Our Past Speakers

Julie Keating

Julie spoke to us in our first Zoom meeting in August 2020 about the Toorak of Newcastle. She is the author of many books about different Newcastle suburbs.

We have a complete set of her publications in our Library and they may be purchased at Macleans Booksellers.

Image from the NFHS Facebook page - courtesy Mel Woodford

Dianne Blishen

Diane spoke to us in February 2020. She uses Google Earth projections to overlay original maps. She will speak at the Conference later this year.


Her publication is: Wallis Plains (now Maitland) settlers 1818.


This book may be found at AH7/17/01 in the NFHS Library. 

Image Courtesy of the NLA (Detail)

Christmas Meetings

Our final meeting of the year would not be complete without a trivia night from John Mulhearn and his wife, our member Judy.

They have kept us on our toes and sometime completely stumped us for the last three years. John and Judy are members of the Adamstown Lions Club.

Image Courtesy Wix

Marie Hughes

Marie spoke to us in 2019. She is our member and is descended from the Hughes family who operated a large pottery works at Merewether

We have many books about this suburb on our shelves and we sell our publication History of Merewether. Please visit our Publications page for details.

Image Courtesy of https://www.merewether.com/

Jane Ison

Jane is our member and spoke in October 2019 and at the 2019 Conference about the huge number of names of children sent to one of the industrial schools of NSW that have not survived the passage of time to reach State Archives. Jane is attempting to identify as many of these children as possible. 


This list of names and a guide to the industrial schools of NSW is the subject of a future publication for the Society. Some of this research is on Jane's website.

Image Courtesy NSW Archives

Emeritus Professor John Ramsland OAM

John is our member and spoke to us in 2018. He will speak again later in 2020.

The list of books written by our member John Ramsland and held in our Society is extensive. Many books we hold have generously been donated by him and some are no longer available for purchase.


Please visit our Catalogue to see what we have available.

Image Courtesy of Jane I.

Heather Ling

Heather is a former member who spoke to us in 2018 regarding the strategies used to research the Society Publication on Copeland Cemetery.

Please visit our Publications page for details if you would like to purchase this publication.

Image Courtesy NFHS


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