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Training & Education Sessions

An interesting and topical training session will be held on Monday 23rd September commencing at 11.00am. The session for September will cover ‘How DNA can open up your family history research’ The session will be presented by Lyn Smith who has first hand knowledge, after taking a DNA test. You must register for this event by contacting Linda Barnes on 6887 8284 or email The cost for members is $5 or $10 for non-members.

Share Your Story, Friday 20th September 2019

September will see member Nola Walters give a presentation on her family history research which starts with a convict great grandmother, who then went on to have a large family. This Share Your Story follows very nicely on from our information session last month covering tracing the convict paper trail. Make sure you come along for an entertaining afternoon. The session will be held in the Community Arts Centre at Western Plains Cultural Centre at 2pm. For only $4 you can enjoy a scrumptious afternoon tea after the event and have a chat with Nola and other attendees.

Family History Annual stock take Wednesday 18th September

As members know our society has an extensive library of books, journals, maps and assorted other items. To keep track of all these assets it is necessary to conduct a stock take or audit every year.
The annual stock take this year will take place on Wednesday 18th September commencing at 10.00am. We would love to have our members assist in this stock take, as many hands make light work. If you can help out on this day, or wish to know more about it, please contact our president Linda on 6887 8284 or email her at
Morning tea and lunch will be provided, and if necessary afternoon tea. We would love to have your help with this project.

History week

Macquarie Regional Library will be running some courses relating to family and local history during History Week.
Workshops on ‘Treasures of Trove and Ancestry’ will be held on the 4th,5th and 7th September. In addition Local Studies Officer Simone Taylor will present a talk on the experiences of two local women’s organisations during wartime. This will be held on the 11th September. These will be free, but you must book by phoning Macquarie Regional Library on 02 6801 4510. For more information on these events place contact the library.

Training & Education session 26th August 2019

Another popular training/education session will be conducted on Monday 26th August for members and guests. This month will cover “following a convict’s paper trail in the UK and the colonies”. You may discover gems of knowledge concerning your ancestors once you learn how to get the best out of these records. Jo Murphy will be conducting the session, which will start at 11am. Places are restricted so get in early and book in. You can call Linda Barnes on 6887 8284 or email her at to confirm your spot. It will cost $5 for society members and $10 for non-members.

Share Your Story Friday, 16th August 2019

This month we will have Di and Bob McKeowen sharing their story with us. Many of you will know Di and Bob but you may not be aware that they originally met in New Guinea. They will share stories of these days in New Guinea with us. Make sure you are at the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Wingewarra Street for a 2pm start next Friday the 16th August. Bring along $4 to share in the afternoon tea afterwards, and have a chat with everyone.