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Hawkesbury Family History Group Meeting News
~ March 2011 ~


9 March SUZANNA VOYTAS ‘Elizabeth’ 1828- the worst & most turbulent voyage
13 April MICHELLE NICHOLS Your amazing stories – how to ensure your story lives on
11 May ANDY MACQUEEN Frederick D’Arcy colonial surveyor, explorer and artist

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

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The Hawkesbury Library will be holding the following family history classes at the Hawkesbury Central Library. Classes are suitable for beginners or persons wanting a refresher course. All classes are from 6.30pm-8.30pm $10 ~ T: 4560 4466 E: history@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

  • NEWSPAPERS ONLINE ~ 5 April 2011
  • ‘Ancestry’ & ‘Find My Past’ DATABASES ~ 3 May 2011


Are you seriously interested in writing history? Jacqueline Kent will present a workshop for people interested in writing history, their memoirs or family stories. Limited places, free at Hawkesbury Central Library on Thursday 7 April 1pm-4pm. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – phone 4560 4460.


Celebrate Seniors Week with the Memory man on Tuesday 22 March 10.30am-12pm. Conjure memories of yesteryear, at Hawkesbury Central Library, morning tea included. FREE event but BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – phone 4560 4460.


Come along and celebrate 170 years at the ‘church on the hill’ presented by the Friends of St Bartholomew’s. Located at Ponds Road Prospect on Saturday 9 April 2011 9.30am-4pm. Guest Speaker Assoc Prof Carol Liston ‘Farmers of the Blacktown district’ NSW Corps of Marines will demonstrate musket firing and perform drills. Trade stall, burial records to access and self tours of Old Prospect Cemetery. Refreshments and variety of stalls, FREE shuttle bus from / to Blacktown Railway Station (shop side of station) Cost $6 under 12 free. Contact Jill 9621 8225 or Sharon 9622 8309.

Reminder - Boat people 1788-1922 seminar ~ Saturday 9 April 2011

Blue Mountains Family History Seminar 2011 will focus on immigration.. Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch and refreshments. To be held at Springwood Baptist Church Hall, 313 Macquarie Road, Springwood. Send name, address and contact details with cheque/money order to the Blue Mountains Family History Society, PO Box 97, Springwood 2777.

TMG Workshop

Anyone that uses The Master Genealogist (TMG) computer software for their family history research may be interested in attending a weekend workshop at Penrith on 9-10 April 2011. For more information please email Bruce Fairhall on bruce@fairhall.id.au

Conference & Family History Fair at Penrith ~ 12 & 13 March 2011

Reminder - The Makings of a City: Landlords & Tenants Conference ~ Penrith City Library’s 10th Annual History Conference will be held at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, next to Penrith Civic Centre. The Family History Fair is organised by Nepean Family History Society at Penrith Library on Sunday 13 March between 10am-4pm. Entry by Gold Coin. Societies, stalls and short talks throughout the day. Enquiries to: Lorraine Stacker, Penrith City Library E: Istack@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au T: 02 4732 7886 or Alison Spencer 02 4732 7687


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

  • East family research / RLP EAS
  • Fitzpatrick & Oatley family tree : includes Doyle, Loder & Muir of Carcoar NSW / RLP FIT
  • Oxley family research / RLP OXL
  • Reverend Elijah Smith / RLP SMI

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. 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 ~


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