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~January 2005 ~  


January  No meeting
9 February ANDY MACQUEEN 'Somewhat perilous" the journeys of Singleton, Parr, Howe, Myles & Blaxland in the Blue Mtns
9 March PRESENTATIONS Notorious or Meritorious Women in our family history
13 April  OLIVE LAWSON The Good Wards of Windsor
11 May To be advised
8 June To be advised
13 July To be advised
10 August To be advised
14 September To be advised
12 October To be advised
9 November To be advised
14 December To be advised

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



Don't forget the theme for the meeting on Wednesday, 9 March 2005 will be "Notorious or Meritorious Women in our family history" and I would like volunteers to give a 5 minute presentation on a woman that has had impact on their lives...it could be great grandmother or a local pioneer. Can you please let me know if you are interested in participating by phone 4560-4466, mail PO Box 146, Windsor 2756 or email mnichols@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au by the 10th February 2005.


The first Hawkesbury Family History Group meeting for 2005 will take place on Wednesday 9 February 2005. Andy Macqueen will address the Family History Group on the topic of his new book 'Somewhat perilous: the journeys of Singleton, Parr, Howe, Myles and Blaxland in the Northern Blue Mountains'. The book deals with the attempts by Europeans to find a way from the Hawkesbury to the Hunter in the period 1817 to 1824. Until now too little credit has been given to the involvement of Aboriginal people. In fact, the first party to establish a viable route was an all-Aboriginal party acting on the Governor's direction. Andy has discovered an expedition preceding that of William Parr, previously thought to be the first European into the area. 'Somewhat perilous' is Andy's 3rd book on the Blue Mountains region. His interest in history arose from his enthusiasm for bushwalking & exploring, which goes back some 40 years. One of his gt-gt-grandfathers was the Rev George Augustus Middleton, who accompanied John Blaxland on his expeditions to the Hunter & another gt-gt-grandfather was Frederick Robert D'Arcy one of Major Mitchell's surveyors, & was the first European to explore the gorges of the Colo River. Copies of the book will be available from the author, after the talk.


A number of new additions have been made to the Hawkesbury on the Net Cemetery Register project at www.hawkesbury.net.au/cemetery/index.html Cemeteries are being photographed & transcribed with information made
accessible on the web. This project is managed by Jonathan Auld & Michelle Nichols. Newly added cemeteries include :

  • North Richmond, St Phillips Cemetery
  • Windsor Presbyterian Cemetery
  • Greengrove, St Peter's Cemetery & Lone Grave of John Donovan
  • Leets Vale, Chaseling Family Cemetery


Richmond-Tweed Regional Library is proud to announce the release of a new publication. "An index to The Clarence & Richmond Examiner" Book 2. 1870-1876. compiled & indexed by Jean McNaught. Cost is $44.00 per copy
& available from : Pauline Leeson, Richmond-Tweed Regional Library, PO Box 4031, Goonellabah NSW 2480 email pleeson@rtrl.nsw.gov.au


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

St. Gregory's Catholic Church, Kurrajong / CRANE RL283.9441 CRA

Reminscences of a Fun'gi : story of a community that mushroomed / MILLER RL635.80994 MIL

Historical walk of Kurrajong with Ken Bennet on behalf of Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society / RL994.42 BEN

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. Richmond also has access, for bookings phone 4578 2002.

Victorian London ~ http://www.victorianlondon.org/

Old Bailey Proceedings Online Project (available for 1674 to 1834) ~ http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/about/

Australian shipping 1788-1968 ~ http://www.blaxland.com/ozships/page.htm

Preservation Directory ~ www.preservationdirectory.com/

Chronological History of Mental Health in NSW ~ http://www.cs.nsw.gov.au/Mhealth/documents/nsw_chronology.htm

New Zealand Genealogy Sites Online ~ http://www.angelfire.com/bc/Vincina/index.html

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


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