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~ October 2011 ~


12 October LOUISE WILSON "Story-telling: Disinterring Early Convict Settlers of the Hawkesbury"
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)

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

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Unfortunately Ray Thorburn the speaker scheduled for November is unable make it. We have rescheduled dates as follows:

  • 9 November - SHOW & TELL    
    Please bring along an item of interest to show. It can be an artifact, resource  or photograph. Always an interesting morning.
  • 14 December - Remembering, Recording and Writing Your Family Stories presented by Dr Noeline Kyle

Fund raising Celtic Concert at St. Matthew’s ~ Sunday 23 October 2pm

Celebrate Celtic style, fund raising concert for St. Matthew’s Anglican Church Windsor on Sunday 23rd October 2pm. Hawkesbury Nepean Valley Pipe Band will perform a 2 hour concert from 2pm. Adults $25 concessions $20 & students $15. Enquiries & bookings Helen T: 4577 6677 E: helen_palmer@telstra.com

Open Day at “The Manse” Mount Druitt ~ Saturday 22 October 10am-4pm

Celebrate with Mount Druitt Historical Society with an Open Day at “The Manse” 23 The Avenue, Mt Druitt on Saturday 22 October 10am-4pm. Sausage sizzle, Devonshire Teas, 2nd hand books, Bric-a-Brac, stalls and Tour of Manse. Parramatta historian Judith Dunn OAM will be special guest speaker at 1.30pm. For further information contact Hazel Magann (02) 8807-0169

State Records (SR) - Celebrating 50 years ~ Friday 28 October

To celebrate the 50th anniversary State Records are throwing open their doors at the Western Sydney Records Centre at Kingswood (143 O’Connell Street) from 10am on Friday 28 October. The theme of the day is the "Archives Are Alive" and there will be talks, behind-the-scenes tours, hands-on activities, expert conservation advice, film screenings, and a free sausage sizzle! Talks will include about the treasures held in the collection, online resources, how archives were used as an aid to writing the screenplay for Underbelly Razor by a researchers; digitised historical land records plus tricks for dating photographs. There will be tours and hadns on sesions with the experts. The day is free but activities have limits so booking is essential. Enquiries Emily Hanna or Gail Davis (02) 9673 1788 with further information & bookings see http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/open-day

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

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. RSVP before 8 November. Enquiries contact Shelley 4579 1136 or E: brewongle-e.admin@det.nsw.edu.au


Reunion for John Joseph (Joe) Allen and Lucy Cupitt

Descendants are invited to attend a reunion to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Joe’s birth on Saturday, 5 November 2011 from 11am. Joe and Lucy raised a large family in Llandilo and later in Newtown, Windsor. The children’s names were William John 1861–1947;            Joseph James 1863–1937; Roland 1864–1946; Harriet Angelina 1867–1958; Ada Lavina 1869–1948; Louisa Ann (Annie) 1871–1926; George Edwin 1873–1946; Emily Etho Ayr 1877 – 1954; Henry (Harry) Ernest – 1879 – 1964; Alice May – 1881 – 1955 & Frederick Percival (Perc) – 1887 – 1970. Associated family names include Graham, Payne, Haylor, Paull, Hodgson, Southwood, Nicholls, Hartigan, Hulbert, Bowd, Greentree, Wallace and Judge. If you attend don’t forget to bring old family photos, newspaper clippings and anecdotes and be prepared to meet lots of “new” family members

To be held at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church Hall, cnr Moses Street and Greenway Crescent, Windsor. Lunch is BYO or there is a club and hotel within walking distance or just a short drive to the shops. Enquiries:          Ellen Keegan T: 9624-2763 E: ellenk40@hotmail.com 


Below are new items available to consult in the Local Studies Collection at Hawkesbury Library. To check the Library catalogue online go to http://catalogue.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/amlibweb/

Port Macquarie & Districts Cemeteries, Cremations and Memorials*
General Cemetery – Port Macquarie (transcriptions & images)*
Unassisted Arrivals NSW Index 1842-1856 & Ships & Masters to Sydney Index 1842-1856*

* = all available on the Local Studies PC

Captain Thunderbolt and his lady / Carol Baxter shelved at RL364.1550994 BAX & 364.1550994 BAX

Darkinung recognition : an analysis of the historiography for the Aborigines from the Hawkesbury-Hunter Ranges to the northwest of Sydney by Geoff Ford shelved at RL994.0049915 FOR also available online at http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/7745


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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