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2023-2024 Committee


                                President                                       Vice President

                                Kathleen Forrest                                     Pamela Hempel

                                      Treasurer                                         Secretary 

                            Suzanne Shaw                                 William Hempel



                                                        Committee Members

                             Joy Jorgensen              David Moore            Rae Moore      

                     Judith O Donohue             Jason Prior        Heather Threlfall


                     THE FELLOWSHIP OF FIRST FLEETERS                                                HAWKESBURY-NEPEAN CHAPTER

                                 Background Information


Our Chapter was officially formed on May 9th, 2015, when Ian Palmer, the then President of the Fellowship, opened our first meeting at Windsor.  The then Chapter Development Officer, Jon Fearon, commented on the enthusiasm and hard work of director Sharon Lamb, as well as William and Pamela Hempel in setting up our Chapter. The duly elected inaugural officers and committee were President Sharon Lamb, Vice President Pamela Hempel, Treasurer Terry (Theresa) Ewan, Secretary William Hempel and Committee Members Jenny Baldwin and Heather Threlfall.


There were many interesting discussions about what our Chapter should be named. Suggestions included Green Hills, the original name of the Windsor settlement. However, just like our Homepage photo depicts, we extend along the reaches of the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers, and include the lower Blue Mountains. So, the name Hawkesbury-Nepean Chapter was chosen.


Our meetings are held bi-monthly on the second Saturday of the month in venues that cover the geographical breadth of the Chapter. However, most of our meetings are being held in the Tebbutt Room at Hawkesbury Regional Library in Windsor.


We have an enthusiastic and experienced committee that meets prior to our chapter meetings and works very hard to provide interesting and relevant speakers and excursions in our area. Our Schools Project, whereby First Fleet route and vessel framed posters are presented to local schools, is the envy of other Chapters. This is a joint initiative with the Lions Club of Richmond.


Our Chapter has grown to about 70 members, many of which are descendants of those arriving on the First Fleet in 1788. We welcome all new members and visitors, young or old, in fellowship with our Chapter.

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