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© Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc.         Last updated 16   Aug   2016

Phone number (during

opening hours)

+61 (02) 6353 1089

Resource centre & meeting


Our resource centre/library and meeting rooms are in the Ewen Smith Memorial Hall situated on the corner of Tank & Donald/Guy Sts in Lithgow NSW.  Street view on Google maps:  http://g.co/maps/gwy8

Opening hours

Tuesday 6—9pm Friday 10am—4pm (except Good Friday)1st Saturday of the month (except Easter Saturday & on long weekends) 10am—4pm

Research inquiry

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Please send all postal inquiries to: The Secretary LDFHS Inc PO Box 516 Lithgow 2790 (Please include a large SAE)

Graveside Flower Service

We provide a graveside flower service. Click here for further details. Membership fees Fees for the year 1 March 2016 to end of February 2017 are: Joining fee: nil. Membership fee: $45 (journals sent by Australia Post; $40 (journals sent by email).    Membership entitlements include 3 journals per year, free admission to LDFHS Resource Centre during opening hours including assistance with research enquiries, 3 hours free research by the LDFHS research officer for members who live outside Lithgow City Council area. Non-members’ research at the Resource Centre costs $10 per person on Tuesday evening & $20 on Friday & Saturday. Digital copying is allowed.


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How did Tankersley get its


Tankersley Colliery was in portion 44 of the parish of Marrangaroo, Co Cook and on part of what is now known as Tankersley Hill. There is a newspaper report in 1875 about Campbell Mitchell, a coal speculator, opening a coal seam on his land at Bowenfels but it was not referred to as Tankersley then. However, it seems likely that Mitchell, the son of Sir Thomas & Lady Mary Mitchell nee Blunt, named the block and the colliery on it, Tankersley, after he bought the land. In Mitchell's 1882 diary he refers to his Tankersley Estate frequently. He died on 1 Apr 1883 and his Tankersley Estate was put up for sale in 1884 and consisted of 420 acres with a house and gardens etc. and frontage to the Mudgee Rd (now Great Western Highway) and close to Bowenfels railway station. Tankersley is the name of a village in Yorkshire but the Mitchells were Scots. Perhaps some of the Yorkshire miners who worked at Tankersley Colliery had a say in the name. Does anyone know?  
Grey hair, spectacles and false teeth may be characteristic of many people’s memories of their grand-parents in the past.  Today’s grand-children may have different memories – smart phone and/or Facebook addict, always on holidays, working or busy looking after grand- children.  How do you remember your grand- parents, great grand-parents, or perhaps your friend’s grandparents? The opportunity to write about your favourite grandparent, their story and perhaps the reason why they are a ‘favourite’ was the decision behind the topic chosen for the 2016 Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award Essay. The Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc runs this annual award as a tribute to its first President, Yvonne Jenkins, who was a prolific author and family historian.  Yvonne illustrated many of her books with pencil sketches of the various buildings and houses of the families whose stories she researched and of whom she wrote. Yvonne encouraged members to realise that even a short essay on an individual was an important part of research, as it shared the information with other family members as well as a wider audience when published. Conducted annually, the essay is limited to 1,000 words and may be accompanied by photos.  Entries close on 30 April 2016 and the winner will be announced during August, which is celebrated annually as Family History Month. The winner’s prize is a free membership of the Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc for one year and the winning entry will be published in the Society’s journal which is distributed to members and over 150 other family history societies across Australia. The entry form and conditions of entry are published on the Society’s website, or may be obtained by contacting the Society by email (ldfhs@lisp.com.au) or from the Society’s Resource Centre on the corner of Tank & Donald Streets, Lithgow on Fridays between 10 am and 4 pm. Download the 2016 entry form here The presentation of the 2016 award will be held on 20 August at 2pm at our resource centre. The guest speaker will be Vaughan Bryers whose topic will be ‘Lithgow’s Zig Zag Brewery’. Please RSVP by 18 August for catering purposes.  

Lithgow & District Family History Society


Yvonne Jenkins

2016 Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award


Hartley and Lithgow Catholic registers - all indexed. Includes approximately 400 records not in the NSW BDM indexes. The earlier registers cover places like Newnes, Wallerawang, Rydal, Sodwalls, Mt Victoria, Portland, Cullen Bullen, Ben Bullen, Mt Lambie, Kanimbla Valley, Duddawarra, Off Flats, Good Forest, Lowther, Hampton, Ganbenang and many, many other early settlements. Hartley Baptisms 1843 to 1859 Hartley Marriages 1844 to 1856 Hartley Burials 1845 to 1867 Hartley / Lithgow Baptisms 1860 to 1915 Hartley Lithgow Marriages 1927 to 1951 Hartley / Lithgow Deaths & Burials 1928 to 1952 Lithgow Confirmations 1909 to 1949 These records are available at our Resource Centre for research on Tuesday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm, Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm and the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 4 pm.

Annual ANZAC Cemetery walk 2016

Recently completed ANZAC Memorial rock & garden The Lithgow & District Family History Society members held their annual ANZAC Cemetery walk on Sunday 24th April 2016 at Lithgow Bowenfels Cemetery to remember another fourteen soldiers who fought for our country. This year we honoured the following: William Thomas Bright, Herbert Donnelly, Robert Wilson, John Fadden Beveridge, Mervyn Brown Ryan, Cecil Lawrence Ryan, Robert Leonard Dean, Lionel Victor Brown, William Powell Chambers, John Mervyn Hart, Stanley Vincent Crane, William Charles Shanahan, Edward Tonkin, Joseph King. We had a special poppy laid this year on the grave of Joseph King, a soldier whose grave we visited on our first Cemetery Walk in 2012. Joseph, who was from New Zealand, had no family here and was a Gallipoli Hero. He returned to Australia wounded and came to Lithgow and died here in 1917. He was given a public military funeral with a street parade along Main Street and out to the cemetery. Society member Jan Saundercock has done extensive research on this soldier and has made contact with his family in New Zealand. Jan had a poppy from the New Zealand War Memorial to lay in his honour. We started at 10am in the car park at the cemetery with morning tea followed by an informal chat and a welcome from our President Eleanor Martin followed by the song ‘Broken Soldier’. We then visited each of the fourteen graves where a short history of each person was read out and a poppy and remembrance card placed on each grave.  After we visited the fourteen graves a wreath was laid on the ANZAC Memorial Rock and Garden located at the top of the cemetery just to the side of the Catholic No1 section and placed there last year by Lithgow City Council to mark the 100 year Centenary of ANZAC.  This was followed by the Ode, Last Post & Reveille.  

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