Welcome to Lithgow & District Family History Society

Welcome to Lithgow & District Family History Society

Welcome to Lithgow & District Family History SocietyWelcome to Lithgow & District Family History SocietyWelcome 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 11am - 4pm & the first Saturday of the month 11am - 4pm.

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


Fees for the year 1 March 2019 to end of February 2020 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).



Faces Behind the Facades Main St Lithgow


Faces Behind the Facades, Main Street Lithgow is an ongoing project of the Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc relating to the history of individuals who operated businesses in Main Street Lithgow for a number of years. 

Many interesting and informative stories have revealed themselves that help inform us of the people who shaped Main Street and, by their participation in community organisations and both local and state government, the history of our region.

Large scale window vinyls will be on display in relevant business windows in Main Street Lithgow as shown on the map above and will include narratives capturing the stories of individuals, historic portraits and images of the original building facades. 

Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award


 Lorna Fitzpatrick was awarded the 2019 Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award for her essay on her great grandmother Mary Polson. 

The topic of the essay for 2019 was “My Favourite Rascal”. Mary defied the convention of the time when she refused to resign her position as a teacher when she married James Parks in 1884. 

Lorna’s essay will be printed in full in the Society’s October journal. Lorna was presented with her award certificate at the presentation on Saturday 17th August and receives one year’s free membership of the Lithgow & District Family History Society. 

The runner up was Ros Nolte who received a highly commended certificate for her creativity in submitting an essay that was not about a person. Ros wrote about her beloved cat who was her favourite rascal. 

Membership application (docx)


Research inquiry form (doc)


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



The Society has made the decision to temporarily close its Resource Centre, effective immediately, in order to comply with the recent guidelines issued by the Australian and NSW governments on ‘social distancing’.  

We will still monitor emails and will post updates on our Facebook page, our website and via email or post to our members.