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© Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc.         Last updated 11 Oct  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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2016 Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award

Jan Saundercock was announced as the winner of the 2016 Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award by Society President, Eleanor Martin, at a function held on 29 August. Dedicated to the memory of the Society’s convenor and first President, Yvonne Jenkins, the award encourages people to write the stories of family members. Jan chose to write about her grand-mother whose husband died in 1927.   “My grandmother was widowed at 33 and was the mother of six children between the ages of 18 months and 12 years, I have always been inspired by the challenges she faced in keeping her family together” Jan commented after receiving her award. The entries received for the award each year are judged by three independent judges, who are unaware of the identity of the entrant’s names, and who allocate a mark out of 10 for each entry.  Prior to the announcement of the Award those who attended the presentation were enthralled with the talk given by Industrial Historian, Vaughan Bryers, on the Heroes and Villains associated with the 70 year history of the Zig Zag Brewery. Vaughan is currently writing a book on the history of what was established as the Great Western Zig Zag Brewery in 1888. As a tribute to Yvonne Jenkins, and her interest in family history,  Vaughan’s talk focussed on the people who were involved in the various stages of its history, and even touched on the current owners and their plans for the future of the Zig Zag Brewery. 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 2017 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. The topic for the 2017 YJMA essay is:   An important time in my life was………
Vaughan Bryers & Jan Saundercock
Vaughan Bryers & Jan Saundercock
Eleanor Martin & Jan Saundercock