The Australian Society of the Lacemakers of Calais Inc. (ASLC) acknowledges the contributions made over many years by its members to the research of their ancestors, their enthusiasm to participate in meetings and contributions to our journal Tulle. We are particularly grateful for their willingness to share their research for the benefit of all.

Whilst this website brings together research and writings of many members, we are indebted to our Society’s Researcher Gillian Kelly OAM whose findings into the lives of most of the Lacemakers of Calais and their families over the past 36 years and her willingness to share them, has made this website possible.



The website is a collection of information about the particular group of English machine lacemakers that we call the Lacemakers including their background in England and France, their working lives and  their lives in Australia. Much of the information in this website is unique to it.

If you wish to preserve and publish your family documents on our website, please contact us

You can do this even if not a member of our Society. 



The website is easy to navigate using the dropdown menu bar. It is divided into two sections: those pages available free to anyone and a section restricted to financial Society members.

Generally, access to the information is via an icon or linked text – just click on it.

If a link does not work please contact us.


Documents and Images

Many documents are in PDF format, will usually open in a separate page and can be downloaded or printed from that page.

Images however, cannot be downloaded. If you would like a copy please contact us and we’ll arrange it if possible.

Do you know more?

If you can add to the information shown on this website, please contact us.

If you find any errors or omissions, please contact us and we will attempt to rectify the problem.

As we say elsewhere, much of the website information is provided by family descendants and is a result of subjective research. If your research varies from that shown we will post your information and explanatory notes as required. 


The website Members' Area

We are fortunate to have resources gathered over the past 36 years and the Members' Area includes unique information such as family histories, stories, myths and memories, charts and family trees, photographs, BDM certificates and other documents related to our Lacemaker families.

We believe this section of our website as a repository of information relating to our lacemaker families, is a valuable resource to our Society's financial members researching their families.

We will continue to release information in the Members' Area on a regular basis.

Login to the Members' Area

Go to the Members' Area menu tab and click on Login tab. The Login/Sign Up button is on that page.

If you are a financial Society member and have created an account, you can login at any time.


If you are having trouble using the login page, it might be that you need to first clear your computer's Internet Browser Cache.  Try the "how to do this" instructions.  

If this is your first time accessing the Members Area, you need to sign in and create an account before you can login. Please use the Login/Sign Up button and on the Login page, click on Sign Up and complete the Sign Up process. This will create your account and send us a request for access and we will verify your membership and reply within 24hrs.

After that you can simply login at any time.

Member's Account

When you sign up you create a website account. It contains only the information that you provide. If you want to change this information, use the Member's Account button in the web page header.


We welcome contributions of any type from anyone with an interest in the Lacemakers of Calais, the lace industry and related history. We do however, prefer that, if possible, information be sent in the following formats:

- Short family story: DOC or DOCX

- Documents such as family histories, BDM documents, charts, etc: PDF

- Images such as photos and postcards: JPG or JPEG


The Australian Society of the Lacemakers of Calais Inc. website contains a great deal of information that could be useful to its readers. The Society cannot guarantee the accuracy of any of the information.


Descendants of the Lacemakers of Calais provided some of it such as family photographs, stories, myths and facts. The accuracy of this information has not been assessed by the Society and is published as it is submitted to the Society.


Other information has been researched and compiled by Society members and friends of the Society from original sources located here or in England or France. This information is as accurate as possible considering the limits of accessibility and the accuracy, condition and legibility of the sources.


The researcher should always use the ASLC website information as a guide.

If a researcher intends to reuse information found on this website, It is the researcher’s responsibility to:

- confirm the quality, accuracy and suitability of the information prior to use,

- not infringe the privacy of any persons named in the information nor conditions of use imposed by the authors, and

- comply with copyright law.

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