As well as being a performing musician, I’m also a published historian who is currently engaged in writing a PhD on the origins of Anzac Day. I’ve had thirty years of experience working in libraries and archives and am available to do historical research.
I also present lively seminars and workshops to family and local history groups as well as other community organisations. These events typically combine vivid accounts of our past illustrated with songs and images. Here’s what one of my clients had to say:
“As Coordinator of the Redlands’ University of the Third Age, “Life in Australia” programme, I have much pleasure in supporting the efforts of Mark Cryle. I have now heard Mark on two occasions ; firstly it was at a special Morning Tea occasion at Salford Waters’ Retirement Estate when as our guest speaker, Mark presented a segment displaying artefacts from the U.Q. Fryer library on Queensland’s history and won the appreciation of the audience with his obvious interest in and knowledge of our fine state.
The second occasion was as a special presentation of the influence of the Irish people who immigrated to Australia. In this effort Mark won his audience of U3A members not only with the graphic story of the sufferings of the Irish people but also with the influence the immigrants brought to the growth of democracy in Australia. To add colour to his powerpoint show and his word to the audience he won them with his most suitably chosen Irish songs accompanied, as he sang, with his skilled effort on his guitar.
I have much pleasure in commending Mark to any organisation as a highly qualified and acceptable guest speaker John M. Butters O.A.M., B.A., B.Ed., F.A.C.E., former president of the Australian High Schools’ Principals’ Association and Founding President of the Redlands’ University of the Third Age in 1998.”