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~ March 2010 ~  


10 March MICHELLE NICHOLS Introduction to FamilySearch facilities at Hawkesbury City Library
14 April SYLVIA MURPHY Researching ancestors in the days of the Raj (British ancestors in India)
12 May Excursion to Powerhouse Museum facility, Castle Hill
9 June CATHY McHARDY Reminiscences of Richmond by Samuel Boughton
14 July MARK ST LEON History of the Circus
11 August MEGAN MARTIN Beyond Mrs Beeton's

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



Due to the incredible popularity of the website Ryerson Index : to contemporary death notices and obituaries in Australian newspapers http://www.ryersonindex.org/ the Ryerson Index Inc has been forced to upgrade to a paid hosting site. As the group is a non-profit organisation, these costs are being met by members from their own pockets, supplemented by any donations received. Ryerson Index now invite you, as users of the Ryerson Index, to contribute towards the costs. If you would like to contribute, please make your cheque out to "Ryerson Index Inc." and mail it to 32 Kanadah Ave, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153.


A special commemorative service of the 200th anniversary of the first baptism in Richmond (John Cornwall 2/3/1810) was held on Sunday 28 February 10am at St Peters Anglican Church, in Richmond. A group of Cornwall/Cornwell descendants attended the event (including some from the Central Coast) Another Cornwell descendant, Richard Udy is very keen to make contact. His email is rudy0491@bigpond.net.au



Keep abreast of all of the 2010 Macquarie activities by checking out Council’s calendar of events at http://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/community/macquarie-2010-bicentenary

New Visions 1810 – 2010 Friends of the Hawkesbury Art Community& Regional Gallery exhibition of art & craft Saturday 6 - Sunday 14 March 10am – 4pm daily.
Stan Stevens Studio, Deerubbin Centre, 300 George St, WINDSOR

Tea and Tour at 'Glenroy' - Sunday 21 March from 1.30pm
Afternoon tea in the grounds of 'Glenroy' and guided tour of house conducted by the owners - presented by St Matthews Anglican Church Glenroy' 465 George St, STH WINDSOR. Cost $10 (02) 4577 6677 helen_palmer@telstra.com

Bush Dance, Richmond Players - Saturday 27 March 6pm
Bini Shell, Richmond High School $15 / $12 (02) 4579 6053 hm.terry@bigpond.net.au www.richmondplayers.com.au

Commemoration of Christian Burials (Funerals) - Sunday 28 March 2pm
Special Commemorative Service of the 200th anniversary of the first Christian burial in Richmond (Roger Twyfield, 5 weeks old, 25/3/1810) and of all burials (funerals) since that date. Followed by afternoon tea and tours of St Peters Cemetery. St Peters Anglican Church, Windsor St, RICHMOND. Free (02) 4578 1205 wayne@richmondanglican.com.au

Open afternoon at St Matthews Anglican Church - Sunday 11 April 1-4pm
Stables and ground floor of the rectory open for inspection. Afternoon tea available in Parish Centre. St Matthews Anglican Church, Moses St, WINDSOR. Afternoon tea $5 + $5 for entry to stables and rectory. (02) 4577 6677 helen_palmer@telstra.com

Flower Day - Official launch of the Governor Macquarie Rose Wednesday 14 April 2pm
Hawkesbury City Council & Rose Society NSW – celebrating Windsor as the home of the Governor Macquarie Rose. Deerubbin Centre Garden, 300 George St, WINDSOR Free RSVP essential (02) 4560 4579


Information about forthcoming events below. For more information see www.sag.org.au or phone 02) 9247 3953 or mail info@sag.org.au

Saturday 13 March (9.00am) - Orientation Tour
A one hour orientation tour of our library at 379 Kent Street - find out how the library is set out and what services we offer there. Bookings Essential. Free - but a donation to our Building Appeal on the day would be appreciated.

Saturday 13 March (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Genealogy Programs for Macintosh Computers
Do you have a Macintosh computer or are you considering buying one? Do you know what family history programs are available for Macs? Bookings Essential. $20 ($25 non-members).

Friday 19 March (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - FindMyPast - Hands on
Using SAG's computers, at 2/379 Kent Street Sydney, you can freely access most of the website FindMyPast, which is usually by subscription only. Presenter: Kerry Farmer. Bookings Essential. $30 ($40 non-members).

Saturday 20 March (10.00am - 4.00pm) - Where to From Here? NSW Land Records
This day will focus on land and related references (includes mining) by looking at the clues and resources where you may find more. The presenters will be: Alan Day (Parish Maps), Helen Dickinson (Land Titles), Christine Yeats (State Records NSW) and Vicki Eldridge (Gazettes). Morning and afternoon teas included - BYO lunch. Full programme available online. Bookings Essential. $50 ($60 non-members).

Tuesday 16 March - Is your Irish Ancestor on the web?
Find out what resources are on the internet for research into your family history! Presenter: Perry McIntyre. Bookings Essential. $8 ($12 non-members). 


Now available for sale at the meeting. It is also available by subscription. The newsletter for June 2010 is now being prepared. If you have any news or articles please email by mid May E: michelle.nichols@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or contact Michelle Nichols on 02 4560-4466.


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/

  • St. Matthews Church of England Windsor NSW Baptisms, Burials & Marriages 1951 to 2000 [2 vols] / Lake Macquarie Family History Society
    Shelved at : RL283.9441 LAK (also lending copies at 283.9441 LAK at Windsor & Richmond)


It is particularly useful when undertaking any research to read widely about a subject and delve into a range of material. Check the catalogue at http://catalogue.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/amlibweb/ for more information. Lending items can be reserved online (if you are a member & have a pin) If you would like a pin number see library staff or ring 4560-4460. The following items may be of interest :

  • Riverstone & District Historical Society journal 1997-2009 (short articles) Shelved at 994.41 RIV (W+R)

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 ~


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