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Here are some web sites of interest to historians and genealogists.  The City of Ryde’s History site contains a brief history of Ryde, including the history of the original aboriginal inhabitants of the area. There is also access to Ryde Library’s photographic collection and the photographic collection of the Hunters Hill Historical Society.   The Royal Australian Historical Society. This web site contains a lot of useful information, including links to associated organizations and all its affiliated historical societies.  This is a new online guide by the State Library of NSW  to help find your convict ancestors. It lists all their convict databases, both online and those in the library, and links to  other related sites. It even has court records of The Old Bailey and other UK courts.  An extensive website that gives links to Australian databases that can be searched for free.   An online data base that includes Australian convict registers, Australian and UK registers, Sands Directories and other genealogy information.
In July 2010 they added an online index of 14.9 million Australian birth, marriage and death records:
                       Australian Birth Index        1788 – 1922
                       Australian Marriage Index   1788 – 1957
                      Australian Death Index        1788 – 1985   Find My Past (previously called 1837online)  purchased the UK National Archives. They then had more than 650 million records accessible online.
 In July 2010 they announced the completion of a 2 year project fully indexing the complete   1837 – 2006 UK birth records (a quarter of a billion names).   World War Two Nominal Roll. This contains information from the service records of the men and women who served in Australia’s defence forces and the Merchant Navy during World War Two.  The War Graves Photographic Project, an ongoing project photographing all the headstones of Australian war graves. The database is indexed and the images may be viewed online  and purchased   National Archives of Australia web site. In addition to its usual wealth of information, since April 2007 it has had the World War One service records online.   The National Library of Australia website. This contains a wealth of information.
Its Australian Newspapers Digitisation Project is now online at This is an ongoing project to digitise all Australian newspapers from 1803 onwards. 1,000,000 pages with
10,000,000 articles may now be read online at and more pages are being added each week. There is a search facility where you can search for articles containing people’s names, places etc.

In 1916 John Bradfield produced a Master Plan for Sydney’s Transport for the NSW Government.
The NSW Board of Studies has
“Bradfield – a vision for Sydney transport” on its website.
The National Library of Australia has published Bradfield’s full 280 page 1916 report
“Proposed Electric Railways for the City of Sydney”

In the early 1920s, Bradfield upgraded his plan to include a St Leonards – Eastwood Railway. The Dictionary of Sydney, a very comprehensive online dictionary of all aspects of Sydney’s history, went online on 4 November 2009.It contains numerous entries about Ryde, including North Ryde, West Ryde, East Ryde, Meadobank, Tennyson, Denistone East and Marsfield.  Web Sites for Genealogists – An Australian gateway for tracing your family tree. This website by genealogist Cora Num has 1650+ quality links arranged in 48 categories. This is the website of the newly formed Historic Ryde Society in Ryde on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom. It gives an interesting insight into the history of our namesake. The State Library of NSW has an amazing selection of eresources. It offers free 24/7 access  to local and international newspapers, including London’s The Times 1785 – 2006, ebooks, full-text journals, magazines and online databases. To use eresources from outside the Library, you must have a current Library card. You can sign up for a Library card online.

A history of the Automatic Totalisator and the Heritage listed Automatic Totalisators Limted building on Nancarrow Avenue, Meadowbank is on a website

From September 2009 until June 2012, Genealogist Heather Garnsey had a regular page, Genealogy know-how,  in the monthly computer magazine PC User. She discussed new and updated genealogy websites and how to get the most from them. Unfortunately this has now been discontinued. However current and past issues of PC User magazine are in Ryde Library.

Two British genealogists have created a new Family History Forum called
“Genealogy Specialists – Tracing Our Past, Discovering Our Genes” which is affectionately known as TOP DOG. at
“Our aim is to offer mutual FREE help to each other in tracing our ancestors, following our family trees, and putting flesh  on the skeletons that we discover. With a membership that stretches through 18 time zones around the world, and helpful moderators/admin on both sides of the globe, members will belong to an international, but friendly community. Our membership ranges from enthusiastic amateurs to professional genealogists, and if we do not know an answer we will certainly be able to point members in the right direction to find one.”