Fees for the year 1 March 2015 to end of February 2016 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.
Mrs Bennett operated the general store in Mort’s Estate and was just one of those whose Season’s Greetings were listed in the classified section of the Lithgow Mercury on 24th December 1937. Later operated by Pat Robson, the Laidley Street general store, was one of the many corner or general stores that were scattered throughout the Lithgow Valley, and harked back to a time before the invention of the motor vehicle and the refrigerator.Almost all of these stores have ceased to operate, and in some cases only the distinctive shop front facades remain as a reminder of those families who provided those basic necessities of life - bread, milk and groceries. Others were demolished years ago and only exist in the sepia toned photos of yesteryear.Laurie Cook has embarked on an ambitious project to identify as many of the local stores as possible and is searching for old photographs and information on the people who owned them. Information and photos can be sent to Laurie by post, email or in person at the Society’s Resource Centre. The information will be placed on file at the Society’s Resource Centre for the use of researchers.
Colleen Parker of Port Macquarie was announced as the winner of the Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award for 2015 by Lithgow & District Family History Society President, Eleanor Martin, at a function held in Yvonne’s honour on Saturday 29 August 2015. Unfortunately, Colleen was not able to be present to receive her certificate and the accolade of submitting the winning entry. The essay title for 2015 was ‘What my ancestor did in World War I’ and Colleen’s essay, sub-titled ‘Not Just a Name’, paid tribute to her great Uncle Christopher Madden. Christopher, aged 23 and a bachelor, enlisted at Dubbo and served with the 19th Battalion. He was killed in action on 31 August 1918 at Mont St Quentin. Since 1892 the name Christopher had appeared in every generation of the Madden family and Colleen writes that this tradition is being continued in both the maternal and paternal branches of Christopher’s family, as he had no descendants to carry on his name.Colleen’s essay was awarded the most points by an independent panel of three judges and will be published in the October 2015 issue of the Society’s journal.The announcement of the winner was made following an informative talk by the Community History Librarian at Hawkesbury Library, Michelle Nichols, whose subject was Researching your World War I soldier. Michelle outlined some of the new internet sites which have been developed because of the centenary of World War I and provided helpful hints on how to use some of the more well known sites. Advice was given not to ignore the many books written about war especially the ones written in the past twenty years or so, as they differ somewhat to those written 50 years ago. Look for them in the 940 section of the local library.Combining her passion for photography and history, Michelle and her husband transcribe Hawkesbury cemeteries and honour boards found here www.hawkesbury.net.au/, so it was no surprise that mention was made of The War Graves photographic Project http://www.twgpj.org which undertakes to provide a photograph of an individual gravestone at a reasonable cost.Following her talk the Society’s Treasurer, Margaret Buckley, made a small presentation congratulating Michelle on her presentation.The title of the Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award Essay for 2016 is “My favourite grand-parent”. Download the 2016 entry form here.
Ean Jones, Margaret Buckley, Kathy Brennan, Marcie Farr
Eleanor Martin & Michelle Nichols
‘A Long March from Lithgow’ contains 673 pages of biographies of 1307 men and women who served in WW1. The information was taken from their service records and from many other sources and includes photos, newspaper clippings and memorabilia as well as other local history. Copies of the book can be purchased from our Resource Centre on the corner of Tank & Donald Street, Lithgow on Tuesday nights from 6pm to 9pm or Fridays from 10am to 4pm. The cost is $60 and the postage is $13.40. Copies are also available at the Lithgow Tourist Centre and at the West End Newsagency in Lithgow.