History Group Meeting News
MEETING DATES 2012
Meeting held 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10am in the Tebbutt Room, Windsor Library
NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY 14 March 2012
Historian Judith Dunn and author of "Colonial ladies : lovely, lively and lamentably loose" will be the speaker at the next meeting and be talking about crime reports on women relating to the Female Factory at Parramatta. Her new books is listed below under New Local Studies items.
FAMILY HISTORY CLASSES - Bookings essential for all classes, phone 4560-4460
Happy 200th birthday Charles Dickens…you can read his novels online for free via Google Book http://books.google.com.au/advanced_book_search
Paul Brunton well known curator from the State Library of NSW was honoured with an OAM in the Australia Day awards http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/decades-of-protecting-history-earns-oam-for-librarian/story-fnbzokem-1226253896565
13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry 2012
Hosted by the South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society Inc and will be held in Adelaide between 28th - 31st March 2012. The theme is 'Your Ancestors in their Social Context' For more information check the website Congress web site http://www.congress2012.org.au/
War comes to Australia Seminar
On 19 February 1942 war came to Australia. Dubbed the 'Pearl Harbour' of Australia, Darwin was subjected to two raids by the Japanese within an hour of each other. Over 240 people were killed, with another 300 - 400 wounded. To commemorate the 70th anniversary a seminar has been organised for Thursday 16 February 2012 at State Records of NSW. To book http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/war-comes-australia-seminar Speakers and topics include:
ANCESTRY & FIND MY PAST
The Hawkesbury Library provides free access to Ancestry Library and Find my Past databases. Ancestry has recently added the London Electoral Registers, 1835-1965 and Dorset Electoral Registers 1839-1922. Find My Past (Australia) has added Parliamentary Papers for the Colony of Victoria: Volumes 1 and 2, 1852-1869. Find My Past (UK) has added Lincolnshire parish records, Thames watermen & lightermen records, 1881 Scottish census and Cheshire parish burials
2012 Commemorative Plaque recipient is Meredyth Hungerford
Meredyth Hungerford married Antony Hungerford and as a young woman with a child came to live in the bush at Berambing, shortly after WW2. Meredyth obtained a Diploma of Education by correspondence and then started teaching to earn extra money. She continued teaching at Richmond High School for 17 years. Resourceful as always, Meredyth bought a computer to do her writing, putting to good use the skills learnt many years earlier at Miss Hale's Business College. One of her greatest achievements and contribution to the Hawkesbury was the compilation of her book, 'Bilpin, the Apple Country', which is a history of the Bilpin area and its people. Meredyth’s other published works include “Exploring the Blue Mountains” and “Exploring the Hunter Region” in which she worked with J. Kay Donald to compile. These books are valuable historical resources that will be sought-after for many years and generations. The Hawkesbury community has greatly benefited from the historical research of Meredyth and in 2007, Meredyth’s family donated a substantial portion of her research library to Hawkesbury Library, for their Local Studies Collection.
It is particularly useful when undertaking any research to read widely about a subject and delve into a range of material. Check the catalogue at http://catalogue.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/amlibweb/ for more information. Lending items can be reserved online (if you are a member & have a pin) If you would like a pin number see library staff or ring 4560-4460. The following items may be of interest:
NEW LOCAL STUDIES ITEMS
Below are new items available to consult in the Local Studies Collection at Hawkesbury Library. To check the Library catalogue online go to http://catalogue.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/amlibweb/
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 at Windsor & 4578 2002 for Richmond bookings. If you have your own laptop we also have free wireless. The password is available from the Information Desk.
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