Tag Archives: Convicts

200 year Anniversary

Many of our members have ancestors who spent time at The Female Factory in Parramatta.  You may be interested in attending the event celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Governor Lachlan Macquarie laying the foundation stone for the Parramatta Female Factory & to commemorate the lives of the women, children & men who are a part of this history on Saturday July 7th. Click on the link below to view the poster for the event.

Parramatta Female Factory Bicentennial Poster


Author visit to Hornsby Library

Sydney historian and author, Peter Cochrane, will be visiting Hornsby Library next week on June 7 to discuss his latest book The Making of Martin Sparrow. This event will be of interest to those with convict ancestors or forebears from the Hawkesbury region.

Full details are available via this link https://www.penguin.com.au/books/the-making-of-martin-sparrow-9780670074068.

Peter Cochrane - front

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.



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





Blogging leads to TV Appearance

At our last meeting Sharn White showed fellow members how an article on her blog was responsible for her appearance on the TV program, Coast Australia with Neil Oliver.

Sharn White sharing her story

Sharn White sharing her story

Sharn has generously shared her handout from the event . You can find it here on Google Drive.
(This is a BIG file and may take a while to download)

If you wish to read nore of Sharn’s well researched and documented blog posts you can visit her blogs: Family Convictions  and Family History 4U