National Family History Month

To celebrate National Family History Month, Lithgow Library Learning Centre is holding two family guest speaker events in August.

National Family History Month began as a one week event in 2006 and grew to a month-long celebration of genealogy in 2013 to allow for greater participation throughout Australia.

Interest in personal family history has grown to such a degree that it is now one of the most popular hobbies around the world, with dedicated websites receiving billions of hits per year and over 250,000 Australians who are members of family history organizations.

A varied range of topics will be discussed at these free events on Saturday 1st and Saturday 8th August from 9.30am for a 9.45 start, finishing at 12.00pm.

Saturday 1st August

9.45am Gibson Owen: “Five family members who signed up to serve in WWI”

10.30am Louise Dean: “28 Years and Counting”

11.15am Vaughan Bryers: “The makers of Main Street: William Gray and William Mills”

Saturday 8th August

9.45am Ross Barker: “Henry Barker: An elusive and interesting past…”

10.30am Kathleen Compton: “Shipped!”

11.15am Leonie Knapman: “Growing up as a miner’s daughter, and how King Edward’s Daimler, built for Mrs Wallis Simpson, ended up in Glen Davis”

“Every family has a story somewhere in its history, so events such as this that bring together people to share their family history and their stories, help to shine a light on the wonderful resources that are available to our community through the Library, the Lithgow and District Family History Society and other sources,” says Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham.

Providing a range of quality exhibitions and community programs that offer educational and social opportunities for all members of the community is part of Council’s Caring for the Community Strategy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.


Kathleen Compton

Kathleen Compton

Leonie Knapman

Leonie Knapman


Terry O’Keefe
Library Manager
Tel: 02 6352 9100
Fax: 02 6351 4364