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.

Diary Dates

Join Us!

Friday, 14 August 2020

Morpeth

Members and friends

Time: 10.00 am

 

Cost: $2 museum entry

Getting there:

Independent Private transport

Tuesday, 25 August & Sunday, 30 August

Family History Scrapbooking

Members and Friends

Time: 10.00 am 

Cost: $5

Getting there:

Private transport

Friday, 11 September 2020

Wallsend

Members and friends

Time: 10.00 am

Cost: Free

Getting there:

Independent Private transport

TBA - but probably 2021

Society Members

Time: TBA
            

Cost: Nil 

Getting there:

Private transport

Postponed until 2021

Free Sandgate Tours

Community Event

 

Time: TBA

Cost: Free - Bookings essential

Getting there: Private Vehicle or

Public Transport

Three fabulous days in 2022

2022 Conference - Wests - to be confirmed

Community Event

Time: Three fabulous days

Cost: TBA

Getting there:

Own transport

TBA

Genealogy Courses

Members and Community

Time: 9.00 am

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

Getting there:

Private transport

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.

Morpeth History Day

When: Friday, 14 August, 10.00 am 

Where: Morpeth Museum

Cost: $2 museum entry and personal purchases

Transport: Own Transport (Car-pooling not available            due to COVID-19)
        (see the map below for directions)

Bring: Food unless you are purchasing lunch, hat and          sunscreen

Limit: COVID-19 limit is 20 people (now fully booked)

A car trip to Morpeth will be our August outing. After getting the morning coffee, we will meet at the Morpeth Museum in Swan Street at 10.00 am. The museum is open to the public and admission is $2. Please have $2 in cash if you plan to enter the museum so you won't need change. We will have to socially distance in the museum and depending on numbers, some of us might have to wander Morpeth’s main street until there is space for others in the museum. The museum has a pamphlet available showing the town walk. There is also a further pamphlet costing $5, which describes the museum and its exhibits.

 

There are plenty of eateries on the main street and lunch could be at a pub or a cafe. After lunch, we will make our way to the Morpeth cemetery. We will visit Sailors Row at the Anglican cemetery and other people of interest. The Catholic and Presbyterians are across the road and we will visit there as well. Ruth King, from Maitland and Beyond will join us and share some stories with us. She is also responsible for the photos and transcripts on the Australian Cemetery Index site. If you have an ancestor resting at Morpeth Cemetery you might share their story with us.

We will need to abide by any COVID-19 restrictions regarding numbers and any changes to restrictions that may be made. If you are unwell: cough, sniffles, sore throat, slight temperature, … please stay at home.

If you wish to attend, please email Pat or send a message to her on 0427 577 598 to have your name added to the list. We are limited to 20 people at the moment, so it’s “first in, first on the list”. 

Family History Scrapbooking

 

Want to try your hand at scrapbooking? Raelene, a member put together some notes to get you started during the COVID-19 and supplied at cost, a beginners kit to get you started. Now she is prepared to hold two days to introduce interested members to the art of scrapbooking on Tuesday, 25 August and on Sunday, 30 August 2020, starting at 10.00 am.

 

Due to COVIC-19 restrictions there are only eight places available on each day so bookings are essential. There are currently 3 vacancies remaining for the Tuesday session.


If you are interested, please text Pat on 0427 277 598 or email pat.healion1@gmail.com and reserve your place. Include your phone number and email address in your email or text, so I can contact you if needed. Each day will cost $5.00 to cover power, etc. Participants will need to bring some family photos with them and their own mug and spoon as kitchen usage is limited. Individually wrapped tea, coffee and sugar will be available, as well as full cream milk.

Wallsend History Drive and Walk

When: Friday, 11 September 2020, 10.00 am

Where: Old Wallsend Cemetery Site

           now Rest Park, Wallsend

Cost: Free

Transport: Own Transport
                 (see the map at right for directions)

Bring: Food unless you are purchasing lunch, hat               and sunscreen

Limit: COVID-19 limit is 20 people (now fully booked)

A local visit to Wallsend will be our September outing. Please have your coffee before we meet or buy a take-away to drink at our first location. We will finish the tour with lunch. The first part of the tour will be driving to and past some significant Wallsend locations. We will meet at 10.00 am at the old Wallsend Cemetery (with your coffee) located between Thomas Street and Newcastle Road, and now called Rest Park. There is ample parking in Newcastle Road and in the narrow access lane off Newcastle Road. (There is no parking in Thomas Street.) From the cemetery we will drive past the hospital and the former Cooperative Junction to the site of the Co-operative Mine. We will stop near Wallsend High to walk the short distance to the old tram station.

 

We will then drive to the shopping centre and park close to the main street. We will follow the town walk history posters and walk a short loop looking at the artwork in the area, the tiny medical display (where we may need to split into two groups) and other sites of interest. It is hoped that any descendants in the group will share their knowledge of the area and its history. We will have lunch to finish the day - either together or independently.

We will need to abide by any COVID-19 restrictions regarding numbers and any changes to restrictions that may be made. If you are unwell: cough, sniffles, sore throat, slight temperature, … please stay at home.

If you wish to attend, please email Pat or send a message to her on 0427 577 598 to have your name added to the list. We are limited to 20 people at the moment, so it’s “first in, first on the list”. 

NSW State Archives

Due to COVID-19 this day has had to be postponed but once NSW State Archives reopens and until we can reschedule a date to visit, members might like to take advantage of these instructions to make their own way there to do their own research. Remember to take your lunch!

 

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 to a station 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.

Orientation Sessions and Genealogy Courses

Orientation Sessions are free to all members - especially those new to the Society. Information about them may be found in the Member Area.

Genealogy Courses are planned short courses led by someone experienced in the topic. They are open to members and non-members. There is a charge for the Genealogy Courses to cover preparation of marerials. Details of these courses are located on this page.

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 always looking for ideas for genealogical courses and people who are interested in running them in order to help members from beginners to the more experienced tackle their family history research. Each session will run for 45-50 minutes and will mainly be held at 9.00 am on a Saturday. Part of the course will locate the resources held within our library. After the courses the library will be open as usual so participants can remain and practice their newly acquired skills. All courses will be limited to no more than 24 participants but some courses may be limited to even smaller numbers depending on the topic. 

 

The 2020 fee for each session was $5 for members and $15 for non-members. Any payments to the Society may be made at the Society in person or by Direct Debit. Please see the instructions for Direct Debit on the Contact Page. We are unable to take bookings for Genealogy Courses on our Facebook page or at the Society.

 

Eight courses were run during 2020 but due to COVID-19 have had to be replanned. A meeting will be held in November to consider any future plans.

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 getting involved in any way that you are able.

 

If you wish to offer assistance, enquire about future courses or attend the November meeting please:

Email: pat.healion1@gmail.com

Phone or text: 0427577598. 

Plans for the future!

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

Friday, 9 October 2020, at 10.00 am: We will visit Oakhampton Cemetery and follow this with a picnic lunch at the Walka Waterworks. We will look around this historic site after lunch.

 

Friday, 6 November 2020: We are invited to visit the digitisation lab at Newcastle City Library. We will gather at 9.30 am on outside the library. You will need a Newcastle City library card to enter the library, unless COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

December: Christmas Lunch. $$

TBA: Postponed: Sydney Hospital Museum and Sisters of Charity Archives and Museum.

TBA: Newcastle Crematorium Tour will be announced as soon as rules at the Crematorium allow non-essential gatherings.


TBA: State Library visit talk and tour has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

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 from 2019 and our 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 pat.healion1@gmail.com or email our Secretary using the address on our contact page. ​

 

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