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Hawkesbury Family History Group Meeting News
~ June 2011 ~


8 June KAREN ROGERS Guild of One Name Studies
13 July GEOFF CANNON First Titleholders of Land in the nineteen counties of NSW
10 August CASSIE MERCER From Rebels to Bride Thieves: stories of our Early Irish Convicts

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

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NSW Volunteer of the Year

Well known Hawkesbury Family History Group member, Des Nicholson has been awarded the NSW Volunteer of the Year award for 40 years of service to Hawkesbury Living (originally the Richmond Nursing Home) by the community services association. Congratulations Des!

Rex Stubbs Memorial Scholarship

The Dr Rex Stubbs OAM Memorial Annual Scholarship was established by Hawkesbury City Council in February 2011. It recognises Councillor Stubbs abiding commitment to both the Hawkesbury community and the historical significance of the area. The scholarship aims to develop interest in the history of the Hawkesbury, to support people who wish to pursue this interest and to showcase local talent in the field of historical research or interpretation. It is available to residents of the Hawkesbury Local Government Area (LGA), members of historical groups from within the LGA as well as Council’s Cultural Services (Museum, Gallery and Library) volunteers. 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. The Competition opens 1 June 2011 and closes 31 August 2011. Winners announced during NSW History Week in September. Entry form see http://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/services/cultural/dr-rex-stubbs-oam-memorial-scholarship and also available at both libraries (Windsor & Richmond) Museum and Gallery.


Below are new items available to consult in the Local Studies Collection at Hawkesbury Library. To check the Library catalogue online go to http://catalogue.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/amlibweb/

  • Kurrajong collection / Kurrajong Comleroy Historical Society
    Shelved at RL994.42 KUR, copies also for loan at 994.42 KUR
  • Research your surname and your family tree / Graeme Davis
    Shelved at RL929.4 DAV
  • Photos of Riverstone / Riverstone & District Historical society
    Shelved at RL994.41 RIV, copies also for loan at 994.41 RIV

The following are a few of the new pamphlet files added to the Local Studies Collection:

  • Cattai Public School RLP CAT
  • Roberts family research RLP ROB


Tuesday 12 July 6.30pm-8.30pm
IMPRESSIVE WEBSITES FOR FAMILY HISTORY with Michelle Nichols, Local Studies Librarian
A whirlwind tour of some of the notable websites available for family history research.
Charles Harpur Room, Central Library, Windsor
$10 per person. Bookings essential T: 4560-4460 or E: history@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

Tuesday 2 August 6.30pm-8.30pm
MAKING SENSE OF THE CENSUS with Michelle Nichols, Local Studies Librarian
This session will focus on the UK & Australian census and how to incorporate the results in your family history research.
Charles Harpur Room, Central Library, Windsor
FREE Bookings essential T: 4560-4460 or E: history@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.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 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 ~


The Ulster Historical Foundation is a long-established, highly reputable research and publishing agency. It offers extensive knowledge on the sources available for tracing Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors. They are an educational non-profit organisation and their aim is to encourage an interest in the history of the province of Ulster; promote a positive image of Northern Ireland overseas; strengthen the links between Ireland and those of Ulster descent; broaden access to historical documents and records for Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy; and to inspire pride in Irish and Ulster heritage and culture.

They also organise several activity holidays throughout the year and will be running one in October which will focus on both family history and emigration.  This is a joint project between the Ulster Historical Foundation and the Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh. It will run from the 9th to the 15th October 2011 and will be based in Omagh, County Tyrone. If you are interested in finding out more about your Ulster ancestors or wish to explore the history of Ireland’s northern province this is the perfect opportunity. Over 6 days you will be assisted to carry out research for yourself as well as discover the history of Ulster first hand through excursions to some of the province’s most historic sites. In the evenings you can relax and enjoy some entertaining and enlightening talks and discussions. Check the itinerary at: www.ancestryireland.com/autumnschool They will also be running a series of activity holidays throughout 2012, further information on our website www.ancestryireland.com

The Foundation is also a leading publisher of Irish history books and genealogical guides with over 200 titles in our backlist. Details of our publications can be found at: www.booksireland.org.uk Any enquiries about Ulster Historical Foundation email  enquiry@uhf.org.uk


Please take a few minutes to complete our online survey on Library programs & events at http://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/library  Your feedback will help us to plan our library programs & deliver the best quality and interesting programs to suit the community. The survey commences 1 June 2011 and finishes 30 June 2011.

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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