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.
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
See the Historical Display and Win!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 18 July.
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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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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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