General Meetings

Our General Meetings are normally 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, followed by afternoon tea.

Whilst our meetings have been in hiatus throughout 2020 due to COVID-19 regulations, we are pleased to be recommencing in March!

Our first talk will be on Saturday 20th March, and the guest speaker will be Jenny Joyce, immediate past President of Ku-ring-gai Historical Society.

See our Speakers’ Program below for more information.

Family History Meetings

The Ku-ring-gai Family History Group meets on the 1st Saturday of the month (February – December) also commencing at 2 pm and featuring a guest speaker.

Our first Family History meeting for 2021 will be on Saturday 6th March, with Martyn Killion from the NSW State Archives as guest speaker.

See our Speakers’ Program below for more information.

Monochrome photo of timber getters, courtesy NSW 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 Ku-ring-gai 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

Upcoming General Meetings

Held on the 3rd Saturday of the month

Saturday 20th March 2021 speaker: Jenny Joyce

Jenny Joyce is Ku-ring-gai Historical Society’s immediate past President, and she has a special treat in store… when we think about bushrangers, we picture the likes of Ned Kelly, Captain Thunderbolt and Ben Hall – but not all of Australia’s bushrangers were men!

Find out all about this fascinating topic in Jenny’s talk ‘Not Always the Gentler Sex!’

Saturday 17th April 2021: Senior Citizens Open Day

We’ll be participating in Ku-ring-gai Council’s Open Day for senior citizens, with our Research Centre open from 1 pm for guided tours.

At 2 pm, An Overview of Ku-ring-gai’s Early History will be presented by Lorna Watt, President of Ku-ring-gai Historical Society. This will be held in Meeting Room no. 1.

Saturday 15th May 2021 speaker: Dick Whitaker

Dick Whitaker returns to enthral us with the tale of the infamous Eveleigh Payroll Robbery of 1914 – a bizarre story from the inner-city underworld that shocked Sydney in its day: the first robbery where an automobile was used as a “getaway” vehicle. It was carried out in broad daylight, too!

Saturday 19th June 2021 speaker: John Brooks

John Brooks will tell us all about The Hassall Family in Australia. Fleeing to Sydney in 1798 from hostile Tahitians more interested in muskets than the Gospel, missionary Rowland Hassall thrived in his calling in the infant colony. With his wife Elizabeth, the Hassalls went on to prosper and multiply, counting the City of Sydney Historical Society’s John Brooks among their many descendants.

Upcoming Family History Group Meetings

Held on the 1st Saturday of the month

Saturday 6th March 2021 speaker: Martyn Killion

Martyn is visiting us from NSW State Archives, whose collection is a unique and irreplaceable part of our Australian cultural heritage, dating back to 1788.

The Archives are a wonderful resource for those researching their family history, and Martyn will tell us all about ‘What’s New at NSW State Archives’.

Saturday 3rd April 2021 speaker: David Wilkins

KHS member David Wilkins OAM (of Rallying The Troops fame) will be wearing a different hat today – he’ll be telling us about his experiences writing his Family History.

David’s book, From Brecon to Broken Hill, is in our KHS library, and David will give us some valuable tips on how to write your own family history.

More Family History Group events to follow… stay tuned!

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