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~ April 2010 ~  


14 April SYLVIA MURPHY Researching ancestors in the days of the Raj (British ancestors in India)
12 May Excursion to Powerhouse Museum facility, Castle Hill
9 June CATHY McHARDY Reminiscences of Richmond by Samuel Boughton
14 July MARK ST LEON History of the Circus
11 August MEGAN MARTIN Beyond Mrs Beeton's

Meeting held 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10am in the Tebbutt Room, Windsor Library



Please note that on the 12 May 2010 there will be an Excursion to Powerhouse Museum facility at Castle Hill. There will be no normal meeting on this day due to excursion. PLEASE BOOK TODAY IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND THIS FREE EVENT. This has been organized for the members of the group but additional spaces will be offered to the public if not taken up in the next week or so.


Are you interested your family history and wondering how to get started? Come along and find out how to make a start with the following informative sessions to be held at Hawkesbury Library over the next few months. These sessions are particularly aimed at researchers starting out with little research experience.

  • Utilising Birth, Death & Marriage records to build your Family Tree

A practical introductory session aimed at beginners. Start at the beginning and working backwards with birth, death & marriage certificates to build a basic family tree. Learn how to locate certificates, utilise online indexes and what useful information certificates contain. Information about birth, death & marriage may also be found in church registers. Discover how to locate the registers and how they can assist. This session will take place on Thursday 29th April 2010 between 6pm-8pm.

  • Using Census and Electoral records to build your Family Tree

This session will concentrate on using the UK Census records online as well as the surviving Australian census and early musters. Electoral rolls and directories are another source that are useful for family research. This session will take place on Thursday 20th May 2010 between 6pm-8pm.

  • Shipping records in family history research

Wondered when your ancestors arrived in NSW, did they arrive as assisted immigrants, free settlers or maybe convicts? Want to know what records are available and where to find them. Take this opportunity to get up to date with available indexes and information that is available online and the different types of shipping records available. This session will take place on Thursday 17th June 2010 between 6pm-8pm.

Each session is $10 per person and bookings are essential. To make a booking please phone 4560-4460 or email history@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au Sessions will be held at the Hawkesbury Central Library, Deerubbin Centre 300 George Street, Windsor. Parking is available in the downstairs carpark.


The first Library events program (May-June 2010) is now complete - see website

Keep abreast of all of the 2010 Macquarie activities by checking out Council’s calendar of events


SAG Education activities May-Jul 2010 Society of Australian Genealogist’s forthcoming education activities has a wide array of events to satisfy all genealogical needs. Click here for a PDF programme.

For any enquiries please contact Julie Morgan, Member Services Officer on Tel (02) 9247 3953 or check out the website www.sag.org.au



New UK series 5 is now showing on SBS Sunday evenings at 7.30pm. For more info see http://www.sbs.com.au/shows/whodoyouthinkyouareuk/episodes/page/



Sydney Morning Herald. We have completed the digitisation of the Sydney Morning Herald from available microfilm and issues from 1831 to 1954 are now available in the service. There are 3500 missing issues which have been sourced and digitised from hard copies in storage. The digitised missing issues will be made available in July 2010.

Queenslander The first issue of the Queenslander was made available last month and issues from 1866 to 1939 are now being made available in the service as they pass our quality control procedures.

Camperdown Chronicle The first regional title to be made available in the service is the Camperdown Chronicle. This title has been digitised and contributed by the State Library of Victoria. Issues from 1877 to 1954 are being made available.


Migration into Trove All the features of the Australian Newspapers service (blue standalone version http://newspapers.nla.gov.au) including the advanced search have now been replicated in Trove (green version http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper Trove will eventually replace the blue version in the next few weeks and users will be redirected however it is a good idea to start using http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper The ‘cite this’ url’s are persistent identifiers so if you have used them they will still work.

Enhancement work From May to July 2010 enhancements will be undertaken to Australian Newspapers which includes many of the suggestions made by the public http://www.nla.gov.au/ndp/project_details/documents/ANDP_AN_Taggingfunctionalityandenhancementlist.pdf http://www.nla.gov.au/ndp/project_details/documents/ANDP_BetaEnhancementSuggestions.pdf


The number of people regularly undertaking text correction activity is steadily growing. The top 5 correctors have together corrected 1 million lines . Read more http://www.nla.gov.au/ndp/news_and_events/media_releases/ If you want to check your overall ranking in the text correctors community you can now do this in Trove by : Logging in; Click your login name at top of page to view your profile & Click the tab ‘text corrections’ You can also see the monthly ‘hall of fame’ by going to this page http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper and clicking on the words ‘top text correctors’ at the bottom left of the screen. It shows anyone who has corrected more than 1500 lines in that month.



Descendants of Matthew Lock (Surprize 1790) & Eupham Graham (Pitt 1792); Harriet (Free, Neptune 1790) & Thomas Hodgetts (Scarborough 1790); & Thomas Maloney (Providence 1811), will be held at St. Matthew's Church Hall, Moses & Greenway Streets, Windsor at 9am-3pm. BYO food, drink and family history info.
Contact Coral Haeusler, Ph/Fax (02) 9622-7503 or wyzwords@optushome.com.au


The Cross Flood Family Group will be holding their 8th Reunion on Sunday 27 June 2010 at 10am at Ebenezer Church, Coromandel Road. All descendents of Charles Cross and Rose Flood who arrived the “Neptune” 1790 are welcome. Surnames include Cross, Douglass, Hayes, Greentree, Green, Rose + more. We would like to have a display of christening gowns so please bring along any you have. Tea & coffee will be provided. BYO picnic lunch, chairs etc.$3 per adult & 50c per child. $7 per immediate family.
For more info contact Marjorie MacDonald, fxmcd@optusnet.com.au Lois Newman, mrnewman@pacific.net.au T: 02 43922192; Bev Douglass 02 45750475; Hazel & Malcolm Ford malford@ozemail.com.au T: 02 66526969; Wendy Sage wensage@bigpond.net.au or Lorrae Johnsonlorrae@uqconnect.net


New Local Studies items now available to consult in the Local Studies Collection at Hawkesbury Central Library. To check the Library catalogue online go to http://catalogue.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/amlibweb/

  • The Road by the River : story of  the Road from Wisemans Ferry to Greengrove / Peter Beale  RL994.42 BEA
  • Cumberland Mercury Newspaper Index 1883 / GOW RL079.9441 GOW


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 :

  • Your family reunion: how to plan it, organize it, and enjoy it / George G. Morgan 929.2 MOR

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.

~ Let us know of sites, that you have tried with (or without) success ~


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