St Marys & District Historical Society Inc - Quarterly Newsletter

PO Box 640, ST MARYS NSW 1790

Phone: 0450132181

Our members hope you survived the festive season and wish you all the best for 2009

The last quarter of 2008 saw our Society wind down activities as we held our last meeting for 2008 in November at Combewood homestead at Penrith. Our thanks to the Friends of Combewood.    Photos taken by Lyn Forde


Members in the Drawing Room


Lady of the house with the family china in the kitchen

Our Christmas Party

Members and invited guests enjoyed our Christmas festivities along with our Patron, Sister Mary Louise Petro from the Sisters of Mercy at Mamre and our Hon. Life Members, Councillor Jackie Greenow, Tom and Norma Thorburn. Photos taken by Lyn Forde

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Ernie was a member of our Society, and was always happy to participate in all activities, as well as a virtual fund of information and knowledge on all things St Marys. Ernie passed away at the end of October in his 90’s and his passing will be all the more mourned by our members who will miss him. Our thoughts go out to his family and many friends. Ernie was a member of the St Marys Rural Fire Brigade for many years lived with his family in Saddington Street, St Marys. He died at home in Collins Street, St Marys, the home he shared with his son Ernie Jnr.
Photo of Ernie taken by Lyn Forde


Spring Festival time finally arrived on the 11th October with the parade and street fair not hampered by the postponement. As usual, members of the public came to join in and everything went well. The Bennett wagon and beautiful Clydesdale horses stole the show and our members were happy to “hitch up their skirts” for a ride, along with members of the Bennett family who attended the festivities. After the parade, the Bennett family members were taken on a tour of “Bronte” the old family home in Gidley Street and our Society hosted a lunch for them at our headquarters at the “Chambers” building in Mamre Road.
Photos taken by Lyn Forde


Member Tom Thorburn “doffs his hat” as he passes members on the Society’s stall in Queen Street


Members of the Society and Bennett Family on the Bennett Wagon

Reminder that the “Chambers” Building will be open 3 days a week – Monday, Wednesday & Saturdays from the 12th January, 2009 – Some public holidays the building will be closed. See Page No. 3 for events throughout 2009

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On the 15th November 2008, Lyn Forde our President, and member Annette Kelly attended a book launching on behalf of the Society at Ebeneza Church. The book was researched and written by Victor King, son of the late Brian King of St Marys and Mayor of Penrith on several occasions. Victor launched the book on his family’s convict ancestor called – “Jacklin: a convict’s story” as a precursor to the bi-centenary celebrations this year of Ebeneza Church. William Jacklin was a founder of the church and most of the research in the book centres on the Hawkesbury area where much of the opposition to the officers of the Rum Corps was situated. Victor can be contacted through his website

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Monday 26th January Australia Day - Penrith Festivities at Penrith Lakes Society will have a stall & Display in the Heritage Area
Saturday 28th February Monthly Meeting Day Rev. David Riethmuller - Guest Speaker
Saturday 14th March Penrith History Fair at Penrith Library All enquiries to Penrith Library
Sunday 15th March Penrith History Fair at Penrith Library Society will hold a stall & photo display
Wednesday 18th March Seniors Week Celelbrations Festivities to be arranged
Friday 10th April Easter - Good Friday Chambers closed
Saturday 11th April Easter Chambers closed
Sunday 12th April Easter Chambers closed
Monday 13th April Easter Monday Chambers closed
Saturday 18th April Monthly Meeting Day Jan Davis - Guest Speaker
Saturday 25th April Anzac Day Dawn Service - St Marys RSL
Monday 8th June Queens Birthday holiday Chambers Opened
Saturday 27th June Monthly Meeting Day Lorraine Stacker - Guest Speaker
Saturday 22nd August Monthly Meeting Day Rev. David Clark - Guest Speaker
Saturday 5th September Spring Festival Parade Members will participate
Sunday 13th September "Back to St Marys" Held in the Chambers Building
Saturday 24th October Monthly Meeting Day Alison Spencer - Guest Speaker
Will be updated on our website at

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Nanna’s Recipes – Our Secretary, Carol Volkiene was happy to share two of her Grandmother’s recipes as below:-

Busy Day Pudding:
2 tablespoons golden syrup
2 tablespoons butter
¾ cup milk
½ teaspoon bi-carb soda
1 ½ cups self raising flour
Method: Put syrup and butter into steamer, melt on gentle heat and add milk into which soda has been dissolved, mix in flour, beat until light and well mixed, cover and steam 1 to 1 ¼ hours. Serve with cream or custard (this is really nice says Carol)

Economical Ice-cream 470 g (15oz) can evaporated milk
1 ½ teaspoons gelatine
½ cup boiling water
1 cup cold water
1 cup non-fat milk powder
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Method: Dissolve gelatine in boiling water. Add cold water, pour into large bowl of electric mixer. Add evaporated milk (it doesn’t need to be chilled), milk powder and sugar. Beat until combined and free from lumps. Freeze until firm. Remove from freezer and allow to stand until softened slightly. Empty into chilled mixing bowl, mash down with potato masher. Beat at high speed till light and fluffy and doubled in bulk, add vanilla, put into trays and freeze.


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

(No meetings in January or December)
Patron of our Society is Sister Mary Louise Petro


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

Please contact us on 0450132181(voicemail) or email:

(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


Editor & Publisher: Lyn Forde

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