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~ March 2008 ~  


12 March MICHELLE NICHOLS Lucy Osburn Women with a Mission - Womens History Month
9 April KAREN MILLS History of the Grono family
14 May DR GRACE KARSKENS New history of early Sydney (Topic to be confirmed)
11 June

GAIL DAVIS Treasures from the State Records

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


Memorial to Convict women 10 April 2008

A service commemorating ALL Convict women will be held at St John’s Cathedral, Church Street Parramatta on Thursday 10th April, 2008 2pm. ALL WELCOME. Bonnets made by women world-wide will be placed in a boat in St. John’s Cathedral in a service paying tribute to the lives of convict women and to highlight the economic and social contribution made by female convicts to the Nation. Thousands of convict women spent time in Parramatta. For more information see www.christinahenri.com.au There will also be a dinner held at 6.30pm at Lachlan's Restaurant, Old Government House Parramatta Park $75.00.


Owen & Margaret Cavanough Reunion - 29 March 2008

Descendants of Ebenezer church pioneers Owen & Margaret Cavanough - please note that a family re-union is planned for 29 March 2008 at Ebenezer Church, starting at 10am. Sunday 30th March picnic lunch at McQuade Park, Windsor. Associated families include : Beecroft, Bowd, Buttsworth, Curl, Everingham, Greentree, Mitchell, Paull, Salter, Simmons, Smallwood, Stubbs, Watkins and all those related to Owen Cavanough & Margaret nee Dowling. Further details from: Pat Holdorf, 85 James Street, Punchbowl NSW 2196 or email p1234@tadaust.org.au 


Lock and Graham Reunion will be held on Saturday 24th May 2008. Other names connected are Hodgetts & Maloney. Will be held St. Matthew's Anglican Hall, corner of Greenway and Moses Streets, Windsor. 9am to 3pm. Bring along lunch, family photos, family stories and anything of interest. Tea & coffee available for small charge. More info contact Coral Haeusler, 02 9622-7501 or email wyzwords@optushome.com.au 


Looking for members of the GUMBLETON family originally from Dorset England, later Camden, then moved to the Wagga Wagga district in NSW. A family reunion is planned for Saturday 20 September 2008 at Camden. Associated names are: Hook, Oxford, Neve, Ryan, Izzard, Waltover, Vesty, Rootes, White, Drake, Larkham, Phillips and Kelleher. Contact Elizabeth Hook, 1/15A Phyllis Street MINTO NSW, 2566. Email evhook@optusnet.com.au


A reunion has been organised in Camden, NSW on 26 and 27 April 2008 to celebrate 170 years since these six German Vinedressers with their families arrived in Australia on the “Kinnear”.  To obtain information on the reunion please contact Julie Watt on (02) 4683 3973 or wattlebee@bigpond.com or visit www.twomeycontracting.com/reunion  See article on p. 6?


Just want to advise that the JURD & Associated Families will be holding a REUNION on Sunday 28th September 2008 at Windsor, the 196th Wedding Anniversary of Daniel & Elizabeth. The reunion will be held at McQuade Park opposite St Matthew's Church of England, Moses Street Windsor NSW. As usual it is BYO. Gathering will be from 10.30am. Draft copies of the revised chapters our Book will be available for comment and we will launch the countdown to the 2012 Reunion to be held on 29th & 30th September 2012, commemorating 200th Wedding Anniversary of Daniel & Elizabeth. The 1st volume contained some 8600 descendant names. In just under 6 years we have added another 3000 names to the database as well as a wealth of information on the family including photos. Interested family members are invited and encouraged to come along to the reunion and especially to contact me before hand if they can assist with information on their branch of the tree. For further information contact Peter Stewart, Jurd Association President at fmspedro@yahoo.com.au or on his mobile at 0417292245 or snail mail at St Gregory's College, 100 Badgally Road, Campbelltown.

Advance warning


Dubbo & District Family History Society Inc. are proud to present the 2008 conference for the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies Inc.

Theme: Conquering the tyranny of distance

Dates: Friday 12, Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 September 2008

Venue: Dubbo RSL Club Resort

Email - ddfhsconf2008@yahoo.com.au

Web - www.dubbofamilyhistory.org.au & follow the link 2008 Conference


If you would like to submit an item for How I got started on family history?  for inclusion the newsletter, send to the address below or email michelle.nichols@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au


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

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.

Southern Regional Cemetery Trust Website ~ http://www.srct.com.au/

Pioneer woman nurses and doctors ~ http://www.pioneerwomen.com.au/nursesdoctors.htm

Online genealogy sessions ~ http://newenglandancestors.org/education/main/online_lectures.asp

Ships Lists ~ http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/SAassistedindex.htm


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


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