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~ July 2012 ~


11 July LAURIE FORTH Life of Margaret Catchpole
8 August MICHELLE NICHOLS How Things Have Changed? celebrate Our 30th Birthday
12 September VICKI ELDRIDGE Teacher and School History Records

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

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  • Tuesday 24 July 6.30-8.30pm
    With this ring... marriage resources
    Session on marriage resources for family historians. Charles Harpur Room, Central Library, Windsor - Cost: $10 - Bookings Essential phone 4560 4460 or email history@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au
  • Wednesday 1 August 6.30-8.30pm
    Top 10 Hints for Family History Research - Family History Class with Michelle Nichols, Local Studies Librarian Find out what the "Top 10" hints are for your family history research as part of National Family History Week 27 July - 5 August. Charles Harpur Room, Central Library, Windsor - Free - Bookings Essential phone 4560 4460 or email history@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au



Hawkesbury Library Service is pleased to announce that the remainder of the Windsor & Richmond Gazette [1900-1955] has been digitised by the Library and added to Trove http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper and now available to search. Hawkesbury newspapers now online courtesy of Hawkesbury Library are:

  • Australian : Windsor, Richmond & Hawkesbury Advertiser 1873-96
  • Hawkesbury Advocate 1899-1900
  • Hawkesbury Chronicle 1881-1888
  • Hawkesbury Courier 1844-1846
  • Hawkesbury Herald 1902-4, 1923-4, 1937-45
  • Windsor Express 1843-1844
  • Windsor & Richmond Gazette (now Hawkesbury Gazette) 1888-1955

Rex Stubbs OAM Memorial Annual Scholarship - Now open

Competition opened 1 Jun and closes 31 August 2012. The scholarship funds the attendance of two people (one to be 16 - 26 years of age) at the annual Royal Australian Historical Society state conference. Scholarship recipients also receive a two year Royal Australian Historical Society membership. Brochures available from the Council, Library or http://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/news-and-events/community-awards/dr-rex-stubbs-oam-memorial-scholarship


More divorce files have been transferred to State Records and the Supreme Court NSW is transferring more divorce and matrimonial cause papers. That means over 80,000 divorce files to search! Find out how to check the records plus more info at www.records.nsw.gov.au For the latest news check the June newsletter at www.records.nsw.gov.au/publications/now-then-enewsletter/now-and-then-56-june-2012

FAMILY HISTORY STATE CONFERENCE & EXPO 2012-05-07 14-16 September 2012

Mark your diary for the above, to be held at Gymea, hosted by the Botany Bay Family History Society. Early bird discounts available if you book before 15 July. "The theme - Endeavour Resolution Adventure Discovery - takes its inspiration from the names of the ships associated with Captain James Cook's Pacific Voyages, and in their presentations, using that theme, the speakers will explore both the history of the past and the challenges facing family historians as they embrace 21st century technology." For list of speakers and more information see http://www.conference2012.org.au/


"Family history and genealogy are becoming some of the most popular hobbies around the world. Family history is the second biggest subject on the web with sites receiving billions of hits per year. There are over 250,000 Australians who are members of family history related organisations so the week has broad appeal across Australia. National Family History Week is an initiative of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations). During the week [27 Jul - 5 Aug ] events will be conducted across the country that focus on genealogy, family history, heraldry and related subjects including family reunions, seminars, talks, open days, history walks, book launches, film evening and expos. Check your state for details of local events." Check website http://www.familyhistoryweek.org.au/


The will be celebrating their 80th birthday during August - with lots happening. On Wednesday 29 August the Society's library at 379 Kent Street will be open free of charge to all non-members. It is a day when the Society will open their doors to everyone, so take the opportunity to check out their resources.

Free Library Access throughout August

Do you have a relative, friend or neighbour who would like to visit the SAG library? Throughout the month of August, they can visit the SAG library free of charge when accompanying a financial member. This is a great chance to introduce someone to their wonderful resources. You don't need to make any bookings or reservations.For more info see SAG website www.sag.org.au or T: (02) 9247 3953


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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