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~ August 2010 ~  


11 August MEGAN MARTIN Beyond Mrs Beeton's
8 September 'Memories of my ancestor'
presented by Hawkesbury Family History Group members
13 October MICHELLE NICHOLS Treasures on Trove

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

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Hawkesbury Family History Fair ~ Saturday 7 August 2010 Report

The Fair turned out to be a great event celebrating family history with over 800 people attending. The 30 or so exhibitors reported a very successsful day with speakers presenting over a dozen talks throughout the day. Visitors came from all over NSW to attend. The Hawkesbury Family History Group raised a substantial amount of money selling the Hawkesbury Pioneer Registers and past issues of the Crier. The table was manned by volunteers and a BIG THANK YOU to Jonathan Auld, Robynne Winley, Diann Ford, Jeanette Hill, Bev Felsch, Del Swain, Des Nicholson, John and Chesne Jones. There were some wonderful lucky door prizes up for grabs with one of our group, a winner.

Louise Wilson also launched her new book on “Paul Bushell Second Fleeter” with historian/author Michael Flynn providing the official speech. About 60 descendants attended the book launch at 2.30pm. For more information see http://www.louisewilson.com.au/paul_bushell.html


The meeting on 8 September 2010 focuses on 'Memories of my ancestor' Volunteers from the group are needed to provide 5 minute presentations. Please contact Michelle if you are interested.  T: 4560-4466 or E: history@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au


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

Macquarie and his buildings - Hawkesbury Heritage Lecture 2010

Historian Dr James Broadbent will discuss Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s buildings and the vision he held for progress. Former Senior Curatorial Advisor at the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, his publications include co-authoring The Age of Macquarie, 1992 and Francis Greenway, Architect, 1997. Thursday 9 September 4pm-6pm (during History Week). St Matthews Anglican Church, Moses St, WINDSOR. This event is FREE but bookings necessary phone (02) 4560 4460

Rookwood Cemetery Open Day

To be held on Sunday 19th September 2010 (9am-3pm) organised by the Friends of Rookwood. There will be a range of tours including Tour the Catholic Crematorium(1st built in Australia); Behind the scenes tours; Tours of the St Athanasius Greek Church, Railway historic tours, Tours of the Independent Cemetery, a parade at 11am with stalls plants and heritage roses, bric a brac and Devonshire teas. Free entry with tours gold coin donation. You can get to Rookwood by car from Weeroona Road Strathfield or East Street Lidcombe. By bus Route 408 from Strathfield or by Train free shuttle bus from Lidcombe Railway Station. No bookings required, enquiries  02 9889 3899.


HOSTED BY SHOALHAVEN FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY To be held 17, 18 & 19 September 2010
At Bomaderry Bowling Club, Cnr Meroo & Cambewarra Roads, Bomaderry.  "A Most Suitable Place" was how Alexander Berry, the first land holder of the Shoalhaven described the area when he first sighted this beautiful region. So come and join us for a most interesting and enjoyable weekend in this delightful place. There will be a mini History Fair from 10am to 3pm on the Friday only. The Conference registration will open from 5pm on Friday night with the meet & greet for registrants to begin at 6pm. Registration Forms are at http://www.shoalhaven.net.au/fhsconference2010/  Contact E: jcvost@people.net.au or post: Conference Secretary PO Box 1509 NOWRA NSW 2541

Cowra Family History Society

Now have new contact email and new web address. Web address is now http://cfhg.comfypage.com/ and Email for admin is cowra_fhg@hotmail.com For research email cfhg_research@hotmail.com and PayPal has also been  added to the website to allow visitors to purchase books online.


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/


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 :

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.

"Reverse" Western Australia Marriage lookup (A Perth DPS project) ~ http://www.wamarriage.info/
Lachlan Macquarie: visionary & builder ~ www.records.nsw.gov.au/state-archives/digital-gallery/lachlan-macquarie-visionary-and-builder
 Surname meanings ~ http://genealogy.about.com/od/surname_meaning/a/surname-meanings.htm
Bath BMD on the internet ~ http://www.bathbmd.org.uk/
London Streets ~ http://www.londontown.com/LondonStreets

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


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