Events

PLEASE NOTE – our Research Centre at Gordon is currently closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Due to the COVID-19 situation and the prevailing rules, our Meetings and Speakers Program are subject to change at short notice – please keep an eye on our Speakers Program below, which will be updated whenever any changes occur.

General Meetings

Our General Meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of the month (January – November) commencing at 2 pm.

After each meeting we present our Speakers Program, with an informative guest speaker each month. Non-members are most welcome to join us for our short meeting – or if preferred, just for the speaker’s presentation, which normally starts around 2.20 pm, followed by afternoon tea.

Please see our Speakers Program below for more information on upcoming talks.

Family History Meetings

Our Family History Group Meetings are held on the 1st Saturday of the month (February – December) commencing at 2 pm, and also featuring a guest speaker after each meeting. Non-members are most welcome to join us for our short meeting – or if preferred, just for the speaker’s presentation, which normally starts around 2.20 pm, followed by afternoon tea.

See our Speakers Program below for more information on upcoming talks.

Monochrome photo of timber getters, courtesy New South Wales Forestry Commission
Timber Getters, courtesy NSW Forestry Commission

For the latest information about upcoming meetings and guest speakers, stay tuned to this page and our monthly newsletters!

Our meeting venue is Gordon Library Meeting Room No. 1, in the Old Gordon Public School, which adjoins the Gordon Library, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon (corner Pacific Highway and Park Avenue). It’s just a 5-minute walk from Gordon Station. For a map and parking information, see our Contact page.

Speakers Program

Kindly note that due to the COVID-19 situation and the prevailing rules, our Meetings and Speakers Program are subject to change at short notice – please keep an eye on our Speakers Program below, which will be updated whenever any changes occur.

Upcoming General Meetings

Held on the 3rd Saturday of the month

Please note: our September General Meeting has been cancelled

Greg de Moore was to speak about his latest book, Finding Sanity after our 18th September meeting, but as this meeting has been cancelled his presentation will be rescheduled to a date early next year.

Saturday 16th October speaker: Chris Edye (Zoom Meeting)

This General Meeting will be our first to take place via Zoom, and our guest speaker, Chris Edye, will present Alfred Wright’s Autograph Book.

On his retirement from a career in university administration, Chris joined the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society. He became involved with our Rallying the Troops project, and wrote over 100 biographies and five chapters for our renowned series of books about Ku-ring-gai’s contribution to the First World War effort.

Subsequently, Chris researched and wrote the story of Alfred Wright’s autograph book, and this is what he will be speaking to us about. The story has been published as a book with the title Alfred Wright’s Autograph Book.

In 1916, Alfred Wright enlisted in the AIF. After training at the Engineer Officer Training School in Moore Park, and at Roseville, he embarked aboard HMAT A14 Euripides, headed for Britain.

On the voyage he bought an autograph book, and over the next four years, during his time at war and on the way home, more than a hundred of the people he met signed it. This is the story of Alfred Wright’s war – the places, the times, and of course, Alfred – illuminated by the stories of some of those he met, and of his return to a changed Australia.

Join us via Zoom for what we are sure will be a fascinating journey! Details for joining the Zoom meeting will be provided soon.

Saturday 20th November 2021: Carol Liston (Zoom Meeting)

Associate Professor Carol Liston AO will be our guest speaker via Zoom, following our General Meeting.

Carol will speak on Untold Stories: Women Transported from Britain to New South Wales.

More details coming soon!

Upcoming Family History Group Meetings

Held on the 1st Saturday of the month

Please note: our October Family History Group Meeting has been cancelled

Judith Dunn was to speak about The Cemeteries of the Parramatta Area after our 2nd October meeting, but as this meeting has been cancelled her presentation will be rescheduled to a date early next year.

Saturday 6th November speaker: Clare Brown

Clare will present An Achievable Way to Compile and Print your Family History.

The task of compiling your family history can feel overwhelming… the task of printing your family history can feel intimidating…

Help is here! Clare’s mantra is “It isn’t a PhD thesis – just try to make it interesting!”

Clare Brown grew up in country NSW, went to boarding school, did Occupational Therapy (when it was an alternative to going to a Swiss Finishing School!), lived overseas, married and had children.

Clare’s interest in family history was triggered by the discovery of the rich tapestry of the socially disparate marriages across her Australian progenitors: the noble, the scoundrel, the convict, the free settler, the cooper, the missionary, plus a lot of farmers – all British. But these marriages would never have occurred if the parties had remained in Britain!

Clare sought out the known ‘family historians’ from all the different lines of her family tree. By the time the slate was clear to collate all their stories, two of her children had migrated to Canada, and were married to Canadian girls with Scottish, Scandinavian and Eastern European ancestry – the stuff of hybrid vigour!

Clare is an ‘ideas person’ and a true motivator. She accepts that not everyone wants to write a glossy, expensive family history that will be distributed to all and sundry – some people simply want to write down what they know about their forebears for their children and grandchildren. Others are trying to write a history that will tell the story of a family through many generations, with very detailed research.

Either way, Clare’s goal is to make books that are achievable to write and achievable to read, and we know you’ll find her enthralling!

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