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Contact details of Historical Societies and Family History Groups in the regions surrounding Hay.


The Regional Archives Collection at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga campus) is a valuable repository of historical material, some of which directly relates to Hay and district.  On-line concise guides list the records held there.  The site has detailed information regarding the Hay Athenĉum (1875-1949), internees at the Hay Internment Camps (1941-2) and Reginald Sharpless (c.1900-85), jackeroo at "Mossgiel" station, photographer, and author of Pommy in the Outback (1982).

The Wikipedia articles on Hay and Gunbar are accurate and reasonably comprehensive (largely due to input by Hay Historical Society researchers).

The AUS-NSW-WEST web-site is a Rootsweb mailing-list site relating to the Western area of NSW (including Hay), concerning matters of family, local and regional history.  The site has a variety of useful sections, including a registry and contact list for research interests (surnames, places or subjects).

Land and Property Information New South Wales (LPINSW), a unit of the NSW Department of Information Technology and Management, has instigated a Parish Map Preservation Project.  The web-site has a search facility, and links to further information about the project.  There are a number of parish maps of Hay, and surrounding district and villages, available to view.

The detailed web-site Coaching in the NSW Riverina examines a subject of great importance to the understanding of Riverina history and the development of townships in the region.  The web-site, created and maintained by Bill Strong, covers a variety of different aspects of coach travel, including sections on the drivers, horses, coaching routes and change-stations, coach designs and the artisans associated with the industry.  It contains much material pertinent to Hay and surrounding districts.

The Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program, co-ordinated by the National Library of Australia, is an on-going project to digitalise Australian newspapers from the 1800s to the mid-1950s.  In July 2008 the Australian Newspapers Beta service was launched, providing an expanding on-line access to historic Australian newspapers digitised as part of the ANDP.  The free service has an efficient search facility and allows readers to make corrections to the OCR-derived text.

The Australian Surveying and Land Information Group (AUSLIG) is Australia's national mapping agency.  The site has a useful search-engine for locating obscure place-names in Australia.

Kathy Pearson has transcribed Greville's Post Office Directory for 1872, with each township entry containing an extensive list of local residents.  Townships covered include Balranald, Booligal, Hay, Maude and Mossgiel.  The web-site also has an internal search facility.

This web-page reproduces a list of landowners (with associated property information) who applied for, cancelled, transferred or received stock brands from others in the first quarter of 1889.  It was published as a supplement to the NSW Government Gazette of 10 July 1889 and contains references to property owners around Hay.

Peter J. Reilly's Murray River, South Australia web-site deals with various aspects of the history of the Lower Murray River.  This region had close economic links to Hay township during the era of steamer trading on the inland rivers.

Family history and biographical web-sites with relevance to Hay and the surrounding district:

William Jackson was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for selfless courage under heavy fire while rescuing his comrades near Armentieres in France during World War I.  He is the youngest Australian to have been awarded a VC.  Before he enlisted Jackson spent his life at Gunbar, north-east of Hay.  This accurate account of William Jackson's life is based on the research of Harry Willey.

The Overflow of Clancy, the story of Thomas and Anne Clancy and their descendents, was written by Rev. Eric Gerald Clancy.  The complete book is available on-line.

James & Helen Beggs and their children had lived in the western Riverina since about 1865.  During the 1870's James Beggs worked at "Singorimbah" station.  In 1881 Beggs and several of his children selected land south of Carrathool, which they called "Crawfordburn".  See also History of the Beggs Family in Australia 1859 to 1995 by Joseph Clement Beggs – available online.


A Guide to Genealogy and Family History Research, a US-based general introduction for those beginning to research their family history (thanks to Anna for the suggestion).


Below are some well-organised 'link-sites', followed by a few key genealogical web-sites.

Genealogy Search Australia, genealogical links site with search facility (Australian & general).

Greg's genealogical links (Australian).

Susie Zada's genealogical links site (Australian).

Cora Num's genealogical links site (Australian & general).

Australian Family Tree Connections magazine - links page.

Genealogy Resources Online, an informative links page maintained by Sean Spencer, which includes links to information and resources not often covered by other comparable sites, such as genealogy for kids, interpreting old photos, and deciphering old handwriting (a big thank you to Courtney and her group of dedicated family researchers for drawing our attention to this one).

Cyndi's List is a world-wide, comprehensive genealogical links site.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' familysearch mega-site.

The Genuki site -  an ideal starting-point for UK research.

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