The Society is evolving.

After all these years, our Society has achieved its original aims of discovering our story, of broadcasting it, of supporting interested folk in their research and connecting like-minded people. We intend to continue doing all these things. However, as we now have a website for researchers to access and host their family's story and information we can do it in a new way.

We hope to expand our story to include those who stayed in Calais and those who returned to England after the 1848/49 migration to Australia.

Lacemaker Gatherings

As a group, we will no longer be holding regular meetings in Sydney. However, we encourage lacemaker researchers to consider holding gatherings in their areas.

A gathering of lacemaker descendants and their families in Newcastle, NSW

Lacemakers at Stanley Park, Fullerton Cove, NSW

The Newcastle gathering will be a catered morning tea and lunch on Sunday 5 April 2020 at the historic Victorian homestead Stanley Park, set in 28 acres of manicured lawns on the banks of Fullerton Cove, a branch of the Hunter River. Stanley Park is fondly remembered by some of our members who have lived nearby and visited the estate over years past.


Details of the estate can be found on its website at


We hope that you will attend the gathering where the cost will be $30 for morning tea and a finger-food lunch.

Please register your interest by email to our long-standing descendant Robin Gordon at

A booking sheet with timing and accommodation options for the gathering will be sent to you early in the new year.


We hope to reschedule this gathering  in the future

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