Convicts and Colonists History Conference and Family History Fair – 31 August 2019

The Library’s Convicts and Colonists History Conference was opened by the Mayor on Saturday to a packed theatrette. The conference theme was based around the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Emu Plains convict farm in September 1819.

Conference attendees travelled from across NSW to attend and were well informed and entertained by the end of the day. The conference commenced with the Mayor launching Library staff member Lorraine Stacker’s revised book on the Emu Plains convict farm – Chained to the Soil on the Plains of Emu. After the launch the U3A Henry Lawson Theatre Group entertained everyone with a musical rendition of the 1829 Exile of Erin poem.

Conference speakers were Lorraine Stacker, UNSW Professor Grace Karskens, Martyn Killion from State Archives and historical land researcher Steve Ford.

Many local historical and genealogical groups were also on hand to speak to those who attended. A big thank you to all staff in Research Services for running yet another great conference for the local community. A special thank you to the Mayor for generously giving his time to attend our event, and to Research Services for organising the event.

Conference speakers (L-R) Steve Ford, Grace Karskens, Lorraine Stacker and Martyn Killion
U3A Henry Lawson Theatre group who performed The Exile of Erin
Janet, Judy and Sally at their Nepean Family History Society stall
Martyn Killion from State Archives
Harry May setting up the Nepean District Historical Society stall
Land researcher Steve Ford presenting his research to Penrith Library on Dungarth (Superintendent’s House), Emu Plains
Gracr Karskens with Lorraine Stacker and her revised edition of Chained to the Soil on the Plains of Emu: A History of the Emu Plains Government Agricultural Establishment 1819-1832
Nepean Archaeology Group
Penrith Library’s Research Services staff
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