Window on the past History Society announces 2020 talks

THE fascinating tale and life story of a World War Two spy launches the new year programme of talks at the Oldham branch of the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society.

Wykeham Henry Koba Freame was the son of an Australian father and Japanese mother.

He was a sailor, mercenary, soldier and ultimately spy until his death at the hands of the Japanese in the Second World War.

Sheila Goodyear’s talk ‘An ANZAC in the Family will take place at Gallery Oldham on Saturday, January 11.

Other dates for the diary include:
• February 8: Crime in 17th Century Oldham and District by Dr Alan Crosby.
This talk uses original court records to look at crime and misdemeanour in the Oldham area and elsewhere in south east Lancashire during the Stuart period.
• March 14: Writing your Family History – moving on from record sheets by Jackie Depelle.
• April 18: Manchester Oddities by Keith Warrender.
A light-hearted look at odd customs, buildings and characters around Greater Manchester.
• May 9: Confessions of a Country Lane Researcher.

An illustrated talk containing interesting family and local history items gleaned from various sources during 40 years of research.

There is no charge for members but £2.50 for non-members.

Members and guests are reminded there is no meeting of the Oldham Branch in December 2019.

For more information about the Oldham branch or future talks email or visit their website:

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