Collecting family memories - Kiama Library $5

Family memories are important, but have you thought about the best way to collect them?

Dr Rie Natalenko, author of The Family Memory Project, will be giving a talk at Kiama Library on how to gather, record and preserve family stories.

The talk will cover questions and triggers you can employ to facilitate storytelling, coping with common objections that elderly relatives have to telling stories, approaches to recording stories and the best ways to store all your research.

Dr Rie Natalenko has for many years been passionate about family history. She is an award winning screenwriter, novelist, poet and short filmmaker.

The talk will be held in the Auditorium underneath Kiama Library from 2.30 till 4pm on Saturday 8th August. Tickets $5 per person, all ages welcome. Call the library for more information on (02) 4233 1133.

Kiama and District Historical Society


Saturday 1 November at 2.30pm in the Family History Centre

On Saturday 1 November we will join again with Friends of Kiama Library to welcome ex - Kiama teacher, museum curator and Canberra historian and author, Dr Richard Reid. Richard will be talking about Irish immigration and its impact on Australia and on Kiama in particular.

Another Saturday afternoon tea meeting not to be missed! Members donation of $5 will be appreciated.

Kiama Historical Society Meeting - History of Scots Presbyterian Church 

Trace your war ancestors @ Warilla Library

Lost Wollongong Facebook Page

Join other Losties in sharing their memories of growing up in the Illawarra on this great local page.

Pig Iron Bob Fundraising Dinner

Help raise funds for the production of the Pig Iron Bob movie by attending this great dinner party!

Mount Kembla Mine Tours

Free Guided Tours - More than just the coal face.
Joine local historian Phil as you follow in the footsteps of a miner and a pit pony at the old Mount Kembla Mine Site. Hear first hand about tough working conditions and village life from 1882-1972. Discover the 1902 Kembla Mine disaster: the greatest loss of life in an Australian Mine.

Groups of 10-20 people (ages 7-70) of average fitness
Tours run every day except Sunday
Guests must wear enclosed shoes, long pants, BYP water and snack.
Phone - 0404628597


Phillip Tardiff - Guest Speaker Kiama and District Historical Society Meeting

Phillip Tardif, well known author of 'Notorious Strumpets and Dangerous Girls', will speak about his historical research on the North Irish Horse int eh Great War. The event, in the lead up to Anzac Day is being held in conjunction with the family History Centre's 25th Anniversary Expo.

Meeting Saturday 12 April at 2.30pm
Kiama Pavilion
$3 members and $5 non members.

Historic Sites Bus Tour

Join us for a tour of Shellharbour's most significant historic sites in March. Bookings essential.

Kiama Family History Centre Social and Local History Expo

If you love all things history, join the Kiama Family History Centre for their History Expo 12 April 2014, Bong Bong Road, Kiama. Should be a great day!!

Shellharbour Connect Community Advent Calendar

Looking for something to do over the Christmas period? Take a look at Shellharbour Connect's advent calendar - listing a new adventure to be had every day in Shellharbour.

For more information visit the website

Author Talk - Mosman Library

Fighting Nineteenth: history of the 19th Infantry Battalion AIF 1915-1918
A talk by the author, soldier, historian and battlefield guide David Wilson.
Mosman Library
Monday 18 November 2013 7 PM
Bookings online
The 19th Battalion, one of four infantry units making up the 5th Infantry Brigade, was raised in Sydney in 1915. In his book, published in 2011, David provides a wonderfully researched history of the 19th Battalion which along with the 17th, 18th (comprised of many local Mosman boys) and the 20th formed the 5th Infantry Brigade.
In this talk David will describe the unique history of this unit including stories of some of the characters that joined. Such men as Percy Storkey VC; an Olympic swimming champion; some renowned footballers of the day; an alleged stowaway; six wine-tasters captured by the Germans and the man who would later go on to write “Eternity” around the streets of Sydney.
  Author Talk - Dell Brand
Come and hear Dell Brand talk about her historical fiction new book 'A Voice To Be Heard' at Warilla Library on Thursday 21 November 2013.  

Andrew Tink : Biography Of W.C.Wentworth

Andrew Tink, our distinguished guest speaker at the FHC on 19 October, will now be talking about his book “William Charles Wentworth : Australia’s greatest native son”. This is the first comprehensive biography of the famous explorer, landowner and politician, whose 1813 crossing of the Blue Mountains with Blaxland and Lawson is being celebrated this bicentenary year.  

Andrew Tink is a most engaging and experienced speaker, and we look forward to a very interesting talk in the Family History Centre, followed by afternoon tea. Just our standard $3 for members/$5 non-members. Be     there early to ensure a seat!

When - Saturday 19 October At 2.30pm
Where - Kiama Family History Centre


Andrew Tink

Picture This - History Week 2013

Illawarra Remembers Scan and Share Day

To commemorate the centenary of WWI Wollongon City Libraries will develop an online resource 'Illawarra Remembers 1914-1918 which will include information telling the stories of Illawarra's brave men and women who went to war.

Shellharbour Libraries needs your help. Please share your stories and treasures from your family's history during this period. Brign along your photographs , documents, stories and memorabilia to Warilla Library 10 September so we can scan them for future use on 'Illawarra Remembers'.

See details below 

Family History Mornings @ Warilla Library

Join us at Warilla Library the first Monday of the month to learn more about your family history and use our library edition of for free!!!!

NAIDOC Week, Shellharbour City

At 11am , in front of the Shellharbour Council Chambers, Shellharbour City Centre, we will commemorate NAIDOC Week with a Flag Raising ceremony and a celebration of Bass Point Reserve becoming registered on the State Heritage Register that will include entertainment and morning tea. Please join us!

For more information contact Shellharbour Council's Aboriginal Liaison Officer on 4221 6170.

Aboriginal Art Exhibition

National Reconciliation Week - Shellharbour Village

Join the Shellharbour community as we celebrate National Reconciliation Week in Shellharbour 27 May 2013. The walk starts at 9am down Addison Street, Shellharbour Village and will be followed by an official ceremony at Caroline Chisholm Park at 10am.

Hope to see you all there!

Shellharbour Libraries Heritage Festival May 2013

Learn how to grow your family tree with special guest presentations at Albion Park Library Friday 10 May.

Bookings essential - phone 4297 2522 or 4256 2001

Cost - $2 !!!


Lloyd Rees Festival - Howard Jones examines the work of Lloyd Rees & presents Drawing Classes

Lloyd Rees Festival Wine and Cheese Night - Gerringong Surf Club 15 March

Migration Heritage Project - Early Pioneers of the Illawarra

At this year’s Migration Heritage Project Annual Presentation, Zofia Laba, local historian and member of the Migration Heritage Project, will explain who Heininger Hall is named after, why American Creek is called American Creek and if you live in Marceau Street, then you can find out about Joseph Marceau. 

Along with many other notable and every day early pioneers from the 1800s who came from many diverse backgrounds, you can also learn how these people contributed to the early days of Wollongong. 

Bookings for the presentation may be made by contacting the Secretary of the Migration Heritage Project on 0438 832 094 or by email to by Wednesday 5 December 2012.

Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards - 24 November

The LG Regional NAIDOC Awards will be presented Saturday 24 November 2012 at 12:30pm, followed by a special screening of at Shellharbour Greater Union Cinema, 4 Memorial Drive, Shellharbour City Centre.

Tickets $8 can be purchased from Shellharbour City Council for Cinema 2 (limited seats available, until sold out), where you will see the live webcast of the awards presentation.

For more information please call 4221 6170.

Photo Safari Croom Reserve - 17 November

Learn how to take great nature photographs at Croom Reserve.

Saturday 17 November 2012, 10am - 1pm.


Phone - 4221 6111 to reserve a booking!

NSW State Records Bus Trip

Join Shellharbour Library staff for a guided tour of NSW State Records at Kingswood.

Meet at Warilla Library - Corner of Lake Entrance and Shellharbour Roads, Warilla

Friday 2 November 2012, cost $12.

Bookings Essential! 4297 2522


The Ghost of Courtney Puckey Guided Walking Tour


Take a guided walk with a twist and uncover the history and magic of Puckeys Estate in Fairy Meadow. Learn about the intriguing history, the environmental significance and the aboriginal culture of this beautiful piece of natural coastal vegetation. You may even get to meet the infamous Courtney Puckey himself!

Thursday 13 September 2012

Cost: $8.50pp

What to bring: Hat and water, comfortable walking shoes
 Meet at Stuart Park car park behind the Lagoon restaurant at 10am

Bookings are essential by calling 4225 2636 or 4229 2600


History Week Bus Tour

Learn more about the history of Shellharbour City with a guided bus tour of our most significant historic sites.

Participants will see over 50 historic buildings on the tour and travel all over the city; from Shellharbour Village to Tullimbar.

A stop off will be made at the Old Minnamurra School House, Dunmore.

Bookings are essential.

Writing and publishing your family history workshop - Kiama Library

Kiama Family History Centre is hosting a family history writing workshop 25 August 2012 from 10am-1pm & the Mount Kembla Heritage Centre is launching its new Pit Pony exhibition in the afternoon from 2pm.

Why not make a day of it and enjoy what our region has to offer!

This workshop will provide useful strategies to get you writing! Noeline Kyle and Lorraine Purcell will give you the information you need to get your precious family story into print.
Saturday 25 of August 2012, 10am to 1pm
$30.00 per person
Bookings essential Kiama Family History Centre
7 Railway Parade, Kiama • Telephone: 4233 1133

Pit Pony exhibition launch - Mount Kembla Heritage Centre

Tongarra Heritage Society Meetings

The Tongarra Heritage Society meet at Tongarra Museum, Russell Street, Albion Park, on the third Thursday of the month (except December) at 2pm.

President John O'Dwyer OAM
Vice President Kevin Gillis

For more information please contact the secretary Dorothy Gillis (02) 4256 6698, or PO BOX 232, Albion Park NSW, 2527.

All visitors are welcome!

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