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SPRING 2008 FREE PUBLICATION
St Marys & District Historical Society Inc - Quarterly Newsletter

PO Box 640, ST MARYS NSW 1790

Phone: 0450132181 (messagebank)

MEMBERS ATTEND THE OPENING OF "ROPES CROSSING BOULEVARD"

Photo courtesy of Lyn Forde

Members Tom & Norma Thorburn, Lyn Forde, Margaret Dwyer and Pat Dwyer (not in picture) dressed in period costume to attend the opening of the Ropes Crossing Boulevard on Sunday 6th July, 2008.

33rd SPRING FESTIVAL

Unfortunately the heavens opened up and the Festival had to be postponed. We all felt a little let down because of all the preparation that leads to a thoroughly enjoyable day for everyone. The St Marys Development Committee members have decided that Saturday, 11th October will be the date to hold the festival and everyone involved has fingers crossed for fine weather and a good turn out by the participants and public. We hope to see you there.

SOCIETY'S NEW PRESIDENT

Lyn Forde has been voted in as our President at the Annual General Meeting held on Saturday, 23r September. Lyn takes over from Norma Thorburn who has been the Society's President for 12 years. Lyn has been a member of the Society for several years and served as Secretary and Vice-President as well as being the Secretary for the first St Marys Historical Society and the South Creek Park Development Project. Lyn publishes our newsletter and republished most of the Society's books for sale. Lyn has also written and published books under her South Creek-St Marys Registers from the St Mary Magdalene Anglican church, that includes the Births, Deaths & Marriage Registers as well as the burials under the book "In The Little Churchyard on the Hill" as well as her book titled "Timeless Heroes" on the WW1 volunteer Soldiers from St Marys.

Photo courtesy of Joan O 'Brien

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The first "Back to St Marys Reunion" on Sunday the 14th September, held at our Headquarters, the "Chambers" building was a success. Despite the terrible weather, the attendance was outstanding and the building was full to capacity as everyone came to reunite and have an enjoyable time catching up with relatives and friends. This was the 3rd reunion held by the Society after taking over from Sue Adams in 2006.

Those who attended that day (2006) in Victoria Park, would remember the extremely bad weather and a washout of the day, as well as damage to many of our photos. It was a little better for the 2007 reunion in the park, but it took four hours to put up our boards with the photos, so we were pleased that this year we had dry premises and the photo display was a breeze. We hope to see everyone again at next year's reunion. We would like to thank all those ex-students from the 50th St Mary's High School reunion who managed to make it, despite whooping it up until the wee hours on the night before.

 
    Members Annette, Carol & Norma and Carol's husband Vic the cook
 
Photos courtesy of Lyn Forde  

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GUEST SPEAKER FRED POYNTING

At our meeting in June, Fred Poynting as guest speaker spoke about his working life at W. E. Cuckson & Son. Eric Cuckson opened a zipper factory in the St Mary's Industrial Estate before moving to the new factory on Forrester Rd. Cuckson's were the makers of Rondo Zippers as well as the machinery to manufacture the components. Many St Mary's family members worked at Cuckson's (including our Editor, Lyn Forde), as well as their young family members who learnt dance at the Bodenwieser School of Dance held at Cuckson's Theatrette (our Secretary, Carol Volkiene among them).

We also had the pleasure of a visit to the "Chambers" from Eric Cuckson's daughters, Margaret & Barbara, who viewed our display on the Cuckson memorabilia donated by the family. Their brother, Robert, was also in touch from America.

Fred Poynting & Norma Thorburn
Photos courtesy of Lyn Forde
Margaret & Barbara Cuckson

SAY THAT AGAIN??

According to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in what order the Itteers in a word are, the only iprmoetnt tihgn is that the frist and Isat Itteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sittll raed it wouthit a porbelm. This is bcaseae we do not raed ervey Iteter by it slef but the word as a wlohe. Ok?
Courtesy of the Rope-Pulley Family Newsletter

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Bennett Family at St Marys

Because the Spring Festival was postponed by rain our Society arranged a luncheon for some Bennett family members, including Joan Dent who had come from Melbourne for the festivities.

Photo courtesy of Tom Thorburn

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The St Marys & District Historical Society meets every 4th Saturday at 1.15 pm
(except December & January) at "The Chambers" (Old Council Chambers) 2 - 6 Mamre Road, ST MARYS.
(entry from carpark side)

ALL WELCOME

Website - www.stmaryshistoricalsociety.org

This Newsletter is a free publication. Articles in this Newsletter may be republished if permission is given by the Society.

Please contact:-

President

Treasurer

Lyn Forde 9673-3506

Norma Thorburn 9623-2307

lynforde@yahoo.com.au

normathorburn@tpg.com.au

(While care is taken to ensure that all articles are accurate, the opinions expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the Society) Any comments on this Newsletter are encouraged

PLEASE, DONíT THROW OUT AUSTRALIAN HISTORY. OLD PHOTOGRAPHS, BOOKS, LETTERS, RECEIPTS, DOCKETS, NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES.
IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Editor & Publisher: Lyn Forde

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