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Search on for image of Helensburgh’s “father”

"This memorial was unvieled on the occasion of the centenary of Helensburgh on 7th October 1984, having been moved from St. Augustine's churchyard Bulli, where it was erected in August 1889. Mr Charles Harper searched for and found coal at Camp Creek in 1883 and was instrumental in naming the settlement "Helensburgh". The park was named in his honour on the same day."

“This memorial was unvieled on the occasion of the centenary of Helensburgh on 7th October 1984, having been moved from St. Augustine’s churchyard Bulli, where it was erected in August 1889. Mr Charles Harper searched for and found coal at Camp Creek in 1883 and was instrumental in naming the settlement “Helensburgh”. The park was named in his honour on the same day.”

A SEARCH is underway for a photo of the founder of  Helensburgh, Charles Harper (1835-1888).

The Helensburgh Historical Society have made several unsuccessful enquiries and is appealing for help.

For Family History Week in July – August, the Old Mine Surgery at Helensburgh will open to the public on Sundays July 29 and August 5, 10am to 2pm.

The society is also looking for volunteers to help with the archiving of records.  If you can spare a few hours a week or month to help sorting documents, filing, photocopying and scanning old photos, old newspapers call the Society’s research officer and archivist, Jenny 42942877.

The next meeting of the society will be held on July 26 at the Old Mine Surgery, Parkes Street, at 7.30pm.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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