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Author Archives: Daniel Hatton

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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Vandals attempt to pull headstone away with car at Rylstone Cemetery

A headstone has been damaged beyond repair after trespassers attempted to drag it from Rylstone Cemetery with a car. Mudgee police said the senseless act of vandalism occurred some time between Wednesday, February 17 and Friday, February 19 at the cemetery on Narango Road. “These offender/s have wrapped a chain around the headstone and using … Continue reading »

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Ruth Beatrice FAIRFAX (1878–1948), a founder of the CWA

Ruth Beatrice FAIRFAX (1878-1948), a founder of the Country Women’s Association, was born on 8 October 1878, at Lue, near Rylstone, New South Wales, second surviving daughter of native-born parents Vincent James DOWLING, and his wife Frances Emily, daughter of T. C. BREILLAT. She was mainly educated by governesses at Lue and briefly attended the … Continue reading »

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Rylstone rail not just a one-hit-wonder?

Saturday’s special train to the Rylstone Show and the opening of the line to Rylstone may be considered a one off event for the moment. Both the Lithgow State Mine Railway and the Kandos Museum, though, will be working with the relevant government departments to ensure it won’t be just a one hit wonder. Both … Continue reading »

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Riders revel in Rylstone Rambler rail journey

Visitors travelling from the Blue Mountains to the Rylstone Kandos Show on the weekend had extra motivation to make the trip, with the opportunity to take the Rylstone Rambler on the rail line from Lithgow to Rylstone. The train trip was organised as a fundraiser by the committee of the Kandos Museum. Travellers enjoyed the … Continue reading »

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First train for Rylstone since 1982

For the first time since 1982 a train will pull into the Rylstone Railway Station on Saturday, February 27 in time for the local show. Kandos Museum, together with their event partners Lithgow State Mine Railways (LSMR) are bringing the train back to Rylstone. Over the past six months, LSMR and the museum have been … Continue reading »

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Dame Constance Elizabeth D’Arcy (1879–1950)

Dame Constance Elizabeth D’Arcy (1879-1950), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born on 1 June 1879 at Rylstone, New South Wales, fifth daughter of Murty D’Arcy, sergeant of police, and his wife Bridget, née Synnott. She passed the senior public examination in 1894 from Rylstone Public School and, after attending Riviera College, Woollahra, in 1898 she matriculated … Continue reading »

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2016 Calendar of Events

RDHS Calendar for 2016

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Rylstone Rambler – Show Special (by Kandos Museum Inc)

Major news – a branchline many thought was long left to ruin in NSW is reopening – well least a short section that was once closed – to allow privately run passenger train operations to again return. In late February 2016 a heritage railmotor will operate along a section for the first time in nearly … Continue reading »

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Families saddened by proposal to move Bylong graves

As a child, Leeanne Campbell never knew why the Bylong Valley was a favourite destination for her father’s Sunday drives with his family.   Leeanne Campbell and Kimberley Coward described plans to relocate graves as “morally wrong”. It was only when her aunt told her of proposals to relocate the bodies of her great-grandparents and … Continue reading »

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Stitches in Time a ‘must see’ exhibition

The exhibition, ‘Stitches in Time – Stories of the WWI Rylstone Autograph Quilt 1915′ was officially opened on Friday evening at the Rylstone Memorial Hall where a large gathering discovered just how fascinating the exhibition is. During the welcome, newly elected president of the Rylstone and District Historical Society Shirley Tunnicliff explained that 27 people … Continue reading »

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Amazing stories from WWI quilt revealed

A remarkable exhibition on display in the Rylstone Memorial Hall this week paints a picture of the people of the township during World War I. “Stitches in Time – Stories of the WWI Rylstone Autograph Quilt 1915” explores the stories of local people who paid to have their signatures embroidered onto a quilt in 1915 … Continue reading »

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Celebrating 100 Years of ANZAC

Re-enactment of the 1915 recruiting marches honouring the Tooraweenah ‘Kookaburras’ along the Castlereagh Highway in 2015. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for rural communities along the Castlereagh Highway from Tooraweenah, to Dunedoo, Mudgee, Portland and Bathurst to re-invigorate their volunteer spirit, celebrate their heritage and reconnect with descendants of local families. Overview – While the … Continue reading »

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