2015 Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award
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.
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
The title of the Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award
Essay for 2016 is My favourite
Eleanor Martin &
Ean Jones, Margaret Buckley,
Kathy Brennan & Marcie Farr
There are more photos on our Facebook page.
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of Records at LDFH&S INC Resource Centre
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of paper, loose paper, A4 and other bound notebooks
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camera. Use is allowed subject to Copyright or Deed of Gift not
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