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~ September 2006 ~  


13 September JEANETTE PELOSI Murder most foul
11 October JOHN PARTRIDGE History of Gaols in NSW
8 November JONATHAN AULD Computers & family history: family history programs & creating family history webpages
13 December SHOW & TELL Bring along an item of interest & end of year party

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



A service will be held to unveil a memorial to the men who lost their lives in the Riverstone Meatworks fire in October 1970 on Sunday 8th of October 2006. The event will commence at 10.30am in the Lions Club park next to the Museum, in Garfield Road Riverstone.


To celebrate completion of Headstone Restoration Project, the Jurd family are holding a Family Reunion on Satuurday14th & Sunday15th October. Please advise Ian and Margaret Jurd if you are coming to any (or all) of the gatherings. We need to advise Vision Valley approx numbers; numbers for dinner - either $25.00 Banquet or choose your own meal; & Service Booklets for Sunday. Phone Ian & Margaret Jurd (02) 4735-3658 or email mjurd@optusnet.com Details :

SATURDAY 14th October

11am Thanksgiving Service at JURD'S CHAPEL at Vision Valley, Methodist Conference Centre, Arcadia Road, Vision Valley. Followed by BYO Picnic Lunch in grounds.

7pm Reunion Dinner at WEST LAKE CHINESE RESTAURANT adjacent to Alexander The Great Motel, 317 Windsor Road, Vineyard

SUNDAY 15th October

10.30am - Meet at St Albans Historic Cemetery, then to St Alban's General Cemetery and on to Our Lady of Loreto Cemetery. Then to St Albans School of Arts Hall for BYO Lunch and camaraderie, etc.


Blacktown Historical Society are collecting info for Pioneers Register/Database covering 1788-1901. The area covers Riverstone, Mt Druitt, Prospect, Seven Hills, Toongabbie & Blacktown. If you would like forms or more information contact Michael Wells, email bdhspioneers@yahoo.com.au phone (02) 9621-8645 or Jan French on (02) 9674-9745 or write to the Society c/- PO Box 500, Blacktown 2148. Forms also in H/Crier-Sept 2006 p.25


The following cemeteries have been added to the Hawkesbury on the Net website at www.hawkesbury.net.au This makes the total of cemeteries available to access, 35 to date. Book mark the site as new items are being added regularly.

  • Lone grave of Charles Whatley at Colo
  • Holy Trinity Cemetery, Spencer


Ancestry is a genealogy reference library created for the family history market and now available online through the internet at the Library at 300 George Street, Windsor. As well as access to more than 4000 individual indexes (or 4.5 billion names) Ancestry is particularly useful for persons researching their ancestors beyond their arrival into Australia. It provides researchers with instant access to a wide range of unique resources including the UK Census 1851-1901; church records; UK Births, Marriage & Deaths Index from 1837; as well as military records; court, probate records; directories; passenger lists and more! New content is continuously being added to this expanding database. To access the Ancestry Library it is necessary to be a library member, this is FREE. (Visitor facilities also available for a small fee) You also need to book a PC. The Hawkesbury Central Library has 13 PCS available for the public to use, and these can be booked for 60 minutes during opening times Monday to Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-1pm & Sunday 2pm-5pm. To book a PC ring (02) 4560-4460. The library also has free wireless access, however you do need to arrange this prior to your visit. Contact the library for more details or email michelle.nichols@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au


The State Library of NSW is running a trial which allows NSW residents access to a range of databases via the internet at www.sl.nsw.gov.au and click onto Trial of selected databases from home from WHAT’s NEW on the right. To access the databases, you need to have a Readers Ticket. You can register online for a Readers Ticket, they are FREE to NSW residents. Databases on trial include:

  • Times Digital Archive includes The Times (London) 1785-1985 newspaper, eg. articles, advertisements, illustrations & photos.
  • New York Times 1851-2003, Chicago Tribune and 4 other American newspapers
  • The full text of nearly 150,000 English-language 18th century titles
  • ProQuest Australia and New Zealand Newsstand the full text of more than 40 newspapers, plus transcripts from ABC/BBC radio & TV.
  • INFORMIT Online - wide range of Australian, Asia/Pacific research & info resources.


The Hill End & Tambaroora Pioneer Register was published in March 2006 and a few copies are still available for sale. The Pioneer Register has been a resounding success and sales have been beyond any expectation. There are still a few copies left so if anyone is interested in this area we would advise a purchase soon as supplies are definitely limited. For any information about the register or the yearly gathering please contact heatgg@yahoo.com.au


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

Don't forget to access the following items :

Probate index Victoria 1841-1939 / RL FICHE PRO

Surfing the internet……. Sites for family historians

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.

Domesday Book now online ~ One of the earliest surviving public records, now available to search online ~ www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/domesday/

Mosman Memories of Your Street ~ www.mosmanmemories.net

Shipping Arrivals (on Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters) ~ Covering Inward Passengers Lists from 1854-1884, cmainly the 1870s. Searchable. ~ http://mariners.records.nsw.gov.au/

GOOGLE OPENS UP 200 YEARS OF NEWS ~ Google are scanning newspapers between 1759 & 1977 and making them available online. Search the archives from here http://news.google.com/archivesearch There are some charges to view the original scanned newspapers.

SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS CEMETERY REGISTER ~ A new website has been made available for persons looking for information on the Southern Highlands with 5 cemeteries fully transcribed & photographed and now available at www.hawkesbury.net.au/cemetery /southern_highlands/ Site will be updated regularly.

  • Burradoo Wesleyan Cemetery, Bowral
  • Joadja Cemetery
  • High Range Cemetery
  • Rowes Hill Cemetery, Mittagong
  • Myra Vale Cemetery

LATEST HAWKESBURY CEMETERIES ONLINE ~ The following cemeteries have been added to the Hawkesbury on the Net website at www.hawkesbury.net.au This makes the total of cemeteries available to access, 35 to date. Book mark the site as new items are being added regularly.

  • Lone grave of Charles Whatley at Colo
  • Holy Trinity Cemetery, Spencer

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


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