Monday, September 1, 2014

Hazel Perdriau (1913-2014)

Society members were saddened to hear this week news of the passing of Life Member, Hazel Perdriau.

As a tribute to Hazel  we reprint this biography from our 2008 newsletter. The Society's Committee and members extend condolences to the Perdriau family.

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Hazel Perdriau remembers Armistice Day and joining in celebratory bell ringing. She also remembers Sir Ross and Keith Smith’s plane flying overhead at the end of their epic flight from England, and that the 1919 flu epidemic nearly made her and her young brother orphans.

In 1920 her parents moved to a house in Roseville where she attended the Roseville Infants School and continued there when it became a full primary school and she later attended PLC Pymble. She left school in 1928 because of her mother’s illness and the transfer of the family to a new house in Nelson Street, Gordon. She then enrolled at the East Sydney Technical College to study commercial art, however after three years she abandoned art on being invited by a friend at Sydney University to join the University Choir. 

Realizing that she had a good singing voice, she commenced the study of voice and piano at the State Conservatorium of Music. Following the outbreak of WW2 Hazel assisted her mother who was president of the Gordon Red Cross and then joined the Red Cross herself to serve in military hospitals, visiting the sick and teaching crafts. She worked as an Occupational Therapist and was sent to the 113 AGH at Concord West. After about a year of part time work, she was posted full time to 104 AGH Bathurst and then to114 AGH at Kenmore with a staff of local volunteers, which enabled her to expand her activities with music therapy and pottery.

Remaining with the Red Cross after the war, Hazel gained experience with treadle looms and weaving and was sent back to113 AGH in charge of the weaving room and later the handcraft centre. When the 113 AGH was turned over to the Repatriation Department, Hazel transferred to the Occupational Therapy Department, taking charge of the pottery and art room. She also took part, with the Hurlstone Choral Society, in performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In addition she attended night classes at the East Sydney Technical College to further her skills in clay modeling and pottery.

On her retirement in 1976, Hazel joined the Turramurra Garden Club and the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society, serving as secretary and president at various times in both organizations. She has been a Life Member of the Society for a number of years. She also found time to photograph every house in Nelson St, Gordon and donated to the Society a copy of the 1788-1820 Pioneer Association Register and a paper knife reputed to be made of wood from HMS Sirius. In addition she is an active member of the St. Ives Music Study Group. A very busy lady!
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Conference Reminder

The Society received this reminder email from the organisers of the NSW & ACT AFHS Conference 2014. A great learnng and social opportunity for the family historians in our midst.

The Society will be having a table at the exhibition associated with the conference.
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Hello All,

Don't forget that you can still register for the conference,  from the website until 31 August:
http://www.conference2014.org.au/Registration.html

You can book using either the secure trybooking service or download the form and send in completed with a cheque or do an EFT.

The cost for the standard registration will be $160.

The conference dinner (on Sat night 13/9) is a separate booking for $45.

You can also book separately for the Lambis Englezos talk (on sun 14/9 at 10.30 am) thru the website, until 14/9, for $10. If you have full or sun registration the Lambis talk is incl and you do not need to pay the extra $10. This talk is certain to be well worth listening to as Lambis will talk about the undiscovered burial site of Fromelles. If you have friends interested in this topic please recommend this talk to them.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Praise for our book: Rallying the Troops

Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial launched our book on July 26 and we have had some great feedback since then.

Here are some of the comments (in no particular order):

Your Volume 1 is superb and a wonderful testament to the men and women whom it records and those who wrote it. You have given these locals from those days a form of immortality by making their stories accessible and coherent.
(Anzac commemoration committee member)

Lots to look at & so many familiar names. ... Many thanks to all the researchers, the volumes will be a valuable resource for many years!
(Descendant)

I received my book and was delighted and I have barely put it down. ...You are all to be congratulated indeed on the work and time you have all achieved and I am so proud to have been a small part, what a wonderful book and keepsake for my family. 
(Descendant and Contributor)

Just to let you know your wonderful book is now catalogued and in our Library. What a beautifully produced volume it is - and what an effort it has been for you and your editorial group. You must be exhausted, but elated. … Only people who have been involved in publications like this can fully appreciate what has gone before. I do hope more of those in your Society can now be inspired to lend a hand. ... Congratulations on a job well done!
(a regional Family History Society)

I was amongst the amazing number of guests at your book launch on Saturday. You must be very happy and justifiably proud of Rallying the troops.
(Local schoolteacher)

Yesterday I received my copy of Rallying the Troops … It is an amazing tour de force by you and your colleagues. Great, Great, Great work!
(local author / historian)

Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to take part in this worthwhile project.
(Contributor)

Heartiest congratulations on a ‘Job very well done’ - the launch was very well done with wonderful speeches by Dr Nelson and our Mayor.  The book is a masterstroke and will be very much appreciated by many.
(KHS member)

Congratulations on this significant achievement to you and the rest of the team.
(local community group leader)

A very impressive book indeed.
(Contributor)

We both think it is stunning! A magnificent tribute to all those who served in the War. Hats off and medals all round for you and your team. You must all be thrilled at how well it has turned out.
(Contributor, UK)

A very important source for all Ku-ring-gai history.
(KHS member)

If you'd like to buy a copy, please go to our website and follow the links to place an order.
We have a special introductory price of $40 for purchases before August 31, 2014.

Trove Tuesday - Kuring-gai Mayor defends Regalia

In the news 60 years ago.

1954 'Kuring-gai Mayor Defends Regalia.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 17 August, p. 5, viewed 13 August, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18438251

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Elections at Annual General Meeting Today

The election for Office Bearers of the Society was held at the Annual General Meeting this afternoon.

The results are as follows:

President: Graham Lewis

Vice-Presidents: Jo Harris and Jenny Joyce

Treasurer: TBA

Secretary: TBA

Committee Members: Ann Barry, Neil Falconer, Morrison Hammond, Margaret Holland, Yvette Reeve.

After the results of the election were announced new President, Graham Lewis, thanked the Returning Officer, Beverley Dunstan, for her work in organising the election and the outgoing Committee Members for their contributions to the Society.


Tom Keneally Anniversary Lecture 2014

The Society has received notice of this event to be held next week. Full details can be found on the SMSA website: http://smsa.org.au/events/event/tom-keneally-anniversary-lecture-2014/

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Technology Special Interest Group Meeting - Tomorrow.

At our next meeting on Thursday 14 August at 1.30 pm we will look at free software programs for historians and genealogists – from email to word processing to genealogy software.


If you have some favourite programs please tell us about them, or if you would like to add to your software collection for little outlay then you should find something to interest you.

For enquiries please email jillballau@gmail.com.