Saturday 10 November 2018
10am to 3pm
Co-hosted by the Shoalhaven Family History and Shoalhaven Historical Society, this promises to be an exciting inaugural event, with the emphasis on heritage arts and crafts as well as historical interest.
Two renowned speakers; Dr Paul Irish, and Ass Prof Carol Liston will be sharing their knowledge in the Old School at Pyree, which houses the SFHS library. Paul will discuss his 2017 Book Hidden In Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney, which shows that Aboriginal people never disappeared from Sydney in the nineteenth century as is often assumed. Instead they lived across colonial Sydney and interacted with its residents and economy, often in unexpected ways. They also travelled to nurture family connections along the coast beyond Sydney, including south to the Shoalhaven.
Carol will be speaking on the subject of Land Records: the ultimate source for family and local historians. NSW land records are available on line and the indexes are arranged alphabetically by surname and also chronologically. This makes them a good source to trace people and their dreams of owning a farm or their own home. The presentation will show where to find these records and how to search them.
For those wishing to expand their knowledge or book collection, the many groups inside the Pyree Hall will be only too pleased to answer your questions & help you on your way to finding those long-lost ancestors.
Be entertained as you wander through the outside exhibits and displays, with music, a display of woodturning, beekeepers, and vintage vehicles to admire – you won’t be disappointed, and if you are feeling a little peckish, the sausage sizzle & coffee van should satisfy.
Entry to the fair is free, and a tiny fee of $2 to listen to each of our fabulous speakers is great value.