Yes, the date is correct! Yesterday was the 227th Anniversary of the first church service held in the Colony of New South Wales. Governor Philip's journal states that it was held under an 'old gum tree' but yesterday there was a service on the corner of Bligh and Hunter Streets. The Australia Christian Nation Association Inc organised it. The Rev Hon Fred Nile did the welcome and a prayer for the nation. Professor The Honorable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO did the official welcome. Speakers mentioned how the service came about and one speaker broached the topic ' Does Out Heritage Matter?' A very interesting talk.
Professor The Honorable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO delivering her welcome.
The monument on the corner of Bligh and Hunter Streets.
The 3rd February 2015 was also the first meeting, of the year for the Bankstown Family History Group Inc. Barry Ryan was our speaker and he explained the pitfalls of researching his Ryan Family. Most interesting. If you would like to read Barry's story, the February 2011 issue of Australian Family Tree magazine has the story.
We welcomed three new members and members talked about what they had been researching. Several books and web sites were discussed.