the ‘MENANGLE MILK-SHAKE UP’ on Sunday, 17th September, 2017


The Menangle Community Association Inc. plans to hold a public charity event called the ‘MENANGLE MILK-SHAKE UP’ on Sunday, 17th September, 2017.

The Event
Menangle was a private village of the Macarthur Family. The Macarthurs excelled in milk production through establishing a Creamery and the famous Rotolactor which is a 1950s state of the art milking carousel. The nearby railway line facilitated fresh daily milk supply to Sydney. With this event we want to bring back the memories of the heydays of milk production in the 1950s in the Wollondilly Shire. We will achieve this by providing history displays, market stalls, refreshments and music with the help of volunteers dressed in 1950s costumes. This will enable us to ‘remember the Rotolactor’.

Our Aim
We are holding this event to create awareness for Menangle’s historic value and its many rare and endangered buildings.

Through this awareness, would like to raise money for maintenance work essential to Menangle’s unique buildings and structures.

We will also showcase the potential that Menangle possesses as a possible tourist destination and event space, conveniently located in a beautifully intact Australian countryside location, close to Sydney.

Port Macquarie & Districts Family History Society will be hosting a Family History Fair on 5th August, 2017 at Port Panthers.

Port Macquarie & Districts Family History Society will be hosting a Family History Fair on 5th August, 2017 at Port Panthers.
We invite those Societies who are near to host a table – and invite your members to attend.
For other societies – would you be able to inform your members who have a family history connection around the Hastings, Manning, Macleay and Coffs Coast that this would be a perfect opportunity to visit our wonderful area?
More details soon,
Hoping you and yours are well,
Jennifer Mullin
PMDFHS Secretary
Port Macquarie & Districts Family History Society

PO Box 1359

Port Macquarie NSW 24 44

NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies Conference 2017 – Orange

Registrations for the 2017 NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies Conference are now open.

Please click over to the web site for information about the program and the registration fee.

Member societies and other family history oragnisations will receive additional emails from us in the next few days about the Exhibition Area, sponsorship opportunities and other developments.

We will be adding some extras to the social program over the coming months so make sure to like us on Facebook or keep an eye on the web site.

Jan Richards AM & Peter Douglass


NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies Conference 2017

PO Box 35 (147 Byng Street) Orange NSW 2800| p 02 63938126 | f 02 63938100 |m 0418234827 |e | w


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 June monthly meeting will be (Dr) Lisa Murray, Historian for the City Of Sydney

The Camden Area Family History Society will hold their next  meeting on Tuesday 6th June, 2017 at 7.30pm at the Camden Historical Society’s Museum in the Camden Library Complex. The speaker will be Dr Lisa Murray, historian for the City of Sydney, who is speaking on “Sydney Cemetery Adventures”  This talk is based on her recently published book, Sydney Cemeteries: a Field Guide.  The book will be available during the evening at $35 per copy. Please note that the meeting this month is being held in the Camden Museum at 7.30pm, 6th June 2017.  Gold coin Donation to cover Supper.  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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