New South Wales

New South Wales

Canopy Projects, family stories productions

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Founded
  • 2013

We work with families, individuals and institutions by helping them to preserve their personal heritage and their stories, so that they can share them with their loved ones and leave an invaluable legacy for generations to come.

We’ll produce for you films, books and websites with all your stories, photos, audio clips, family tree, old footage and other memorabilia from any format, so they can live forever, never get lost and be enjoyed for generations to come.

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Hambledon Cottage

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Open Hours
  • Hambledon Cottage house museum is open for inspection on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and most public holidays from 11am to 3.30pm. Inspections by Groups during these times, or at other times, can be made by appointment. Entry Fees are Adults $6.00, Seniors & Concessions $5.00, Children $2.00. Special educational programmes for school groups can be arranged by appointment - fee $5.00 per student.
Founded
  • 1966

Hambledon Cottage was constructed for John & Elizabeth Macarthur in 1824 as a second house on their Elizabeth Farm estate.

It is a colonial Georgian cottage ornee and largely conforms to its original design and construction.

Hambledon Cottage is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register.

The house museum was opened on 26 February 1966 by Major General Sir Denzel Macarthur-Onslow and has remained in operation ever since.

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Parramatta & District Historical Society

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Research Costs
  • Initial enquiry $20.00
Approximate Membership
  • 260
Membership Cost
  • Single member $30.00, Family $40.00, Joining Fee $5.00
Newsletter
  • Hambledon Herald (monthly Feb-Nov)
Founded
  • 1913

Parramatta & District Historical Society was formed in 1913 and celebrates its centenary in 2013.

It researches, records, publishes and publicises aspects of Parramatta's history and heritage, as well as operating an 1824 house museum to display mid 19th century domestic life in Australia.

Its vision is to be the local authority on the history (local and family) and heritage of Parramatta, and to operate Hambledon Cottage as an historic house museum, authentically displaying and furnishing it as an 1820s-1880s colonial Georgian cottage.

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Centenary Dinner in December 2013 Many events and guest speakers - see our website

Interests

Guest Speakers, Tours, Archives, Library, Research, Family history, Museum

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Carole Riley

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Carole Riley is a professional genealogist based in Sydney, Australia and specialises in land and property research. She has a background in computer applications and an interest in using the web to further genealogical education and networking.

Jill Ball - GeniAus

Jill, now an amateur genealogist, has been a librarian, teacher and, most recently, Head of Information Technology in a Sydney Independent School. In 2011 Jill was honoured with Life membership of School Library Association NSW for her work in education.

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Lina Hayden

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I love helping people and have made a wonderful business out of this. So if you have always wanted to write your story or have someone do it for you, please contact me. I could be the ghostwriter and you have your name on the cover. Perhaps you have a home or property, business or organisation you would like to have a book or leaflet written about, we can do that too. No project too small or large. After 20 years of disability advocacy I have gained a lot of knowledge so if you would like help in this area, please contact me.

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Currently writing "Kitchener's 100" about a group of Australian doctors who served in the British Army 1915-1916 and beyond, their individual stories. Many more interesting projects including film scripts.

Interests

WW1, writing, research, genealogy, family and local history, natural health, disability advocacy and making change. One candle can light a thousand candles!

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GenHistory

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Records relating to NSW, Norfolk Island and Tasmania found in Colonial Office microfilms

As a penal settlement answering to the British government, copies of colonial paperwork were sent to the Colonial Office in London. The Colonial Office papers contain a huge amount of material relating to the early settlements and residents of New South Wales, Norfolk Island and Tasmania. This seminar provides a guide to the type of information available both on the microfilms published by the Australian Joint Copying Project and in other published works.
- 45/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation


Case study: researching the notorious Captain Thunderbolt

When Carol Baxter began researching bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, she found that other books and articles had, naturally, been written. However, most of these were riddled with errors and failed to make use of the wealth of information that was available to an experienced researcher. For example, she found a transcript of Fred Ward’s critical 1856 trial that no one had previously located. Through this case study, you will see how a professional researcher undertakes such research and learn strategies that you can apply to your own research.  


Something from nothing: reading between the lines of military records

While General Editor of the Biographical Database of Australia, Carol Baxter examined all the Muster Books and Pay Lists for Governor Macquarie’s 73rd Regiment of Foot, which served in New South Wales between 1810 and 1814. By examining the records of all the soldiers, rather than simply looking for information about an individual soldier, she made the astonishing discovery that she could determine a huge amount of information about the lives of the rank and file even when the lists themselves included no information against a particular soldier’s name.


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