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Geneagala Day

Our Geneagala Day on August 10 with guest speaker Emily Hanna from NSW State Records was an outstanding success. Thanks to our volunteers and members and Sue and Karen from Hornsby Library for all their efforts prior to and on the day.

Here are a few snaps from the Geneagala

A New Year for HSFHG

Our members gathered at our home, Hornsby Central Library, to celebrate a successful year of  learning, research and friendship at their end of year function in December 2018. After chatting and partaking of the Christmas fare several members (see picture below) lead the group in a “12 Days of Christmas Singalong”.


Now we are turning our minds to a New Year of geneadiscoveries. Since they surveyed our members on their preferences Jan Cole and her Education Committee have been planning our program for 2019 which is now available on our Events Page.

Our year kicks off with an informal meeting on January 23rd in the Main Meeting Room at Hornsby Library so there is plenty of space for you to come along and share your questions and stories.

Please take a look and mark your diaries with the dates of  presentations that may interest you. If you have any further suggestions of speakers or topics please contact Jan by email or in person.

State Library Visit

HSFHG members attended a tour of the State Library of New South Wales on Thursday 1st September.


Members Gather

We began with a talk about the locations and resources specially for family historians. Our two presenters were very happy to give a live demonstration of how to access and use online resources. A number of members appreciated the hints for using the SMH archive. Our tour took us through the family history section and down into the “stack” where most of their resources are kept.


Down in the stacks

We then went on to the Mitchell Reading Room and learnt about using the Special Collections. Many of us have already updated our blue reader’s card to a gold one so we can access this area. All 19 attendees thoroughly enjoyed the talk and tour, and all had a list of things to follow up.


Mitchell Reading Room

Thanks to Jill Ball and Bronwyn Ross for making it happen, and to John O’Brien and Jimmy Pike for the photos.

–  Coral Shand –

Happy Birthday …. to Us

Yesterday was an important day in our Group’s history.

At this present time we have over 90 members from all corners of the Hornsby Shire and beyond. We thank you all for your support of our endeavours. We thank Hornsby Council  and particularly Neil Chippendale and Karen Richardson from the Library for provision of facilities and ongoing support for our Group.

Fifty-eight members and visitors, supported by two library staff, gathered at Hornsby Library to celebrate our first anniversary at our February meeting. Members will receive the minutes of our gathering in due course but, in the interim, we are sharing a few happy snaps from the event.


Earlybirds are in place


Jill Ball   (Left) and Coral Shand (Right) welcome guest speaker, Kerry Farmer


Coral opens the meeting


Kerry’s presentation was illuminating


An attentive audience

And then there was cake.  Hornsby Library‘s Neil Chippendale, who was the catalyst for the Group’s establishment, blew out the candle.


Coral Shand, Neil Chippendale, Karen Richardson, Jill Ball


Tea break – time to chat with friends


Tea Break – an opportunity to ask Kerry that important question



Heritage Day at Wallarobba

Thank you to the members who supported our participation in the heritage day at Wallarobba yesterday in various ways.

Some members donated old Hornsby People photos and information for our video displays, some journeyed to Wallarobba to see the displays and take part in the activities on offer and some worked on our table. We were allocated a prime position in The Artists’ Lounge along with Berowra Living History and The Cavalcade of History and Fashion.
Thanks to Michael Brown from Hornsby Council and Janelle McIntosh from The Hornsby Art Society for their warm welcome to Wallarobba. We hope to join you in this lovely venue again.

Jil and Coral ready to welcome visitors

Jil and Coral set up and ready to welcome visitors

Although there were only a few visitors it was a successful day for our group as it brought us into contact with Hornsby Councillors and staff and people from other local heritage groups and community organisations. Our friend and group supporter Neil Chippendale from Hornsby Library represented the Library at the event with a display of photographs of local heritage buildings.

Those who stopped by to visit us were presented with lots of smiles and enthusiasm;  our members would have definitely infected one or two visitors with the genealogy bug. A benefit for the volunteers who attended was the opportunity it afforded us to chat about genealogy and our group and to get to know each other.

Some volunteeres at Wallarobba

Some of our volunteers at Wallarobba

For our display we had handouts with our group details and tips on getting started in family history. There was a display of books featuring Hornsby People and we had two slideshows running continuously in big screens. The Hornsby People display that featured photos of famous and not so famous Hornsby Shire people from yesteryear was very popular. The second display featured  our group and its activities.

A Slide from the Hornsby People Display

A Slide from the Hornsby People Display

HSFHG Title Slide

HSFHG Title Slide