Family History Month

Did you know that August is Family History Month?

With the current lockdown restrictions in place there is no opportunity to attend workshops in person, however there are many events that will be held online for those wanting to delve deeper into their family history.

National Family History Month has links to many online presentations and webinars that will be held during August.

State Library of NSW has a number of free online events to help uncover you family’s past.

State Archives and Records has many guides to assist with researching your family history.

For more links to help with your research, click here.

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Important Notice

COVID UPDATE – Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, Penrith City Library will close temporarily until further notice as per NSW Health Orders. Full details available HERE

Research Services staff are available to answer any queries Monday to Friday
9am – 5pm via researchinquirys@penrith.city

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Celebrating 150 Years of Penrith City Council

Penrith City Council will be celebrating 150 years of local government with speaker sessions, a community celebration in Triangle Park, and an historical display in Penrith Library. To find out more information, please click here

Win one of five $50 vouchers, simply by taking in some local history! Head down to Penrith City Library and see the incredible historical display showcasing artefacts from the last 150 years, such as the seal commissioned by our the very first Council in 1871. Once you have seen the display, tell us which item interested you the most and why. Entries should be 200 words or less and emailed to events@penrith.city by Sunday 18 July.

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150 Years of Local Government in Penrith

In 1871, Penrith was declared a municipality and a council of locally elected representatives formed. 2021 marks 150 years since this historic beginning. The very first Council meeting took place on the morning of 18 July 1871 and the local undertaker John Price was appointed clerk, thus becoming Council’s first employee. The first Council comprised local businessmen, storekeepers, publicans and farmers. Just 19 years later Penrith became the third town in New South Wales and the first in the Sydney region to make use of electric lighting.

By 1890 St Marys was proclaimed a municipality, followed by Mulgoa in 1893 and Castlereagh in 1895. These municipalities would eventually join with Penrith to form a new and larger municipality in 1949. By October 1959 the municipality of Penrith was declared a city and in 1963 Emu Plains was transferred from Blue Mountains City Council to Penrith City Council.

As part of the celebration the Library has gathered together 3 cabinets of historic artefacts and information – you can view the display anytime during library opening hours.

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Local Studies Research room open again

Our Local Studies Research Room reopened on Monday 1st February. Our hours remain the same 2pm to 5pm 7 days a week. In line with government regulations there is a maximum of 4 visitors allowed in the room at any one time. We  look forward to welcoming our visitors back into the room.

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2021 Local History calendar

Our 2021 calendar is now available at all library branches for just $5.

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Family History Month

It’s Family History Month!

Usually Penrith City Library offer a range of workshops during this time however everything is different this year.

We thought you might like to try the State Library’s series of webinars covering Family History Research. They’re free and you can find them by clicking on the link below.

State Library Family History webinars

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Local History Puzzles

Penrith City Library hopes you enjoy solving the many puzzles we have created from our Photographic Collection. Pop back from time to time as we add more challenging and fun puzzles..

https://www.jigsawplanet.com/PenrithLocalHistory

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Documenting COVID-19 and how it’s affecting communities

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As we have done with the Pneunomic Influenza (Spanish flu) pandemic of 1919, generations to come will look back at our experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State Library of NSW has set up The Diary Files to capture community experiences and responses to the pandemic. They are calling on you to document how things have been for you during time.

Follow the link below and start writing!

The Diary Files

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Take Me Back Tuesday Quiz

Thanks to all who entered our quiz – we have two winners who have been notified. We are continuing with another round so you can still win a book voucher from Dymocks. visit the Library’s Facebook page for more information.

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