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~ November 2011 ~


9 November SHOW & TELL Bring along an item of interest to show
14 December NOELINE KYLE Remembering, Recording and Writing Your Family Stories (+ Christmas Party)
8 February HEATHER GARNSEY SAG in the 21st century – new innovations at the Society of Australian Genealogists

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

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"War comes to Australia" World War II - February 2012

The "War comes to Australia" World War II 70th anniversary tour 17 - 22 February 2012. For 6 days/5 nights travel to various museums and important historical sites in and around Darwin and participate in the town's celebrations on 19 February. Organised by Unlock the Past - see website for further information, updates and bookings www.unlockthepast.com.au/Darwin2012

13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry Adelaide 2012

The 13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry 2012 will be held at Adelaide Convention Centre 28 to 31 March 2012. Great program with an interesting array of International and Australian speakers. More information contact Congress 2012, C/- SAGHS, GPO, Box 592, Adelaide SA 5001 or http://www.congress2012.org.au/

Assistance needed for Hawkesbury River research

Researchers Bruce Simmons and Jenny Scott have requested assistance with their project on the Hawkesbury River. The two researchers from University of Western Sydney (UWS) are looking back (as far back as it takes) to understand historic life on the Hawkesbury River. They are interested in any published family stories, letter and diaries containing information on peoples relationship to the river, how they valued it and how they saw the condition (or health) of the river. This could include any of the following information:

  • Relationship to river i.e. irrigation, fishing, recreation, transport (i.e. river boats).
  • Value of the river to them i.e. livelihood, recreation, as a setting, spiritual.
  • Health of the river i.e. opinions or trends - clear, muddy, bank erosion/slumping, algal blooms, aquatic and riverside weeds, odours, pollution (in general), fish species and abundance and any changes in these.

This information and contemporary studies on the river will be used to guide future sustainable management of the river. We would be grateful for any information and sources used will be fully acknowledged. Their contact details are: Bruce Simmons | Adjunct Associate Professor | School of Natural Sciences, University of Western Sydney | Locked Bag 1797 | PENRITH SOUTH DC NSW 1797. T: 61 2 45 701847 | F: 61 2 45 701787 | M: 0406022810 E: b.simmons@uws.edu.au

Coming home @ Brewongle/Sackville Reach School Tuesday 15 November 10am

Reminder that Sackville Reach Public School (now Brewongle Environmental Education Centre) is celebrating the “coming home” of the row boat that was used to ferry students across the river in the early 1900s. If you have any photos that may contribute to our history here at Brewongle please bring them on the day and staff will scan on the spot. All welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Enquiries contact Shelley 4579 1136 or E: brewongle-e.admin@det.nsw.edu.au


The Hawkesbury Crier is the Group's quarterly newsletter. It is produced March, June, September and December. Over 100 copies are sent to subscribers all over the country and exchanged with over 200 family history groups all over Australia and NZ. If you are conducting research and have an enquiry and want to make contact with other researchers, please feel free to submit your free enquiries or details of family reunions to be published. Articles about family history research are also welcome. These can be submitted by attaching article and relevant images to an email and send to history@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au A list of source references should also be supplied.


  • March 2012 ~ deadline 29 February
  • June 2012 ~ deadline 31 May
  • September 2012 ~ deadline 31 August
  • December 2012 ~ deadline 30 November


The Hawkesbury Family History Group produces a free monthly new sheets. Archived copies (from 2002) can be accessed at www.hfhg.hawkesbury.net.au Items can be submitted for the Meeting News and the deadline is the 1st Wednesday of the month for publication in time for each meeting held 2nd Wednesday of the month. Enquiries, family and items of interest (including information about new resources and websites) are welcome.


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 ~

Hawkesbury Family History Group meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month (except January) in the Tebbutt Room of Hawkesbury Central Library, 300 George Street Windsor NSW 2756. Anyone interested in family & local history, welcome to attend. Enquiries contact the Local Studies Librarian at above address T: (02) 4560-4466 E: michelle.nichols@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au


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