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~ June 2009 ~  


10 June TED BRILL Tour of Ebenezer Church & Cemetery
8 July

DR KEN KNIGHT Colourful Colonial Publicans

12 August ALISON SPENCER History of postcards
9 September MICHELLE NICHOLS Researching Scandals, Crime & Corruption

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


Valerie Ross 1936-2009

Well known historian Valerie Ross passed away last month.  She was fascinated by her forebears which included the Everingham family and spent many years researching and writing about them. Her books included A First Fleeter and his time; A Hawkesbury Story; Cornstalks (2 editions) and The Everingham Letterbook. Valerie died on the 17 May 2009 and is buried on the Central Coast.

Reminder Historic Bicentenary Ebenezer Church celebrations

  • Friday 19 June: Static Displays by church archivists will be open in the pavilion. Devonshire teas available during the day.
  • Saturday 20 June: Main Day - Displays open, Food stalls, Souvenirs, Re-enactments, entertainment and Outdoor Service.
  • Sunday 21 June: Family Picnic Day - Displays open, Musical Entertainment, Barbecue, Devonshire teas, Historical walk-and-talks in church grounds and to the nearby quarry and beach. Keep up to date with celebrations by online newsletter www.ebenezerchurch.org.au/bicentenary.htm  

British Convict Transportation Registers Database

The State Library of Queensland has just re-released the British Convict Transportation Registers Database (over 123,000 convicts sent to Australia between 1787 and 1867). The new system is much better equipped to cope with demand.  A new feature of the database is the ability for researchers to post comments on a chosen convict’s record. This comment field is a great way for researchers to share their notes on a convict’s life. Follow instructions online. See http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/info/fh/convicts  Dates of conviction are continuing to be added to each record - this will be an ongoing project.

Stitches through Time’ a talk on Australian Antique Quilts 19th July 2009

Dr.Annette Gero, one of Australia’s leading quilt historians, has been documenting and collecting quilts for many years. The Friends of the Hawkesbury art community & Regional Gallery Inc will present Dr. Gero who will exhibit & speak on a number of her quilts & the social history behind their creation at the Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor, at 11.30am Sunday 19th July.  We do hope your members will be interested in attending this significant event, which will not only give an insight to the social history at the time of their creation, but also provide an opportunity to view a range of historically important quilts. For more information phone 4577 4440 or e-mail GFEA@tpg.com.au.

Blue Mountains Family History Society’s Seminar 2009

Seminar will be held on Saturday, 8 August 2009. The theme is “CURRENCY LASSES AND BEYOND” – Women of Australia’s Past. Speakers include Suzanne Voytas - The convict women of the “Elizabeth” 1828; Joan Edwards - London Immigration Committee's female immigration of the 1830s; Rachel Hollis, an Archivist -  The sources available for researching the work and roles of women from early 19th century and beyond;  Helen Sider, author of “The Tapestry of a Life” - Immigration from late 19th century/early 20th century – the affects on women and how they assimilated. Terry Regan, Bush Poet, a member of the Australian Bush Poets Association – Reciting:  Australian Bush Poetry; Joe Elkusch -  Women in the Armed Services since Federation. Cost is $25 send cheque or money order with your details to Blue Mountains Family History Society, PO Box 97, Springwood, 2777. Will be held at the Springwood Baptist Church Hall, 313 Macquarie Road, Springwood.

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.

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


Does your organisation have an event to be held in 2010 that they would like to be part of the Macquarie 2010 Bicentenary Program?

Historical Background In 2010, Australia will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the swearing in of Lachlan Macquarie as Governor of New South Wales on 1 January 1810.  Governor Macquarie had a profound influence on the development and landscape of the City of Hawkesbury, which included the naming of the townships of Windsor, Richmond, Pitt Town, Wilberforce as well as Castlereagh on 6 December 1810.

Macquarie 2010 Bicentenary Celebrations in the Hawkesbury The Macquarie 2010 bicentenary is a national and state significant event.  Council is aware that a number of community groups are interested in staging celebratory events and activities and that planning is already underway for some of these events.  Council resolved that the most appropriate role it could take to support the Macquarie 2010 Bicentenary Celebrations in the Hawkesbury would be to facilitate the community’s response to the 200th anniversary date.  The Hawkesbury Macquarie 2010 Committee, consisting of 19 community members, three Council staff and Cr Rex Stubbs as its Chairperson has been established. The Committee’s work will focus on local celebrations within the City of Hawkesbury. Major roles of the Hawkesbury Macquarie 2010 Committee are to:

  • Develop a calendar of events and activities that are planned during 2010
  • Assist groups in gaining information and skills in event planning and staging
  • Co-ordinate branding & promotion of the Hawkesbury’s 2010 Bicentenary Program
  • Promote Council’s Community Sponsorship Program, under which community groups and individuals may wish to seek funding support.

To register your event http://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/community/31204.html  and to see what is already planned.

'Blessing of the Bonnets' event in the Hawkesbury

Service : Sunday 2nd August 2009 at 2pm at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Moses Street, Windsor followed by afternoon tea. To commemorate and pay tribute to the lives of all convict women sent to Australia, interested persons are invited to attend the 'Blessing of the Bonnets' event in the Hawkesbury. A service will be held at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Moses Street, Windsor on Sunday 2nd August 2009. The event will be followed by afternoon tea. If you would like to create your own bonnet, a pattern is available to download from the internet from the website of Christina Henri http://www.christinahenri.com.au/downloads/pattern.pdf  For more information about Christina Henri see http://www.christinahenri.com.au/ Everyone is welcome to attend the above event to pay tribute. To coincide with the above event, Vessels of hope by artist Christina Henri, will be held at the Hawkesbury Regional Art Gallery between  31 July - 13 September 2009. Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is located in the Deerubbin Centre at 300 George Street Windsor.


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