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Author Archives: Daniel Hatton

“Blue Water Warriors” by Craig Harris

Craig Harris, author of Blue Water Warriors, has just completed an historical memoir that mentions Robert Fitzgerald “Fitz” EVANS, who was at one time the owner of Dabee, near Rylstone NSW. During the late 1940s, Fitz’s famous yacht, Mistral II, participated in many Sydney to Hobart races. The book, Blue Water Warriors, tells the story of … Continue reading »

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Album Tells a Family Story (Kandos History)

Sometimes an object strays into our hands and jolts us back to the past. ‘Here. You should look after this now,’ my older sister said, a few years ago, and held out a book. I almost snatched it from her because I knew my hands were the right hands… This article by Colleen O’SULLIVAN appeared … Continue reading »

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New Kandos History website

Local Kandos historian, Colleen O’Sullivan, has announced the launch of a new website to promote the town of Kandos and provide a forum for its history. The website, Kandos History, can be found at kandoshistory.com.

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Rylstone property clocks up 150 years of family ownership

The Keech family from the Rylstone property “Drayton” are celebrating 150 years of continuous family ownership. Situated in the locality of Camboon, around 10 kms north-west of town, fourth generation owner Greg Keech lives on the property with his mother Nita who is 95 years old and who, with her late husband Frank Keech, were … Continue reading »

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George Roy William McDONALD (1883–1951) – Kandos Cement Works

Originally by Heather Radi This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10, (MUP), 1986 George Roy William McDONALD (1883-1951), politician and businessman, was born on 29 January 1883 in Sydney, son of George McDONALD, Canadian-born contractor, and his wife Margaret Amy, née McNAMARA, from Brisbane. Known as Roy, he entered the public … Continue reading »

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Owner calls for government support to restore a slice of history

INLAND Australia’s oldest two-storey convict barracks could tumble to the ground within two years unless the money is found to restore them. The dilapidated two-storey barracks stand beside an 1820s homestead on historic Macquarie, between Bathurst and O’Connell. The home and barracks were built by convict labour on 1000 acres of land granted by Governor Lachlan … Continue reading »

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Former Rylstone resident tells tales of yesteryear in new book

Rylstone District Historical Society’s Cottage Museum has available copies of a book written by a former Rylstone resident Jack Turner and his daughter Jacqui Halpin. The book, called ‘A Long Way From Misery’ was inspired by Jack’s father’s stories which always began with “Down on Misery…” Misery was the farm his father grew up on. … Continue reading »

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Spring is in the air: historic houses Open Day in Hill End

The popular Hill End Open Day enables visitors to access a number of unique gold rush buildings not normally open to the public. The combination of buildings available to view give a fascinating glimpse into the past life of a bustling, frenzied mining town. In the boom year of 1872, Hill End claimed the second … Continue reading »

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Wallace Keith “Wal” PILZ – RDHS Member

PILZ Wallace Keith AO, OBE 15.09.2016Much loved husband of Patricia (dec), father of Richard, Helen, Chris, Katharine, Elizabeth and their families. Cherished grandfather and great grandfather. Aged 89 years Family and friends are invited to attend Wallace’s Funeral Service to be held in the Magnolia Chapel, Macquarie Park Crematorium, cnr of Plassey and Delhi Rds, … Continue reading »

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The road to Gallipoli: The Anzacs in Egypt

The first men to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) were sent not to Europe, as they had expected, but to Egypt for further training and to protect British interests in the Middle East and the Suez Canal.  Australian soldiers wrote long letters home describing their adventures.  Sapper Ernest Charles Tubbenhauer, a printer who had … Continue reading »

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Hill End Family History Open Day

Saturday, 27th August 2016 Royal Hall, Hill End, 11am – 4pm Hill End Family History (in conjunction with Hill End & Tambaroora Gathering Group) are holding an Open Day in Hill End at the Royal Hall. From: 11am – 4pm on Saturday, 27th August 2016 Come along and see what resources are available for researching … Continue reading »

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New book: Rylstone Autograph Quilt

ANNOUNCEMENT Dan Hatton and Helen Marsonet are working on publishing a book presenting all of the information from the Stitches in Time exhibition held in History Week 2015, and much more. The book will take a couple of years to produce but it is hoped that “Stitches in Time: stories from the 1915 Rylstone Autograph … Continue reading »

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Descendants of Leighton and Guthrie families to reunite

Are you a Leighton or Guthrie descendant? Descendants of the Leighton/Guthrie families are meeting for a family reunion on the weekend of September 24 and 25 in and around Lithgow, Running Stream, Rylstone and Kandos. Mary Leighton (nee Elliott) born 1800 in Scotland (wife of David Leighton, Builder, born 1812 Scotland), died at Mudgee at … Continue reading »

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Era ends, but family still talks shop

From 30 August 2004: Betty Edwards shut up shop at 11 am yesterday, ending her family’s 88-year history of keeping Rylstone up with the news. Her mother, Hilda Yarrington, opened the newsagency as a 16-year-old in 1916 when most of the men around the Mudgee area had gone to fight in World War I. “Mum … Continue reading »

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Open Day at Government House

12th June – Open Day at Government House The following is a message from the Governor, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), On Sunday, 12 June 2016, Government House will open its doors for self-guided tours and Guides will be on hand to answer questions about this 170 year old residence. … Continue reading »

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Ian Jack, Honorary Fellowship University of Sydney

Honorary Fellowship University of Sydney On Friday last, 13 May 2016, Professor Ian Jack was conferred Honorary Fellowship of the University of Sydney for outstanding service to the University.  Ian’s association with the University began in 1961, when he arrived in Australia from Scotland.  Ian is currently Senior Fellow at St Andrew’s College, University of … Continue reading »

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Edward King COX (1829–1883) and James Charles COX (1834-1912)

Edward King Cox (1829-1883), grazier, and James Charles Cox (1834-1912), medical practitioner, were the eldest and third sons of Edward Cox, M.L.C., of Fernhill, Mulgoa, and his wife Jane Maria, daughter of Richard Brooks, and grandsons of William Cox. Both were born at Mulgoa, Edward on 28 June 1829 and James on 21 July 1834. … Continue reading »

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Dabee Aboriginal Travelling Exhibition

The Dabee Aboriginal Travelling Exhibition will be on display between 10am and 4pm daily on the 14th, 15th & 16th April 2016 in the Bridge View Inn, everyone is welcome to attend. The exhibition was put together by North East Wiradjuri Co and Kandos Historical Society, and designed by Lyn Syme, Kevin Williams, Wendy Lewis … Continue reading »

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Constance MOULDS (1897–1972)

Constance Moulds (1897-1972), trotting trainer, was born on 14 February 1897 at Rylstone, New South Wales, daughter of London-born Dudley Joseph Stephens, mounted-police constable, and his Victorian wife Mary Eleanor, née Calvert. In 1908 the family moved to Rouse Hill and on leaving school Connie worked as a clerk. On 17 May 1919 she married … Continue reading »

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Rylstone doctor’s story inspires book: ‘Kitchener’s One Hundred’ tells story of WWI medicos

Rylstone doctor Jack Farrar was one of 100 Australian doctors who answered the plea from British War Secretary Lord Kitchener for help to bolster the war effort in 1915. More than 100 years after he enlisted Jack’s story has inspired a 560 page account of the lives of his colleagues who would become known as … Continue reading »

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