Sunday, November 30, 2014

SIGS at Ku-ring-gai

In addition to our regular General Meetings and Family History Group Meetings there are several Special Interest Groups that meet regularly in our Society rooms. If you have interests in any of these areas you would be warmly welcomed at the meetings of these groups.

Mac Users SIG: 1st Mondays, 2pm
Convenor: Jackie van Bergen

German Research SIG: (most) 2nd Mondays, 1.30pm
Convenor: Peter Stehn

Technology SIG: (most) 2nd Thursdays, 1.30pm
In recess until 2015
Convenor: Jill Ball

Irish Research SIG: 2nd Fridays, 1.30pm
Convenor: Rod Gillespie

WWI Writers & Researchers: 4th Saturdays, 2pm
Convenor: Kathie Rieth

New Zealand SIG: coming soon
Please contact Morrison Hammond

The convenors of these groups can be contacted via the Society's email:

KHS Members at a SIG Meeting

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Trove Tuesday - Generous Roseville Women

The Methodist (Sydney, NSW ; 1892-1954) is now available via Trove. A report from this week in 1927 tells of the activities of the Roseville Methodist Ladies.

1927 'Roseville.', The Methodist (Sydney, NSW : 1892 - 1954), 19 November, p. 15, viewed 22 October, 2014,

Friday, November 14, 2014

Perth Cemetery Information Online

The Society received this information from the Federation of Australian Historical Societies in their e-Bulletin No. 131 - 1 November 2014

New East Perth Cemeteries website launched
In a partnership between the Friends of Battye Library (the Western Australian collections in the WA State Library) and the National Trust, a new website has been made available giving details of 9,056 of the estimated 10,000 individuals buried in the East Perth Cemeteries between foundation in 1829 and closure of the cemeteries in 1899. Using a multitude of sources and building on the work of others before them researchers Lorraine Clark and Cherie Strickland have uncovered many previously unknown facts - such as the number of stillbirths buried among the 2929 babies under 18 months.
With a grant from Lotterywest to cover their costs, the two have photographed all memorials, and complied biographical information about the majority of those interred in the cemeteries from the newspapers (with thanks to Trove), data held within the Registrar Generals files, correspondence within Police Registers, and State Gardens Board review documents, which contained many letters from families wishing to be buried alongside their loved ones. Perth Gaol Occurrence Books, Convict General Registers, and Department of Lands records all provided information. Chipper Funeral Directors records, filmed by the Latter Day Saints, contained valuable information pertaining to previous internments and addresses of next of kin. One of the last sources consulted - which proved invaluable - was the Colonial Hospital Admission Registers owned by the Royal Perth Hospital Museum. All the information collected is now available on line, thanks to the National Trust, at An article summarizing the findings of the two researchers is also available on the Friends of Battye Library website

Monday, November 10, 2014


Of interest to those in our family history group will be this free event in the city.

Author and academic Dr Noeline Kyle who is an Emeritus Professor at Queensland University of Technology and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney will be presenting a talk on November 25 at The Sydney Mechanics School of Arts.

Full details can be found on the SMSA website.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Trove Tuesday - Weston Obituary

The Canberra Times on November 3 1935 published this obituary for a Turramurra resident, Thomas Charles George Weston (1866-1935).

1935 'OBITUARY.', The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), 3 December, p. 2, viewed 10 October, 2014,
Further information on Mr Weston can be found in an article in The Australian Dictionary of Biography