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2015 Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award 

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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, so it was no surprise that mention was made of The War Graves photographic Project 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.

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Eleanor Martin & Michelle Nichols

Ean Jones, Margaret Buckley, Kathy Brennan & Marcie Farr

There are more photos 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

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Opening hours

Tuesday 6—9pm

Friday 10am—4pm (except Good Friday)

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


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Membership fees

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.


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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



Our latest publication

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 ‘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. 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. 


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