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Australia / FREE TALK IN Sydney, at NSW State Library 3 July 2018 11am – 12 noon
« on: Thursday 14 June 18 07:53 BST (UK)  »

More details ?

The Sydney Wars – Conflict on the Cumberland Plain 1788-1817
 With Stephen Gapps

In letters, diaries, journals and official records of the early colony of New South Wales, conflict with Aboriginal people was often described as ‘war’. Strategically, securing the Cumberland Plain and its rugged fringes that offered ‘advantageous retreating grounds’ was critical to Governor Macquarie’s expansion of the colony beyond the Blue Mountains. The 1816 campaigns that resulted in the Appin Massacre are considered here in the broader context of the long-running ‘open war between the natives and the settlers’, as one colonist described it, from 1788 to 1817.

Stephen Gapps is a Sydney-based historian and museum curator with research interests in public history and early colonial Sydney. He has written extensively on historical re-enactments, military history and the commemoration of the past. His book Cabrogal to Fairfield won a NSW Premier’s History Award in 2011. The Sydney Wars is forthcoming in 2018.

You need to book, there is no charge for booking.


Australia Resources & Offers / NSW Land and Property searchings GUIDES
« on: Tuesday 29 August 17 04:54 BST (UK)  »
I hope this thread can stay on the main Australia board for a while, before it may be considered worthy to be moved to the NSW resources board.

The Registrar Generals Office covered more than just BDMs ... and more than just Land Titles ....

Here's some guides from the former Land Titles Office  now named Land & Property Information

I hope these help with those seeking to marry up information from NSW BDM historic certificates, and NSW Supreme Court Probate files, and NSW historic (civil) parish maps.

Brief History of the Records of the Reg-General  (27 pages)

First Stop Guide to Records of the Reg Gen
(24 pages

Old System
(66 pages)

Searching the Reg Gen’s Maps and Plans
(46 pages)

Torrens title info
(30 pages)

NSW BDM's history of the registry info :

Thread re NSW Geographical Names :

Hoping you will find these links of interest.


Australia / QUEENSLAND 1940 – 1941 what details to expect on Marriage Certs
« on: Thursday 30 March 17 02:04 BST (UK)  »
Quick Question to support the current very long thread re Robert STEVENS and his origins.

Any RChatters familiar with Qld BDM marriage certificate info …. On a 1941 Qld marriage cert, the groom has named both his parents, including his mum’s nee name.   There is NO mention of if either of his parents are deceased.    I am not familiar with Qld marriage act in force at that time, but I know that the NSW Act required the clergy/officiating registrar to confirm if either bride or groom knew if their parent/s were known to be deceased.   

My Question : 
On a 1941 Qld m.c. would you expect to see if any parent of bride or groom were known to be deceased?

(‘dec’ ‘deceased’ or † as usual markings immediately after the name of each parent typical on NSW marriage certificates from about 1899 if person was known to be no longer living). 

Thanks,  (Answers here or on main thread)  :D  :D  :D


Australia / Retiring after 46 years at National Archives of Australia
« on: Friday 17 March 17 03:23 GMT (UK)  »
Canberra Times (newspaper)  online version : 16 March 2017  5:50 pm. 

Not mentioning her by name, for she is still alive, but I am sure her work efforts have benefited many family history buffs.


Hi Sydneysiders,

Some history books are dull, hard to follow the author's theme, and simply not interesting.  BUT, Naomi Parry and Brad Manera with Will Davies and Stephen Garton, have put together an absolutely fantastic, relevant, responsible and infinitely interesting history about ordinary NSW families and WWI.   Naomi Parry is presenting a FREE lecture about the writing of their book.

RAHS Day Lecture Writing New South Wales and the Great War
Wednesday 1 March 1pm - 2pm
 History House 133 Macquarie Street Sydney
 Presenter - Naomi Parry
Cost: Free
Naomi Parry, co-author of New South Wales and the Great War, will discuss the impact of the First World War on the ordinary citizens of NSW, not just in the theatres of combat but at home in our cities, towns and rural communities, and reveal some of the treasures from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales, State Records NSW, the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park and regional libraries and museums

(RAHS - Royal Australian Historical Society).

RAHS website :  I would expect bookings would be essential.

May I please ask our Moderators if they will leave this on our Australia board rather than on the Events Board.


Australia / NSW State Records restores digital images assisted passenger lists.
« on: Monday 05 September 16 03:32 BST (UK)  » 

Phew ..... it is back online.    You need to know the ship's name,  :)  and errrr ..... now to find the keyword search option to enter a person's name and for the State Records search engine to work as it formerly did ....   ::)  ::)

Months ..... yes, months....


Australia / FREE ONLINE resources at the NSW State Library. Here's a sample:
« on: Thursday 16 June 16 08:39 BST (UK)  »
Hi Everyone,

Sharing some live links to just a few of the many online resources that the NSW State Library has freely available.

NSW State Library and some links to digitised Discover Collections … Archives

A sample of the headings and live links under the topic “History of our Nation”: 

Dixson Map Collection

Indigenous Australians

The Wallis Album

A sample of the headings and live links under the topic “Our Natural World”

6 volumes of Watercolours

A sample of the headings and live links under the topic  “People & Places”


A sample of the headings and live links under the topic “Society, Art & Culture”

Shipboard19th Century Emigrant experience

The Holtermann Collection (Glass Plate Negations)

And not to overlook their new integrated catalogue:


Australia / New South Wales Parliament 1824-current Proceedings
« on: Friday 29 April 16 05:04 BST (UK)  »
Hi everyone,

The NSW Legislative Council began sitting in 1824. 
The NSW Legislative Assembly (lower house) began sitting in 1856.

Here are the links to the Votes and Proceedings from those early beginnings until current times.

In the 19th century these V&P would often record names of people petitioning Parliament, and often those names included addresses, or at least locations.   You can sometimes find names and identifying info mentioned in reports from the Registrar General, or Coroner, or in Land applications, or any of the reports received by Parliament.

For the early V&P simply scroll down to the heading “First Legislative Council 1824-1855"

Cheers,  JM

Australia / NSW Victoria Cross Recipients
« on: Friday 29 April 16 05:03 BST (UK)  »

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