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Welcome to the website of the Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society, formed in 2001 to research, preserve and promote the heritage of "The Kurrajong", the district north of the Hawkesbury River in the Hawkesbury local government area of New South Wales, Australia.
Mill on Little Wheeney Creek sketched by Esther Gray c. 1892. This mill was one of two established by brothers Benjamin and James Singleton on Little Wheeney Creek near today's Kurrajong village. The mills were built around 1810 and sold about six years later, and continued to be operated by several millers until around 1858. When first established the mills and the associated worker's huts are thought to have been the first European settlement in the Kurrajong district. The Singletons later established other mills in the Hawkesbury district, and the town of Singleton was established on part of Benjamin Singleton's land grant received in recognition of his exploration efforts to help find a route northward to the Hunter district.
The Society has conducted a number of visits to the mill sites on Little Wheeney Creek, and research by members into the history of the mills is continuing. The Society supports efforts to have the sites heritage listed for conservation and possible restoration support, and has recently provided funding assistance to Hawkesbury Council to be allocated to the Kurrajong Memorial Park upgrade project, where surviving millstones from the Wheeney Creek mills are on display.
KCHS FAMILY HISTORY GROUP
The Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society's Family History Group is co-ordinating a register of family history studies which have relevance to the Kurrajong district. If you are currently researching a family history where members lived in the Kurrajong district, or you have information, photos, documents or stories that you would like to contribute for other family history studies in the Kurrajong district, then please contact the KCHS Family History Group Co-ordinator by email or by writing to the Secretary, PO Box 174, Kurmond, NSW, 2757.
The KCHS Family History Group meets at 10 am on the last Tuesday of every month. They also hold regular research and field days on most Tuesdays. All members are welcome. Please contact Carolynne Cooper on (02) 4576 0356 or by email for details of upcoming meeting locations and events.
Researching: The Group charges $25 for a search fee. If you have information or photos you would like to pass on to the Group the fee will be waived. Other charges may apply depending on the amount of printing and research information that is required.
The Family History Group is currently working on publishing three new books. The first book is nearing completion and contains the records of the parish registers of St Stephens Kurrajong, St Philips North Richmond, St James Kurrajong Heights, Colo Church, and Sally Flats Mission Church. There are two further books to follow in this series. The first book contains Kurrajong records from St Peters Richmond up to 1902, when Kurrajong was under the parish of Richmond. The second book will contain records of early settlers of the district and research for this book is currently in progress.
Do you have any old photographs or documents relating to the Kurrajong district? The Society currently has an extensive digital archive of photographs which capture many aspects of the district's heritage, development, people and places. In addition to growing this archive we are currently seeking to compile a register of early land holdings in the district. All these archives will be available for research and display purposes (with the owners' permission). So if you can help by providing access to the Society to any photos or documents relating to the Kurrajong district's heritage please contact the Secretary by email, or phone 02 4567 7410, or write to PO Box 174, Kurmond, NSW, 2757.
Development of this website has been proudly supported by the North Richmond Community Bank® [A branch of the Bendigo Bank]
Page last updated: 19 July, 2013