Tag Archives: Australia

From the Gold Rush to Federation

At our meeting yesterday our member Jan Brady, Historian and Publisher, gave our attendees a history lesson with her presentation ” A brief history of Australia 1850-1901 – Gold rush to Federation – the third in a series of talks about the 18th and 19th century history of Australia for Family Historians.” It was a lively talk injected with humour as Jan, who was once a teacher, involved the audience in her presentation. Everyone was kept on their toes as Jan regularly stopped her presentation to seek opinions from audience members, Jan challenged us to think about the times in which our ancestors lived and how these impacted on their lives.

Jan generously shared her notes and Powerpoint presentation which are available as .pdf files from the links below. Please remember that Jan owns the copyright on these items, they are shared here for your reference and personal use.

Jan Brady – Powerpoint:a brief-history-of-australia-1850-to-federationDownload

You’ve got to be in it to win it.


As part of the month’s celebrations the Sponsors of National Family History Month have offered a range of prizes for family history societies and individuals.

As Hornsby Shire Family History Group is hosting events during the month we automatically go in the draw for a range of genealogy related resources.

Individuals who wish to enter need to send an email to the NFHM organisers indicating which prizes they would like to enter for. Consider entering for all prizes on offer as, if you are fortunate enough to win an item you don’t need, you could donate to our Group or Hornsby Library.

Full details can be found on The National Family History Month website at http://www.familyhistorymonth.org.au/index.php

Check out these new Ancestry Databases at Hornsby Library

In a recent blog post British blogger and author, Chris Paton, wrote about new Australian resources available on Ancestry. You can read his post here : http://britishgenes.blogspot.se/2015/08/tasmania-victoria-and-new-zealand.html and you can access Ancestry for no cost at Hornsby Library.

Chris Paton’s blog, British Genes, is an excellent source of news and information on genealogy matters in the UK. A subscription to British Genes will keep you up to date with news from the UK.

British Genes Blog

British Genes Blog

Australian Dictionary of Biography

The Australian Dictionary of Biography, http://adb.anu.edu.au/, is a wonderful free resource for family historians.

It contains several biographies of people connected with Hornsby. You can read about several of these by following the links below.

Brewster, Sarah Agnes Angus (1874–1957) headmistress and naturalist … principal of Hornsby Girls’ High School. She stocked the library, filled bare corridors …

Collingridge de Tourcey, George Alphonse (1847–1931) artist and historian … , Hornsby, where he published, irregularly, a journal called Progress, which combined …

Bancks, James Charles (Jim) (1889–1952) cartoonist … -porter, and his wife Margaret, née Beston. Brought up at Hornsby in a family he remembered …

Have you used this resource to locate family members?

Guest Presenter – Immigration to Australia

During our first meeting group members indicated that they would appreciate a session on immigration. At our meeting at Hornsby Central Library on Wednesday June 17 at 2:00 pm our guest presenter, Kerry Farmer will discuss immigration records for Australia.


Kerry Farmer

Kerry has been teaching family history classes since 1997. With degrees in both science and the arts, she is a member of the Educational Committee of the Society of Australian Genealogists, and a regular speaker at conferences and other events. Kerry is also the Director of Australian Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, developing their course series ‘Certificate in Genealogical Studies – Australian Records’.

Kerry authored DNA for Genealogists (3rd edn, 2015), Arrivals in Australia from 1788 (2015) and together with Rosemary Kopittke wrote Which Genealogy Program? (3rd edn, 2012) – all published by Unlock the Past.

Immigration records in Australia are not all held in one place – when, where and how they arrived affect where (and whether) such documents can be found. In this talk, Kerry Farmer describes the general principles of where to look for details of an ancestor’s arrival.

We thank Neil Chippendale and Hornsby Library for their support of this event. Please come along and invite your friends; visitors are most welcome.

To help with costs those attending are asked to make a gold coin donation.