Hill End Family History Open Weekend 5 – 7 May 2017

Dear Colleague,
The discovery of gold in NSW, at Tambaroora and then later around Hill End ( between Bathurst & Mudgee) resulted in the largest exodus of population from the established cities in NSW and then Victoria in the mid 19th Century. Maybe some of your society members’ ancestors were among the many who took part in this “Rush”. Maybe this is a bit of a “black hole” in their family history details. Maybe we can help…
Not often do you have a chance to immerse yourself in a whole weekend of family history in Hill End. The Hill End & Tambaroora Gathering Group, and Hill End Family History have combined forces and resources to present two and a half days of research in Hill End over the weekend of 5 – 7 May 2017.
This event is part of the National Trust Heritage Festival and we would like to invite your members to join us for the weekend. There is a full program of speakers and activities planned as well as access to myriads of transcribed records and family files.
I have attached a poster which I am hoping that you may be able to print out for your noticeboard and for the interest of your members and we would appreciate it if you could bring the event to their attention through your next newsletter etc. The full details, bookings and program are available on our website at | Hill End & Tambaroora Gathering Group

This month’s Speaker at our monthly meeting will be LAURA HOKIN

The Camden Area Family History Society will hold their next  meeting on Tuesday 4 April, 2017 at 7.30pm at Camden Library. The speaker will be Lauren Hokin, a local author and historian, with a BA (Honours) in history, philosophy and politics and a Master of Teaching (Secondary). Lauren will be talking about her recent publication, The ANZACS of Macarthur, commenting on the research and writing process and some stories of the men that feature in her book. The book will be available on the night. Cost is $60. Contact Secretary on 0246559963 for more information.

John Oxley Cottage

John Oxley Cottage is built on land that was originally part of the grant made by Governor Lachlan Macquarie to John Oxley, 1000 acres in 1815 – Kirkham and 850 acres in 1816 – Ellerslie. No record has been found of its original builder but it is a typical “workman’s cottage” thought to have been built in the 1890s as part of a row of similar cottages along the road into Camden.
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Cobbitty Village

Governor Macquarie named this area Cobbedee, and when Gregory Blaxland was granted land here in 1812, he called it Cubbady Farm. The village of Cobbitty, nestled on the Nepean River, attracts much interest because of the lush country views and beautifully kept historic buildings. Stroll through the markets, held on the first Saturday of the month.
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