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2015 National Indigenous Men's and Women's Network Conference -
2015 National Indigenous Men’s and Women’s Network Conference
Hilton Hotel Darwin, NT on 28th – 30th September
For further information visit the event website
Mudgee Hospital Auxiliary History - Members looking for old photos and stories from family members of women who have served on the Mudgee Hospital Auxiliary.
HISTORY OF MUDGEE HOSPITAL AUXILIARY
by Esther Burns
Did you know that hospitals in Mudgee have had a ladies auxiliary for 90 years?
I am the current Secretary of the Mudgee Hospital Auxiliary and have been researching the history of our Hospital Auxiliary but now need some help from locals. I’ve only lived in Mudgee for 6 years so have had to rely on stories from newspapers and our current members to get as far as I have...MORE...CLICK HERE
Does anyone know the O'Brien/Madden family history?
HISTORY OF SURNAMES
We take so much for granted in our own time and space. Last names for instance. In this world of easy ancestry research, one would think that everyone has a last name and has had so for generations. Not so.
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To Order: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Late Kenneth James Simmonds
Sydney and Melbourne Royal Show harness judge
Part of the Sydney Royal Easter Show Harness horse competitions for 41 years.
Outstanding winner of many trophies and ribbons
Show vehicle restoration master craftsman
Have you ever regretted the passing of a friend, or loved one; a master craftsman of a trade that is fading from our midst?
Have you ever wished you knew how to re-create those romantic, bygone treasures that are part of our history and part of our lives?
Have you ever kicked yourself for not seeking such information before our most respected craftsmen and women are gone forever?
The late Ken Simmonds was born into the horse and buggy era. His father was a Bankstown milk man, using a horse and milk cart. Here Ken’s story began.
Ken’s passion, showing his beautifully restored harness vehicles at the Sydney Royal Show and country shows shines in this book, methodically recording measurements and knowhow to help the show ring remain authentic. There are many in show rings today still driving Ken’s beautiful and meticulously restored vehicles.
The knowledge recorded in this booklet is precious.
The late Kenneth James Simmonds, 1920 to 26th December, 2013; Bankstown/Punchbowl horse and cart milkman; 41 years showing harness classes at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, winning over 200 ribbons, Reserve Champion Buggy horse and turnout 1966, 1967, 1968; Horse vehicle section judge at Melbourne and Sydney Royal; author of 'Show Sulkies and Buggies' 1992.
for a tribute to theLate Ken Simmonds, click here
Your members will be pleased to learn that the Australian Cemeteries Index website http://austcemindex.com , which now has over 1.7M headstone inscriptions online, has a NSW BDM search facility that actually works properly. As with all of the website it is totally free
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UPDATE OF CHINAMAN'S KILLING
Hello, my name is Susan Jarvis and am connected to the Chinaman’s killing of the butcher that Chris Eaton referred to some time ago. I have found some newspaper clippings on it. Click here to see:
TIDBIT ON MUSEUMS AND COLLECTION OF HISTORY
Photo of the last load of hay being offloaded from a horse drawn wagon at Mudgee Railway Station. Click here
Photographs sent in by Chris Turner of Western Australia, who moved there in 2011. The photos are of Kandos at the turn of the century.
Dear Parents...I am very sorry to inform you my little son is dead, but I thank God my wife and I are quite well. I have moved from Cooyal. I had very bad luck there.
Mt Frome is about 4klms south east of Mudgee township. It was named after a shepherd, Tom Frome, who got lost in the then thickly wooded mountain. He was thought to have died there, but during a Memorial Service held in his honour, he turned up, very much alive. ..
Did you know Mudgee pioneered solar and wind natural, renewable energy? Meet the Simmonds family, pioneers of the new energy source who were responsible for hundreds of Mudgee families on small farms using solar and wind electricity to run their homes in the early 1980s.
Response from reader identifying the machinery in the collection.
In the exciting days of the Gold Rush, Australia certainly became multi-cultural. And one of the biggest cultural groups to make a significant contribution to the pioneers' life was the Chinese. Barbara Hickson speaks of their presence in Gulgong.
Tracking The Dragon by Barbara Hickson (Part 1)
In this series of Chinese nationals in the Gulgong region of Mudgee, Barbara tells us a bit of background on Chinese Names in the article, Chinese Anonymity. Then we have the history of Chinaman's Swamp in Coolah, and the Keys Market Garden in Mudgee
In Part 2 of Tracking the Dragon Barbara tells us about
the site of the capture of Chinese bushranger Sam Poo; the Chinese store at Cassilis and Winn's Market Garden, Gulgong.
Site of capture of Chinese Bushranger Sam Poo. 3
Chinese Store at Cassilis. 6
Winn's Market Garden, Gulgong
Wong Gee's Grave, Sofala;
Isle of Dreams, Sofala
Chinese in Sofala
Diane Simmonds contributes to the collection of Chinese history in the Mudgee region with a history of the Chinese people in Sofala during the gold rush.
The editor of this site, Diane Simmonds, featured in the solo exhibition of Photomedia artist Holly Grech on Friday, 26th September at the Umbrella Studio of Contemporary Arts in Townsville.
Diane de St Hilaire Simmonds poem features in new online poetry magazine, The Australia Times Poetry Magazine http://www.theaustraliatimes.com/emagazines/poetry/issue204/
Also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Australia-Times-Poetry-Magazine/386461994820768
NEW HISTORY AND ART BOOK ON MUDGEE
A new book, Portrait of Mudgee and District by Judy Kurtz, with historical notes by Diane de St Hilaire Simmonds.
A quality coffee table book of 30 colour prints and 6 sepia drawings by renown artist, Judy Kurtz, with historical notes by Diane de St Hilaire Simmonds, all of the Mudgee region, Gulgong, Rylstone, Kandos, Goolma, Wollar, Capertee, Hill End, Hargraves and more.
Price: $39.95 plus postage and handling.
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Updates to Let's Chat page:
Let's Chat - heaps more appeals for help on Let's Chat
Ancestry.com now has the NSW Census for 1891 and 1901, which lists people as Aboriginal.
Robert Wilson and Catherine Robinson by Philip Scott
The Eaton Family Tree
by Sandy Eaton
Made in Mudgee – from Jane Paterson to Granny Eaton
A short story by Great Grandson Chris Eaton
Lets chat - John Johnson, Eliza Forster, Cox family, Wiradjuri, Georgy the Mudgee Aboriginal Policeman in the 1800's and Amande Lee Johnson the NPWS Ranger in the 1900's. I have posed some interests in my story and wonder if you can provide anymore inform Amanda Johnson
- A Shared Sorry - The Sharing of Love - The Sharing of History "Winbourne" Mulgoa, West of Parramatta, NSW, "Burrundulla", "Menah" Stations, Mudgee and "Fernside" and "Rawdon" Homesteads, Rylstone, Central Western NSW; John Johnson, Eliza Forster, the Cox Family, the Mulgoa Clan of the Darug people & the Wiradjuri Nation.
Author: Amanda Lee Johnson, 24 Jan 2014. Captains Flat NSW. Click here for more information
Historical collector, Peter Simmonds' historic newspaper clipping collection.
Historic Film Star Photo Collection
Peter Simmonds' historic collection of film star photographs
Joi’s apology, by Rae Desmond Jones
The poem is prominent in Rae's forthcoming volume of New & Selected Poems - to be launched on 11 August, 2013. It's the first in the book and our website has the privilege of a preview. If you would like to order the book, contact Rae on: email@example.com
See more of Rae's poems on: http://www.poemhunter.com/rae-desmond-jones/
By Paul Bech
The story of William Oxley, Police Constable in Mudgee, and his murder.
Murder and Mayhem
Court Reports from The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842-1954)
Highway Robbery, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)
Patrick Malony, John Cain, and Thomas Odin, were indicted for stealing two saddles, two bridles, 17 California belts, and a quantity of other property belonging to Robert Fitzgerald, Ësq , M.C , at Reedy Creek, in April. 1852.
Reg and Jenny Franks, Local POW Camps and Mosquito Bombers
Learn about local prisoner of war camps and how Mosquito bombers were made from local timber that also supplied Slazenger tennis raquets.Kandos. Also how rice pudding challenged the war effort.
Folk Tales: Laura Wallis - local historian's great grandmother writes:
It was fine then till Saturday night and we had it (heavy rain) again. We slept under the dray and water was running under us and over us.
A letter home to England of a woman's incredible journey to the goldfields at Maitland Bar.
CRESP FAMILY COLLECTION Photos from their farm in Boinka Victoria
80 year old, Norah Kendall has collected the Cresp family photos together and shares some photos of a winnower from the old family farm at Boinka, Victoria.
St Matthew's Catholic Church, Botobolar
St Matthew's celebrated the 100th anniversary of the laying of its foundation stone in 2000
An Historical Tour of Appletree Flat
You could pass the historical gems of Appletree Flat in a moment on a drive from Mudgee to Sydney, unaware of what you are driving through. Take the time to drive there and really look at the surrounding scenery and hear its historical ghosts talking to you.
Railways - Capertee, Mudgee, Gulgong
The coming of the railway to Capertee, Mudgee, Gulgong
Elsie Winter's Memoirs of a train ride to Sydney
Cooyal's own lady bushranger, Mary Ann Bugg and her Captain Thunderbolt.
The romantic story of an educated Aboriginal woman, Mary Ann Bugg, the wife of well known bushranger, Captain Thunderbolt, Fred Ward. Read about this incredible woman and her infamous legendary husband. It is said Captain Thunderbolt would never have survived without the 'power behind the throne', Mary Ann Bugg.
More bushranger information
More about bushrangers, cattle duffers and stagecoach holdups in the Mudgee region.
Folktales - Don Hobbs' Trip to a Bushranger's cave
Don takes us by horseback from Nullo Mountain to Mount Pomany to see the remains of an old bushranger's cave.
More Mudgee Poems About Us written by Diane de St Hilaire Simmonds
We are of one spirit poems of reconciliation written by Diane de St Hilaire Simmonds.
New Aboriginal Family History Page
The editor of this site is seeking to add a new section on Aboriginal family history for in the Mudgee region to help families find their relatives. If you have some information, no matter how small, please send it in to this site on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see if we can provide the links to help find our Aboriginal heritage.
Also in this section, we have new information on Diana Mudgee.
Also in this section, tracing the family tree of Mary Ann Bugg
The history of Capertee
Historical names of the Capertee families. by Mickel Cowie
The Village of Sofala
Gold at Sofala
The Village of Hill End
James Watsford 1st Mail Coach Driver over the Blue Mountains
Cobb & Co Change Stations around Mudgee
Cobb & Co at Sofala
The old Chinese gold diggings at Worlds End
The Wiradjuri People by Mickel Cowie