Latest news and events

Our Draft Monthly Meeting Programme for 2015 

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 - Anne Marie Sneddon Mobbs - Aboriginal Theme
November - Fae McGregor – Clan McGregor & DNA testing

Shoalhaven's 10th Family, Local & Cultural History Fair at the School of Arts Berry St Nowra held over two days, Friday June 26 & Saturday June 27 from 9.30am to 4.00pm. ENTRY IS FREE. - more information - click - here

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 - more information click - here 

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 for another few weeks !!  - click here

Northern Illawarra Uniting Church commemorated 150 years in Bulli with a series of events including a History Forum on Saturday April 11 2015 our President Kerrie Anne Christian assisted in organising the forum.

The Illawarra Family History Group co-hosted The Lost Village of Sherbrooke - Finding Sherbrooke's Sons in WW1 at the Black Diamond HERITAGE CENTRE BULLI - MORE DETAILS HERE

1 November 2014 - Illawarra Family History Group is hosting a one day workshop on Family History Topics including Finding Your WW1 Ancestors, A Convict in the Family, Technology in Family History & Experiences in Finding Aboriginal Ancestors - stay tuned for more information.

 12 September - 14 September 2014 - Illawarra Remembers 1914-2014 NSW & ACT AFHS Annual Conference has ended - however the Gallery of conference photographs can be viewed here or see them on the NSW & ACT AFHS Facebook page. Congratulations to Judy Bull and her team for a fantastic conference. Also - find out more on getting the most out of Family History Conferences.

 25 August - 3 October - UOW Reflects on The Great War has been developed by UOW Library in collaboration with Associate Professor John McQuilton and Dr Jen Roberts from the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts. Exhibits are drawn from University Archives, the Illawarra Museum and local collections.

This exhibition seeks to share the experience of the First World War through a local perspective and highlight its broader impact on Australian society.

OPEN: 9am to 5pm Weekdays and 11am to 4pm weekends in the Library Panizzi Room. University of Wollongong, Building 16, Northfields Ave, Wollongong.

Features our own Terry Bugg onWednesday, 1pm, 17 September, Panizzi Room. The Illawarra Remembers – Panel Discussion.
Terry Bugg, Illawara Family History Group & Illawarra Remembers Coordinator
Marisa O’Connor, Wollongong City Library
Susan Jones, UOW Archives.

Read more here.

12-14 September 2014 - NSW ACT AFHS Annual Conference at Fraternity including a family history fair - click to find out more details - plus find out more on getting the most out of Family History Conferences

14 May 2014 Click here to read the Ancestry article about protecting your family history documents from mould

7 May 2014 has released a video explaining the lengths they went to to digitize the 1851 Manchester census records. Click here to see the 1851 Manchester census and click here to see a list of all videos 

April 29 2014 - Illawarra Remembers 1914-1918 has gone live today 

Illawarra Remembers 1914 - 1918 - a project inspired by Illawarra Family History Group's Terry Bugg has now gone live - intended to cover all WW1 service personnel associated with the Illawarra. If your family's WW1 service personnel aren't already on the list you can register them via the new Illawarra Remembers website

27 March 2014 Findmypast (UK) and the National Archives announce the digitisation of The 1939 Register

Findmypast (UK) has announced a new project to release The 1939 Register, which will see 40 million wartime British records published online within the next two years.

In the most anticipated family history development since the 1911 census, findmypast is working in association with The National Archives to provide the only complete overview of the UK population between 1922 and 1950.

The 1939 Register was taken on 29 September 1939 by the British Government, shortly after the outbreak of WW2. It recorded personal details of individuals in order to issue identity cards and ration books.

Read more here.


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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To commemorate the centenary of World War I, Wollongong City Libraries will develop an innovative online resource – Illawarra Remembers 1914-1918 – which will include information and photographs that tell the stories of the Illawarra’s brave men and women who went to war. They need your help. Click here to read more.

Our research project, 'Illawarra Women' will be closing soon, so if you have someone you want included in this very extensive listing, hurry up. We hope to launch this publication at the 2014 Family History conference.

You can sent you material to Gillian Baker or Terry Bugg

The project covers the lives of any woman who lived in the Illawarra area between, settlement 1820 and suffrage 1902.

The aim is to list women and their part in our area's development not just as wives and daughters, but as people in their own right.

Photos, biographical, and personal information will be included. The material already covers over 1,200 pages.

The lady responsible for this is member Gillian Baker who deserves a very big pat on the back and a big round of applause from everyone who has ever done even a little family history research.

This week's monthly Meeting

This Wednesday 20th November at the Old Court House our speaker will be Barbara Street. Barbara will be speaking about the Street brothers.

Yes you have enjoyed the ice cream now hear the story behind this local success story.

Not a member? no worries just arrive for a 7.30 pm start.

Also if you have any questions related to your research, put your hand up and ask. You will have a room full of family history experience, so we may be able to help.

The group has a research service, with fees attached, and while we cannot do in depth research at meeting nights, we just might be able to answer your questions on the spot and for free.

See you there.

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 October 2013

Click here to see details for the Illawarra Mercury
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

Waterfall General Cemetery

Wollongong City Council recently 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 recently 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.