Events

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

Due to the COVID-19 situation in the Greater Sydney area and the prevailing rules regarding indoor events, 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 as 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 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 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 in the Greater Sydney area and the prevailing rules regarding indoor events, 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 as changes occur.

Upcoming General Meetings

Held on the 3rd Saturday of the month

Saturday 21st August 2021 speaker: Judith Godden

Judith will tell us all about Lucy Osburn: Controversial Nursing Founder.

As well as being a professional historian, Judith Godden is the Secretary of Ku-ring-gai Historical Society, and an honorary associate of the Department of History at the University of Sydney.

Lucy Osburn is the controversial subject of her first book, Lucy Osburn, a Lady Displaced.

Lucy Osburn (1836-1891) was the founder of modern nursing in Australia, and also pioneered the employment of high status professional women in public institutions.

Osburn learned her vocation at Florence Nightingale’s school of nursing in London, but her relationship with Nightingale was not the smooth discourse of ‘Victorian ladies’.

In her enthralling and enlightening book, Judith Godden uses extensive and frank correspondence to build an intriguing picture of life for an independent middle-class woman. Osburn’s triumphs and trials in New South Wales typify the struggles the colony faced in its relations with the Mother Country, and with new roles in the workplace for women.

In this presentation, you’ll find out about the tumultuous 16 years Lucy Osburn spent at Sydney Hospital, and why she is celebrated as the founder of modern Australian nursing – even though Florence Nightingale effectively disowned her!

Find out too, why Judith thinks we should all know her story.

Saturday 18th September 2021 speaker: Greg de Moore

Greg will speak on Finding Sanity – an Australian Story.
More details to follow…

Upcoming Family History Group Meetings

Held on the 1st Saturday of the month

Saturday 7th August 2021 speaker: Judith Dunn

Judith will speak on The Cemeteries of the Parramatta Area.

Judith is an expert on the cemeteries in the Parramatta area. Members may recall that Judith hosted a tour group on a very successful walking tour of The Rocks just recently. She is also a well known and respected speaker and we’re sure her talk will be most interesting!

Saturday 4th September 2021 speaker: Clare Brown

Clare will speak on Writing a Family History.
More details to follow…

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