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 Meeting Calendar 2019

28th February at 2.00pm:

Dr Narelle Bowern will speak on her research and new publication Aborigines of the Southern Highlands 1820-1850

28th March at 2.00pm :  Linda Emery, Captured in the Light 12. New photographs and interesting stories from the Archives of Berrima District Historical & Family History Society

25th April at 2.00pm:  ANZAC DAY - NO MEETING

23rd May at 2.00pm:  Stephen Gard

Author and history writer Stephen Gard, of Blue Dawe Books, Thirlmere, gave an entertaining talk last year about his book, ‘Once Upon a Hume, the traveller’s companion volume 1’. Stephen has now published a second volume of this early Hume Highway history.

27th June at 12.30:   Mid-year luncheon at Bowral Golf Club

Guest Speaker: Nick Rheinberger, ABC Illawarra


25th July at 2.00pm:  Garry Barnsley OAMIn Action, Once Missed, Now Found.

Garry is a well-known figure in the Southern Highlands, a seventh generation local. He has an abiding passion for military history, among many other interests. "Wars are the punctuation marks of history" says Garry. His talk will touch on several aspects of the periodic devastation caused by human conflict.

22nd August at 2.00pm: Linda Emery, BDHS Archivist - Poppy Seed from France: A tribute from the children of Villers Bretonneux


26th September at 2.00pm:  Billie Arnull, Local Studies Librarian, Bowral Central Library

Billie will speak about the Local Studies Collection and the holdings from NSW State Archives housed in the library in Bowral, and how to make use of them for research.


24th October at 2.00pm: Frank O'Rourke - Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his visit to the Southern Highlands in 1893

Frank O'Rourke has researched the visit of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to Australia in 1893, particularly in relation to his visit to the Badgery Brothers property at Arthursleigh. The assassination of Franz Ferdinand in 1914 was one of the sparks that fired World War I. It is a fascinating story - one not to be missed.


28th November at 2.00pm - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

AGM will be held in the upstairs meeting room of the Archives and Research Centre, Mittagong


December 2018 - CHRISTMAS LUNCH