Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month (except January) in the Society's meeting room in the historic Mechanics' Institute at 68 Elder Street Lambton.

From September to May meetings commence at 7.30 pm in the evening. Winter meetings in June, July and August are held during the day commencing at 2.00 pm in the afternoon. 

The library is open on a Tuesday before the meeting for research.

Meeting nights 6pm to 7.25pm (summer)

Meeting days 12.30pm to 1.55pm (winter)


Please see our home page or contact page for our regular library hours.

Monthly meetings commence with a guest speaker followed by a short break when tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. The meeting then resumes with a very brief overview by the president outlining up-to-the minute news concerning the Society. This is followed by a Q & A session and some items of genealogical interest such as useful web sites or 'How To' information.


All reports are available for perusal in hard copy at the Society and in the Members Area of this website. President's reports are available for everyone to read below.

Visitors are always welcome to attend any meeting. Disabled access to the meeting room is in De Vitre Street through the gate beside the Meals on Wheels building. This gate is unlocked when our rooms are open so it is not necessary to contact the Society to arrange access.

President's Reports

Do you know of a visiting speaker?

Visiting Speakers

The very popular feature of our monthly meetings are our visiting speakers who open the meeting. After the speaker there is a short break before the general meeting which then focuses on family history issues.


We are always looking for new and interesting speakers. If you have a story to share or know of a speaker who would be able to visit our rooms to share their story or their research, please complete the contact form at the bottom of this page outlining a possible presentation.

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Diane Blishen will demonstrate how to use Google Earth projections to overlay original maps of the Newcastle area. Our library has one of Diane's publications called Wallis Plains (now Maitland) settlers 1818. This book may be found at AH7/17/01. 

Diane Blishen

February 7.30 pm


Garry Bellinger is the Family Services Manager at Beresfield Crematorium (Newcastle Memorial Park Cemetery and Crematorium). He will present a history of the Memorial Park.

Garry Bellinger

March 7.30 pm

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Our member Ian Eckford has a great interest in the history of Newcastle and of Christ Church Cathedral. He will tell the meeting about the history of this beautiful building.

Ian Eckford

April 7.30 pm

Business Meeting

Please consider joining a positive, innovative and energetic team and by building on the ideas of those who have gone before, contribute plans to deciding the future directions of the NFHS Society. All positions - both elected and voluntary will become vacant.

Annual General Meeting

May 7.30 pm

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Julie Keating is our member who is the author of historic publications on the various suburbs of Newcastle. She will speak about her latest project.
(Image courtesy of:

The Newcastle Star)

Julie Keating

June 2.00 pm

Bride by the Dock

Rebecca Bowman, a Scone social historian, will speak about her initiative and ongoing project, the Scone Antique Wedding Dress Project. This is a fascinating and valuable undertaking.

Rebecca Bowman

July 2.00 pm


Our member Emeritus Professor John Ramsland OAM, will talk about his latest research into the sculptor Raynor Hoff (1896-1937). Hoff died tragically just three years after the creation of his ultimate achievement, the sculptures for the Art Deco Anzac War Memorial in Hyde Park. 

John Ramsland

August 2.00 pm


Our Society would love to know of interesting speakers who can talk to members, friends and visitors. If you know of any person please contact the visiting speaker coordinator using the contact box on this page. Currently we have no coordinator so you might also consider accepting this role.

To Be Announced

September 7.30 pm

Newcastle Gaol MARTENS, Conrad 1855 SLNS

Mel is the convener of our recent publication They Sent Me North, about the female convicts who arrived in Newcastle. She will talk about the background and research involved in producing the publication.

Mel Woodford

October 7.30 pm


Give your name to the Secretary if you would like to talk about an important item in your collection or something that has been handed down to you from an ancestor. 

Members' Interests

5 November 7.30 pm

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Members please come to our Christmas get-together. Bring a small plate and your thinking caps. We look forward to enjoying the end of a busy year and we always have a lovely evening. We will again experience the thrill of John and Judy Mulhearn who will test our trivia knowledge.


3 December 7.00 pm


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