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



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.


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.

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.

Bushrangers in NSW – John Cann

Camden Area Family History Society has arranged an event to present a talk by John Cann from NSW State Records on ‘Bushrangers in NSW’.  John will also discuss what records are held about Bushrangers by NSW State Records and how we can access them.

John’s talk will cover the likes of Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall, John Peisley, also Henry Manns (Campbelltown born) with the others involved in the Eugowra Rock Gold Escort robbery (the largest in Australia).

This event has been organised by CAFHS in conjunction with several other Historical and Family History societies and will be held in the multi purpose room at Camden Library on Saturday 14th September at 12.noon for a 12.30 start.  We ask for a gold coin donation to assist with afternoon tea which will be provided after the talk.

Please RSVP: with your indication of interest purely for catering purposes by 7th September 2019.