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~ October 2013 ~


9 October MARION MCGUIRK & JAN BARKLEY JACK Toongabbie's Government Farm
13 November STEPHEN DANDO-COLLINS Joe Windred & Henry Parkes
11 December SHOW & TELL plus end of year Christmas party

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

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The Hawkesbury Library will be holding the following family history class at the Hawkesbury Central Library. Classes are $10 unless marked FREE ~ bookings essential T: 4560 4460 E: history@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

Tuesday 15 October 2013 6.30pm-8.30pm
Making the most of Familysearch with Michelle Nichols

Learn about the exciting new enhancements to the FamilySearch.org website. Research, records and connecting the generations.

13 November 2013 ~ 10am

Author and historian Stephen Dando Collins wrote the incredible but true story about the mistaken identity of Joe Windred. He was convicted twice for crimes he did not commit, once in Windsor and the other in the USA. His latest book is a biography of Sir Henry Parkes, the legendary politician. Both men had connections to the Hawkesbury, come along to the meeting and find out more.


The last meeting for 2013 will be held on Wednesday 11 December. The topic will be Show & Tell where members and friends are invited to bring along an item of interest. It might be an old photograph or a christening brooch or even a recommendation of a particular source. Over the years we have had some very interesting items. After the meeting join us for the end of year Christmas party. Please BYO plate of nibbles.

Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 November 2013

The Society of Australian Genealogist's annual weekend seminar will be held at Port Macquarie NSW - devoted to researching early NSW ancestors. Speakers include:

  • Piecing together early Sydney - Dr Lisa Murray (Sydney City Historian)
  • The Port Macquarie Penal Establishment (Dr David Roberts, University of New England)
  • Pre 1856 Land Records - the key to your mysteries - Janette Pelosi (State Records NSW)
  • Sources for Pre 1856 Births, Deaths & Marriages (Martyn Killion, SAG)
  • Telling the Story of Early Hunter Valley families (Mark Dunn, professional historian)
  • Parish Registers of St Thomas Port Macquarie (Clive Smith, Port Macquarie … FHS)

More info www.sag.org.au/component/content/article/47-courses-etc/weekend-seminars/248-lost-in-early-nsw.html

NEW MATERIAL - Available in the Local Studies Collection

Now available in the Local Studies Collection. To check holdings consult the Library Catalogue http://catalogue.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/amlibweb/

  • 1813 a tale that grew in the telling by Siobhan Lavelle
    Shelved at RL994.45 LAV
  • Descendants of Thomas Cowling : family register by Ken Brice
    Shelved at RL929.20994 COW
  • Letters from Trooper Eric Eldridge Tebbutt, no. 3433, 7th Light Horse, Australian Imperial Forces, Egypt, Palestine, Gallipoli, World War 1. Unpublished manuscript prepared by Sally McGeady & Iris Plaine-Lepine
    Shelved at RL940.48194 TEB

Update from AncestryLibrary

Hawkesbury Library subscribes to Ancestry Library and it is available to use in the Library for free (on library PCs or wireless) The following new resources are especially noteworthy:

  • Birmingham Parish records (birth, marriage & death records) 1538 - 1964

Update from findmypast

Hawkesbury Library subscribes to Find My Past Australia, UK and Ireland. It is available to use in the Library for free on library PCs. Find My Past.au have recently added the following information:

  • Victoria Passenger Lists 1846-1899
  • Australian Birth, Death & Marriage records for Victoria Births 1836-1913; Deaths 1836-1985 & Marriages 1836-1942
  • ACT Marriages 1930-1938 & Deaths 1930-1983


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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