Keep an eye on the NFHS Facebook page for invitations to our activities but this 'Events' page will give you not only the details but a map and links as well. 'Diary Dates' shows a chronological summary but please scroll down to below 'Join Us!' to see the details, maps and links for our events and outings.
Scroll down to find further details of our events, outings and activities. They are listed in chronological order.
There are some interesting social and historical experiences 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 suggestions for future activities please leave a message in our online 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.
Roses From the Heart Exhibition
When: Wednesday, 11 March 2020 till
Friday, 24 April 2020
Where: Singleton District Library -
12-14 Queen Street, Singleton
Transport: Own Transport
(see the map below for directions)
This is an opportuntity for those who missed the Newcastle display or for those living in the Upper Hunter community to view the convict bonnets created for the Roses from the Heart exhibition. There will be a special emphasis at this exhibition of the bonnets created to commemorate the convict women who were sent to or settled in the Singleton (Patricks Plains) area.
If you are able to assist in either setting up or dismantling the display to the end of the exhibition, please contact our president through the Society email.
Plan a lovely day in this charming town that is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.
Family History Scrapbooking: Days 1 & 2
When: Sunday, 5 April 2020 and Sunday, 19 April 2020
Where: NFHS Rooms, 68 Elder Street, Lambton
Cost: $10 per person per day
Transport: Private Transport to NFHS rooms. (See our contact page for useful public transport options.)
Bring: Your own materials (if you have any) and your own lunch
Day 1 is a day of tuition and the sharing of ideas. Starter kits will be available (if required) and the contents and cost of these kits are to be advised. Day 2 is a continuation day but each day will be different.
Please bring your lunch as there are not as many eateries open in Lambton on a Sunday. Tea and coffee is provided at the Society.
Please add your name to the list of attendees on the long bench near the sign-on book in the library. Alternatively, email Mel on firstname.lastname@example.org and she will add your name to her list.
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 for further courses to help others navigate the widening world of resources or are you able to run a course that will help others understand a resource that you have investigated in your family history? There is a list of possible future courses on our Member Page. Please consider get involved in any way that you are able. If you are able to help or offer a suggestion please contact Pat by email or on the mobile number 0427577598.
Dates and Topics for Genealogy Courses
21 and 28 March (Parts 1 and 2)
Online data bases - Free sites
April 6 10am
Using Trove Newspapers and Government Gazettes
Ryerson Index and Online Births, Deaths and Marriages
Our planning group and Northern Cemeteries have plans well underway for our 5th Annual Sandgate Tour to be held on Sunday, 17 May 2020. The area and the graves to be featured on the tour have been planned and research is underway.
Do you have a favourite grave or area at Sandgate for a future tour? If so, please email Margaret any suggestions you'd like NFHS to consider. Northern Cemeteries is very enthusiastic about our tours but has decided that they won't hold an Open Day at the same time in future.
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 not only burials from Sandgate but also from further afield and within the Hunter Valley. If you have an ancestor whose biography could be put into this publication, please email the Secretary.
Plans for the future!
These are our planned dates and locations for 2020 for your diary. Details will be added once they are confirmed.
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 Station make a connection to St Mary's Station.
3. From St Mary's Station 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 main gate to the Archives. Ask the driver where you get off if you are unsure.
6. The 770 will travel on to Penrith and then return along the same route.
7. To return catch the 770 either back to St Mary's Station or on to Penrith Station.
8. Catch the train from St Mary's Station or Penrith Station back to Strathfield Station and connect to a Newcastle train.
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. $$$
2 October 2020: State Library visit talk and tour. Time for your own research
November 2020: Newcastle Library Local History Tour
December: Christmas Lunch. $$
Can you suggest a local walk?
Do you have any ideas or can you share your family or local history 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 email@example.com or email our Secretary using the address on our contact page.