History Group Meeting News
~11th September 2002 ~
MEETING DATES 2002
11 SEPTEMBER 2002 - KEITH JOHNSON - Sydney Burial Ground
Tracing your Irish Ancestors seminar 25th October - Reminder
The Library has organised on behalf of the Group to hold a special seminar as part of the Fruits of the Hawkesbury Festival later in the year. The Guest Speaker will be reknowned lecturer Dr. Richard Reid. This event will take place on Friday 25th October 2002, from 10am to 3pm and will include a light lunch 12noon-1pm. There is no fee however bookings are essential. This is advance notice and bookings are being taken as of today. Bookings at the Reference Desk in the Library or phone 4560-4460.
Oldest person in Australia dies
Jessie Hurley nee Stubbs passed away on the 7th August 2002 aged 112 years, the oldest person in Australia. Jessie Stubbs was born in Riverstone in 1890, the daughter of Joshua & Mary Stubbs. She married in 1908 to James Robert Hurley and they had 6 children. Her father and her husband were both employees of Riverstone Meatworks and the children attended Riverstone School. The family moved to Burwood in 1939 and the couple divorced in the 1940s. Jessie lived on the Central Coast for the last 30 years of her life. She had 47 great grandchildren and 56 great great grandchildren. What a remarkable life! (See the Blacktown Advocate 14-8-2002 for more details)
Surfing the internet**. Sites for family historians
The Library has free access to the internet, contact 4560 4460 for bookings. Richmond also has access, phone 4578 2002.
Irish Convicts to NSW 1791-1820 http://www.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/cgi-bin/db/search.cgi
Australian Maritime Museum - Pathfinders Guides http://WWW.ANMM.GOV.AU/LIB/SUBJECT.HTM
Deciphering and interpreting old British records.
Pioneer Portraits (Australian) by Dianne Carroll http://www.angelfire.com/my/pioneer/
~ Let us know of any new addresses, that you have tried with (or without) success ~
New Items added to the Local Studies Collection * check out the following:
Turnbulls on the Coromandel : Hawkesbury River Colonists /TURNBULL at RL929.20994 TUR
The Family & Local History Handbook 2002 RL929.10941 FAM
Tracing your ancestors in the PRO RL929.3 BEV
Last month's party
Michelle has several bowls etc that were left in the room after last month's party.
New Publications - now available for sale
WINDSOR & RICHMOND GAZETTE NEWSPAPER 1916-1920 INDEX TO BIRTHS
DEATHS MARRIAGES INQUESTS OBITUARIES PROBATES ETC - NOW AVAILABLE
A NIMBLE FINGERED TRIBE : CONVICTS OF THE SUGAR CANE, IRELAND TO BOTANY
BAY, 1793 - NOW AVAILABLE
We have been featuring a section called "Member's Profiles" providing details of members. More are needed. Details required include a bit about yourself, your background, and your interest in family history & importantly the names you are researching. We will keep featuring this article as long as members contribute. To date we have featured Ian Brothers, Del Swain, Des Nicholson, John Norris, Hazel & Bill Reidy, Grace Douglass, Don & Jill Mills, Sue Bennett, Laurie Hession, Laurel Legge, Michelle Nichols, Ernie Byrnes, Judith Norris, Elaine Greentree, Graham Thom, Wendy Stalker, Trish Moon, Robynne Winley & Geoff Ford.
No members profiles received this month. Any takers for next month?
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