Established on 16 April 1975 at a meeting in the Old Toongabbie Methodist Schoolroom, the Cornish Association of New South Wales ( CANSW ) was formed, formerly the Cornish Association of Sydney. It replaces an earlier Association from the 1890s to 1950s. Membership (by household) is currently 89 households, covering about 120 people. New members are always welcome! There is plenty of room for growth as up to 2% (or over 100,000 people) in the State of NSW have strong Cornish ancestry, starting in 1788 with the arrival of convict Cornishman James Ruse and his countrymen on the First Fleet!

The CANSW follows an earlier association which was established in the late 1880s and lasted well past the 1920s. The modern CANSW was formed by post-WWII Cornish immigrants for social and cultural activities but soon gained many members of Cornish descent (up to the 6th generation). Now members have a wide range of interests and reasons for belonging.

Today, the CANSW has had activities than have covered a broad scope: Old and modern Cornish culture, migration, history, language, music, dance, food, Celtic connections, family history, Cornish heritage (in Cornwall and Australia [Stories Site]), Cornwall today, social contact, a Bi-ennial Cornish Day, and more.

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The Stories Site covers a wide range of Cornish heritage and history in NSW.
Do take a tour via this link: Stories Site - Welcome page

CANSW Heritage projects in Australia in the Stories Site include:

< Byng and its Chapel: The story from the 1840s to the present day.
Some of the pages which make up the Cornish Settlement or Byng story on the site: The Cornish Settlement starts: Byng & its Chapel, Bethel Rock and 'Parson' Tom, A Visit to the Orange & District Historical Museum - William Tom's Pipe Organ & a Tribute to William & Ann Tom, Wesleyan Baptisms at Byng, Wesleyan Cemetery Records at Byng, The First Australian Payable Gold Discovery.

< Cadia Engine House: A story of stabilisation and repair, together with many stories of Cadia Village and the opening of the new copper/gold mine.

< And there is much more about the Cobar Cornish Family and Mining, the story of a Bal Maiden who recognised copper ore shown her

Navigate your 'tour' or go to pages of interest via the Menu at the left hand side of all those pages


More about our Association

The CANSW has close contact with the other 10 Cornish Associations in Australia and also is a member of the Celtic Council of Australia (in NSW) through which it is affiliated with the Ethnic Communities Council of NSW. Interchange with those other Cornish Associations, other Celtic communities and kindred Cornish groups around the world takes place regularly.

Members have extra access to a range of web pages covering: membership renewal form, sample newsletters, many talks & articles, list of sales items and our large library listing for members use, etc. For Cornish Association members resources, research, and library


The AGM is held on the Saturday closest to St Piran's Day (5th March), and membership (which is by household) starts then and runs for 12 months. Six (6) Newsletters per year are mailed, or if you wish, emailed to members: A Sample Newsletter in pdf format

Meetings, functions, and activities are held several times a year - generally in different parts of Sydney, and from time in other areas of NSW.

Involvement with Cornish Associations and their activities interstate (eg. Kernewek Lowender in South Australia, and Victorian Celtic Festivals) is a key part of the Associations programme as are involvement in other Celtic Festivals (eg. Celtic Australia Day at Milsons Point, and the Australian Celtic Festival).

As part of the on-going Calendar, there is Association attendance in May at the Australian Celtic Festival at Glen Innes in the north of NSW, heritage activities at the old Cornish Settlement and Chapel at Byng (near Orange), and occasionally such other operations as those at Cadia and Cobar.


Glen Innes Celtic Festival 2012 - Cornish Photo Gallery


You would be very welcome, wherever you live!

Find out what Events are coming up in the CANSW Calendar. You would be very welcome at any of them.


Annual Subscription is A$15.00 per household. Our term is from after the AGM, usually near St Pirans Day (5th March) to the next - but you may join at any time.

To enquire about Membership write to the Secretary at the address shown below, or
Send an E-mail to the Secretary at
kevrenor@ozemail.com.au

Get your CANSW Objects & Rules of Association in PDF here: Objects & Rules
Membership Renewal Form
Download Membership Form
(in pdf) - download and / or print, and post to us.
Download Membership Form
(in excel) - download and / or print, and email to us.


If you would like to learn more about Cornwall and Cornish culture, some of the wider activities associated with its members, or Cornish communities around the world you can use the following links provided by the CANSW Secretary:

Kernewek - the Celtic Cornish language that is alive: A Basic Cornish Dictionary for your interest. More coming! For local Some information on the Celtic Cornish language - Word for the month "Lowender" meaning - Festivities
Music! More coming on music and songs, but for now listen to the Ragged Band singing an anthem for Cornwall - Trelawney
Sing along with Jim Wearne from the USA: 'This isn't England!'

Interested in 'Cornish First Names' for children

Or perhaps you would like Cornish Food (incl some recipes)

For information about The Bards of Cornwall in Australia web site and the story of the Gathering in 2003

Overseas and local link suggestions:


Contacts:

CANSW President, and Treasurer:

Joy Dunkerley, 21 Cliff Road, Epping NSW 2121
Tel: (02) 9876 2893
Email:
President

CANSW Hon. Secretary, membership, newsletter editor and website:

Chris Dunkerley, 21 Cliff Road, Epping, NSW 2121
Tel: (02) 9876 2893   Fax: (02) 9876 2618
Email for general correspondence: kevrenor@ozemail.com.au

Family History Contact:

For enquiries -
Maxine Gray, 14 Janice Crescent, Moss Vale NSW 2577
Tel: (02) 4869 4958
Email: Family History Enquiries (initial guidance only)

Kindred Cornish Association in Australia and NZ :

Cornish Associations in Australia & NZ - Cowethasow Kernewek yn Australya ha Mordyr Noweth
(Access to all Cornish Associations in Australia (SA, WA, NSW, Bendigo, QLD, Victoria (incl Ballarat, Geelong & Borderers Branches), Southern Sons, and Tasmania, plus NZ)


Sites Story web pages maintained by John Symonds for the CANSW and the balance by Chris Dunkerley for Celtic Council of Australia and CANSW.
First created on 17 April 1997 - This page last Updated: 5 April, 2014 (Over 17 years on the web!)

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Cornish Association of New South Wales (NSW)