Our Past Speakers

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Ian Eckford

Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle is the largest Anglican cathedral in NSW and the third largest in Australia. Ian's presentation gave an insight into his extensive research into the Cathedral and trace the history of its design, architecture and symbolism, earthquake restoration, the architects and the clergy involved.

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Associate Professor Nancy Cushing

Nancy spoke to us of the history of the Jubilee Monument, better known as the Coal Monument of Newcastle. The attendees then had a general discussion about the statue wars.


Read a little about the monument here.

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Jeff Madsen

Our member Jeff spoke to us using Zoom. He introduced us to basics of accessing the land titles and parish maps using the Historical Land Record Viewer. This talk will open the opportunities to find family locations for attendees. 

The viewer may be found here.

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Jill Ball

Our member Jill spoke to us via Zoom in October 2020 about effectively searching on and using Google. Jill is the author of a geanealogy blog full of good ideas and interesting information.

Visit Jill's blog, GeniAus here.

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Julie Keating

Our member 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.

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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. 

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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.

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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 the industrial schools in NSW (Newcastle, Biloela, Shaftesbury and the Vernon) that have not survived the passage of time so did not 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.

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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.

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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.

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