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~12th October 2005 ~  


12 October LORRAINE STACKER & NOELENE PULLEN - Friends & neighbours (Find out what is held in collections such as Baulkham Hills etc)
9 November TRISH MOON - Topic to be advised
14 December SHOW & TELL Plus Christmas Party
January 2006 NO MEETING
8 February 2006 First meeting for 2006



Article that looks at why it is important to "tell your story" and record your memories for posterity that appeared in the "Hawkesbury Crier" September 2005 issue called "Some of my memories" by Michelle Nichols. The article and the 4 page blank form to fill out is now also available on the website at www.hawkesbury.net.au/community/hfhg/Memories2_by_Michelle.pdf


There will be a gathering for families of people descended from Aborigines who lived before 1900 in the country described as: The Watersheds of the Colo River (includes Capertee), Macdonald River (includes Putty), Mangrove Creek and Wollombi Brook (includes Ellalong). This was the traditional land of the Darkinjung Tribe, sometimes called "The Hawkesbury Tribe". Many of the families are descendants from some of Aboriginal people on Reserves at Sackville and Singleton e.g. Saunders, Clarks, Dillons, Goobra, Everinghams and Barbers, and may not have appreciated their ancestors were Darkinjung speakers.

These families are invited to the first family gathering on Sunday 6th of November 2005 at "The Butterfly Farm" Wilberforce Rd, Wilberforce. Gates open 10am. A pick up service can be arranged from Windsor Railway Station on the day for those with no transport by contacting Yvonne or Ron. The family gathering is free, but provide your own drinks and lunch. Shelter shed, picnic area, barbecue, swimming pool, kiosk, on site. You will need to pay an entrance fee to the Farm, $4.00 adult $2.00 child, which covers all facilities including exhibits. (The go kart area is separate.)

Please bring copies of old photographs to show, and of any records with evidence of your Darkinjung Link to the ancestry described above. General discussion and talk about history to be at 12noon. Please pass the word around. Visitors with an interest welcome. For further information contact descendants of Martha Everingham (last full blood of the Darkinjung Tribe): Yvonne Shields (02)98991844, email yvonnemshields@hotmail.com; or Ron Airey on (02)45776458 (please leave message if unanswered), mobile 0433770151, email acinom@bigpond.com.


Blue Mountains have announced that Lady Mary Teviot will be giving an all day seminar at Springwood on Friday 25th November 2005. The seminar will consist of 3 sessions, 9.30am until 3.30pm and will focus on English research. The cost is $20 for the day which includes morning & afternoon teas, plus lunch. Lady Teviot has been involved in family history research for over 30 years and specialises in Probate research. She travels extensively and lectures regularly within the UK and overseas. She is on the Executive Committee of the Federation of Family History Societies (UK) To attend send a cheque to Blue Mountains Family History Society for $20 to Lady Teviot Seminar, Blue Mountains FHS Inc, PO Box 97, Springwood 2777. For further information contact Fran Bentley 476368 or Rosemary Phillips 4751 2704. The seminars will be held at the Springwood Civic Centre (Lower Hall facing carpark) Macquarie Road, Springwood.


 OCTOBER 2005 ANZAAB will be holding the annual Antiquarian Book Fair in Sydney this year on the 28th, 29th and 30th of October. It will be held in the recently refurbished Masonic Centre at 279 Castlereagh Street Sydney on 28th- 30th October. Admission is $5. Opened Fri 28th 4pm-9pm, Sat 29th 11am-6pm & Sun 30th 11am-5pm. For more information see www.anzaab.com/Anzaab/bookfair.cfm Enquiries phone (02) 92611123 or Email books@LouellaKerrBooks.com.au


"Manning River - The Four Record Floods - 1866 - 1929 - 1930 - 1978" by Rod & Wendy Gow. Extracted from three Manning River newspapers this book gives an insight into the four record floods that affected the Manning Valley and surrounding districts, featuring the names of many residents who suffered >loss of stock and property, people who performed daring rescues and those who lost their lives.Full details are on our web site www.ceinternet.com.au/~rgow and there is a link to an alphabetical list of names mentioned in the text. This publication, in A4 format, soft cover, 136 pages, fully indexed, is available at $30, (postage free within Australia). Look ups for one or two surnames is available, just drop us an e-mail, and we will be pleased to assist. Email rgow@ceinternet.com.au

Friends of Castlereagh Cemetery If you would like to help or join the group contact bullivan@ozemail.com.au or phone 02 9637 6282.


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.

Geograph British Isles ~ This project aims to collect a geographically representative photograph for every square kilometre of the British Isles ~ http://www.geograph.co.uk/

Ancestral Scotland ~ www.ancestralscotland.com

Family history groups, societies etc in NSW ~ http://members.westnet.com.au/web/talltrees/AddrBook/nsw.htm

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


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