Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Family History Society proposed for my District

Presently there is no Family History Society for my  Local Government Area, Hornsby.  I belong to groups in two neighbouring areas, Ku-ring-gai and Hawkesbury, and enjoy being a member of those groups. It would be a great asset to the Hornsby area to have a local group.

A few months ago I was approached by another Hornsby area family historian, David, with the idea of forming a group for Hornsby. David has been working with Neil Chippendale, our Local Studies Librarian, and a few other interested parties to investigate the feasibility of starting up such a group. I am pleased to let you know that an initial meeting has been set down for February. All interested parties are invited to attend as per this email from Hornsby Library.

"Dear Family History Enthusiast


Over the last, few months a small group of family historians have been having informal talks about re-starting a local Hornsby based family history society, discussions have been fruitful and it is hoped that a new society will be formed. It has been decided that a meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 for all interested parties with the idea of formally establishing the Hornsby and District Family History Society. Ideas about the formation and objectives of the society will be discussed, we hope that you will be able to attend.

The meeting will take place in the large meeting room at Hornsby Library on 25th Feb. at 2pm.
If you have, any queries please feel free to contact Neil Chippendale on 9847 6807 or nchippendale@hornsby.nsw.gov.au."

Should you have any ideas/thoughts on this proposal I'd also love to hear from you. 

7 comments:

Infolass said...
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Infolass said...

Australian Family Tree Connections have referred to family history societies in the Dec 14 and Jan 15 issues. The Jan issue contains a letter that encourages groups to have a business plan. In order to retain and attract members it is suggested that focus be given to communication, education, research material and local knowledge and history. Is there a local history group in your area that you could collaborate with? It is great if the library is supporting the idea as they can also help promote it for you and provide space and resources. Look forward to hearing how you go.

Michele Stephens said...

Jill, I'd like to help spread this news by including it in our February 2015 magazine. Can you provide the Hornsby Library's street address as it's not 100% clear on the Council website.

Jill Ball said...

Thanks Michele, The address for Hornsby Library is 28-44 George St (Entrance in Hunter Lane) Hornsby NSW 2077. Details of the event are here:
http://www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/library/activities-and-events/family-and-local-history-talks

Alex Daw said...

That sounds great Jill. I hope it all comes together for you. It's nice to have a group that meets locally. I know the group at the library where I work is very successful and a friendly mob.

Michele Stephens said...

Many thanks for providing the street address. I hope we help send a few prospective members along.

Caitlin Gow said...

If only I lived in Sydney! I'll have to let my Aunty know about this :)

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