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We've also had another tweak of our IFHG  Library Catalogue - click here  - more updates to follow as Elizabeth Claydon progresses

Have you heard about our Irish Forum on August 8 2015 at the Fraternity in Fairy Meadow?

- featuring Dr Richard Reid and Dr Perry McIntyre 
to download a registration form and get more information click here 

Irish Forum Topics: 
 An Irish settler family in the Illawarra 
 The Ireland of your Irish ancestors 
 Australia and the Great Irish Famine 1845-1850 
 Irish workhouse orphan girls in the Illawarra

Dr Richard Reid - biographical details

Dr Perry McIntyre - biographical details

Do you have an Irish female convict or two in your family tree ? 
Did you know that about 1/2 of the 25,000 ++ female convicts in Australia were from Ireland ? 
Have you heard about the Irish TV documentary series on Irish Women Convicts banished to Australia ? 
More information here  - but don't delay - you can only view the series on line until June 30th !!  - click here

Illawarra WW1 Database launched
On June 14th Sharon Bird launched the Illawarra Family History Group's WW1 Database on-line at the Black Diamond Heritage Centre in Bulli. Terry Bugg has been researching people with Illawarra connections who served in WW1 - and collaborated with Kerrie Anne Christian to take it on-line.

Sharon also launched the Black Diamond's Illawarra South Coast ANZAC Angels exhibition, where Terry Bugg's research assisted BDHC Museum Curator Kerrie Anne Christian.

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.

Did you know we have set up a  resource site to serve as a "back end" to this website ie which covers past events, draft meeting minutes, WW1 resources

Also do you use Facebook ? If so - then have you checked out our Facebook page lately ? It has daily updates focusing on genealogy tips - as well as tributes to our WW1 soldiers, sailors and nurses. On our Facebook page,  we are commemorating the centenary of the passing of soldiers and sailors who died in WW1 - from our Illawarra WW1 Roll of Honour.
Currently our Facebook page has over 300 followers -  more than quadrupling the number we had in September 2014 !
Like us on our Facebook page - to keep up to date with those daily tips and tributes to our WW1 folk.

To view the Illawarra WW1 Database listing - click here 

Illawarra Remembers 1914 - 1918

To commemorate the centenary of World War I, Wollongong City Libraries, and its partners, developed an innovative on-line resource 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. 

We need your help.

Please 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. 

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 - see notes on the Waratahs. 

Meeting Programme for 2015 - next is our July Meeting

August 19 - Library Visit & 31st birthday celebration
September 16- M Edwell – Illawarra Waratahs 1915
October 21 - UOW Student - Ann Marie Sneddon Mobbs Bundle Illawarra Aboriginal
November 18 - Fae McGregor – Clan McGregor & DNA testing
December 16 - Christmas Party

Note - Draft Monthly Meeting Minutes can be checked by clicking here.

At our April 2015 meeting John Shipp of the Illawarra Historical Society spoke of their project with the University to digitise their Bulletins back to 1945 ! 

- view a list of their Bulletins : 1945 - 2014

At our June 17 2015 meeting, Sandra Pires of Why Documentaries  (Pig Iron Bob Documentary) :
 shared on Yesterday's Stories, Pig Iron Bob and  200 Stories for 200 Years 

Sandra is seen here with one of her interviewees : Lance Brown who is 105 years "not out" and as sharp as a tack ! 
Lance remembers his Uncle Mannie Polglase returning from WW1 in late 1919 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 ?

Shoalhaven's 10th Family, Local & Cultural History Fair was at the School of Arts Berry St Nowra  on Friday June 26 & Saturday June 27 
Anne Marie Sneddon Mobbs was on our table both days - with Kerrie Anne Christian on Friday and with Judy Bull on Saturday. We met Allan Clark who is working on his second book on the South Coast Waratahs Recruitment March in WW1.
more information on the Fair - click - here