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Did you know that the NSW National Trust Annual Heritage will be kicking off soon?

The Illawarra Family History Group will be co-hosting The Lost Village of Sherbrooke - Finding Sherbrooke's Sons in WW1 at the Black Diamond Heritage Centre Bulli - more details here

More details on Illawarra events in the Heritage Festival should be available soon.

 Did you see the great article on the South Coast Waratahs in WW1 in the Illawarra Mercury recently ? Our Terry Bugg gave a lot of help to Alan Clark on this project. 

Our Draft Programme for 2015 - next is our AGM on March 18 2015 

April - J Shipp Heritage Festival
May - T Ball – Jenkins Estate – Land Grantees – 200 Years European Settlement
June - S Pires – 200 Stories for 200 Years
July - Show & Tell
August - Library Visit & Richard Reid Seminar on Ireland on August 8
September - M Edwell Illawarra Waratahs 1915
October - UOW Student
November - Fae McGregor – Clan McGregor & DNA testing

Photos from our gallery :
Greg Scott speaking at our February meeting on the Fortifications in Wollongong

Our December 2014 Christmas Party and a surprise cake for Elaine Goard

Paul McCosker desendent of the McCuskers who sailed to Australia in the 1837 voyage of the Adam Lodge where Dr Alick Osborne was the Ship's Surgeon. Paul shared his experiences in renovating the heritage home of Wilgendene in Jones Place Corrimal.

We have made a start on our Illawarra WW1 database on-line - starting with people whose names began with "A" - based on Terry Bugg's WW1 research. 

Click to read about the Family History Forum at the Old Court House - November  1 2014  : 10.00am - 4.00pm - see pics below of a great day !

Illawarra Family History Group.

Do you have a connection to the Illawarra area of New South Wales?

Need help tracking down your ancestors?

Whether you live locally, interstate or overseas the Illawarra Family History Group can help you.

We have an extensive collection of resources and experienced members who specialise in Illawarra family history.

Let us do the research for you. We may already have the answers you are looking for.

Prospective members and visitors are welcome at meetings which are held at 7.30 pm on the third Wednesday of each month, except January, in the Old Wollongong Court House, corner of Harbour Street and Cliff Road, Wollongong NSW 2500. Or drop into the Family History area of the Wollongong City Library Reference Section (Burelli St Wollongong) on Wednesdays and Fridays -from 9.30am till 12.30pm - when our member volunteers are available to help with your queries.

Deferred to 2015! Sandra Pires of Why Documentaries  (Pig Iron Bob Documentary) was coming to talk to us at our October meeting - about their upcoming project : 200 Stories for 200 Years to commemorate the Bicentenary of European Settlement in the Illawarra - Sandra is seen here with one of her interviewees : Lance Brown who is 104 years "not out" and as sharp as a tack ! Lance remembers his Uncle Mannie Polglase returning from WW1 in late 1918 at Bulli Railway Station and riding on the running boards of the car that took Mannie home to Farrell Rd Bulli. Do you have a story to share with Sandra too ?

Illawarra Remembers 1914 - 1918 

To commemorate the centenary of World War I, Wollongong City Libraries, and its partners, have developed an innovative on-line resource which is now live - Illawarra Remembers 1914 - 1918 . It includes information and photographs that tell the stories of the Illawarra's brave men and women who went to war in 1914-1918. This resource will continue to grow, as members of the community add stories and photographs of their relatives in WW1.

The official launch, by Wollongong City Council Deputy Lord Mayor Chris Connor, was held on September 25 2014,  at 10am at Wollongong City Council Building, Level 9 Function Room. Over 100 people attended, including Illawarra Family History Group's Terry Bugg, Susannah Cavill and Kerrie Anne Christian. Marisa O'Connor indicated that Wollongong City Library would be conducting workshops to help community members learn how to use the Illawarra Remembers 1914 - 1918, and then how to upload their own families' WW1 stories.

We need your help.

We will be asking you to share treasures from your family's history for this period. The project partners continue to collect & record stories, as well as scanning photographs and original documents. The latest  Scan & Share day was October 10 at Wollongong Library - here are Illawarra Family History Group members helping out on the day - with a  South Coast Chapter of Fellowship of First Fleeter member, John Boyd, showing a photo of an unknown soldier from Dapto RSL (second pic) and with the Panucci Graphics folks working their magic and scanning the WW1 images (third & fourth pics). We even had records of one of the South Coast Waratahs brought in - click here for Waratahs.

Project partners are: Illawarra Family History Group, Kiama Council LibraryShellharbour City Council Library and University of Wollongong.

Illawarrra Remembers 1914 - 2014 NSW & ACT AFHS Annual Conference, at Fairy Meadow, has now ended - but you can view the full conference photo gallery here or on the NSW & ACT AFHS Facebook Page. Great feedback from Bankstown too. And one famous Australian Genealogist Jill Ball aka +Jill Ball  didn't make it to the conference - but click here to read her excuse - it's a good one! Congratulations to Judy Bull and her team for a fantastic conference !