History Group Meeting News
~9th April 2003 ~
Copies of the current Hawkesbury Family History Group Meeting news sheet including archived copies can be accessed at http://www.hawkesbury.net.au/community/053.html
MEETING DATES 2003
REMINDER MAY MEETING - MARION STARR
'Reading Between the Lines' is the topic for the Hawkesbury Family History Group meeting on Wednesday the 14th May 2003. Author Marion Starr will be presenting one of the fascinating stories from her recent local history book : "Murder, Mayhem and Misdemeanours : Early Settlers at the Cowpasture River, NSW 1810-1820". She will also provide details on how the stories were put together, sources and useful research tips.
A timely reminder that the Trivia Quiz will be taking place on Wednesday 11th June 2003. Members who have participated in this before are looking forward to making a big impression and are studying their general knowledge. Come along for some fun.
HAWKESBURY HOMECOMING - HAWKESBURY PIONEER FAMILIES REUNION
Everyone is welcome to attend the "Hawkesbury Homecoming -
Hawkesbury Pioneer Families Reunion" to be held on the weekend of
29th & 30th November 2003, from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm each day, to be
held rain, hail or shine at Windsor High School Hall, Mulgrave Road,
McGraths Hill. The reunion is being organised by Lesley Uebel firstname.lastname@example.org
Norma & Ian McLean and Coralie Hird. It is an ideal venue to meet
previously unknown relatives or arrange to meet known relatives. Display
your family history. Entrance Fee is $5, Children under 16 Free (Fee
covers a person attending either one
SACKVILLE REACH CEMETERY NOW ONLINE
Access Sackville Reach Cemetery online now at http://www.hawkesbury.net.au/cemetery/st_thomas/index.html
As part of the
On Saturday 28th June 2003 from 12pm, the Centenary of the Official opening of the BRIDGE over the Macdonald River at St. Albans NSW will be commemorated. During the afternoon the Institution of Engineers will place an Historic Engineering Marker on the bridge. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
WARD FAMILY OF WINDSOR (1870s-1930s)
Can anyone assist with the following enquiry? Olive Lawson writes : "For some years I have been researching details of the Ward family of Windsor (1870s to the 1930s). Most prominent was Joseph William Ward (1856-1928) who was Mayor of Windsor in 1910, and a prominent businessman, churchman, and sportsman. In 1873 Joseph married Ambrosine Bushell. They had a large family, some of whom are known to have remained in Windsor, and one at least of his sons believed to have been in business in the town from the 1920s on. I would be most interested to know whether any of Joseph Ward's descendants are still in the area, and would be particularly interested in any information about Joseph Ward and his family that any grand-children or other descendants may have. Joseph Ward's sister Isabella Ann Ward (1848-1930) married Charles Byers in Sydney in 1885. As Mrs Byers, she became housekeeper and carer of Henry Lawson in his later years. I have completed her biography, but seek further details of her brother Joseph's family in Windsor, before my book is finalised for publication". Please contact Olive Lawson, PO Box 212, North Sydney, NSW, 2059
BLACKTOWN DISTRICT PIONEER REGISTER
Nepean Family History Society is planning The above publication for persons who lived or worked in the Blacktown District between 1788 & 1900. The area covers the Blacktown City Council including the areas between Ropes Road, South Creek, Windsor Road, Toongabbie, Vineyard, Seven Hills, Eastern Creek, Mount Druitt, St Marys, Shanes Park, Blacktown & Riverstone. For forms or further information contact Nepean FHS, PO Box 81, Emu Plains 2750 or Sue Breeze (02) 4735-1818. Closing date is the 30th November 2003.
Join other family historians in exploring what SAG has to offer - lectures, help with research, displays and stalls by other research facilities and vendors, scrap-booking, new and second-hand book stalls, maps, charts, sausage sizzles, Devonshire teas . . . And all for as little as $10 (advance purchase, one day) or $15 (two days) - big savings on the door price of $15 per day! Put Friday 30 and Saturday 31 May (10am-4pm) in your diary now!
PICTORIAL HISTORY: PENRITH & ST MARYS
A new book on the history of Penrith & St Marys has recently been published. Written by Lorraine Stacker the book covers the Aboriginal history of the area, European settlement & then the history of each of the suburbs in the Penrith & St Marys areas. It includes over 160 images. The book can be purchased through Penrith City Library for $25.00 (contact email@example.com ) or local newsagents & bookstores.
MAYS HILL CEMETERY TOUR
Mark Sunday 25th May 2003 at 7.30pm in your diary for "A Little Night Tour" through the Mays Hill Cemetery, cnr Great Western Hwy & Steele Street, Parramatta. Cost is $10 Adults & $5 children. To book contact Pat O'Brien 96350796 or www.mayshillcemetery.org
SURFING THE INTERNET**. SITES FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS
Members with internet access should check out the following interesting sites. The Library has free access to the internet, contact 4560 4460 for bookings. Richmond also has access, for bookings phone 4578 2002.
Moving Here (200 years of English migration) - www.movinghere.org.uk/
Writing family history www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/reunion/WriteHist.htm
~ Let us know of sites, that you have tried with (or without) success ~
As part of the 200th Anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Vinegar Hill in March 2004, the combined Councils of Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Hawkesbury, Holroyd, Liverpool and Parramatta will be organising a Descendants Day to recognise the contribution that those involved in the Battle made to justice, freedom and the right to self determination in Australia. If you are a descendant to any of the people listed below, or would like to help with the organization of the event, please contact your local Council or The Co-ordinator, Patricia Parker, 43 Phillips Street Alexandria NSW 2015. Patricia can also be contacted on (02) 9319 1008. The list below was obtained "The Battle of Vinegar Hill" by Lynette Ramsey Silver, published by Watermark Press, updated and expanded 2002. This item is available in the Local Studies Collection at Windsor Central Library, also available at other libraries & can also be purchased from various outlets.
Who Fought At Vinegar Hill
The Hawkesbury Family History Group is for people who have an interest in family history. There are no joining or membership fees. The HAWKESBURY CRIER (quarterly newsletter) is available on application. Articles & notices are always welcome. For further information about the group or the Local Studies Collection contact firstname.lastname@example.org c/- PO Box 146 Windsor 2756 NSW Tel (02) 4560-4466. The group takes no responsibility for the accuracy or the authenticity of information expressed in this newsletter.
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