Keep an eye on the NFHS Facebook page for invites to many of our events. 'Diary Dates'  gives a summary but remember to scroll down below 'Join Us!' to see the details of our events and outings.

Diary Dates

Join Us!

Genealogy Courses

Members and Community

Time: 9.00 am

Cost: Each course $5 for members
and $15 for non-members

Getting there:

Private transport

From Saturday, 18 January 2020

Bligh - Hero or Villain

Members and Friends


Time: 6.42 am train

Cost: $20 for the exhibition

Getting there: 

6.42am train - Newcastle Interchange

Friday, 31 January 2020

Members and Friends

Time: 10.00 am till 1.00 pm

Cost: Nil - bring a small plate to share

Getting there:

Private transport

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Riverboat Postman

Members and Friends

Time: 7.35am train

Cost: $48 - lunch and morning tea included

Getting there:

Public transport

Friday, 14 February 2020 (RSVP 8/2)

Seniors' Week Open Day

Community Event

Time: 10.45 am till 3.15 pm


Cost: Nil

Getting there:

Private transport or bus

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Rookwood Cemetery

Members and Community

Time: TBA

Cost: Free 

Getting there:

Private transport

Friday, 27 March 2020

2020 Conference - Wests

Community Event

Time: Three fabulous days

Cost: see the conference website

Getting there:

Own transport

Friday, 11 to Sunday 13 September

State Library Visit

Members and Friends

Time: Nil


Cost: Nil

Getting there:

Private transport or train

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Another fantastic year ahead!








There were some wonderful social and historical experiences in 2019 with many more planned for 2020. We have our social organiser Pat to thank for these opportunities but there are other events that are organised by different volunteers at the Society.

A very big "Thank You!" to all these people for their planning. For any ideas for activities please send a message via our Suggestion Box on the Members Only page.


Keep up to date with every activity that is happening here and on our calendar. We love your company for Social events but we need your help on special days.


Members of the Committee wish you all a very happy Christmas and holiday period and look forward to seeing you at the Library or at one of our events in 2020.

Genealogy Courses

Now that our Orientation sessions are underway, our feedback suggests that our members would like more. It has been suggested that the Society run short courses to complement your research. Each of us has many research skills and we may be willing to help others gain competency in various areas of family research. We are in the process of designing a number of courses to help members from beginners to the more experienced tackle their family history research.


Eight courses so far have been planned for 2020. No sessions will have more than a maximum of 24 participants but some courses will be limited to smaller numbers depending on the topic.

Each session will run for 45-50 minutes and the first few will be at 9am on a Saturday. You will be shown where resources you need can be found in our library. After the courses the library will be open as usual so participants can remain and practice their newly gained skills. 

There is a fee for each session of $5 for members and $15 for non-members, payable on the day. If you would prefer to pay in advance for all eight sessions the cost will be $35 for members and $105 for non-members. (There will be no refund if you are unable to attend on the day.) Payment may be made at the Society in person or by direct Debit. Please see the instructions for Direct Debit on the Contact Page.


If you wish to book a place in any course please:


Phone or text: 0427577598. 

Please Note: We are unable to take bookings for these courses on our Facebook page or at the Society.

Can you contribute any suggestions of further course to help others or are you able to run a course that will help others? Below are some suggestions for possible future courses. Please consider get involved in any way that you are able. The image below will also link to a downloadable file if you would prefer a hard copy. If you are able to help or offer a suggestion please contact Pat by email. or use the mobile number 0427577598.  

Dates and Topics for Genealogy Courses

18 January and 1 February (Parts 1 and 2)
Getting started. Where to begin. What do you need. How to organise your materials.  

15 February 
Getting started digitally - cameras and what-not.

7 March
Primary and secondary sources, organising a research log, citing your sources.

21 and 28 March (Parts 1 and 2)
Online data bases - Free sites

April 6  10am  



2 May
Using Trove Newspapers and Government Gazettes

23 May
Ryerson Index and Online Births, Deaths and Marriages

National Maritime Museum - Bligh: Hero or Villain

When: 6.42 am train, Friday, 31 January 2020

Where: Australian Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour

Cost: Bligh Exhibition: $15 concession 
         All Exhibitions (including Bligh) plus access     to Ships: $25

         Museum Free

Transport: 6.42am Sydney Train from Newcastle Interchange

Bring: A packed lunch if you do not plan to buy lunch

There is no cost to enter the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour but if you wish to visit the exhibition about William Bligh, Bligh: Hero or Villain, it will cost $15 for a concession and $25 for entry into all the paid exhibits (the Big Ticket) - including the ships. Ticket purchase details are here.

We will catch the 6.42 am train from Newcastle Interchange and meet outside the first carriage at Central. We can catch the light rail from Central to Pyrmont. There is a cafe at the museum and a link to the menu can be found here.

If you are interested in coming then please contact Pat:

  • Mobile: 0427 577 598

  • Email a message to:

  • or put your name on the list on the front table at the Society’s rooms

Hawkesbury Riverboat Postman

When: Friday, 14 February 2020 (rsvp 8 February 2020)


Cost: $48 (pre-paid and non-refundable)

Transport: 7.35am train from Newcastle Interchange

Bring: A camera, sunscreen and a hat! Morning Tea and lunch are included in the cost

We will catch the 7.35am train from the Newcastle Interchange and will leave the train at Hawkesbury Station at 9.27am. We will board the Riverboat Postman at the Brooklyn Wharf near the station by 10.00am and will travel up the Hawkesbury River listening to informed commentary as we view history from the ferry. Mail is delivered to homes along the river. A ploughman’s lunch is included in the cost. The ferry trip and lunch costs $48 and needs to be paid in advance. There will be no refund if you do not attend. We will return to the Brooklyn Wharf and connect with a Newcastle train so should be back by about 3.30pm.

Follow this link to the Riverboat Postman where you can read about the history of the postal boat.

Bookings need to be made and paid for by 8 February 2020.


If you are interested in attending then please contact Pat:

  • Mobile: 0427 577 598

  • Email a message to:

  • or put your name on the list on the front table at the Society’s rooms

Seniors' Week Open Day

When: Saturday, 22 February 2020 - 10.45 am till 3.15 pm

Where: Our Society rooms - 68 Elder Street, Lambton

Cost: Free

Transport: Own Transport or bus (see our Contact page)

Bring: Your knowledge of your Ancestry

We invite all senior members of our community to an Open Day to become more involved in Seniors Week. Visit and tour our historic Mechanics Institute and enjoy some light refreshments. Stay after morning tea for some assistance to build or add to your family tree. Stay for as long as you like. Plan your lunch in the Elder Street eateries.

Please Note: There is wheelchair and walker access from De Vitre Street (via the driveway beside Meals on Wheels) but there is limited access within the library from the back room.

Download the poster for your noticeboard.

Sandgate 2020

Discussions have started in the Planning Group and with Northern Cemeteries for our 5th Annual Sandgate Tour during May 2020. Do you have a favourite grave or area at Sandgate? If so, please email Margaret any suggestions you'd like us to consider.  Next year's tour will be supported by Northern Cemeteries as usual, but Northern Cemeteries has decided that they won't hold an Open Day at the same time in 2020.


Did you realise that our Publications group are working on incorporating the fascinating subjects of our Sandgate tours into a series of Pioneer Registers for those buried in Newcastle and the Hunter Region? These books will include burials from Sandgate but also from further afield. If you have an ancestor whose biography could be put into this publication, please email the Secretary.

Can you suggest a local walk?

These are our planned dates and locations for 2020 for your diary. Details will be added once they are confirmed.

2 April 2020: State Library talk and tour. 


17 May 2020: Sandgate Cemetery


29 May 2020: State Archives tour and talk. Take your own lunch.


If you would like to go to the State Archives before this date for your own research, this is how it can be done using public transport. You can travel to either St Mary's Station or to Penrith Station. St Mary's is more direct but Penrith may be quicker on your return journey. Use Trip Planner to clarify times.

1. Catch the Newcastle train to Strathfield.

2. From Strathfield make a connection to St Mary's Station.

3. From St Mary's exit to the bus stops and find stand 8. 

4. Catch the 770 bus from Mt Druitt to Penrith via Claremont Meadows. It turns left at Gipps Street shown on the map below.

5. The bus will stop at the gate to the Archives. Ask the driver where you get off if you are unsure.

6. The 770 will travel to Penrith and then return along the same route.

7. To return catch the 770 either back to St Mary's or on to Penrith.

8. Catch the train from St Mary's or Penrith back to Strathfield.

9. The 'Directions' link on the map below will provide details of different ways of travelling to State Archives at Kingswood.





19 June 2020: Muswellbrook Local and Family Historical Society: morning tea, town tour, cemetery crawl. If you have an ancestor or family or know of a character buried here you might like to share their story.


July 2020: Wallsend Township Walk


August 2020: Sydney Hospital Museum and Sisters of Charity Archives and Museum.


11-13 September 2020: Newcastle State Conference. $$$


2 October 2020: State Library visit talk and tour. Time for your own research


November 2020: Newcastle Library Local History Tour


December:      Christmas Lunch. $$


Share your local knowledge while we explore the local area and and then share a chat with others over a coffee or a light lunch when we finish up at a cafe nearby. These walks are a new event for 2019 and or organiser is trying to make local walks every couple of months. Everyone is welcome. Bring your friends or family (including grandchildren). Other walks are planned for winter and while we have some locations in mind we would love some other ideas and there is plenty of time to think about places. Please put any suggestions in the suggestion box or send an email to the events organiser, Pat on or email our Secretary using the address on our contact page. ​


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