Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Family History Show and Tell

This Saturday is the Christmas meeting of our Family History Group.
There will be no morning meeting this month.

The General Meeting will run from 2pm and will be a "Show and Tell".
So bring along an item that is special to you and share your story.

Please bring a small plate of food to share for our Christmas party.

Visitors are welcome to join us for the meeting and afternoon tea at 2:00 pm on Saturday 1 December in the Ku-ring-gai Library Meeting Rooms, The Old Gordon Public School, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon (adjacent to the Gordon Library at the corner of Pacific Highway and Park Ave).

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Social History Series

The Society has been contacted by the producers of a major new television series who have requested our help.  Their message follows.

Bombora Film and Music Company and Beyond Screen are producing a major social history series about the Whitlam years. 

We want to hear personal stories from people who voted in the four key elections of 1969, 1972, 1974 and 1975

Did you change 

  your vote between 1969 and 1975 and if so why?

We want to know about the laws passed between 1972 and 1975 and how you were affected by these big changes. 

This documentary series is interested in all kinds of points of view and personal stories because we want to build a picture of what the whole of Australia was like at that time.

If you have a story or would like to find out more information please contact Erina on erina@bomboratv.com or 0400 340 271. Please leave your contact details so we can get back to you.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Canberra Opportunity

The organisers of the 2015 National Genealogy Congress in Canberra have advertised their Call for Papers and asked for this news to be distributed.

Canberra Calling

Issue 2 :: November 2012

Call for speakers

Would you like to present a paper at Congress 2015?
Or do you know someone who might like to do so?

All speakers interested in presenting at Congress 2015 are now being invited to advise Congress organisers through a Registration of Speaker Interest (ROSI) process. The call for speakers will remain open until the end of June 2013. Detailed information is available on our website congress2015.org.au

Speakers are asked to address the theme of the Congress, Generations Meeting Across Time,which allows exploration of a very wide range of issues, resources and technologies encompassing the fields of family history, genealogy and heraldry. Within this broad theme topics could cover, but are not limited to:
  • Crossing the great divide – be it geographic, social or cultural
  • Building the nation – infrastructure, military, social, political etc.
  • Finding families in national, state and local institutions or repositories
  • Making the digital age work for family historians and genealogists
Please pass this information to any potential speakers who may not have caught up with this news.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas General Meeting

Our last General Meeting for the year will be held this Saturday 17 November at 2pm.
The meeting will be followed by our guest speaker, Pauline Curby and then an afternoon tea.

To celebrate Randwick City Council's 150th anniversary, Council commissioned professional historian, Pauline Curby, to write a fully referenced, illustrated, comprehensive new history of Randwick.
The 406 page hardcover book celebrates the history of one of New South Wales' oldest local government areas and tells the story of the diverse range of people who live in this scenic part of Sydney. Indigenous Australians, Anglo-Celtic Australians and more recent migrants all feature in its pages, as do jockeys, surf lifesavers, bodgies and widgies. Social problems such as the care of neglected children and the issues of crime and punishment, drinking and gambling are also part of the rich tapestry of this history.

Come and hear Historian Pauline Curby as she draws on an abundance of stories of people and places using images and records researched for this award-winning book on the Municipality of Randwick.

Please bring a small plate of food to share for our Christmas party.

Visitors are welcome to join us for the meeting and afternoon tea at 2:00 pm on Saturday 20th October in the Ku-ring-gai Library Meeting Rooms, The Old Gordon Public School, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon (adjacent to the Gordon Library at the corner of Pacific Highway and Park Ave).

Monday, November 12, 2012

Research Services at Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

KHS’ large collection of materials related to Ku-ring-gai’s local history and pioneers makes it a valuable resource for those researching their own connections with the area – whether their ancestors, or the history of particular sites or dwellings.
The ideal way to undertake such research is in person, during our opening hours.  Experienced volunteers are usually on hand to assist in exploring our collections, or interpreting particular materials.

We recognise that not everyone can readily visit us in this way, so we have a small team of research volunteers willing to assist others.  Preference is given to those remote from Sydney, or whose personal circumstances otherwise make a visit difficult.

Those wishing to use this research service should download, carefully read and then complete the appropriate parts of our research form, according to whether their interest is a Ku-ring-gai family or dwelling. Each enquiry should be accompanied by a cheque for at least $25.  NB: No research will be commenced until we have an appropriately completed research form and cheque in hand!

Please note that we do not undertake research that has no connection to Ku-ring-gai, or which can be done personally using resources generally available on the web.

We usually acknowledge any research request by return mail or email.  Requests are dealt with in the order received.  The time taken to complete the research may take several weeks, depending on the nature of the request; on the availability of an appropriately experienced volunteer; and on how many requests are ahead of you in the queue!  We will endeavour to keep you informed if extended delays are expected.

We make a charge for any research and photocopying we do, and for any other expenses incurred – see our research form for current details.  We are always looking for opportunities to expand our research resources, so we certainly would appreciate any information on Ku-ring-gai families or properties you can provide.

Any original work done remains the property of KHS, and is made available to you for personal use and research.  Copies will be added to our files and may be used to answer other queries.  If you wish to publish any work we do for you, we usually require only an acknowledgement of our work, but a licence fee will usually be required for commercial publication.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Event at Hornsby

Members may be interested in attending Hornsby Library's next family history talk by Heather Garnsey from The Society of Australian Genealogists.

Family & Local History Talks

Photograph of Heather Garnsey


Try the Society of Genealogists

a talk by

Heather Garnsey

Are you having trouble researching your family history? Heather Garnsey will talk about the Society of Australian Genealogists collections and how they can help, especially the manuscript and family history collections.
Heather Garnsey is the Executive Officer of the Society of Genealogists.

  Friday 9 November
Time:  2:00 pm
Place: Hornsby Shire Library, Meeting Room
          28-44 George Street, Hornsby (entry via Hunter Lane).
Cost:  $5.00
Bookings: To book please call 9847 6614 or email library@hornsby.nsw.gov.au. For more information please call Hornsby Local Studies on 9847 6807.