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Launch of our new publication


Our latest book, A Long March from Lithgow was launched on 9th November 2014 at Club Lithgow (Lithgow Bowling Club). 

About 150 people gathered for the launch and the MC duties were carried out by Mr Phil Cram a former manager of the Emirates Resort in the Wolgan Valley and now the owner of Stoke House Bed & Breakfast and Teapots Café at Carcoar.

The society’s President Eleanor Martin welcomed everyone and spoke about the society before asking the MC to start the program.

Guest speakers were The Honourable John Cobb, Federal Member for Calare, Mr Paul Toole State Member for Bathurst and Minister for Local Government, Helen Taylor author of the book and Mr Denis Chamberlain of Bathurst, a military historian who launched the book.

Performances were carried out by local artists Martin Doherty and Leigh Birkett who had added music to the poem ‘Marching Feet’ written by Society member Cecily McCarten.  Jim Low from the Blue Mountains then sang a song that he had written about a WW1 soldier, Private William Shirley, and called ‘The Broken Soldier’.

Mr Cobb spoke about the impact WW1 had on the local area and also about the amount of work and research that had gone into the book.

Mr Toole spoke about the importance of preserving the history of these men and women and of educating young people of today about the sacrifices that were made.

Helen Taylor spoke about the War Hero Project that had lead to the writing of the book ‘A Long March from Lithgow’ which 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. Helen also thanked the members of the Lithgow & District Family History Society for their help and support during the project.

The Last Post was very ably played on the bugle by Bill Childs from the Lithgow City Band and the Ode of Remembrance was read by Amy Muir representing Lithgow High School and Brody McLean representing St Stanislaus College at Bathurst. Denis Chamberlin then declared the book to be officially launched.

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. An order form can be downloaded  here and the postage is $13.40. Copies are also available at the Lithgow Tourist Centre and at the West End Newsagency in Lithgow. 

Marching Feet CD.jpg (1307841 bytes)Marching Feet

The words of this song have been taken from a beautiful poem by Cecily McCarten. It was recorded at Brays Lane Studios, Wallerawang NSW by Martin Doherty and Leigh Birkett. Marching Feet has been created at the request of the Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc. to celebrate the launch of the book A Long March from Lithgow by Helen Taylor. It was sung live by Martin and Leigh at the launch and the CD is available for purchase from our rooms. Photos taken during the launch are on our Facebook page.


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 opening 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

Please note that we will be closed from 13 Dec 2014 and will re-open on 9 Feb 2015.


Research Inquiry

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Membership fees

Fees for the year 1 March 2014 to end of February 2015 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 the LDFHS research officer for members who live outside Lithgow City Council area.)


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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

2014 Anzac Cemetery Walk

The Anzac Cemetery walk was held on 27th April 2014 for the third year and was a great success with 14 people turning up. Morning tea was enjoyed, a welcome and the playing of the National Anthem, The Ode & The Last Post and the Christmas 1915 song. We then visited the graves of fifteen returned servicemen and placed a poppy, rosemary and a card on each one. We had visitors Bernie and Margaret Hunt from Sydney enjoying something different to do on a Sunday.

It was decided this year to do a section at a time and the Anglican No.1 section was completed. Next year will probably be the Catholic No. 1 section.

The 15 return servicemen chosen for this year's walk were:

Robert William Wilkinson, Ernest Arnold, Walter Robert Bailley, Ronald George Caddis, Frank Coomb, Alfred Charles Hall, Arthur Leslie Hodder, Ernest Hunt, Henry William Kershaw, Thomas George Kippist, William Bede Oxenham Leighton, Royce Albert Lowe, Herbert Henry Mayers, Neville McNamara, Godfrey Shead. 

If anyone has a relative who was a returned serviceman or woman and would like to participate in next year's event we would love to hear from you.

There are photos of the 2014 walk on our Facebook page.

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