Put pen to paper for genealogy short essay contest

GENEALOGY Sunshine Coast takes pride in announcing the first annual Madge Lynch memorial award for a short essay.

Madge Lynch was born the daughter of Mackay sugar cane farmers in March 1931.

She attended the local school and won prizes for her artwork.

After leaving school she travelled overseas spending six years in Canada, England and New Zealand before marrying Leslie Lynch.

Madge's interest in genealogy was sparked by discovering she was related to the 21st president of the United States - Chester Alan Arthur. She was also related to early convict stock.

Madge joined the organisation in September, 1993, and took on the roles of treasurer, volunteer librarian and assisted with the beginner's classes.

She was a pivotal part of the organisation until she passed away in 2013.

Entries close on October 30.

Entry is open to members and non-members.

Submissions should be anessay (800-1000 words) on the topic: 100 years ago, my family...

The entry form and details can be found on https://sites.google.com/site/genealogysc.

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