Category Archives: History

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Trove Tuesday – Conrad von Hagen

People who have registered with Trove have the ability to tag articles with relevant keywords or to create lists of articles on a particular topic. This makes it easy to return to the list and access the articles. These lists can be found via a Trove search.

Whenever your blogger comes across an article that mentions persons from the Hornsby Shire she adds it to a list named Hornsby People. Perhaps one day we can organise a group to index these articles.

While searching for something to share with you today  I came across a list created by someone unknown to me. The list is named Hagen Family. It contains over 20 articles some of which refer to Conrad von Hagen who lived in William Street, Hornsby. You can access the list here http://trove.nla.gov.au/list?id=25577.

Another list with a local flavour is titled Hornsby Train murder. You can access that one here: http://trove.nla.gov.au/list?id=41555.

If you would like to know how to tag articles or create lists Jill would be happy to show you at our next informal meeting on January 25 at 10:00am.

Local face of World War One on show at Hornsby Shire Library

January 21 – February 2, 2017

An extraordinary and haunting series of 80 portraits of World War One soldiers from NSW, selected  from the State Library’s photographic collection, will go on show in a free display at the Hornsby Shire Library, from Saturday January 21 to Thursday February 2, 2017.

Produced as part of the State Library’s WWI centenary regional program, Portraits of War: The Crown Studios Project travelling display reveals the fascinating story behind the creation of the portraits and delivers a moving experience that bears witness to the individual faces of Australian soldiers, both young and old, who served their country.

In 1918 soldiers all across NSW were invited to have their portraits taken in Sydney by the leading photographic studio of the time, Crown Street Studios, before embarking overseas for what was to be a most deadly conflict far from home.

During this ambitious project, initiated by Sydney’s Crown Studios’ proprietor Mark Blow, a collection of over 1,600 portraits were either taken of soldiers or copied from existing images provided by family members, and this collection was subsequently donated to the Mitchell Library (now part of the State Library).

Exhibition curator Louise Tegart said “the information on the back of each print is just as moving as the portraits themselves with personal details handwritten, including whether soldiers made it home or not.”

Unfortunately, the project was never completed. A damaging fire at the Studio in December 1918 hindered the collection process and while copies of the portraits were protected in a fireproof safe, the Studio did not re-open again until 1 July 1919.

“Thanks to the tenacity and support of William Ifould, the Principal Librarian at the time, the collection of portraits was secured for future generations,” said Ms Tegart.

The State Library has released a collection of the portraits on Flickr Commons – New South Wales Servicemen Portraits 1918-1919 – located here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/sets/72157644355448247/

“The portraits capture the faces of men of all ages set against different backgrounds and sadly, it could be the only photograph families had of their sons, brothers or uncles,” said Ms Tegart.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR HORNSBY SHIRE RESIDENTS

If Hornsby Shire residents discover a family member on the State Library’s New South Wales Servicemen Portraits Flickr set, the Library will provide a digital file of the portrait free of charge.

To secure a digital print simply email media@sl.nsw.gov.au with your name, contact details and a link to the image.

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Trove Tuesday – Christmas Eve

It would be interesting to compare these 1914 numbers  with today’s.

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1914 ‘Hornsby.’, The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 – 1950), 3 January, p. 8. , viewed 04 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article85960310

Christmas at our Library

Those of us who attended our meeting at Hornsby Library today were greeted by a large Christmas tree on the wall outside the Meeting Room.

The tree, mounted on a wall, consists of copies of Christmas cards sent to and from the troops in World War I. If you are in the vicinity of the library do call in and see the tree.

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Hornsby Library Christmas Tree (above)

Some of the Images on the Tree (Below)

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