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Australian Royalty at Hornsby

The theme of our General Meeting last Wednesday was Convicts. Eight members shared stories of their convict ancestors – it’s amazing that we are all such upright citizens when we reflect on the deeds of some of our ancestors.

A show of hands indicated that most of those present were Australian Royalty (ie descendants of convicts). We gathered the least shy of that regal group for a photo.

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Irish Talk at Hornsby

Dr Perry McIntyre is joining us to speak on Irish Research at our meeting on July 19 at 2:00pm at Hornsby Central Library .

After hearing Perry in 2014 I, your blogger, wrote:

1. She has a wicked, dry sense of humour.
2. She knows her topic inside out.
3. She is a non-boring academic type.
4. She is obsessed with her topic.
5. Perhaps she should have been named Colleen.
6. She is the Chair of the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee (GIFCC) which is actively seeking information about Earl Grey’s Irish Workhouse Immigrant women.

We expect this FREE event to be quite popular so we are taking bookings via TryBooking.

Members and fellow genies are most welcome to attend but you must book prior to the event. Details are here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=274014

Bring your pennies with you as Perry will have books available for sale on the day.

Thanks to the folk at Hornsby Library for their help in organising publicity and bookings.

Heritage Fair in The Other Shire

Our friends from Botany Bay have invited us to attend their Heritage Fair on Saturday 13th May. In previous years this has been an enjoyable event, this year there will bea program of free presentations. There is ample free parking at the venue.

Full details are available on this document: BBFHS HF Flyer

Convict Overload

It seems as though many of our members have convict ancestors. At yesterday’s meeting several members shared stories of these errant men and women. Unfortunately we had so many members willing to talk about their black sheep that we ran out of time.  We will schedule another day later in the year when those who missed out can share their stories.

Thanks to member Garry Smith for giving us permission to post the timeline he created for his ancestor Thomas Thompson, who resided in the local area. You can view the file here: http://wp.me/a5Hvx9-mQ

 

 

 

 

Free Access to Ancestry

News in the mailbox today.

Ancestry
FREE ACCESS 18-20 FEBRUARY*
Banish those winter blues – make the most of free access to Ancestry
Starting this Saturday, we’re giving you free access to all our UK and Irish records for three whole days.* So, you’ll want to know how to make the most of this opportunity.

The video below should be just what you need.
See how easy it is…

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*Access to the records in the featured collections will start on 18 February and will be free until 20 February, 2017 at 23:59 BST. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry.co.uk paid membership. To see a full list of the records in the featured collections please click here.

It’s an Honour

A quick perusal of the It’s an Honour Database indicates that several Hornsby People received awards in the 2017 Australia Day Honours List.

Some of the awardees are:
BOYAGES, John – Cheltenham
CHILTON, Roger Henry – Hornsby
CHOW, Roberta Therese – Beecroft
FAHEY, James Robert – Thornleigh
HECTOR, Donald Charles – Beecroft
LISTON, Carol Ann – Beecroft
MAXWELL, William Chisholm – Beecroft
MOLAN, Lynnette Jean – Cherrybrook
NETTHEIM, Dawn Esther – Beecroft
PARK, Archibald – Cheltenham

We send our congratulations to these people from our Shire.

 

Trove Tuesday – Parklands Road

For today’s post we are focusing on one of the streets in our Shire, Parklands Road, Mount Colah. A search on Trove found several references to residents of that street. Perhaps you know the families mentioned.

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It is interesting to note that two f these items are not from local area newspapers.

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1950 ‘Family Notices’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 4 September, p. 14. , viewed 16 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18170756

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1952 ‘BUTTERCUPS OR BORONIAS: MIGRANTS’ CHOICE’, The Sunday Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1949 – 1953), 16 March, p. 2. , viewed 16 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18487974

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1963 ‘Boys Hurt In Bomb Blast’, The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), 8 October, p. 3. , viewed 16 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article104270369

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1953 ‘QUANDIALLA’, The Forbes Advocate (NSW : 1911 – 1954), 16 October, p. 14. , viewed 16 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article220728837