The Makings of a City Conference 2003

The Makings of a City History Conference, Penrith 29 March 2003

Bicentenary of European Settlement

Castlereagh Methodist church cemetery

Presented by Penrith City Council and Library

The conference focused on the settlement of the first Europeans in this area, along the Nepean River at Castlereagh from May 1803.

Friday 28 March 2003

Official Launch and the viewing of On our Selection, 1932, partly shot at Castlereagh

The Makings of a City Conference 2003 - Organisers
Conference organisers: L-R Alison Spencer, Lorraine Stacker, Danielle Embleton

Conference – 29 March 2003

A successful and productive day, with 85 people attending.

History Conference 2003 -1
Speakers: L to R: Siobhan Lavelle, Carol Liston, Danielle Embleton, Lorraine Stacker, Jan Barkley Jack, George Gyford, (Jim Kohen not in photo).

History Conference 2003 - 2
Penrith City Library staff who assisted on the day.
L-R: Paulina Grodzicki, Chris Mazenaur, Rima Darcy, Jan Herivel

Lorraine Stacker: Introduction

Carol Liston Associate Professor from University of Western Sydney, Historian and Heritage Consultant – Keynote Speaker.

Jim Kohen, lecturer at Macquarie University spoke on Aboriginal history.

Jan Barkley Jack, PhD student and Hawkesbury historian spoke on the early development of European settlement on the Hawkesbury.

Lorraine Stacker, Librarian at Penrith City Library and Penrith historian, spoke on the development of the Evan district.

George Gyford, historical archaeologist spoke on the difficulties of researching early settlers and his group’s (Nepean District Historical Archaeology Group) upcoming book on the first land grantees.

Siobhan Lavelle, historical archaeologist spoke on researching a place – Minnaville

Danielle Embleton, Librarian at Penrith City Library and family historian spoke on researching a person – James McCarthy.


Makings of a City History Conference