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.


Hornsby Library Christmas Tree (above)

Some of the Images on the Tree (Below)



Trove Tuesday – NSW Government Gazettes

Recently added to Trove were the Digitised copies of the Government Gazettes for New South Wales from 1832 to 2001. These goldmines of genealogical data give us some information on Hornsby families.

To find the articles below simple searches for suburb names in the Shire were used. You may recognise some local names in these snippets.

gazh011966 ‘GALSTON SCHOOL OF ARTS’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 23 September, p. 3860. , viewed 22 Nov 2016, ‘RE will of VICTOR ERNEST NEILLEY, late of Berowra, in’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 25 March, p. 960. , viewed 22 Nov 2016,

1901 ‘IN BANKRUPTCY.’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 23 August, p. 6464. , viewed 22 Nov 2016,


1910 ‘SHIRE OF HORNSBY.’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 27 January, p. 622. , viewed 22 Nov 2016,

1989 ‘NOTICE of intended distribution of estate.—Re will of HEBER BAKER WILLIAMS, late of Hornsby (formerly of Thornleigh), in’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 16 June, p. 3582. , viewed 22 Nov 2016,

1953 ‘APPOINTMENT OF HONORARY FIRE PATROL OFFICERS.’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 24 December, p. 4258. , viewed 22 Nov 2016,

1979 ‘PRIVATE ADVERTISEMENTS’, Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), 25 May, p. 2532. , viewed 22 Nov 2016,

Familysearch Draws a Crowd

Paul Parton from Familysearch who made a return visit to our Group yesterday drew the largest audience we have entertained in our short history. It was heartening to see so many members and visitors supporting one of our favourite speakers.

20161116_141606Full House at HSFHG

Paul’s time on the floor flew by as he demonstrated the features of Familysearch search and took questions from the floor. Paul has indicated that he may be able to return once more to demonstrate the use of and answer questions about the Familysearch Family Tree.

p1000327Paul Parton taking us on a tour of the Familysearch site.

As our guests s20161117_130632treamed in I noticed two new people carrying a couple of cardboard boxes. Elder and Sister McSweeney, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, are presently serving a mission with the Church in Australia and came along to the meeting to support Paul. I was thrilled to meet and chat with these visitors from the genealogy mecca of Salt Lake City.

After Paul’s talk concluded the contents of the boxes were revealed. The McSweeneys had brought along goodie bags from Familysearch for those in attendance at our meeting. Thanks to Familysearch, Paul Parton and the McSweeneys for your support of The Hornsby Shire Family History Group.

Trove Tuesday – Brooklyn Tragedy


1898 ‘BOATING NATALITY AT BROOKLYN.’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 11 November, p. 5. , viewed 14 Nov 2016,

James William Garthon was born in 1858 in the Chippendale area of Sydney. He was the son of William Q and Mary Garthon.

GARTHON JAMES W 2809/1858 WILLIAM Q MARY CHIPPENDALE (accessed 14/11/2016)
James married Susannah J Wade in 1884.
James and Susannah had three children Leslie, Alma and Rupert. Leslie died in 1889 so Alma and Rupert would be the two children mentioned in the above article.

James was buried at The Bar Island Cemetery in the Hawkesbury.

Trove Tuesday – Beecroft Red Cross

The Red Cross was active in Beecroft in November 1941. Are you related to any of the ladies mentioned below?


1941 ‘A Page For Women’, The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 – 1954), 5 November, p. 6. (LATE FINAL EXTRA), viewed 01 Nov 2016,

Trove Tuesday – Mt Colah Brides

Trawling through Trove this week your blogger found some references to brides from Mt. Colah.


1950 ‘New Australian marries Sydney girl’, The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 – 1954), 7 May, p. 45. , viewed 25 Oct 2016,


1945 ‘Snake In Wedding Flowers’, The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 – 1950), 3 March, p. 32. (FIRST EDITION), viewed 25 Oct 2016,


colah41960 ‘SUN AND SURF’, The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), 27 January, p. 15. , viewed 25 Oct 2016,

The Amazing things in the UK Gazettes

The guest speaker for our October meeting will be crossing the border from Ku-ring-gai  to explain how we can use UK Gazettes as a genealogy research tool. This talk was very well received when Jenny Joyce presented it at the National Congress in jenny-joyceCanberra last year.

Jenny Joyce has been a genealogist for the past 35 years, first as a hobby researching her own family, and for the past eight years as professional researcher, lecturer, teacher and writer.  She has been writing a genealogy blog since 2010 ( and records an occasional podcast ( Jenny is the President of the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society, and a member of its family history committee. Together with core genealogy, Jenny has a deep interest in DNA in relation to genealogy, paleography and historical photography.

Members and guests are welcome to join us for this event at Hornsby Central Library on Wednesday 19 October at 2:00pm.