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Pre publication offer


Our latest book, A Long March from Lithgow, is to be launched on 9th November 2014 at 2pm at Club Lithgow (Lithgow Bowling Club) Lithgow Street, Lithgow 2790.





A Long March from Lithgow will contain short biographies of over 1300 men and women who were born, died or lived in Lithgow and the surrounding district and who served their country in The Great War 1914-1918. Photographs, extracts from service records or local newspaper reports, accompany the biographies where available.


For orders placed up to and including 3rd October 2014 the pre publication price is $50 plus postage $13.40. 

For orders placed after 3rd October 2014 the price is $60 plus postage $13.40.


Download an order form 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. 

Street view on Google maps:

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


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

Family History Month, August 2014 - Remembering Yvonne Jenkins

The legacy of local family historian, Yvonne Jenkins, as an author will be remembered with the presentation of the 2014 Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award for the best 1000 words essay on the topic “My Ancestor was a...” .

Yvonne was a talented painter and author of many local and family history books and encouraged researchers to write stories about their ancestors.  

The winner will be announced at a function to be held at 2 pm on Saturday 30th August 2014 at the Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc Resource Centre,   Ewen Smith Memorial Hall, Cnr Tank & Donald Streets, Lithgow.

Dr Laurie Stevenson (Academic Manager, UWS College Lithgow) , Gwenda Vayro (TAFE Western Lithgow Campus Librarian) and local author, Sue Graves (President of Lithgow Tidy Towns)  have judged the 15 entries submitted for the 2014 Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award.

Prior to the announcement, Historian Mark Langdon, author of the book “Conquering the Blue Mountains” will be presenting an illustrated talk titled “William Gray’s Six Acres : A Journey Down Main Street from the 1870’s to Now” with a special emphasis  on the people behind the buildings.

Mark recently retired after 32 years as a fireman, holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) and Bachelor of Technology (Surveying), and is currently researching the history of Newnes.

Afternoon tea will follow the announcement of the topic for the 2015 Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award.

For catering purposes, please RSVP by Friday 22 August 2014 to or 02 6353.1089 during library hours.


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.

Lithgow, the Australia & NSW 2011 Tidy Towns Award winner


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