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   Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award


Yvonne Jenkins of Rydal was a well-known historian and author of several books on family history in the Bowenfels, Rydal and surrounding areas. Yvonne was the convenor of the Lithgow & District Family History Society in 1986 and over the years encouraged members to write stories about their ancestors. Theyvonne2008.jpg (52034 bytes) Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc has chosen to commemorate Yvonne's memory each year by conducting the Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award. Entry is open to both members and non-members of the Society and is in the form of a short essay (1,000 words). The topic for the 2014 award is "My Ancestor was a .....". The winner of the Award, to be announced during Family History month in August 2014, will receive a certificate and one year's free membership of the Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc. The winning essay will be published in the Society's journal and on the web-site. Entries close on 30 April 2014 and must be accompanied by an entry form, which is available here or by contacting the Society, PO Box 516, Lithgow 2790 or 02 6353 1089 during library hours.


Marjorie Allan from Thirroul, was declared the winner of the inaugural Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award at a function held during Family History week 2Marjorie & Max Allan smaller.jpg (71524 bytes)013 and chose to write about the eventful voyage of Stephen George Fowler and Mary Ann McManus to Sydney on board the ship "Zeminder". Marjorie's story is to be published in the February 2014 edition of the Society's journal and can be read here. In accepting her certificate, Marjorie mentioned that on the first occasion that she visited the Society's Resource Centre in Donald Street, the first person she spoke to was Yvonne and Marjorie paid tribute to Yvonne's expertise in assisting her to research the Fowler family in the Society's records. The photo is of Marjorie and her husband Allan shown accepting her award.


The LDFHS has a War Heroes Project underway to record the histories of men and women who enlisted and served in WWI initially and will eventually include those who served in WWII. For further information click here


Resource centre & meeting rooms

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. 

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Phone number (during library hours)

+61 (02) 6353 1089

Postal Inquiries

Please send all postal inquiries to:

The Secretary


PO Box 516

Lithgow 2790

(Please include a large SAE)

Opening hours

Tuesday 6—9pm

Friday 10am—4pm

1st Saturday of the month (except on long weekends) 10am—4pm


Note that we will be closed on Good Friday 18 Apr 2014 & on Anzac Day 25 Apr 2014 and will be open on Tuesday 15 & 22 Apr 2014 from 6pm to 9pm.


Research Inquiry

To download a research inquiry form click here.


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Graveside Flower Service

We provide a graveside flower service. Click here for further details.


To download a membership form click here. 

Membership fees

Fees for the year 1 March 2013 to end of February 2014 are: $5 joining fee (a one-off fee to cover admin costs), $45 membership fee (includes 3 journals posted to member's address, free admission to LDFHS library during opening hours including assistance with research enquiries, 2 hours free research by LDFHS research officer for members who live outside Lithgow City Council area.)

Credit Card Authority

To download a credit card authority form click here


Guidelines for use of our centre:

Security of Records at LDFH&S INC Resource Centre

It is a condition of entry that researchers are to use the lockers provided for the secure storage of personal articles, including handbags and other bags and larger folders.

The following items may be taken into the Resource Centre: 

  • Lead pencils 

  • Pad of paper, loose paper, A4 and other bound notebooks

  • Spectacles and spectacle case

  • Laptop computer without the bag. It must operate on battery power or on mains power in designated area due to OH&S requirements.

  • Digital camera. Use is allowed subject to Copyright or Deed of Gift not being breached. 

Please note the following:

  • Personal USB sticks / thumb drives or other portable drives are not to be used in LDFHS computers.

  • Society CDs or DVDs can only be used in Society computers

  • Digital scanning of records is not allowed


Lithgow & District Family History Society has chosen to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s Journey to Lithgow in 1954 by hosting a 1950s themed Devonshire Tea at Lithgow Library Learning Centre, Main Street on Saturday 12th April 2014 at 9:30am. See below for RSVP and further details.

Sixty years ago the people of Lithgow enthusiastically welcomed Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh to their city. The newspapers of the time recorded that there were '8,000 school children, many of these sons and daughters of coal miners, among a crowd of 15,000 at the civic reception.'

The civic reception was held in Lithgow Park, which was renamed Queen Elizabeth Park by Royal Assent after that day.

Lithgow’s 37 year old mayor (Alderman Harold G Coates) was reported as 'giving a new lead on the tour. He asked the Queen’s permission to call for three cheers. They were perfectly timed and seemed to impress the Queen.'

On the last 20 yards of Her Majesty’s progress she walked on a spectacular red, white and blue striped woollen blanket carpet, which was specially woven at the Lithgow Woollen Mills.

The morning tea on 12th April 2014 will provide the opportunity for members of the community to share their memories and their memorabilia, perhaps a square of that blanket that was reportedly distributed to residents as a Royal Visit souvenir, or one of the silver teaspoons that were given to those employed at the Berlei Factory.

Ian Coates will present the film of the 1954 Queen’s Visit to Lithgow, originally filmed for the Coates family and transferred to digital format by Brian Hustwayte for future generations to enjoy.

Janice  Northey, a young Legacy ward, chosen to present a bouquet to Her Majesty, will descJanice Northey 12th Feb 1954.jpg (148001 bytes)ribe the events leading up to the day and share her memories of this important day. The dress Janice wore for the occasion will be on display.

The Lithgow & District Family History Society is always mindful that, over time, memorabilia and photos are lost when a new generation does not appreciate the memories of an older generation, or does not have the space to store these items.  There will be the opportunity for people who wish to allow their memorabilia to be photographed and their photographs scanned so that future generations of researchers can appreciate this memorable occasion in the history of Lithgow.

The Society is looking for further items for the display and can be contacted at its Resource Centre on the Cnr of Tank & Donald Streets, Lithgow on Tuesdays from 6 – 9 p.m. or on Fridays from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. or by phoning  02 6353 1089 during these hours or contact: 

Jan Saundercock or 0409 157 130


2014 Anzac Cemetery Walk

The Walk will commence in the car park at Lithgow cemetery at 10.00am on Sunday 27 April with a short introduction and morning tea. Bring your own tea & coffee and we will supply the Anzac Biscuits. We will then follow a course set out to visit several Returned Service Men and Women's graves where a short history will be read on each one and a small card with a poppy & rosemary will be placed on their grave. LEST WE FORGET

Some pictures from last year's walk

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John Farrimond & Harold Farrimond's grave

Anne Farrimond & Kenneth Rose's grave

Freda Simpson & James Finlay's grave

Ron Murphy & George Mathers' grave

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Des Sullivan & Rowland Plevey's grave

Stuart Charlton & Albert Charlton's grave

Kathy Brennan & Ronald Burns' grave

Ron Martin & Jack Muldoon's grave

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Joseph King's grave

Margaret Buckley & Joseph King's grave

The walkers

The workers

Lithgow, the Australia & NSW 2011 Tidy Towns Award winner


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