1

This morning I attended the presentation of grants to various groups. We were given a seeding grant by the Bankstown District Sports Club, to help with the start-up costs of the group. It is a most welcome boost and will enable us to go ahead with plans to invite guest speakers and promote the group to a larger area.

The presentation was held at the Revesby Workers Club and 71 grants were given out, covering a wide range of areas. One group is wanting to start a walker swap and go, where by you take your walker, that needs repairs, to them they will take your walker and give you one in working order and then repair yours, for someone else.

Light refreshments were provided before it began and then a light lunch was waiting at the end.  Photos were taken and I expect they will be in the local papers, next week.

I have just read an article on the English 1881 Census, in Your Family Tree magazine, May 2014.  It mentions that when it was completed officials noted a rise in the number of 'deaf & dumb' people. It seems that many enumerators had recorded babies as being deaf & dumb because they couldn't talk!
Something to keep in mind not just for that census but any records. Look at the persons age before making judgements.

Ever been away and someone gets out a really old photo and says, 'this is your great grandma' and you think I want a copy?  Now when you go away you can take a scanner with you and copy the photo straight away! I have a Flip Pal scanner, photos below and it is fantastic!

 
Gould Genealogy in South Australia sell them and accessories.
 
I did a class today,  by Carole Riley at SAG and she showed us how to get the best out of the scanner and how to stitch large documents or photos together, once they are scanned. Software comes with the scanner. It runs on 4 AA batteries and you can use rechargeable ones. It comes with a 2GB SD card, it has the stitching program on it. The cove comes off and you flip it over for scanning larger items.
 
Go to http://www.gould.com.au/ and have a look.

Last night 14 people braved the chilly weather to attend the meeting. We had two visitors, welcome John and Frank. The group is gradually working out the best way to run our meetings, with a committee meeting organised  to work out the kinks. Our finances are doing well, with the account in the black. Not bad for a group that has had five meetings!

Jenni, the local family history librarian, gave a very enlightening talk on Preservation and Storage of Photographs. How many of us are guilty of using  magnetic photo albums or using sticky tape to repair a torn photo?  She showed photos that were damaged, faded or had mould on them and ways to stop them deteriorating further.

Jenni suggested several cheep but safe ways to store our photos, using acid free tissue paper and oven bags! If they are safe enough to cook a chicken in, they are safe for photos and documents. If you used the magnetic photo albums and the photos are really stuck, use fishing line or dental floss to gently lift the photo of the page. Jenni is at the Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre and she  runs different lectures. Give the library a ring or look on their website to see what is on.

Jenni, with a magnetic photo album.
 

One of the members, Margaret, had show and tell, with two beautifully framed photos and medals combinations. They were the photo, medals and insignia all superbly framed. The place is at Ramsgate, NSW but I didn't get the name.

 
 

  Kerin, from the Canterbury & District Historical Society attended and left a flyer about their July 22 meeting. The guest speaker is Cassie Mercer, Editor of Inside History Magazine. Cassie will be talking on Irish Convicts to NSW.
Place: Seniors Citizens Centre, Redman Pde, Blemore.
When 22 July form 7.30pm

Bye for now,
Lilian