Matthew Flinders’ Remains to be Reburied in Lincolnshire

Matthew Flinders’ Remains to be Reburied in Lincolnshire

By Paul Whitelam, BBC News The remains of a Lincolnshire explorer credited with naming Australia will be reburied in his home village in 2024. Captain Matthew Flinders, from Donington, led the first circumnavigation of Australia. His remains were identified after they were found in an HS2 rail project dig at St James’s burial ground in […]

Dural And District Historical Society Inc.; News From History Cottage

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History Cottage was pleased to welcome guest speaker, Dr Lesley Harbon. She spoke of six women associated with the Roughley Family who, over six generations, played a part in the social history of the interlocking families who farmed our district. In the audience were those whose names are on the family tree, along with many […]

Dural And District Historical Society Inc. – News From History Cottage

Dural And District Historical Society Inc. - News From History Cottage

There was much interest in the May presentation on the bombing of Darwin. Hearing of the lack of planning, incompetent administrators and the inordinate delay in recognising those who rose to solve the shortcomings, gave much to compare with the present day. Speaker, Noel Phelan, had an enormous amount of material to show and answered […]

Dural and District Historical Society

The latest monthly meeting of the Dural and District Historical Society was very well attended. Tracey Reid gave a talk on her home, “Banksia Cottage,” built by the Sallaway family with help from master stonemason, Joe Booth. The benefits of talks such as this include painstaking research, early photographs and many contributions from members of […]

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Interest in our local history was certainly evident at our July gathering. Over sixty members and friends heard guest speaker, Rhonda Ramsey, tell the story of her home” Mount Orient” in Berrilee. For over 130 years the occupants of this stone house, have played significant roles in different aspects of the life of our community and […]

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Blue Mountains Historical Society

On the 15th March, a full bus of eager members set off for the Blue Mountains. The weather was clear and beautiful. The anguish of Sydney morning traffic was quickly forgotten as the hospitality of the Blue Mountains Historical Society made all welcome. Devonshire tea, expert explanations of their museum, and an enthusiastic tour of […]

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By Michael Bell Where was Deadman’s Hill and who were the mates attempting to reach the bottom safely? Who was Tiger Kelly and who was Tony? People and times past will give the answers when Nathan Tilbury is the guest speaker at the Society’s meeting on the 12th March. Again we will meet in the […]

Afternoon Tea at The Dlhhs Chapel


By Jan Kofron – Secretary The weather was very kind to us at the Chapel last Saturday, 22nd January 2022 for the Dharug & Lower Hawkesbury Historical Society. This was our first activity in 10 months and so we had planned a low key event along with lots of fall back positions given the times […]

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What a joy it was for some fifty members and visitors to meet on the 13th of November. Our guest speaker, Jo Hambrett, told the story of her family, the Bests. Six generations have farmed in the Dural district for over two hundred years, making it the most prolonged continuous family agricultural enterprise in Australia. […]

Guest speaker Mrs Jo Hambrett -News from History Cottage

Jo Hambrett

This month’s meeting on Saturday 13th November will be held in the Uniting Church, Galston, starting at 2.00 pm. COVID 19 health regulations will apply so all visitors will need to have evidence of full vaccination and to register. Our Guest speaker will be, Mrs Jo Hambrett, who will tell the story of the Best family. They were the […]