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~ July 2008 ~  


9 July CAROL BAXTER Scandal & Skulduggery in early Sydney
13 August JOHN LOW From Inns to Villages: Glimpses of Family Life in the Blue Mountains
10 September PAUL BRUNTON Rum Rebellion 1808

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


Next meeting ~ 13 August 2008

Presented by local historian John Low, topic will be "From Inns to Villages: Glimpses of Family Life in the Blue Mountains" With a selection of pictorial images and first-hand accounts, which will open a window on the experiences of a number of families who lived in, visited or travelled through the Blue Mountains region during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Maitland Family History Fair - 31 August 2008

The Maitland Family History Fair will be held at the Maitland City Bowls, Sports & Recreation Club, Arthur Street Rutherford on Sunday 31 August 2008 from 9am-3pm. Everyone welcome to attend.

New book

Damned rascals? A chronicle of Henry & Susannah Kable 1764-1846 by Paul Kable & June Whittaker is now available on the well known couple Henry & Susannah Kable. Copies of book now available for sale for $40 + $11 P&H.  Contact G. P. Kable, PO Box 7503, Sutton 2620 or by jmfairview@bordernet.com.au

Alexander Henderson Award

This award is presented by the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc (AIGS) in memory of Alexander Henderson 1883-1968 & is presented annually to the best family history published in Australia, submitted for the prize and selected in the opinion of the AIGS. Entries for the 2008 award are currently being sought and must be submitted by the 30 November 2008. There are a number of conditions including items do not need to be published the previous year, only never submitted for consideration, unless a new edition. Entries submitted become the property of the AIGS. Author can submit more than 1 entry. Decision of the judging panel is final. For an application form or more information see the AIGS website at www.aigs.com.au or contact the Society on (03) 9877-3789 email info@aigs.org.au PO Box 339 Blackburn 313. 2007 award were 1st "From Brecon to Broken Hill" by David Wilkins; 2nd "The Withers whose forebears in Ancient Britain walked" by Robert Ashley & 3rd "Banbury Barley & Beer" by Donal Jackson.

Message from Maureen Gibbs (Melbourne)

I'd like to wish all the members of the Hawkesbury Family History Group a very happy 25th.  While I've not been able to attend meetings for the last 8 years (living in Perth and now Melbourne) I've eagerly read all the "Criers" sent me.  Everyone involved in creating each newsletter, "Crier" and internet site are to be commended.  They do a great job and I'd be pleased if you would pass on my thanks for many a great read. A quick glance at the first few pages showed that you mentioned some members who had passed away over the years.  I'd like to mention another member who passed away just a couple of weeks ago, Joan Hillman (or Castro).  Although I believe she wasn't a member for the last few years Joan was very interested in the history of the Hawkesbury.  After leaving Kurrajong Heights she lived in The Terrace and also one of the flats next to the cemetery in George Street.  She moved from the district to Parklea and then to Lapstone.


John Nichols Family Society 5-6 October 2008

Descendants, families and friends are invited to a John Nichols Family Society Reunion in honour of our ancestors John Nichols, First Fleeter  and Ann Pugh, his wife on Sunday 5 October 2008 10am – 4pm & Monday 6 October 2008 10am – 1pm at Blazes Function Room, West Tamworth League Club, Phillip Street, West Tamworth NSW. For more information : Cheryl Ianson (JNFS Convenor) Ph 02 63414822 E/jnfsconvenor@hotmail.com OR Anne Ware (Reunion Co-ordinator) Ph 02 67656372 E/baware@bigpond.com
Website : http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~johnnichols/  
Accommodation see Tourism Tamworth, PO Box 552, Tamworth 2340 Ph 02 67675312 E/tourism@tamworth.nsw.gov.au or web www.visittamworth.com

Descendants of Joseph Wright & Ellen Gott - 26 Oct 2008

The Descendants of First Fleet Convict Joseph Wright and Second Fleet Convict Ellen Gott, are invited to attend the 3rd Tri-ennial Family Reunion, Picnic & BBQ on Sunday October 26th 2008 in the Pitt Town area (most likely the Maraylya Hall, the venue we have used previously) To be confirmed closer to the day. Put your hand up to come along to a convivial fun day. This is a chance for you to share our family history, meet other descendants and to celebrate our unique heritage. In order to make prepatory arrangements, advance intention of attendance will be helpful & is respectfully sought. Please contact Stephen Wright on 45879393 or email tejmwright@bigpond.com to register your interest or for further information.

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.

Macquarie Park Crematorium and Cemetery at North Ryde: a great index ~ http://www.maccem.com.au/search.html

NSW Heritage Branch database (listing heritage items in NSW) ~ http://www.heritage.nsw.gov.au/07_subnav_01.cfm

Diary of Felton Mathews ~ http://www.users.bigpond.com/narrabeen/feltonmathew/index.htm

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