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~8th May 2002 ~  



12 JUNE 2002 TRIVIA QUIZ????
10 JULY 2002 LORRAINE STACKER Emu Plains Government Ag Establishment 1819-32
14 AUGUST 2002 GEOFFREY BURKHARDT 20th birthday celebrations "Federation sources"
11 SEPTEMBER 2002 KEITH JOHNSON Sydney Burial Ground
9 OCTOBER 2002 CATHY McHARDY Did your ancestors live in the City of Sydney?
13 NOVEMBER 2002 ??
11 DECEMBER 2002 SHOW & TELL Plus Christmas Party

Trivia Quiz

Don't forget next month's annual trivia quiz. Look around for the smartest people and organise a team. Prizes will be available, so get in the spirit and come along for some fun and test your knowledge. Michelle will organise morning tea and nibblies for this event.

Hawkesbury Pioneer Register Vol. 2

The Hawkesbury Pioneer Register Vol. 2 are available for sale for $25. The discounted price ($20) is now only available to contributors.

Launch of Hawkesbury Images

The Library's "Hawkesbury Images - Photographic Database will be officially launched on Thursday 23rd May at 4pm by Alan Aldrich, president of the Hawkesbury Camera Club. If you would like to attend there will be a demonstration followed by afternoon tea. The database will then be available to use by the public at Windsor Library. RSVP on 45604460 by the 21 May 2002 .

Society of Australian Genealogist's Showcase

Society of Australian Genealogist's Showcase on Friday 24th & Saturday 25th May 2002 at 120 Kent Street Sydney. Join and the fun and learn what is happening in the world of genealogy. Showcase will be in four venues at the northern end of Kent Street, in the historic Rocks area of Sydney - at 24, 120 & 124 Kent Street - and just around the corner in the Abraham Mott Hall, 15 Argyle Street. Showcase brings together major government departments associated with family history such as the NSW Registry of BDMs, State Records and the Land and Property Information NSW (formerly Land Titles Office) as well as the National Archives, commercial providers of genealogical books, microfiche and software. The NSW BDM transcription agents will be there as well as representatives from organisations such as the Fellowship of First Fleeters.

Help desks where SAG volunteers will give advice about Australian and British topics + Sydney's Chinese, Lebanese and Italian communities to participate. Learn about these groups, their history in Australia and what records are available.

You'll also get a chance for sneak previews of the Convict indents 1788-1812 on CD; an index to passengers, crew and military arriving in Sydney 1826-1842; and transcriptions of the Northern Suburbs cemetery. Two days of lectures by experts in their field, second hand books, Devonshire teas and the ever-tempting sausage sizzle makes this incredible value, at $13 a day, paid at the door. Advance tickets avilable $10 per ticket (see Michelle) or buy at the door for $13.

Turnbull Family Reunion & Book Launch

The Turnbull family is celebrating 200 years of their arrival in the colony with the book launch of a family history publication and a family reunion.

The book is called "Turnbull's on the Coromandel 1802 : Hawkesbury River Colonists" by Dorothy & Roy Turnbull and will be launched on the Saturday 18 May 2002 at 3pm. The limited edition book will cost $45 & can be posted on application. Angela Phippen, the Librarian from SAG will be launching the book at the Southside Christian Fellowship, 175 Port Hacking Road, Miranda. RSVP 10 May 2002 phone (02) 9525 3463 or 6/430 Port Hacking Road, Caringbah. Cheques for books to be made payable to Dorothy Turnbull and can be picked up on the day.

Turnbull Family reunion at Ebenezer Church grounds on Saturday 22nd June 2002 at 10am. BYO lunch, chair & info. Join the Coromandel families at the Aunual Pilgramage Church Service at 2pm. Afternoon tea will follow. Registration os $10 per family to cover cost & books will be available on the day. RSVP 14 June 2002 phone (02) 9525 3463 or 6/430 Port Hacking Road, Caringbah.

Reminder : Grono Family Reunion & Tree book launch - 9th June 2002

A Grono Family reunion & Tree book launch will be held on the Queens birthday weekend. On 9th June 2002 at Uniting Church, Ebenezer. Contact Joy Jorgensen, PO Box 10 Kenthurst 2156 joyj@ihug.com.au or Robert Taylor PO Box 11 Matraville 2036 roberttaylor@ozemail.com.au 

Pedigree Resource File

The next set of the Pedigree Resource files are available to use on the Library computers. These were purchased by the group recently. You need to use Computer 10 when accessing these. A great resource , these are reserchers family histories contributed to the LDS church and put onto CD-ROM. Provides charts, info and name & address of researcher.

Surfing the internet**. Sites for family historians

The Library has free access to the internet, contact 4560 4460 for bookings. Richmond also has a computer to access the Internet, for bookings phone 4578 2002.

Scholarly Online Resource Evidence and Records for use by Genealogists and Family Historians

List of Publicans, Sydney in 1834

City of Sydney Archives - Newtown project includes Newtown section of Sands Directories; street names; images great for info about Glebe, Camperdown, Newtown, Macdonald Town & Darlington.

Let us know of any new addresses, that you have tried with (or without) success

Members profile

We have been featuring a section called "Member's Profiles" & more are needed. Details required include a bit about yourself, background, and your interest in family history. We will keep featuring this article as long as members contribute. To date we have featured Ian Brothers, Del Swain, Des Nicholson, John Norris, Hazel & Bill Reidy, Grace Douglass, Don & Jill Mills, Sue Bennett, Laurie Hession, Laurel Legge, Michelle Nichols, Ernie Byrnes, Judith Norris, Elaine Greentree, Graham Thom, Wendy Stalker & Trish Moon.


My name is Robynne Jane Winley, nee Wilson. I was born in Townsville, Qld in 1953, the first child of three. I pity anyone with no inside knowledge trying to trace my family tree. My parents were born in Strathfield and Leeton respectively. They met and married in Parramatta, then moved to Townsville. From there they moved to Port Moresby, PNG where their son and second daughter were born. Later they moved back to Townsville and then back to Sydney, settling in Baulkham Hills for the next 30 years. I was married in 1981 in Wentworthville, having moved to Cattai in 1980. My children were born in Baulkham Hills and Cattai respectively.

My connection with the Hawkesbury is very strong. Although I did not grow up in the area I have always known that my roots were here. My great grandmother used to say that she was descended from a Third Fleet convict (this in a day when that was not a politically correct idea). When I started my active interest in the family, I found that she was quite correct but that there were many more convicts in her (and my) direct line also.

My Hawkesbury family lines are :
o Joseph Wright (Scarborough 1788) and Ellen Gott (Neptune 1790)
o Charles Cross (Neptune 1790) and Rose Flood (Neptune 1790)
o Robert Hobbs (Active 1791) and Bridget Heslin/ Eslin (Sugar Cane 1793)
o William Douglass (Coromandel 1804]
o John Berwick/Barwick (Anne II 1810)
o Samuel Hurst (Queen II 1818)
o John Rogers (Neptune 1790) and Elizabeth Celey/Kewer (Britannia 1798) settled in the present Wentworthville area and did not come to the Hawkesbury. However their three daughters moved to the Kurrajong area and have descendants in the area still today.

I am a librarian by profession and have worked at Hawkesbury City Library in the past. I presently work at Holroyd City Council Library at Merrylands. I am lucky enough to be able to combine my hobby and passion for local history and genealogy with my work, by aiding people to trace their missing links when they visit the library looking for information. I have also been privileged to work with some very knowledgeable and lovely people on both Hawkesbury Pioneer registers. I look forward to continued association with the Hawkesbury Family History Group and participation in any other projects that may be proposed.

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