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~ February 2012 ~


8 February HEATHER GARNSEY SAG in the 21st century – new innovations at the Society of Australian Genealogists
14 March JUDITH DUNN Colonial Ladies, Lovely, Lively and Lamentably
11 April MICHELLE NICHOLS Innovations & Inventions focussing on the Hawkesbury ~ HERITAGE FESTIVAL

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

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Historian Judith Dunn and author of "Colonial ladies : lovely, lively and lamentably loose" will be the speaker at the next meeting and be talking about crime reports on women relating to the Female Factory at Parramatta. Her new books is listed below under New Local Studies items.

FAMILY HISTORY CLASSES - Bookings essential for all classes, phone 4560-4460

  • Tuesday 21 February 6.30-8.30pm FREE
    Family History - Lets Start at the very beginning with Michelle Nichols, Local Studies Librarian. Introductory session for beginners on resources and how to research your family history.

  • Tuesday 28 February 6.30-8.30pm $10
    Family History Resources Relating to Births with Michelle Nichols, Local Studies Librarian

  • Tuesday 20 March 6.30-8.30pm $10
    'Til death do us part' - Family History Resources on death & dying with Michelle Nichols, Local Studies Librarian

  • Thursday 19 April 6.30-8.30pm FREE
    Researching a soldier - with Michelle Nichols, Local Studies Librarian

  • Tuesday 15 May 6.30-8.30pm $10
    'With this ring' - Family History Resources relating to marriages with Michelle Nichols, Local Studies Librarian


Happy 200th birthday Charles Dickens…you can read his novels online for free via Google Book http://books.google.com.au/advanced_book_search


Paul Brunton well known curator from the State Library of NSW was honoured with an OAM in the Australia Day awards http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/decades-of-protecting-history-earns-oam-for-librarian/story-fnbzokem-1226253896565

13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry 2012

Hosted by the South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society Inc and will be held in Adelaide between 28th - 31st March 2012. The theme is 'Your Ancestors in their Social Context' For more information check the website Congress web site http://www.congress2012.org.au/

War comes to Australia Seminar 

On 19 February 1942 war came to Australia. Dubbed the 'Pearl Harbour' of Australia, Darwin was subjected to two raids by the Japanese within an hour of each other. Over 240 people were killed, with another 300 - 400 wounded. To commemorate the 70th anniversary a seminar has been organised for Thursday 16 February 2012 at State Records of NSW. To book http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/war-comes-australia-seminar Speakers and topics include:

  • Dr Craig Wilcox - War Comes to Australia 1788-1939
  • Brad Manera - 1942: War comes to Australia (an outline of attacks on Australia)
  • Brad Manera - Sydney under attack May-June 1942
  • Dr Tracy Bradford - The social impact of war at home
  • Christine Yeats, SRNSW - Tracing Military Ancestors at State Records NSW


The Hawkesbury Library provides free access to Ancestry Library and Find my Past databases. Ancestry has recently added the London Electoral Registers, 1835-1965 and Dorset Electoral Registers 1839-1922. Find My Past (Australia) has added Parliamentary Papers for the Colony of Victoria: Volumes 1 and 2, 1852-1869. Find My Past (UK) has added Lincolnshire parish records, Thames watermen & lightermen records, 1881 Scottish census and Cheshire parish burials

2012 Commemorative Plaque recipient is Meredyth Hungerford

Meredyth Hungerford married Antony Hungerford and as a young woman with a child came to live in the bush at Berambing, shortly after WW2. Meredyth obtained a Diploma of Education by correspondence and then started teaching to earn extra money. She continued teaching at Richmond High School for 17 years. Resourceful as always, Meredyth bought a computer to do her writing, putting to good use the skills learnt many years earlier at Miss Hale's Business College. One of her greatest achievements and contribution to the Hawkesbury was the compilation of her book, 'Bilpin, the Apple Country', which is a history of the Bilpin area and its people. Meredyth’s other published works include “Exploring the Blue Mountains” and “Exploring the Hunter Region” in which she worked with J. Kay Donald to compile. These books are valuable historical resources that will be sought-after for many years and generations. The Hawkesbury community has greatly benefited from the historical research of Meredyth and in 2007, Meredyth’s family donated a substantial portion of her research library to Hawkesbury Library, for their Local Studies Collection.


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:


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/

  • State Records New South Wales 1788-2011 / Peter J. Tyler.
    Shelved at RL929.3944 TYL
  • Godfrey families of the Vineyard and Riverstone Districts / Alan Strachan.
    Shelved at RL929.20994 GOD
  • How to write and publish your family story in 10 easy steps / Noeline Kyle.
    Shelved at RL929.10994 KYL and 929.10994 KYL
  • Colonial ladies : lovely, lively and lamentably loose : crime reports from the Sydney Herald relating to the Female Factory, Parramatta, 1831-1835 / Judith Dunn.
    Shelved at RL365.99441 DUN and 365.99441 DUN


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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