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~ May 2008 ~  


14 May DR GRACE KARSKENS New history of early Sydney
11 June

GAIL DAVIS Treasures from the State Records

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


New Book for Sale

The Lock Family In World War One : How Service Records Contribute To Darug History By Philippa Scarlett. The following new book is now available for sale. World War 1 service records make an important contribution to Lock and Darug history. This book includes brief summaries of the records of Lock men and members of their e x t e n d e d f ami l y w h o volunteered for service in World War 1 as well as photographs and extracts from service records. Additional family names include Morley, Barber, Bolton, White, Castles, Anolock, Punton, Smith, Sims & Everingham. Price $12 including GST. P&H $5. Inquiries to Indigenous Histories, PO Box 686 Jamison Centre Macquarie, ACT Australia 2614 or indigenoushistories@grapevine.net.au

Roll of Honour Photographs

At present, over 6600 of the names on the Roll of Honour have photographs linked to them. The Memorial wants to find images of these men & women as possible, & is particularly interested in individual or family portraits. Original photographs can be either donated or lent to the Memorial. Lent photographs are copied onto archival film, digitised & returned to their owners. If you have a photo of a person on the Roll of Honour, please contact us first at photographs@awm.gov.au or (02) 6243 4593 Australian War Memorial, GPO Box 345 Canberra ACT 2601

Exhibitions Launch and Museum Open Day Sunday 18 May 2008

Hawkesbury Regional Museum would like to invite you to the opening with Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, AC CVO Governor of NSW at 11am on International Museums Day Sunday 18 May 2008 and will be open until 3pm. Hawkes bury Regional Museum is at 8 Baker St, WINDSOR. T: 02 4560 4655 museum@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au Hours will be Wednesday to Friday 10am - 4pm Weekends 10am - 3pm (closed public holidays)


Ryan family reunion - 20 & 21 September 2008

A Gathering is being planned in Windsor of the descendants of Patrick John Ryan (1866 -1930) and his wife Ada Margaret (nee Blanchard) (1872-1950) on the weekend of 20 & 21 September, 2008. Patrick and Ada Ryan lived in Freemans Reach in the latter years of their lives. Activities will include a Dinner on Saturday night and a Family Picnic on Sunday at the Freemans Reach Hall.  Enquiries to Betty Hargreaves (nee Pike) tel 02 4731-1263 or Jan Chivers tel 02 6342-2270 or e-mail janchivers@hotmail.com

Scheyville Stories Sought

Residents with memories of Scheyville are invited to share their experiences about the migrant hostel for an exhibition to be held in Hawkesbury Regional Museum. Scheyville was one of Australia's largest reception centres for migrants during the 1950s & 60s, & for many people, it was their first home on Australian soil. People came from all over war-torn Europe. ‘We would love to hear from former residents and their families about their experiences of migrating to Australia and settling in NSW’, said Museum Director, Kathleen von Witt.  ‘Their stories are an important part of the history of the region - not just how they came to be here, but what they went on to do with their lives’. What was then the migrant receiving centre is now part of Scheyville National Park. Some original buildings still remain, including the administration building, which is now an office of the National Parks. For more information contact the museum museum@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au  or call Museum Director - Kathleen von Witt 02 4560 4440


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/

For those of you who enjoy reading a wide variety of historical books, you may like the following: The accidental outlaw of Glenrowan : Steve Hart and the Kelly Gang by Bill Collett. Shelved at F COLL

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.

Old Bailey Records online has a new website & many added records ~ http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/
Names distribution for UK ~ www.nationaltrustnames.org.uk

S.A. Shipping ~ http://www.shipping.familyhistorysa.info/
Ships list ~ 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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