Australian Society of the
Lacemakers of Calais Inc.
Welcome to the Australian Society of the Lacemakers of Calais Inc. (ASLC) web site.
The original ASLC website was created by Craig Williams (Saywell Family) and launched on 14 February 1999.This revised site has been created by Richard Lander (Lander Family) and was launched on 5 February 2013.
The ASLC was formed in 1982 when a small group of people came to the
realisation that they shared a common interest in a special group of English
machine lacemakers. The Lacemakers in whom they shared an interest were
principally those originally from Nottingham and who were involved in two
mass migrations in the space of little more than a decade.
Descendants of migrants who came on any of the vessels mentioned above are encouraged to apply for membership of the Australian Society of the Lacemakers of Calais Inc., refer to Joining Us for more details and an application form.
Our About page provides more information on who exactly were the lacemakers of Calais.
The History page explains why we exist as a Society and what we have achieved as a Society over the past 30 years plus.
Meeting times, guest speakers and information on our historic meeting place, Don Bank Museum, can be discovered on the Meetings page.
Our lacemaker ancestors all arrived in Australia aboard sailing ships in 1848 or 1849. Ships provides more information on these vessels and their passengers.
If you wish to join the Society refer to Join for further information.
The References webpage contains information on books, websites and links to other material which will prove valuable to researchers interested in the machine lacemakers of both Nottingham and Calais.
If you simply need to contact a relevant person in the Society, Contact Us is the page you need.