Camden Area Family History Society Christmas Shutdown – Saturday 12th December.

Although Camden Area Family History Research Room has recently reopened following an extensive shutdown due to Covid-19, we are now moving into the Christmas Festive period and, as always, we will be closing on Saturday 12th December at 12.00 noon for the Christmas and New Year break and will reopen to visitors on Thursday 21st January 2021 hopefully to a much brighter and fulfilling year.

Notice to all Members: Please be aware we will be holding a Planning Meeting on Saturday 16th January in the Galleria outside the Museum to discuss planning your society meetings and events for 2021. Please come along and contribute any ideas you may have to help us move forward as you would like to see the Society progressing. The more input we get from our members, the better we can construct 2021 for you..

Camden Area Family History Society Research Room Is Now Open to Visitors.

We are pleased and excited to announce that our Research Room in the Camden Library complex has reopened to the Public from the 12th of November 2020.

Opening hours will be as previously advertised: Mon-Wed by appt, Thu-Fri 10am-3pm, Sat 9:30am-12noon

Our Covid-safety plan will be in effect involving the following changes:

  • A limit of 3 members within the Research Room
  • Visitors (maximum 2) to remain in the study area directly outside the Research Room
  • Visitors may book in advance via email: cafhs2570@gmail.com
  • Booked visitors/members will take priority over walk-in visitors
  • All visitors/members to sign in with contact details recorded
  • NSW Gov QR Code available for registration
  • Please do not attend if unwell, observe physical distancing, hand hygiene procedures, and wear gloves as required

We really look forward to helping our members and visitors again with their family history research!

C.A.F.H.S June Update – A message from your Committee on the current status of our Society.

Camden Area Family History Society meetings and groups are still suspended at this time, and our research room in Camden Library Complex remains closed at present, due to the current restrictions and limited space we have available. Our committee is still working behind the scenes to provide information, produce our newsletters and journals, answer inquiries and keep things running, as well as planning how we can restart the Society’s activities and reopen the room as soon as possible.

We do have some of our resources available at home, so if you have a question please send us an email at cafhs2570@gmail.com or visit https://www.cafhs.org.au/ and we’ll see if we can help!

Impact on CAFHS Activities from the COVID – Virus

By Friday, 13 March, to 5pm, the number of COVID-19 cases in New South Wales reached 92. By Wednesday, 18 March, numbers have reached 267 cases.

Over the past few days, the Executive and Committee of Camden Area Family History Society have been in discussion regarding the threat to our members and volunteers.

Our committee have resolved to cancel our Society Activities and have activated these cancellations effective from today Thursday 19th March 2020.

These cancellations have included:

  • Research Centre Closure Generally
  • Interest Groups
  • Monthly meetings
  • Heritage Fair
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Other external Activities

This decision has not been taken lightly and facts that have been be taken into consideration included:

  • Sanitising of our Research Centre would need to be continually undertaken by our volunteers with all keyboards, mouse and screens cleaned with disinfectant wipes after a person has used a computer
  • Similarly, tabletops and door handles would need to be continually sanitised
  • Membership is made up generally of people in the age group that is more at risk of complications from contracting COVID-19
  • As well as age, a number of members who suffer from bronchitis, asthma, other lung diseases, hypertension, ischemic heart disease or diabetes mellitus can have degraded organs that are more vulnerable to infection
  • As the incubation time takes 5 to 14 days, any member or volunteer could contract COVID-19 but not show symptoms. They would then be putting their family at risk and some of us have partners who fit the criteria mentioned in the above point.

Our Society has advised our members through direct phone contact, email and facebook of the Committee’s actions and also that throughout the closure, the Society Committee will be monitoring the situation. If further events need to be cancelled, such as future monthly meetings members will be notified by email, facebook and via the website.

The NSW Health website suggests, you should:

  • attempt to keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others
  • avoid crowds and mass gatherings where it is difficult to keep the appropriate distance away from others (500 being the outdoor guideline on Friday 13 March, and indoors 100 on Wednesday 18 March)
  • avoid small gatherings in enclosed spaces, for example family celebrations
  • avoid shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people
  • avoid visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals, infants, or people with compromised immune systems due to illness or medical treatment.

And the World Health Organisation suggests that you wash your hands frequently

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

During this challenging time please stay safe, be kind, and look after the people around you. We are all in this together.

Do You know where your Street Name came from? – Check out this new listing of street names for the Camden Area and where their names were derived.

Do You know where your Street Name came from?

Please click here to access the Street Names and who or what they were named after.

Areas around Camden Municipal Council area include:

Camden South, Camden, Elderslie, Narellan, Harrington Park, Smeaton Grange, Narellen Vale, Mount Annan, Springs Farm, Curran’s Hill, Gregory Hills, Kirkham, Oran Park, Catherine Field, Leppington, Rossmore, Ellis Lane and Grassmere. (Not all street name derivations are known, so if you can help, please feel free to let us know).

Don’t Forget…..Bunnings Narellan – Sausage Sizzle Sunday April 26th.

Don’t Forget…..Bunnings Narellan – Sausage Sizzle Sunday April 26th.

On Sunday 26th April 2020,  CAFHS will be holding another Sausage Sizzle to help raise funds for the Society.  This event is one of our major Fund Raisers for the year and we ask all those who can help to speak to Fred, Tony, Jo or Warren to advise their availability.  Along with raising a substantial portion of our funding for the year,we generally have a lot of fun doing it.

The Camden Show – Still a Country Show

The Camden Show holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Camden and surrounding districts. Despite the changing demographics of the local area the Show has maintained its rural charm and agricultural focus since the inaugural show held in March 1886 and is still one of the largest and most popular events in the Macarthur District each year.     

This year Camden Area Family History Society will be represented at Camden Show as we showcase our collection of local family histories as well as our Pioneer Registers and local cemetery transcripts to the local population and visitors alike. Come along and see us in the Agricultural Hall between 10.00am and 6.00pm on both Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March 2020. We will have members staffing the desk so come for a chat and see if we can help you find your heritage

AUSTRALIA DAY CAMDEN 2020

AUSTRALIA DAY CAMDEN 2020

Celebrate Australia Day the Camden way with a day full of civic and community celebrations on Sunday 26 January 2020. 

On Australia Day we come together to share our stories about what makes our country great and Camden Council will host the annual event that celebrates all that we are as a community and a nation.

In 2020 the event will commence at 8.15am at the Camden Civic Centre with a Thanksgiving Service then the family friendly street party will kick off on John Street from 9am until 2pm.

The Macarthur Lion’s Street Parade will be at 10am and the Official Ceremony will begin at 11.15am.

The Official Ceremony will include an address by Camden’s Australia Day Ambassador, Josephine Peter, presentation of the Australia Day Awards and a Citizenship Ceremony where 50 candidates will become Australia’s newest Citizens.

2020 CAFHS PLANNING MEETING

Our 2020 planning meeting will be held on 18th January 2020 in the multipurpose meeting room in the library (old Fire Station) from 1 pm. ALL members are welcome to attend. This is your opportunity to be part of the planning for the Society in 2020 and beyond.

Discussions will include:

  • Speakers for our monthly meetings
  • Topics for discussion groups
  • Possible DNA group
  • Workshops
  • Projects
  • Resources / research facilities
  • Volunteer training sessions / room roster
  • Possible mid-year seminar and other events
  • Potential bid for the 2022 state conference
  • Possible outings / group visits
  • Promotion of the Society / media / social media
  • Participation in festivals / heritage events
  • Room opening times

We look forward to seeing you there and sharing ideas for the future of our Society.