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~13th July 2005 ~  


13 July BABETTE SMITH The Convict System - an overview of NSW, VDL & WA
10 August TRIVIA QUIZ???? Everyone welcome, come along and have some fun!!
14 September To be advised
12 October To be advised
9 November MICHELLE NICHOLS Using the internet for family history research
14 December SHOW & TELL Plus Christmas Party


To members of the Hawkesbury Family History Group that manned the table at the official opening of the Deerubbin Centre on Saturday 25th June. Peter Stewart, John & Ena Norris, Robynne Winley & Jonathan Auld.

To the Cross Flood Association for donating a copy of their newest publication, Cross Country, Hayes Connection to the Hawkesbury Library. For more information or to purchase your own copy (Book & CD) contact Lorrae Johnson on TAJ@uqconnect.net



Have announced the following indexes are now available to search on the internet. This is an excellent site as not only does it provide information about Deceased Estates but also provides the exact date of death for persons listed between 1880 & 1923. e.g.

Surname First name Locality Date of Death Date Duty Paid Remarks JENNINGS Robert Tomakin 27/01/1885 9/01/1889 -

Index to Deceased Estates 1880-1923 http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/indexes/estates/search.htm


Are you aware that you can place free entries on Australia's Virtual Immigration Wall of Honour. Check out the website at www.janetreakesgenealogy.com/VirtualWall/Welcome.htm


Alexander Henderson (1883-1968) was one of the dedicated persons who laid the foundations of genealogical studies in Victoria. AIGS honours his memory with the Alexander Henderson Award, which is presented to the person(s) producing, in the opinion of the Institute, the best family history published in Australia & submitted for the award. Entries close the 30 November 2005. For more details & an entry form see www.aigs.org.au/ahaward.htm or contact Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc. 41 Railway Rd, Blackburn, 3130


To member Jonathan Auld for receiving recognition of his work on the Hawkesbury on the Net project as the Citizen of the Month. He also puts our monthly newsletters online. Jonathan's work on transcribing, mapping and photographing the local Hawkesbury cemeteries can be seen at www.hawkesbury.net.au/cemetery/index.html


At our last meeting Wed 8 June 2005 Dr Geoff Ford introduced two of his cousins as new members, Mrs Yvonne Shields & her brother Ron Airey. Geoff's ancestors were among the first settlers around Wilberforce (father: Cobcroft) & Sackville (mother: Everingham). But there were other people there first. An aspect of the research by Geoff (geford@tpg.com.au) is the history of the Aboriginal Tribe from the Colo & northern Hawkesbury River catchment lands: the Darkinjung, Darkinung, Darkinjang (& other spellings, even Darginung, Darginjang or Darkinoong) Their country included some of the Hunter River catchments lands too. An Aboriginal woman known as "Martha Hobbs" (a misrepresentation of Hibbs) arrived at Sackville with a young son christened William Hibbs (apparently his father's name). They came from around Watagan Creek (Laguna). Later this son called himself William Onus. Although she was a Darkinjung language speaker, Martha was misrepresented to be a member of the Darug "Hawkesbury Aborigines". As "Mrs Everingham", Martha had several children to Ephraim, son of John Everingham. Yvonne & Ron introduced themselves to the meeting as greatgrandchildren of Martha's eldest daughter, Alvina "Viney" Everingham who married Daniel Packer of Kurrajong. Martha's family has lived in the area ever since she & her son arrived around 1870s from Wollombi Brook valley where she was born. Yvonne & Ron are establishing Family History to bring together other Darkinjung descendants such as the family of John Luke Barber from the Macdonald River valley. (Alfred Barber, 7th child of John, married Rachel Everingham, Martha's youngest daughter).


Annual State Conference for 2005 of the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies Inc to be held on Fri 16-Sun 18 September at the Cowra Civic Centre, Darling Street, Cowra & hosted by Cowra Family History Group Inc. For further information check www.home.westserv.net.au/~fordhen/famhispage.htm#Conference or contact Convenor Cheryl Ianson - kich@allstate.net.au

Historic Commemorative Plaques Project http://www.heritage.nsw.gov.au/09_subnav_06.htm


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.

Australian Periodical Publications 1840-1845 ~ http://www.nla.gov.au/ferg/search.html

Colonial Literary Journal & Weekly Miscellany of Useful Information (6/1844-3/1845) ~ http://www.nla.gov.au/ferg/search.html

Cemetery Transcriptions UK ~ www.interment.net/uk/eng/index.htm or Australia www.interment.net/aus

Allied Prisoners of war who died in Japan 1941-1945 ~ http://homepage3.nifty.com/pow-j/e/

Inheritance Dispute Index 1574-1714 (UK) (Search index for free, pay to view) ~ www.britishorigins.com

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


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