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Activities 2017

Dates of meetings and other activities are added to this page as arrangements are finalised. On most occasions a brief summary of the event is added after completion. Exhibitions, seminars, open days etc in which members may be interested are listed in our monthly newsletter. Frequently, some members attend & the more unusual of these are included.

Committee meeting dates are listed for member information.


Christmas Raffle: The winner of the Christmas raffle was Lynne Tocher. The Society made $63.00 from the sale of raffle tickets. Once again "Thank You" to all those who made a kind donation of prizes and "Thank you" to all those members who supported the raffle.

Friday 27th - committee meeting


February Newsletter for Downloading>

Tuesday 7th February - Library volunteers resume duty for 2017

Katoomba Library - 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month 10:00am - 12:00noon

Springwood Library - Every Tuesday and Thursday 10:00am - 1:00pm

Other days and times at Springwood are possible but not guaranteed.

Friday 10th - General Meeting & Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker: Jo Henwood was our guest speaker at this our first general meeting for the year. She is a member of the NSW Dickens Society and also the Australian Bronte Association. Jo gave an illuminating talk (with a little gossip from the 1820s) on the Macarthur/King family. Jo is also a member of the Australian Storytellers Association and has several lectures coming up next month at the WEA in Sydney.

Jo Henwood, storyteller

Saturday 18th - Street Stall

The Society held a street stall in the grounds of the Presbyterian Church on Saturday, 18th February, 2017.

It was quite satisfactory from two points, one that we managed to sell a lot of the items we had in our storage facility with the exception of a number of books and two, the Society made a grand total of $187.00 which we would not otherwise have had.

Thank you to those members who gave up their time and helped on the morning.

Friday 24th - committee meeting.


March Newsletter for Downloading

Friday 10th - General Meeting & Guest Speaker

Our Guest Speaker was John Howells from the Lancer Museum at Parramatta and we were entertained and informed through his interesting talk. One of our members took up John’s offer of a look up of an ancestor who had been in the Boer War, the Light Horse WWI or the First Armoured Regiment WWII as mentioned in the February Newsletter and was happy to receive information on the medals awarded for the Boer War. John's knowledge of the Lancers and their history in those varied conflicts was most extensive and gave all present much background for our ancestors' involvement.

John Howells, Parramatta LancersCredit: Photo: The Parramatta Holroyd Sun, 22nd Aug 2012

The first edition for 2017 of Explorers' Tree was available for members at the March meeting. Those who have paid for their copy to be posted should have received them early in March. Copies for those who were unable to attend the March meeting and who do not pay for postage, will find their copy in the Concertina file in the Family History Centre of the Springwood Library.

Friday 24th March - committee meeting


April Newsletter for Downloading

Friday 14th April to Monday 17th April - Easter

Friday 14th - General Meeting

Due to Easter and the unavailability of alternative dates and venues, there will be NO GENERAL MEETING in April.

Tuesday 25th - ANZAC DAY

As both Springwood and Katoomba libraries are closed no volunteers will be on duty.

Friday 28th - committee meeting


May Newsletter for Downloading

Friday 12th - General Meeting & Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker at this meeting will be Trish Skehan, some members will remember Trish has been a guest speaker on a couple of occasions. Trish has extensive knowledge of the Gold Diggings.

Patricia Skehan, Historian

Friday 26th - committee meeting


June Newsletter for Downloading

Friday 9th - General Meeting

Friday 23rd - committee meeting


July Newsletter for Downloading

Friday 14th - General Meeting & Guest Speaker

Friday 28th - committee meeting


This year the dates are Tuesday 1st August until Thursday 31st August with BMFHS activities planned in Springwood.


August Newsletter for Downloading

Friday 11th - General Meeting

Friday 25th - committee meeting


September Newsletter for Downloading

Friday 8th - General Meeting & Guest Speaker

Saturday 9th - BMFHS Bi-annual Seminar "Settling the Blue Mountains"

Friday 22nd - committee meeting


October Newsletter for Downloading

Friday 13th - General Meeting

Friday 27th - committee meeting


November Newsletter for Downloading

Friday 10th - Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The November meeting of the Society will be held at 10:00am on Friday 10th November, 2017 in the Presbyterian Church Small Hall, Macquarie Road, Springwood.

As this meeting is the AGM there will be no guest speaker however all members are encouraged to attend to hear the various reports from the executive of all activities of the Society. Please also consider standing for one of the positions and committee as it is our members who continue to make our Society strong and you can help.

Please consider standing for the Executive or Committee:

  • President:
  • Vice President:
  • Secretary:
  • Treasurer:
  • Public Officer:
  • Honorary Auditor:
  • Membership Secretary:
  • Publicity & Newsletter editor:
  • Committee: Up to Five (5) members plus those listed above.
  • Any member who is willing and able to join the committee is encouraged to put their name forward for election. New members come with new ideas and these are always welcome. Being a committee member is not an onerous task. Committee meetings are held once a month, on the fourth Friday of each month. These meetings are held at the Presbyterian Hall in Springwood. It is not essential that you attend each meeting, so long as there is a quorum the meeting can proceed - half the committee members plus 1.

    Friday 24th - committee meeting


    December Newsletter for Downloading

    Friday 8th - Christmas function

    There is no committee meeting in December

    Convict Interests The Blue Mountains Family History Society has has been compiling a list of Convict Ancestors, Pioneers and Interests of our Members. Many of our members have quite a few Convict Ancestors whilst others are researching groups of Convicts or particular Convict Ships. This list, along with details of the member involved is available at the Family History Centre in Springwood Library in a loose-leaf folder.

    This list is now also available progressively on this website and will be found here. Convict Interests



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