Category Archives: People

Toby Ryan – celebrating his 200th birthday

James Tobias (Toby) Ryan was born on 4 January 1818 at Castlereagh, the son of convict John, and Mary Ryan. His mother was the daughter of Anthony Rope and Elizabeth Pulley, First Fleet convicts. His father, John Ryan arrived in … Continue reading

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Vale Sue Sewter, nurse, educator, local historian and Library volunteer

Audrey Dorothy ‘Sue’ Sewter was born on 11 January 1928 in Lancaster, England to Walter and Gladys (Cookson) Sewter. Following her schooling, Sue trained as a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and met fellow trainee Joy Edmonds. They … Continue reading

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1917 Our Fallen

Penrith Library staff are in the process of compiling a biography of each of the local men who fell in 1917. Their names appear on local memorials across our City. Please check out our updated biographies on these men as … Continue reading

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2017 History Calendar is out now!

On sale for just $10 at Penrith Library Penrith Library’s 2017 history calendar acknowledges the many local school anniversaries that will be celebrated in 2017. In particular, Penrith Public School in High Street, which opened 100 years ago on its … Continue reading

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Spring Frost Corner, Emu Heights

On Monday 24 October 2016 the Mayor of Penrith, Councillor John Thain officially unveiled Spring Frost Corner on Wedmore Road, Emu Heights. At the instigation of the Innes family, Emu Green Reserve was recognised as the place where Elioth Gruner … Continue reading

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2016 History Calendar

  The calendar is now on sale in Penrith City Library, 601 High Street Penrith. Cost is $10. This year our 2016 calendar acknowledges the daily working life of people of the Penrith and St Marys districts. The daily supply … Continue reading

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Our 1915 Fallen

Those of you who attended the Annual History Conference in March 2015, will have received in your Conference pack an early version of the Our 1915 Fallen booklet. This booklet listed the men of the Penrith and St Marys area … Continue reading

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