This is a not-for-profit site that aims to provide a growing data base for this unique trade, its people and their lives all over the world where the Leavers lace industry is fast disappearing. To achieve this, a once-in-a-life fee of A$20 will ensure the site can be maintained, advertisement free.
The Descendants of the Lacemakers of Calais (DLC) acknowledges the contributions made over many years by the members of the former Australian Society of the Lacemakers of Calais Inc. (Society) to the research of their ancestors, their enthusiasm to participate in meetings and contributions to the Society's 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 of the members of the Society, we are indebted to researcher Gillian Kelly OAM whose findings into the lives of most of the Lacemakers of Calais and their families over the past 40 years and her willingness to share them, has made this website possible.
HOW TO USE THE WEBSITE
The website is a collection of information about the particular group of English machine lacemakers that we call the Lacemakers of Calais 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 you are not a member of our group.
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 group 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 that will usually open in a separate page and can be downloaded or printed from that page.
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 LOC Families pages
We are fortunate to have resources gathered over the past 40 years and the LOC Families pages include unique information such as family histories, stories, myths and memories, charts and family trees, photographs, BDM certificates and other documents related to our Lacemaker of Calais families.
We believe this section of our website as a repository of information relating to our lacemaker families, is a valuable resource to our group's financial members researching their families.
We will continue to release information in the LOC Families section as it comes to hand.
Log in to the LOC Families pages
Go to the LOC Families menu tab, click on the Log In tab and follow the instructions on that page.
If you are a financial group member or former Society member and have created an account, you can log in 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.
If this is your first time accessing the LOC Families pages, you need to sign up and create an account before you can log in. Please follow the instructions on the Login page to apply to join our group, then click on the Sign Up button and complete the Sign Up process. This will create your account and send us a request for access and we will verify your financial status and reply within a few days.
After that you can simply login at any time.
When you sign up you create a website account. It contains only the information that you provide. If you want to change this information, please contact us.
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 Descendants the Lacemakers of Calais website contains a great deal of information that could be useful to its readers. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any of the information.
Family members 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 group and is published as it is submitted to us
Other information has been researched and compiled by group members and friends of the group 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 this 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.