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~9th June 2004 ~  


9 June TRIVIA QUIZ Everyone welcome, come along and have some fun!!
14 July EMILY O'REILLY Preservation of family records
11 August PAT GORDON Researching Scottish Ancestors
8 September MICHELLE NICHOLS Solve your family history problems - bring along your queries
13 October CATHY McHARDY Researching your house & land
10 November RITA CRANE St. Gregory's Catholic Church, Kurrajong - 100 years
8 December Show & tell plus Christmas Party

Every 2nd Wednesday commencing at 10am, Tebbutt Room, Windsor Central Library, Dight Street, Windsor.



Please note as of the September issue of the Hawkesbury Crier, the price will now be $2.50 per issue or subscriptions $18 per annum.


The State Government is calling for the community to nominate important places in NSW as part of the "State Heritage Icons Project". I would like to encourage people to think about some of the landmarks in the Hawkesbury that are of great value to the community but have not formally recognised in the State Heritage Register. The Heritage Office of NSW is developing the register of the State's top heritage items but it is an ongoing process. 

This project provides a unique opportunity to involve the community in the heritage process. I personally would like to ask members to nominate the cemeteries in the Hawkesbury district that are not listed on the State Register so they can be preserved and protected for generations to come. 

The Heritage Office have suggested the following steps. To contribute to the ICONS project, simply follow the steps:

STEP 1. Think of the heritage icon that is most important to you.

STEP 2. Is it State significant? To check, ask yourself whether people in Byron Bay or Broken Hill, Moree or Merimbula, are also likely to regard it as important.

STEP 3. Check whether the item is already listed on the State Heritage Register by searching the database at www.heritage.nsw.gov.au/07_subnav_02.cfm You can leave out this step if you like. The Heritage Office will check all nominations.

STEP 4. Download the nomination form from www.heritage.nsw.gov.au/docs/icons_form.doc form attached and enter the reason why you are nominating the item. If you wish, you can download a copy of the criteria outlining the different ways an item might be significant or important. The Heritage Council uses this criteria when deciding whether to recommend a place for listing to the Minister. If you want to nominate more than one item, use a separate form for each one.

STEP 5. Email your completed form to icons@heritage.nsw.gov.au, fax to (02) 9873 8599 or send by post to:

State Heritage Icons Project
NSW Heritage Office
Locked Bag 5020
Parramatta NSW 2124.


The following is a new free Australian search engine and directory dedicated to genealogy. Their objective is to provide an extensive resource of Australian and related International sites, listing not only popular sites, but those that are a bit obscure and hard to find which may contain missing pieces of information valuable to the researcher. The address for The search engine "Search Whatever Australia" is at : http://www.searchwhateveraustralia.com.au


On the 8 September 2004 we will be having "Problem-solving" morning. This is prior warning, to think of any issues you are experiencing with your family history. Bring along your problem to the meeting and a panel (including Michelle Nichols & Lesley Uebel) will try and assist. Problems can be submitted as of today up until the meeting. Give Queries to Michelle at the
meetings or send queries to Michelle Nichols c/- HFHG, PO Box 146, Windsor 2756 or email mnichols@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au



Descendants of the Jurd family are invited to attend the following celebrations. For more information please contact Peter Stewart, 100 Badgally Road, Campbelltown 2560 tel : 0417 292245 or email fmspedro@yahoo.com.au Sunday 25th July 2004 at 11am at St. Jude's - Centenary of John's death



The Howell family are holding a reunion at Richmond on Sunday 13 June to celebrate the arrival in June 1804 of Hannah Hill, the mother of George Howell's family.


Reminder re reunion of decendants of Ann Reffin & husband David Burns/Byrnes (Friendship I) on Sunday 20 June 2004 at the Castlereagh Methodist Church Hall. Associated surnames are Byrnes, Jackson & Wilkinson. For further information contact: John Byrnes telephone : 02 99018789; Email byrnesj@minerals.nsw.gov.au or www.webspawner.com/users/thebyrnes/index.html


New Local Studies items now available to consult in the Local Studies Collection at Windsor Central Library.

Talking together : a guide to community oral history projects / JENKINS ~ RL907.2 JEN

Reflections : an oral history of Kogarah / ed. LOPEZ ~ RL994.41 REF

Freebody Family in Australia (4 vols) / FREEBODY ~ RL929.20994 FRE

Elizabeth Celey and her descendants : a pictorial record / JAMES ~ RL929.20994 CEL

A history of the Hawkesbury Pioneer family of John Yeomans with Mary Cassidy and their children / COPELAND ~ RL929.20994 YEO


It is particularly useful when undertaking any research to read widely about a subject and delve into a range of material. Family History is no different and there are a wide range of subjects that family historians are interested in as a result of their research. The following items may be of interest :-

Kable : the story of Henry Kable, First Fleet convict extraordinaire / WHITTAKER F WHIT

Ill-starred Captains Flinders & Baudin / BROWN ~ 994.02 BRO

Unfinished revolution : United Irishmen in New South Wales, 1800-1810 / WHITAKER ~ 994.0049162 WHI

Ken Burns' The Civil War (on DVD) ~ DVD KEN



According to the Convict Muster 1837, my convict gt.gt.grandfather, William EYRES was assigned to Thomas LEIVER of Richmond. Unable to find Thomas Leiver anywhere and would be grateful to hear from anyone with information about him. Pam Valentine, 3/150 Moore St, Liverpool 2170 or email: pamglen@rivernet.com.au


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.

Australia's V*I*R*T*U*A*L Immigration Wall Of Honour ~ www.janetreakesgenealogy.com/VirtualWall/Wall.htm

Anglo-Scottish Family History Society ~ www.mlfhs.org.uk/AngloScots/

"Chinese Immigrants and Chinese-Australians in NSW" by Julie Stacker & Peri Stewart (valuable research tool for family historians interested in Chinese-Australian history) ~ http://www.naa.gov.au/Publications/research_guides/guides/chinese/introduction.htm

Renfrewshire Family History Society ~ http://www.renfrewshirefhs.org.uk/

Irish Links ~ www.nationalarchives.ie/genealogy/links.htm

1844 Somerset Pigot's Directory ~ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~nmfa/Directories/pigot_directory_of_somerset_c1844/pdosc1844index.html

First Fleet ~ http://www.awesomegenealogy.com/australiafleetsearch.shtml

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


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