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Blog post from Saturday, 19 April, 2014

The Kiama Family, Social and Local History Expo was held at the Pavillon Kiama on the 12th April to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Kiama Family History Centre. It was a free event and included over 30 exhibitors and talks by genealogist Cora Num and Gail Davis from the NSW State Records. Historian Ray Thorburn also conducted virtual historic walks of Kiama while the rain poured down.

The blow hole was working and the rain poured down and the southerly roared but it was warm inside the pavillon and the rain and wind certainly didn’t stop the crowds turning up to chat to the many knowledgable and friendly family history societies and other exhibitors.

Ray Thorburn launched two new resources: Go North Young Man by Ian Kirkland published by the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society which describes the migration between people from the Illawarra and the Richmond River region from the early 1800s to 1910 and much more. Ray also launched Norfolk Island Rev. Fulton baptisms, burials and marriages 1801-1806 by Cathy Dunn which was recently received by the State Library NSW.