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~ August 2013 ~


14 August DR SIOBHAN LAVELLE Crossing the Blue Mountains 1813-2013
11 September KEN BRICE Author of history of David Hawkins family
9 October MARION MCGUIRK & JAN BARKLEY JACK Toongabbie's Government Farm

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

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Don't forget to check out the variety of Family History Month events at www.familyhistoryweek.org.au/ Try "31 Genealogy Activities for Researchers During National Family History Month August 2013" prepared by Shauna Hicks http://www.shaunahicks.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/31-Genealogy-Activities-for-Researchers-During-National-Family-History-Month-August-2013.pdf


The Hawkesbury Library will be holding the following family history class at the Hawkesbury Central Library. Classes are $10 unless marked FREE ~ bookings essential T: 4560 4460 E: history@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

Thursday 15 August 6.30 - 8.30pm
TREASURES ON TROVE with Michelle Nichols, Local Studies Librarian

Examine the resources on Trove, including newspapers and photographs, and the benefits for historical research. This is a FREE class to celebrate National Family History Month.


With Dr Tracy Bradford, Manuscripts Curator at the State Library of NSW on Wednesday 21 August 6.30pm for 7pm at Hawkesbury Central Library, 300 George Street, Windsor. FREE - Phone 4560 4460 to book.


Jan Barkley Jack has invited members to attend the launch of her latest book called "Toongabbie's Government Farm: an elusive vision for five Governors 1791-1824" The event will be held on Saturday 7 September 2013 and will be launched by Michael Flynn at Third Settlement Park (Edison Parade, Winston Hills) beside Toongabbie Creek on the site of the historic Toongabbie Government Farm. As part of 25th Birthday Celebrations for Toongabbie & District Historical Society(T&DHS). Starts at 10.30am in Palestine Park (Goliath Avenue, Winston Hills) with unveiling of a plaque marking the Listing of the Farm on the NSW State Heritage Register, then move to Third Settlement Park for entertainment and displays, followed by the Book Launch and sausage sizzle. The Book is of special interest to descendants of convicts from the Third Fleet and later ships who originally were sent to the Toongabbie Government Farm. There is some Hawkesbury content. T&DHS, PO Box 21, Toongabbie 2146 T: 02 9636 1905 or E: toon88@tpg.com.au


Entries close on Saturday, 31 August 2013 for the Dr Rex Stubbs OAM Memorial Annual Scholarship. To enter, express why the history of the Hawkesbury is important to you, or why an aspect of Hawkesbury's history is of interest to you. This may be done in writing, by an artwork or in a digital presentation. Prize is 2 year membership to the Royal Australian Historical Society and attendance to the state conference. This will be held at Katoomba during 2-3 November 2013. The theme of the conference is "The Great Divide: Getting there from here", examining place and landscape; museum collections; new family history resources; and commemorating the past. Further details and an entry form can be downloaded from Council's website at www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/news-and-events/community-awards/dr-rex-stubbs-oam-memorial-scholarship or contact Hawkesbury Central Library on (02) 4560 4460.

NEW MATERIAL - Available in the Local Studies Collection

Now available in the Local Studies Collection. To check holdings consult the Library Catalogue http://catalogue.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/amlibweb/

  • The Daniel family : James and Mary Daniel, Central Macdonald and St Albans N.S.W / Robert J. Mc Neill.
    Shelved at RL929.20994 DAN
  • Descendants of David Hawkins : family register / Ken Brice.
    Shelved at RL929.20994 HAW Coffs Harbour district pre 1930 pioneer register.
    Shelved at RL929.39443 COF
  • The descendants of William Stubbs & Sarah Wingate the dear departed from the great-grandchildren down : an 1802 'Coromandel' & Hawkesbury family.
    Shelved at RL929.20994 STU
  • Focus on Ku-ring-gai : the story of Ku-ring-gai's growth and development.
    Shelved at RL994.41 FOC


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.

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

Hawkesbury Family History Group meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month (except January) in the Tebbutt Room of Hawkesbury Central Library, 300 George Street Windsor NSW 2756. Anyone interested in family & local history, welcome to attend. Enquiries contact the Local Studies Librarian at above address T: (02) 4560-4466 E: michelle.nichols@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au


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