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: cafhs2570@gmail.com with your indication of interest purely for catering purposes by 7th September 2019.

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

Don’t Forget…..Bunnings Narellan – Sausage Sizzle April 26th 2020

On Sunday 26th April 2020,  CAFHS will be holding their bi-annual 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 Ray or Tony 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.

**Planning Meeting for 2019** Tuesday 29th January

***Planning Meeting for 2019***

The committee is proposing a Year 2019 Planning meeting to be held on Tuesday 29th January 2019 between 7.oopm and 8.30pm to discuss the ideas and plans for the Society for 2019.  All members are invited and welcome to come along with their ideas and “what YOU would like the Society to do to benefit your research.   discuss those proposed by the Committee.

Some of the activities being considered for next year are:

  • Speakers for our monthly meetings for the year – who would you like to hear from
  • Open discussion of topics for inhouse and external workshops.
  • The committee is proposing a Family History Seminar (Mini conference style event) in around May-June next year- what are your thoughts/requirements
  • A new program of Cemetery registrations for all our local cemeteries will begin in 2019 under the capable management of Fred Gibson
  • Possible outings to historic and genealogical venues, archives and Libraries.
  • We are also considering holding Open Weekends in the Research Room to entice other people and members in to utilize the resources available in the rooms.
  • Plus any other ideas that you the members can bring forward for discussion.

 So put this date in your diaries, and we are looking forward to seeing you there helping to drive our Society forward.

The Speaker at our November meeting will be James Warrand, speaking on the Midget Sub attack on Sydney Harbour.

The Camden Area Family History Society will hold their November meeting on Tuesday 6th November, 2018 at 7.30pm at the Camden Historical Society’s Museum in the Camden Library Complex. The speaker will be James Warrand, Volunteer Guide at the Sydney Maritime Museum, who is speaking on the “The Midget Sub attack on Sydney Harbour” An attack waiting to happen, when the harbor defense preparations were found wanting’. James has been a keen sailor since he grew up on the Pittwater sailing VJ’s, and then owned a small yacht on Sydney Harbour for many years and has been a volunteer guide at the Maritime Museum for five years and enjoys showing visitors over HMAS Vampire, HMAS Onslow and Bark Endeavour.Warrand Midget Sub attack on Sydney talk

CAFHS Christmas Dinner at TAFE Wednesday 28th November – Photos

CAFHS Christmas Dinner

The Annual Christmas dinner was held last Wednesday at Macarthur TAFE.  18 members attended and enjoyed a 5 course meal with Complimentary drinks and this year we were offered Cocktails which many members enjoyed at a much reduced cost. 

Thanks to Barbara Sulley for organizing the night, and also to Cathy Shepherd for stepping in on the night in Barbara’s place to handle the finances.


2018 RAHS CONFERENCE – Port Macquarie



20th & 21st October 2018

Bookings are now open for our 2018 Conference: Surveying the Past, Mapping the Present at the Westport Club in Port Macquarie.

The 2018 RAHS Conference is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Port Macquarie, with local historians speaking about the experiences of the Birpai people, life on the early estates in the Hastings, and Port Macquarie’s last convicts. Our keynote speaker is Dr Mathew Trinca, Director of the National Museum of Australia, who will discuss the very pertinent theme of ‘History from the ground up’.

Attendees will discover new resources and techniques to help survey the past of your own local community and be inspired by historians whose research interests span surveyors’ field books and explorers’ notes, historical market research, women in business, and understanding the social, medical and domestic legacies of World War I. (Full program is available for download)

Attendees can also attend a range of other events during the weekend including:

  • Pre-Conference Workshop (Friday 19 October | Port Macquarie Library) 
    From Governors’ Wives to Sydney Harbour Bridge Builders: Amplifying the State Library of NSW sound archive via open-source and the machine
  • Welcome Reception (Friday 19 October | Port Macquarie Museum) 
    This event will be hosted by thePort Macquarie Historical Society and provides an informal opportunity to view the award-winning Museum’s significant collections and exhibitions
  • Walking Tour: Stories Behind the Graves (Saturday 20 October) 
    This guided walking tour ofPort Macquarie’s Second Burying Ground will explore the stories of Port Macquarie’s famous and infamous residents.
  • Bus Tour: Chains and Milestones (Saturday 20 October) 
    This bus tour will provide an overview of Port Macquarie’s historic sites, maritime history and convict past.
    Expressions of Interest: Innes Ruins Tour (Monday 22 October) 
    Step back in time on this guided tour of the extensiveruins of a grand country mansion built by convict labour in the 1830s.
  • Post-Conference Workshop: Researching and Commemorating the Spanish Flu (Monday 22 October | Port Macquarie Library) 
    The pneumonic influenza or ‘Spanish flu’ pandemic that circled the world in 1918–19 left few communities untouched. In this practical workshop, we review the bigger picture of the pandemic before considering how its impact might be commemorated locally.

To learn more about our Conference, including transport and accommodation, Port Macquarie’s history and things to see and do, visit our Conference webpage.