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Ginger Meggs - Hornsby's Larrikin Hero

James Charles (Jimmy) Bancks is one of Hornsby’s most famous sons.  He was born in 1889 in Enmore to John and Margaret Bancks.  His father was a cleaner with the railways, and the family moved to Hornsby in 1892.  At the time the town was just beginning to develop around the new railway junction while orchards and other agricultural …

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Ginger Meggs - Hornsby's Larrikin Hero

First Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge

By 1888 it was possible to travel by rail from Adelaide to Sydney and from Newcastle to Brisbane. The railway lines were connected from Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney to Brooklyn on the south side of the Hawkesbury River and from Brisbane, Newcastle to Wondabyne on Mullet Creek (off the Hawkesbury River) to the north. Prior to a railway …

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First Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge

A Glimpse of Times Gone By - Shopping and Trade in Hornsby Shire

This collection contains receipts and advertisements from businesses across the Hornsby Shire. The receipts in this collection start from the early 1900s and go through to the 1960s. Receipts have been gathered from private collections over time and the advertisements have come from a wide variety of sources such as old newspapers, …

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A Glimpse of Times Gone By - Shopping and Trade in Hornsby Shire

Pettet Family - A Local Family Before, During and After the Great War

The Pettet Family of Thornleigh were a typical local family who lived through both the good and hard times of the 1900s including the Great War (1914-1918). Of their thirteen children only seven lived past their thirties. Sadly two sons were killed during World War I and one young son was murdered in Pennant Hills. Despite such sadness …

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Pettet Family - A Local Family Before, During and After the Great War

About the collections



Hornsby Library Local Studies Section has a wide range of materials relating to the local area including special collections on topics such as Ginger Meggs and the building of the first Hawkesbury Railway Bridge and other information relating to Hornsby Shire Council area located on the Upper North Shore, Sydney Australia.

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