Beef Week lures in history buffs

PATRICIA LEONARD, of Yorklea, is from a long line of criminals.

The family history buff is descended from Thomas Allum who, along with his brothers Richard and James, arrived in Brisbane from England in the 1930s as convicts on board the Maitland

“I found a lot of detailed information, even about their scars and tattoos,” Mrs Leonard said.

Mrs Leonard was able to unlock the deep and dark secrets of her family’s past using the resources at the Casino and District Family History Group’s research room.

A sixth generation Australian, she has tracked her family’s movements using cemetery, shipping and birth, death and marriage records, along with other resources.

Group members also have access to the online database Ancestry, which has millions of family history records.

This week, Mrs Leonard, along with other members of the group, will be joining in the Beef Week celebrations by offering free entry into the research room.

Visitors are welcome to drop by during Beef Week so the group’s volunteers can help them research their family history.

The research group’s room is in the School of Arts in Walker Street, and will be open between midday and 4pm today, 10am and 2pm on Thursday and Friday, and 9am and 11.30am on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Beef Week celebrations continued last night with the Celebration of Fashion at the Casino RSM Club.

More than 500 people filled the auditorium to watch the fashion event, hosted by Northern Star Weekender editor Candy Baker.

The parade featured fashions for men, wom- en, children, sleep, surf, farm and sports from 26 Casino clothing retailers.

Models parading on the catwalk were drawn from the Casino area.

Tomorrow’s program features steam locomotive shuttles and the Cas- ino Beef Week Golf Open.

For more information about other events visit: www.casinobeefweek.

Tomorrow’s highlights

Lachlan Valley Railway 1930s Steam Locomotive Shuffle, Casino Railway Station.

Orchid Show, Presbyterian Hall, 8am.

Casino Beef Week Golf Open, 9am.

Bush Poets, Cecil Hotel, 11am.

Art and Photography Exhibition, 63 Walker Street, 6pm.

Samba Blisstas workshop, Casino Village RV, 6pm.

Bush Poets dinner, Cecil Hotel, 6pm.

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