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!

23 November 2019

Book Launch by a Member

Members and Community

Time: 2.00 pm

Cost: Free 

Getting there:

Private transport

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Members and Friends

Time: 10.00 am till 1.00 pm

Cost: Nil - bring a small plate to share

Getting there:

Private transport

Friday, 13 December 2019

Christmas Get-together

Members and Friends

Time: 12.00 am


Cost: The cost of your lunch

Getting there:

Private transport or bus

Friday, 31 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, 14 February (rsvp 8 February)

Riverboat Postman

Members and Friends

Time: 7.35am train

Cost: $48 - lunch included

Getting there:

Public transport

Friday, 11 to Sunday 13 September

2020 Conference - Wests

Community Event

Time: Three fabulous days

Cost: see the conference website

Getting there:

Own transport

Book Launch by a Member


Our Member and Planning Co-ordinator is also a member of Muswellbrook Shire Local and Family History Society. She has completed her transcribing and editing of her grandfather's writing of his recollections from the districts of Scone, Aberdeen, Muswellbrook, Bowman's Creek, Ravensworth, Maitland, Jerry's Plains. Denman, Merriwa, Murrurundi and Rouchel for the Muswellbrook Shire Local and Family History Society. This new publication will be launched by the local author Geoff Harrison, at 2.00 pm on Saturday, 23 November 2019, at the Muswellbrook Library in the Seminar Rooms which are accessed via the downstairs entrance from the car park. Download a copy of the details of the launch here.

The publication will cost $20 and can be posted within Australia for $12.50. Afternoon tea is provided and books will be available for purchase on the day. A pre-order to secure your copy to be either collected at the launch or mailed to you can be arranged by emailing the Muswellbrook Shire Local and Family History Society.

Christmas Lunch

When: 12.00 noon: Friday, 13 December 2019

Where: Wests New Lambton Bistro

Cost: Your own lunch

Transport: Own Transport

Bring: Any suggestions for future event locations if you have any!

Meet at the reception area at Wests at 12.00 noon for our Christmas Lunch and we will move together to the Bistro and find a table or two. There are no table bookings during December so it is “first in, best dressed” but there are tables of eight over to the left side of the bistro. We will be able to chat over lunch and celebrate the busy and eventful year. 

If you would prefer not to drive, bus number 23 goes right past the club and bus number 13 will drop you in Alma Road which is a very short walk to another club entrance in Tauranga Road.

And a big "Thank You" to our organiser Pat, for co-ordinating all these wonderful events.

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: $20 concession; Museum Free

Transport: 6.42 am 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 $32 for an adult or $20 for a concession. If a ticket is booked online before 24 December there is a 20% discount. Here is the link to buy tickets.

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: 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

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.

27 March 2020: Rookwood Cemetery, commonwealth war graves and garden of Remembrance, Old Catholic tour, research individual graves.

2 April 2020:     State Library talk and tour. 


17 May 2020: Sandgate Cemetery


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


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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