The most valuable component of our Society is the contribution made by its members. Their combined experience and research expertise may provide researchers with the best chance to solve research problems. Our combined experience in searching for our own family may be the key to solving the various problems other family historians face.

Remember that there is a member only area on the NFHS website. This area is still under development and currently only contains reports of the various volunteer groups so all members can read the reports at their leisure. Access if with a password. The password to gain access to the Member Area is changed after the AGM and members were informed in the June newsletter. Use the button to contact our newsletter editor on the link if you have forgotten the password. Include your name and member number

We publish our Members' Interests Directory every two years in a special publication. This directory lists the research families, locations or interests of our members and ensures that all members and the Societies with whom we exchange Journals, are aware of who is researching what locality, name or names! We will collect name and subject submissions for our next Members' Interests Directory due out in mid-2019. Forms are included with Membership renewal information early in the year. Blank MID forms are also included below should members wish to download and return an electronic copy.

Have your say! Is there some area where you need to learn more? The Society has reintroduced How to ... ? sessions for members. Sharing the expertise available in our members in the areas of research and our library is important.


This is your Society so it is important to communicate your suggestions, ideas, comments or requests - both positive or negative. If you have ideas or suggestions about any events or excursions or anything that would be useful on the website or on the member page, then please speak to one of the duty librarians or to a member of management; use the suggestion box (anonymously if you like) either in the Member Area or the box kept on the front desk in the Reception Area or send an email or letter to the Secretary.


The Society runs workshops, seminars, trips and other functions relating to family history and hosts guest speakers of interest to our members and the wider community. Events and speakers have been hugely successful and enjoyable for everyone who has been able to attend.

Library borrowing is now available to all members who have been a member for one year will be eligible to borrow. Each month a notice will be posted in the Library showing which additional members are eligible. Much of the material in the library is not suitable for lending, and these items are clearly marked with a small red spot on the spine.

Members are reminded that the 2017-2018 committee voted to give permission for Members and Visitors to use personal USBs in our library, provided that the volunteer librarians are informed of the intended use and that Copyright restrictions are strictly observed.

Management 2019-20

Management meets at the Society at 10.00am on the third Thursday of each month. As you can see we have some vacant positions. Might you be interested in helping in this way?

Elected Positions:

President: Melodie Woodford

Vice President: Pat Healion

Secretary: Maree Shilling 

Treasurer: Marie Hughes

Membership Registrar: Sharyn Boyce
Librarian: Vacant
Journal Editor: Ken Shilling
Publicity Officer: Greg Manning
Committee Members: Kirstie Carrick
                                Heather Dunn

                                 Rosalie Bunn

Links you might need!

Remember to include your name and member number in all correspondence. Here is a link to the contact page.

Please deposit any monies in the NFHS Account.

BSB: 650 000

Account: 501 652 808

Our Member Area is available only for our members. Please send an email to our newsletter editor who will assist you with the password.

In the Member Area you can find contact details for the co-ordinators of our Special Interest groups which are open only to members.


We run Special Interest groups for:



English Ancestry

Irish Ancestry

Using Ancestry

Researching Family History

Scottish Ancestry


UTAS family History Diploma

Military Ancestry

Download, print, complete and return the form available on the link below in order to to renew your membership or become a member.

We run an interesting events program of Historical walks or visits and orientation of educational presentations.

Voluntary Positions:

Assistant Secretary: Margaret Ashford
Assistant Treasurer:     
Assistant Librarian: Jim McDougall
Publications Officer: Jane Ison
Research Coordinator:    
Publications Assistant: Beth Keating
Maintenance Officer:    
Newsletter Editor: Lea Harris
Computing (IT) Officer: Clive Maddocks
Snippers Coordinator: Karilyn Pawley
Website Coordinator: Jane Ison
Guest Speaker Coordinator:   
Cleaning Coordinator:    
Functions & Displays Coordinator:   
Fire Warden:     

Public Officer: Melodie Woodford

Becoming Involved with NFHS

Do you have some time to give to your Society? Being involved in your Society has a positive benefit for you and also a positive effect on the Society. Consider volunteering to assist in any way possible - no matter how small.

Our Society has five established groups of volunteers who help ensure that NFHS meets its aims and objectives and members’ needs. The groups function in an informal, collegial and social manner. If you are interested in any of these groups, please email the Secretary, who will pass on your name to a member of the group; or leave a message on the answering service. Most groups meet on a schedule, but attendance at every meeting isn’t a requirement – members can give as much time as they want. Besides the groups, there are opportunities for volunteers to help with specific events or programs. You might also like to let the secretary know of any areas of interest or experience that you would like to share with other members. We’ll be sure to find a spot for you!


Meetings are usually held on a Friday morning – two during the two months before the Journal is printed to edit and then print and one shortly after the Journal is posted to plan the next issue. Print Days are marked on our Calendar. Each meeting is about two hours long.

The eTeam plans, produces and distributes our quarterly Journal. An editor oversees the activities, but everybody is involved in suggesting themes, ideas for articles, proof-reading, layout, printing and preparing for mailing. Being on the eTeam is a great opportunity for members to like to write and publish some of their own family history or get involved in research and writing about other things of interest. No specific experience is required but it is up to the eTeam to completely fill the Journal if it hasn't been filled by contributions from our Members. A look at any of our Journals will show you what a quality production is created. 


Meetings of the Library group are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 9.30am. There is a roster on the calendar page if you are able to spend some time assisting as a librarian on Thursday or Saturday.

There are two ways to be involved in the Society Library – as a member of the team which processes and maintains our resources and/or as a Library volunteer who opens the Library for researchers on Thursday afternoons and Saturdays. No previous experience is necessary for either of these and people with Library experience oversee the purchase and processing of resources as well as assisting new members understand the procedures; and there are other experienced volunteers working each day the library is open. Both are excellent ways to become familiar with the holdings of the library, meet other members and help others with their research. There is no compulsion to attend every group meeting and Library opening days are on a rostered basis.


Meetings are about two hours long, with dates decided according to the activities being planned. Keep an eye out in your Newsletter to find out the date and time of the next meeting.

This is our newest group, formed to co-ordinate a program of social and educational activities identified in a survey of members in 2018. The group makes initial plans for activities which are then carried out by group members and other volunteers. So far, the group has co-ordinated our successful Sandgate tours, Orientation sessions for members, monthly Social outings with a family history theme, How To … sessions for using Trove and our Volunteers’ Morning Tea. Further events may include activities to link with seasonal or community celebrations; seminars; and sharing members’ interests. No special expertise is required for this group, but enthusiasm helps! 



​​Meetings are held at 10.00am on the third Friday of the even months of the year (except December) but are often conducted by email.


The Publications group plans, co-ordinates, writes, promotes and distributes all the Society’s publications. It is a major contributor to the financial well-being of the Society. There are usually a number of publication projects running at any given time so members can be involved as much or a little as they are able. Any Publication needs researching, transcribing, writing, formatting, proof-reading and editing but we always need suggestions for new publications. Everyone who is able can contribute a part of any Publication or provide support or assistance to the coordinators of a publication by helping to produce advertising posters and brochures or finding resources. We always need a coordinator to take on the responsibility of overseeing each publication - alone or as a group. Completed publications are created by the Publications Officer which is an elected position. Anybody who is interested in any facet of a publication is welcome to join the group. Please take a look at the Society’s publications catalogue or the Publications page to see the type of publications we have already created.


Meetings are held twice monthly, on the first and third Wednesdays, and these days are reflected on the Calendar. Snippers has a co-ordinator who oversees the group’s activities.


The Snippers group also works to produce print resources for our Library. Using copies of early newspapers, members locate, copy if necessary, snip, collate and produce booklets of clippings of interest to researchers in the local area. Volumes are indexed for ease of use. Compilations of recent and current death and funeral notices are also produced. A look at the bound books in the front room at the Society will show interested members what this group produces.