Welcome to Lithgow & District Family History Society

About Us

The first ambulance station in Railway Pde.

How we can help

 Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc. provides a resource library and facilities for people who are researching their family history. We also have a huge amount of local history. Our resources include cemetery records, birth, death & marriage records, local, Australia wide and overseas records, CDs, books and microfiche. 

Our Resource Centre is located in the Ewen Smith Memorial Hall on the corner of Tank & Donald Streets Lithgow and is open on Tuesday nights 6pm - 9pm, Friday 10am - 4pm & the first Saturday of the month 10am - 4pm.

St Mary's Presbyterian church & manse with the hospital above


Fees for the year 1 March 2018 to end of February 2019 are: 

Joining fee: nil. Membership fee: $45 (journals sent by Australia Post; $40 (journals sent by email).   

Membership entitlements include 3 journals per year, free admission to LDFHS Resource Centre during opening hours including assistance with research enquiries, 3 hours free research by the LDFHS research officer for members who live outside Lithgow City Council area.

Non-members’ research at the Resource Centre costs $10 per person on Tuesday evening & $20 on Friday & Saturday. Digital copying is allowed (subject to copyright).

Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award

Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award

Grandma’s faded and fragile wedding dress, a silk post card ‘from the front’ in WWI, grand-father’s well-worn chess set, or a floral-patterned tea-cup? Are these heirlooms hidden in a drawer or in the bottom of a cupboard? What is the story behind one of these treasured items? 

The topic of the essay for the 2018 Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award is “A Favourite Family Heirloom I have or would like to have”. Each year the Lithgow & District Family History Society hosts the Award in honour of the Society’s convenor, Yvonne Jenkins, who herself was a family historian and author of several books. 

Do you have a favourite heirloom or one that you can tell a story about? Maybe that heirloom is in the custody of another family member? Maybe the heirloom no longer exists, but the story can still be told.

Essays of less than 1,000 words must be submitted to the Society by 30th April 2018 and the winning entry will be announced on Sunday 19th August 2018.

The entry form and conditions may be downloaded from the link below or by phoning the Society on 6353 1089 between 6 - 9pm on Tuesdays, Fridays 10am - 4pm or by writing to The Secretary LDFHS Inc, PO Box 516, Lithgow 2790.


Research inquiry form (doc)


Membership application (docx)


Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award 2018 entry form and conditions (docx)


Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

We love visitors, so feel free to come and see us and discover what we have and if we can help you.

Lithgow & District Family History Society

43 Tank St, Lithgow, New South Wales 2790, Australia


Tuesday 6—9pm 

Friday 10am—4pm (except Good Friday)

1st Saturday of the month (except Easter Saturday & January) 10am—4pm

Phone during opening hours:

+61 02 6353 1089