It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long-time Lithgow and District Family History Society member, Margaret Buckley, who passed away on June 22, 2019, at Lithgow Hospital, surrounded by family, following a long battle with cancer.
Margaret had joined the Society soon after its inauguration in 1986, and has worked tirelessly for the promotion of the good-will among all our members.
She has held numerous positions within the society, including president, secretary, journal editor and, for the past ten years, as treasurer, keeping a keen eye on the bank balance and general expenditure.
In 2013, she was made a Life Member of the Society, for her dedication and hard work.
Margaret was born at Maitland on the 16 th March, 1948, to John Francis 'Jack' Hickey and Mary Margaret May Irons, and moved to Lithgow as a child, where she lived for the rest of her life.
She married Peter Compton and had four children, Corinna, Peter, Rebecca and Mark. She re-married in 1987 to local accountant, John Buckley, and gained a whole new family.
She had eight grandchildren, Hannah, Amy, Maggie, Lara, Bradley, Elizabeth, Angus and Jayden, and three step-grandchildren, Claire, Hamish and Kate, all of whom she adored and doted on.
Besides being a member of the Lithgow and District Family History Society, she had, for many years, been a member of Quota International at Lithgow, serving a term as president, a member of Lithgow VIEW Club and Red Cross, served on the Lithgow Hospital Auxilliary Board, and on the committee of the Lithgow Community Housing Inc.
She was also instrumental in the formation of the local branch of CanAssist, an organisation to help women suffering from cancer.
Margaret had always been a fierce advocate of Lithgow, promoting its rich heritage and local history whenever possible.
Her friendly nature and kind disposition made her a close friend to many locals with whom she had close contact and she will be sadly missed.