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~9th October 2002 ~  


9 OCTOBER 2002 ~ CATHY McHARDY ~ Did your ancestors live in the City of Sydney?
13 NOVEMBER 2002 ~ JOCELYN POWELL ~ Publishing your family or local history
11 DECEMBER 2002 ~ SHOW & TELL Plus Christmas Party

REMINDER Tracing your Irish Ancestors seminar 25th October

This is now booked out. If you have put your name on the list please remember to turn up. If you will not be attending the whole 3 sessions please let us know so that someone on the waiting list can attend. There will be 2 morning sessions and one after lunch. The seminar "Tracing your Irish Ancestors" presented by Richard Reid on Friday 25th October 2002, from 10am to 3pm and will include a light lunch. If you need to cancel please ring 4560-4460.

Surfing the internet**. Sites for family historians

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

New Yahoo genealogy research http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/Gene_Aus/

Guidelines for Cemetery conservation (National Trust) http://www.nsw.nationaltrust.org.au/cemscontents.html

Genealogical list for Forgotten Valley (Macdonald River) researchers http://groups.yahoo.com/group/forgottenvalley/

Database of Australians who died during the South African Anglo-Boer War of 1899 - 1902 http://www.hagsoc.org.au/sagraves/index.html

Cora Num's Web Sites for Genealogists http://www.coraweb.com.au/

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

New Items added to the Local Studies Collection * check out the following:

Starting out in Local History / FOWLER RL929.10941 FAM

Windsor Toll House / O'CONNELL RL994.42 OCO

The family & Local History handbook (6th ed) RL929.10941 FAM

To live in the hearts and & minds of descendants is to never dies : Family history of Daniel & Elizabth Jurd /STEWART RL929.20994 STE

Member's Profile

We have been featuring a section called "Member's Profiles" providing details of members. More are needed. Details required include a bit about yourself, your background, and your interest in family history & importantly the names you are researching. 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, Robynne Winley & Geoff Ford.

Member's Profile - Loreley Morling
Here's a profile from a distant member) :

I spent many years working as a librarian. In 1982, after changing to part-time work, I was looking for something else to occupy my mind. When my mother suggested I try to identify the photos in an album which had belonged to my paternal grandmother I took up the challenge. The rest is history! I was soon hooked on genealogy and completed a Diploma in Family Historical Studies in 1989. I've just 'retired' after 10 years as honorary deputy librarian at the Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) but continue as a voluntary library assistant and do professional research, conduct seminars and write articles.

My paternal ancestors were from England, Scotland and Ireland and an orphaned great grandfather posed a particular challenge. In spite of the fact that his name was William White, a second cousin and I finally discovered his origins after about 16 years research. My maternal ancestors were early arrivals in NSW, several being convicts. Daniel Holland arrived from London on the Mary II in 1822 and was assigned to the Hawkesbury area where he spent most of the rest of his life. He was blind by 1845 when he married Julia McGillicuddy, who had arrived from Ireland as a convict in 1839. Daniel began a drapery business in Windsor which was carried on by his only surviving child Daniel Junior, a civic-minded man who served on the council and as mayor. Their son, John Joseph Holland, my grandfather, migrated to Western Australia in 1907 to work as a doctor on the goldfields.

To complicate my research I've discovered another Daniel Holland arrived on the Sesostris in 1826. He was a tailor and married Caroline Martin in 1839. By the 1840s they were operating a tailor's shop in Windsor. This Daniel Holland was drowned in 1871 at Richmond Bridge, his wife having predeceased him in 1860. They had no surviving children. When I have some time I hope to write an article for the Hawkesbury Crier about this couple. I've visited Windsor in 1987, 1989 and in 2001 when I spent the best part of two days in the Local Studies section of the library using their wonderful resources. I always feel comfortable in Windsor and am so pleased the council managed to save Loder House which was once owned by my great grandfather Daniel Holland Junior.

Loreley A Morling, Genealogical & Historical Researcher


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