Melbourne on board the migrant ship ‘The Anna Salen’, before being despatched another 2,500kms to Tully as cane-cutters for the Queensland Government.
As part of Beyond The Tree Exhibition, Karen will take the audience through her recent trip to Germany, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, where she traveled to in search of answers and missing pieces to this story, as part of her family history research.
Time and Date:
Saturday, 1 February 2020
Liverpool Genealogy Society, Liverpool Regional Museum
No booking required.