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The State Library is partnering with Inside History magazine to create a unique photo-dating tool – the first of its kind in Australia – which will transform the way genealogists and family historians trace their ancestors. 

Friday 20 May 2016


To commemorate the centenary of World War I there is a plethora of websites for you to explore. Here are just a few of them:

National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

100 Years of ANZAC

BBC World War I

Canadian Expeditionary Force
Canadian Veteran Affairs

New Zealand WW100

Centenary News

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

14-18 Mission Centenaire

1418 War

Imperial War Museum

1n Mem0riam 2014

In Flanders Fields Museum

First World War Centenary

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Help request

A new page has been set up for club members to submit questions about their research/brick walls which will be published on the "Help" page (see "Help" tab above) for others to view and hopefully reply to.

Each request will be published with a reference number and optionally the requestor's first name and e-mail address.

To submit a request download a pro forma here, complete the form and e-mail it to

Your replies can be sent back to the above e-mail address or directly to you if you are prepared to publish your e-mail address on the original request.

News from Trove

Editions of the Illawarra Mercury from 1856-1950 are being digitised and progressively put on the NLA Trove website. If you go to this link you will see a graph showing how many editions have been published by year (move your cursor slowly over the required year). You can then go an search Trove for Illawarra Mercury articles related to your research.
If you want to search only the Illawarra Mercury tick the box that reads "Limit to issues of this title" during the search phase.

Waterfall General Cemetery

Wollongong City Council has released a video about the Waterfall General Cemetery a.k.a.Garrawarra Cemetery. The cemetery was last used as a burial site in 1949 where over 2,000 tuberculosis patients from the Waterfall Sanatorium are buried.

Since 1967 Wollongong City Council has been responsible for the site and as you can see from the video bushland has encroached into the cemetery and it is overgrown.

Wollongong City Council would like to have community consultation about the future of the cemetery especially with relatives of those buried there.

Donated photograph taken at Metal Manufacturers?

The IFHG has received a donation of a photograph probably taken at Metal Manufacturers Pty Ltd Port Kembla NSW.

Click here to have a look at the photo and see if you can identify any of the people. If you can identify anyone in the photo or if you know when the photo was taken please contact the secretary.