About Us

These blog pages have been created from an interest in recording, writing and communicating the history of the Penrith City area. Local historical material on Penrith and its surrounding areas can be found in the Research Room of Penrith City Library and with local historical groups.

This project has been created by Penrith Library staff, volunteers and supporting local and family historians.

Contact Penrith Library’s Research Services 02 4732 7899 during Research Room open hours (2 pm – 5 pm Monday to Sunday) or email  any time at researchservices@penrith.city

4 Responses to About Us

  1. Kathy Boyd says:

    Thank you so much for your online information! A simple google search turned up details on my ancestor which none living knew about!
    I am wondering if you have further detail about William Edward John Sargent (a.k.a. Lionel William Bennett) who lived near Mulgoa for 1 year 9 months in 1914-1915. He then signed up to serve in WW1, dying in France on 2 April 1917. The only image I have of him is as a boy, and I currently have no idea as to why he moved interstate and lived under an assumed name. Any details you are able to share would be appreciated, or please let me know if there are resources I may access in person.
    I live in Albury, NSW, but could arrange a trip up there next year.

    Sincerely, Kathy Boyd.

  2. Vanessa says:

    Hi Kathy,

    Over the next few years we are undertaking research projects on all of our WW1 soldiers and nurses, especially those who died while serving their country. William Sargent will come under the microscope when we get to the 1917 casualties (we’re progressing in chronological order of death), so keep checking in.

    In the meantime, I can highly recommend the Discovering ANZACS website – http://www.discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au if you haven’t already had a look.

    Thank you for your feedback!
    Vanessa Stockford
    Research Coordinator
    Penrith City Library

  3. Denise Leth says:

    interesting information. I am direct dec of John Lees and have forwarded all this to my cousin Helen Cowell (Wright). It was sent to me from Pat Barkley (my cousin from Mothers side) Marjorie Lock who married Arthur Evans Cliff Wright (my Dad)

  4. Nicky Elliott says:

    Hi, I have just found this website. What a great job you done, to pull together so much information and make it available. I am working on a documentary film and am trying to locate any old footage, or photographs of Nepean Cottage hospital, circa 1950s? The subject of the film was born there in 1952. Do you think there might be anything like that sitting in the trove? Thanks

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