Tanya Evans is a historian and the author of Fractured Families: Life on the Margins in Colonial New South Wales, which she wrote in collaboration with family historians and was awarded the NSW Community and Regional History Prize at the 2016 NSW Premier’s History Awards. She wrote Unfortunate Objects: Lone Mothers in Eighteenth-Century London and with Pat Thane, Sinners, Scroungers, Saints: Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth-Century England. She is also author of the community funded, supported and written book Swimming with the Spit 100 Years of the Spit Amateur Swimming Club. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Modern History at Macquarie University, where she teaches Australian and public history. She has worked as a consultant for the National Council for the Unmarried Mother and her Child/Gingerbread in the UK, The Benevolent Society and for the Australian television series of Who Do You Think You Are? and is the president of the History Council of NSW.