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Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc
Incorporating the Ku-ring-gai Family History Centre

They are proud and delighted to announce the release of the 4th and final volume of our multiple award winning series Rallying the Troops: a World War I Commemoration. The book will be launched at Hornsby RSL at 3.00 pm (for 3.30) on 25 November 2018, marking the centenary of the Armistice on the Western Front on 11 November 1918.

For more details please on the launch see: flyer. For more detalis on the publication see: their website.

Proposed Changes to Australian Marriage Certificates Will Affect Family Historians

You may have already recently received advice on the notice of intended marriage certificate changes. Please spend a few minutes reviewing the information provided below and review the links provided by the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department. And if you are concerned about the changes being considered, please spend a few more minutes forwarding your opinion to the Department. Family Historians now and in the future will be impacted by these changes.

The Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department is interested in the opinion of stakeholders. Family Historians are the key stakeholders needing ensure the current valuable information collected for Marriage Certificates is sustained. Use this opportunity to voice your opinion. Please forward to others that may wish to provide their opinion on this issue.

Feedback is invited on the draft revised NOIM and can be provided by email to

Submissions close on Sunday, 28 October 2018

The Australian Government is proposing to collect much less information about the parties being married. In particular, they are proposing not to collect details of the parties parents. This is key to confirm identies and resolve identity for people with the same names.

For more information see more information.

Colo Shire Family History Group Inc recent Publications

Archie book cover
Archie order form
Belmont book cover and form

Joan Reese's NSW Colonial Secretary’s In Letters Index 1826 – 1895

This valuable index is now available in enectronic format (CD or thumbdrive). It includes previously unpublished entries for 1895 so the complete index now covers 1826 to 1895 and has 196,270 records.

It is available for $65 + $5 p&p from:
Linda Bowman
25 Davies Avenue

Colo Shire Family History Group Inc

This society has just published the parish records of St Stephens Parish Volume 3

Parramatta Female Factory Heritage listing

The Friens of the Female Factory has achieved our second major goal (first was 10,000 petitions to parliament). The Parramatta Female Factory has achieved National Listing SMH Report national heritage listing for the female factory

Manning Wallamba Family History Society

Newsletters now on line Click here

Parramatta Interest

On Monday 27 March, Parramatta City Council released its first ever cultural discussion paper, Culture and Our City, which is about strengthening our cultural and social fabric and making the City of Parramatta truly world-class – with people, ideas and creativity at its core. It showcases what we are passionate about, what we value and who we are, and it provides a roadmap for the future.

Parramatta is already a vibrant and wonderfully diverse place that is rich in the Arts and history. Culture invites us and others to celebrate all that is special and unique about Parramatta and is key to activating, celebrating and promoting our changing City.

The discussion paper has been developed through direct conversation with over 400 artists, cultural organisations, key industry stakeholders, residents and community members. There has also been significant collaboration across council to develop this paper.

Through our public exhibition process, we are inviting further feedback and ideas. Following this, the City’s Cultural Plan which will be released in mid-2017.

We are very keen to hear more from our community and key stakeholders and I encourage you to read the document and to promote it widely through your networks.

Culture and Our City can be accessed at: this site

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra has just published a new edition of Family History for Beginners and Beyond

After a wait of nearly two year HAGSOC announces that they have released the new edition compiled by Danny O'Neill et al. This is the 15th Edition 2017. It is published in the convenient B5 size. It contains extensive references useful for beginners and the more experienced family historian.

Non-member cost = $35.00 member cost =$31.50 plus postage of $13.80

Purchase your copy at their shop or at their Library

Parramatta Female Factory Friends - Parramatta Female Factory Action Group Inc media release on 22 February 2017 on A place of connection for all Australians

Young & District Family History Group Inc has just published the memorial inscriptions for the Young Lawn Cemetery. Click for more details and Order form.

The Parpamatta and District Historical Sociey has a new publication – The Soldiers' Memorial – Prince Alfred Square Parramatta.

The family and friends of the soldiers were originally asked to submit names of the fallen for the memorial, although surname and christian names were asked for and given, only the surname and initials were inscribed on the memorial. The challenge was to further identify these soldiers.

The society of Australian Genealogist has released a new database on pubs and publicans. See below:

2 Nov 2016

The following link outlines how member societies (and in some cases non-member societies) can take advantage of a number of opportunities to assist their societies. There are a number of awards and promotional opportiunities. See details

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra has changes its web address. Visit their new site

Australian Federation of Family History Organisations – Newsflash

AFFHO has published an edition of Newsflash with lots of interesting information.

Guild of One-Name Studies

On 3 November 2014 the Guild of One-Name Studies announced additional services for members. More information in contained in their press release.

New Documentary

Members and others may be intererested in a new documentary about Irish women coming to New South Wales. The documentary is called MNÁ DÍBEARTHA (Banished Women). It is available at a cost from this site. This is for information and is not an endorsement of the documentary.

Additions to Trove (NEW)

Trove has added a more newspapers to its digitised collection. List of additions.

Additions to Trove

Trove has added a large number of local mainly NSW papers to its digitised collection. List of additions.

City of Sydney releases searchable Sands Directories

The City of Sydney Archives has made the complete set of Sands available and searchable online. Access is free and available here.

Genealogists with Sydney and country NSW links will most likely find this useful.