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~ February 2011 ~


9 February RALPH HAWKINS Faces & Places - Dating Family Photographs
9 March SUZANNA VOYTAS ‘Elizabeth’ 1828- the worst & most turbulent voyage
13 April MICHELLE NICHOLS Your amazing stories – how to ensure your story lives on

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

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Celebrate Rose Cottage ~ 200 years

Colleen Kime, Secretary of "The Thomas and Jane Rose Family Society" k.ckime@bigpond.com have advised that on the 20 March 2011 the Society will be holding a celebration of the 200th year of "Rose Cottage" at its present site in Rose Street Wilberforce. It will be open between 10am and 4pm at the Cottage.

Everingham Reunion ~ 6 March 2011

EVERINGHAM FAMILY REUNION to be held on Sunday, 6 March 2011. Celebrating the Foundation of our family by the marriage of Matthew James Everingham & Elizabeth Rimes on 13 March 1791 (220 years ago) Celebrations will commemorate the Bi-Centenary of the birth of Matthew and Elizabeth’s daughter, Maria, born on 6 August 1811. At: Parramatta Park, Pavilion Flat Area 23, commencing at 10.30 am. Pavilion Flat Area 23. BYO chairs, tables and food and drink plus memorabilia, old family photos, etc. Family souvenirs and trading post goods will be for sale. Period costume optional. Photos will be taken on the day to be included in our newsletter. Contact: Anne O’Sullivan 02 9326 3290 or Rhonda Pilkington 02 9716 8991.

Family history classes

The Hawkesbury Library will be holding the following family history classes at the Hawkesbury Central Library. Classes are suitable for beginners or persons wanting a refresher course.


All classes are from 6.30pm-8.30pm $10 Enquiries T: 4560 4466 E: history@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

Vote for the Macquarie 2010 Bicentenary for the People's Choice award

The Hawkesbury Macquarie 2010 Bicentenary celebrations has been entered into the Local Government and Shires Association (LGSA) Cultural Awards 2011. Could you PLEASE vote for it for the People's Choice award? During 2010, Hawkebsury Council and the community presented 77 events to celebrate the Bicentenary of Governor Macquarie's naming of the 5 Macquarie towns, including the Hawkesbury Family History Fair.

Sad News

Many of you will remember Jack and Una Norris who were members of the group for many years. Although they have not been as active the last year or so due to Jack’s illness, they were very supportive. Jack Layton Norris passed away last Sunday, aged 87. His funeral was held on Monday 7 February at Rookwood crematorium. A card has been sent to Una and her family from the group.

State Records NSW (1961-2011) celebrating 50 years

State Records are celebrating 50 years and have a special online gallery of 50 Years at State Records as part of the celebrations. 50 items from the State archives collection will showcase the richness and diversity of their holdings. http://gallery.records.nsw.gov.au/index.php/galleries/50-years-at-state-records-nsw/

State Records

State Records “Then & Now” February 2011 newsletter now available online at http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/publications/now-then-enewsletter/now-then-enewsletter

Re-opening of Australiana Pioneer Village

The Village is now open to the public every Sunday of the month 10am-4pm and by appointment for events. It opened to the public on Australia Day, see the clip from ABC http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/01/27/3123111.htm The address is Rose Street, Wilberforce. Entry: Adults $8, Concession $5, Children $3.50 + family tkt.
T: 02 4575 1777 W: www.australianapioneervillage.com E: chimneycottage@yahoo.com.au
The site would be great for family reunions etc.


Congratulations are due to Rosemary Phillis from Riverstone & District Historical Society who was named Blacktown City’s Citizen of the Year. On Australia Day, Judith Dunn was awarded an OAM for her work with the Parramatta & District Historical Society. Ray Thorburn was also awarded an OAM for service to the community of Kiama, particularly through the preservation of local history. He was originally involved with the Kiama Research Centre. Pioneer Index for the Mount Druitt area Mount Druitt Historical Society Inc. is starting to collect information for a Pioneer Index for the Mount Druitt area. To obtain a form contact the Society on PO Box 3055, Mt Druitt Village 2770 or check the website www.mountdruitthistory.org.au E: secretary@mountdruitthistory.org.au or phone Hazel Magann 02 8807 0169 or Anna Learmonth 02 9626 6520.

Boat people 1788-1922 seminar ~ Saturday 9 April 2011

Blue Mountains Family History Seminar 2011 will focus on immigration. Why they came, the boats what they did when they arrived in Australia. Speakers include Chris Yeats from State Records will give an overview of boat people between 1788-1922, Gay Hendriksen on NSW female factory convicts, Ray Thorburn will be talking about Scottish passages and Gary Luke on European Immigrants. Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch and refreshments. To be held at Springwood Baptist Church Hall, 313 Macquarie Road, Springwood. Send name, address and contact details with cheque/money order to the Blue Mountains Family History Society, PO Box 97, Springwood 2777.  

Conference & Family History Fair at Penrith ~ 12 & 13 March 2011

The Makings of a City: Landlords & Tenants Conference ~ Penrith City Library’s 10th Annual History Conference will be held at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, next to Penrith Civic Centre. The conference examines the growth and development of our City, the relationship between landlords and their tenants and investigates the history of land settlement in the area. Surveyors, such as James Meehan who surveyed the township of Castlereagh in 1811, are little known contributors to our history. The large estates provided the basis for the development of communities such as at Penrith and St. Mary’s while their tenants eventually became landlords in their own right. If you are interested but unable to attend the conference proceedings will be available on CD. Family History Fair is being organised by Nepean Family History Society at Penrith Library on Sunday 13 March between 10am-4pm. Entry by Gold Coin. Societies, stalls and short talks throughout the day. Enquiries to: Lorraine Stacker, Penrith City Library E: lstack@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au T: 02 4732 7886 or Alison Spencer 02 4732 7687

2011 Parramatta Lecture Series ~ Saturday 19 February 2011

Dr. Sue Rosen will be the presenter, her topic ‘Australia’s Oldest House?’ on Saturday 19 February 10.30-11.30am at the Northcott Conference & Function Centre, 1 Fennell Street, Nth Parramatta Fifty years after the National Trust purchased Experiment Farm Cottage, Dr Rosen will look at key evidence and contextual analysis regarding the dating of the house. This is the first of a series of lectures presented by The Friends on the property and its history, those involved with it and how they influenced the development.


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/

Thomas & Eleanor Aspery : the colonial tale of a Birmingham boatman and his currency lass / Cecily Ryan shelved at RL929.20994 ASP NSW

Tickets of Leave 1824-1867

These are now available to access on Ancestrylibrary. The Hawkesbury Library has a subscription to AncestryLibrary which can be accessed for free in the library. It is also available to access with your laptop via wireless access which is also free.

Publicans' licences 1830-61

New index now available on State Records website to search at www.records.nsw.gov.au/state-archives/indexes-online/publicans-licences-1/publicans-licences

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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