Wollondilly Library Re-Opening

GOOD NEWS!  Finally, after nearly eight months (it should have been three), the upstairs floor of the Wollondilly Library where the Society holds its archives has re-opened. Please visit members in the Local Studies Room on Thursdays between 10am and 3pm for all your local research enquiries.

Wollondilly Library Author Talk Event: Marjo Hallowell

Local Wollondilly Woman of the Year 2023, Marjo Hallowell will be talking about her book, Bargo Two Hundred Years in the Making. The book details the rich history of Bargo and sold out in its first print run.

Join us afterwards for light refreshments. Books will be available to purchase from the author for $49.

This talk is a part of the celebrations for the Community Lounge Launch at Wollondilly Library on Saturday 29 April.

Date Saturday 29 April 2023. 11:30am – 12:30pm
Location: The View Room, Wollondilly Library, 42 Menangle Street, Picton, NSW, 2571

Bookings are required.

Willis Family Reunion – Celebrating a 100 years in Australia 1833-2023

The Willis family is planning a family reunion to be held on Sunday 30th April 2003 at the Redlands Sporting Club, Anson Rd, Wellington Point, QLD 4160. For full details download the attached invitation.
Read more about the Willis family history, including their arrival in Australia, their life at The Oaks and descendants by downloading the attached pdf document.

Society Monthly Meeting

A reminder that the Society’s monthly meeting is scheduled for 10:30am AEDT tomorrow, Saturday 4th March. All members are invited, attendance either in person or via Zoom. Full details, previous meeting minutes and financial statement are included in the Secretary’s latest email.

Are you interested in tracing your family history?

In partnership with Wollondilly Library the Society will host a workshop on how to start researching your family history. It will commence at 11am on Monday 6th February in the View Room of the Library, 42 Menangle Street, Picton.

The workshop will run from 11am to 12 Noon and if you can stick around, join us for a light lunch and a general chat. The Society will then host a second workshop from 1pm to 3pm on further avenues of research.


To book for the morning session (11am-12pm) please contact the library – https://www.library.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au/events/getting-started-with-family-history

To book for the afternoon session (1pm-3pm) please contact the Society either by email – pictonheritage@outlook.com or phone the secretary on 0427 659 340.

Temporary Closure of Society’s Research Room

The top floor of Wollondilly Library will be closed from 29 August 2022 for renovations for a period of two to three months. As a result, during this time members will not have access to the Society’s records stored in the library.

Should you have an inquiry, society members may still be able to assist by accessing records which have been digitised together with resources held outside the library.

Monthly meetings will be held in the home of one of our members. Members will be notified via email of the details. If you wish to contact the Society please email pictonheritage@outlook.com or contact us via the Society’s website or  facebook page or telephone the secretary on 0427659340.

Family History Month

Did you know that August is Family History Month at the NSW State Library. They have a range of free online events that will help you to uncover your family’s past – https://bit.ly/3AssB9E

Remember to also check out our Members Library where we have listed a collection of external resources to assist with your research – https://bit.ly/3SXDHdW

There are now only 29 days to go until the 37th Annual Conference of the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies. Full details are here – https://bit.ly/3ps3lKt

Journal Exchange

Did you know that the Society participates in a “Journal Exchange” with a number of other Historical and Family History Societies, including the Bathurst Family History Group, Botany Bay Family History Society, Cowra Family History Group and the Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society, just to name a few. Navigate to  our Members Library – Other Society Journals page and browse by year and month to catch up on the latest family history news.