Canterbury Genealogy Discussion Group

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Canterbury Genealogy Discussion Group

In 1985 a preliminary meeting was organised by Campsie Library staff to ascertain the level of local interest in family history research with the view of forming a family history interest group in Canterbury Municipality. Over 50 people attended this meeting and as a result the Canterbury Genealogy Discussion Group was formed - one of the earliest of its kind in New South Wales.

The aims of the Canterbury Genealogy Discussion Group were drawn up by Ms Gloria Kelley (Deputy Librarian), Catherine Hardie (Local History Officer) and Dick Sanders (a local volunteer instrumental in the formation of the Group). These aims were to:

  • promote and encourage individuals to further their knowledge of their ancestors and heritage.
  • liaise with other Societies, to share information and promote an awareness of genealogy.
  • record and tabulate names of families under research.
  • record all information in respect to research, eg. where to look, how to go about researching.
  • assist each other in family history research and to make it easier for newcomers in particular.
  • share our knowledge with others working in genealogy on a voluntary nature.

The Group has since disbanded.

Canterbury Bell: newsletter of the Canterbury Genealogy Discusion Group

Cover of Canterbury Bell, 2000

For many years Canterbury Genealogy Discussion Group produced a quarterly newsletter titled the Canterbury Bell: newsletter of the Canterbury Genealogy Discusion Group. It was produced in conjunction with the City of Canterbury Library and it was exchanged exchanged with like minded groups across New South Wales. The Canterbury Bell featured articles about Canterbury City people and places as well as articles of general genealogical interest - many written by members of the group.

In later years each issue of the Canterbury Bell featured an article written from transcripts of the valuable local oral histories recorded, transcribed and held in the Canterbury & Distict Historical Society Collection. These articles were written by Jean Nolan and featured stories of long-time Canterbury City residents and were often illustrated with photographs from the City of Canterbury Local History Photograph Collection.

The Canterbury Bell is available at Campsie Library and past issues are progressively being added to Canterbury Commons.


2001

May 2001

  • Memoranda
  • Canterbury District World War 1 honour roll and war memorial project
  • Family Historian wins Seniors Achievement Award 2001
  • New Books

February 2001

  • Canterbury City and World War I
  • Canterbury District World War 1 honour roll and war memorial project
  • Continuing the Arnett Family Saga
  • Bush medicine according to Grandma


2000

November 2000

  • Citizens of Canterbury - Robert Archibald Forsyth
  • Nameplates commemorating WWI street names
  • An Olympic Experience
  • Soldiers Quarantined on return from WWI- Conclusion

May 2000

  • Citizens of Canterbury - William Pithers
  • WurliTzer Organ finds a new home
  • Web site news from State Records
  • An interesting personality - Joseph Warren
  • Finding your family in the National Archives
  • A Matter of Grave Importance
  • Books for sale

February 2000

  • Citizens of Canterbury - Mrs Kit Watson
  • Samuel Nelson
  • Copying inscriptions from gravestones
  • Shipping and Passenger Lists


1999

November 1999

  • Citizens of Canterbury - William James Nobbs
  • Campsie Musical Society
  • Just a memory
  • Canterbury Town Hall
  • Family surprises and a mystery unsolved

August 1999

  • Samuel Nelson
  • Citizens of Canterbury - Ethel Lyons
  • Citizens of Canterbury - Jeston and Edna Hanlon
  • Citizens of Canterbury - Charlotte Coleman
  • Citizens of Canterbury - Foster Anderson

May 1999

  • Childhood memories of Belmore
  • Books for sale

February 1999

  • An Old Campsie Identity
  • A Bit about Khaki
  • The Order of the Bath gave us the "Pip"
  • Citizens of Canterbury - Daniel Outtrim
  • Citizens of Canterbury - John and Elizabeth Deamon
  • Citizens of Canterbury - Elizabeth Hilton
  • Citizens of Canterbury - Jack and Harry Bagust
  • Citizens of Canterbury - Thomas James Barnes
  • Citizens of Canterbury - Mrs Frances Norwood
  • Citizens of Canterbury - Charles Gabb
  • Citizens of Canterbury - Alfred Evan Barnes


1998

November 1998

  • A Letter from the S.S. New Guinea
  • The "Lady MacNaughton"
  • One Teacher Schools - Mandagery in Wartime
  • Citizens of Canterbury - William Pithers
  • Gala Day at Canterbury Public School
  • Liverpool to Australia in 1873

August 1998

  • Bus Tour of Dublin
  • The Story of Sidney Mullens
  • A Day on the Vernon
  • More from Miss Ann Miller
  • Have you seen your Birth Certificate?

May 1998

  • The suburbs of the Canterbury Municipality
  • The early history of the Moorefields District
  • Some early land grants in the Moorefields area
  • The Chard family
  • One teacher schools - 19th century to World War 11
  • One teacher schools - a subsidised school

February 1998

  • The Earlwood Undercliffe District
  • Early land grants of the Earlwood Undercliffe District
  • Extract from "The Sydney Morning Herald" September 1860
  • Trade routes of Danish and Scaninavian Ships and Barques
  • Around the world in sixteen weeks

Contents

  • The Earlwood Undercliffe District
  • Early land grants of the Earlwood Undercliffe District
  • Extract from "The Sydney Morning Herald" September 1860
  • Trade routes of Danish and Scaninavian Ships and Barques
  • Around the world in sixteen weeks
  • Disclaimer