Publications

Please read the directions for ordering to purchase any publication from NFHS.

See our list of prices and current postage rates for our Publications. Contact our Secretary for a quote for multiple items weighing in excess of 10kg.

 

Also contact our Secretary for a quote for postage rates outside Australia. Note that due to COVID-19 there is no economy option for overseas postage available and every package will require the payment for tracking.

 

Remember that Society Members receive a 10% discount on their first purchase of any Society publication that costs more than $10.

 

In the list of Current Publications below, some titles have a direct link to an information sheet about the publication. Please bear with us as these sheets are developed.

A database has recently been placed on the Society computers reflecting the work that has been done over the years by a number of dedicated members, especially Ken and Maree, who have transcribed indents containing the names of the Passengers into the Port of Newcastle (1865-1884). Researchers may find some little treasures in this new database. Happy hunting!

Looking for a Christmas gift for someone?

NFHS Family History Charts
$10 a set (plus p&p if posted)

Do you have a friend or family member you would like to introduce to the amazing world of Family History? A folio of nine different Family History Charts (in a plastic protective folder) could be an unexpected gift for someone at Christmas time, or indeed, why not treat yourself to this great little package? Eight charts for recording your research are included, along with a special chart for the child who wishes to start their own family history research.

Just call into our Society to purchase the charts, or order by contacting the Secretary at: nfhsinc@gmail.com

Might you be able to contribute to our upcoming publication?

People of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley: Their Stories – Our Heritage

Volume 1

Our current publication, People of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley: Their Stories – Our Heritage - Volume 1, is filled. It is well underway in the final editing processes. We have collected nearly stories of 50 people who rest in one of the Hunter Valley cemeteries or crematorium. A list of those included in the book can be viewed here.

It is time to launch the search for Volume 2 stories.

People of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley: Their Stories – Our Heritage

Volume 2

As with Volume 1 we hope to collect 50 stories of the life and times of people who lived and died locally. The only stipulation is that they are buried or cremated somewhere within the boundary of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. Volume 1 provided a great variety of stories ranging from a war hero through the last full-blooded Awabakal woman and a sea captain to a lady bushranger and the man who founded a local suburb.


The subject of your story does not have to be an ancestor or even in the public eye – it might be someone who has captured your interest through a newspaper article such as that of Mrs Roseanna Thompson of Stockton who, despite being the wife of the local police sergeant, aided the escape of sailors who had jumped ship in Newcastle. Or it might be someone you have read about in a book or magazine – Michael Ryan is one example. This Irishman convicted of conspiracy to murder, arrived in Australia in 1835. His life story bears some investigation but the interesting information appeared on his headstone erected by his brother, Philip, in the old Hilands Crescent cemetery, East Maitland. A transcription of the engraving ends with the words “… who has been circumvented of his just and legal property, prosecuted by wilful and corrupt perjury, returned guilty by an infamous and bigoted jury for being a sincere patriot and sentenced wrongfully by the laws of the land.”


Now there’s a story waiting to be told! 

 

You do not need to be a member of the Society to contribute a biography for either of these publications. We would like to recognise the lives of our early families and make them available for everyone to read.

A story could be about 1500 words in length and of course, pictures always add to a reader’s understanding. With the current “stay home” situation, this could be a very good time to think about writing a short story for inclusion in Volume 2 of the Society’s publication.

Your story could be posted to the Society’s

NFHS Secretary

Box 296,

Jesmond 2299

 

or if you prefer, emailed to Ken and Maree Shilling.

Our latest Publications

They Sent Me North: Female Convicts in the Hunter was launched on 30 July. It is a companion book to our earlier convict publication Early Newcastle - The Fettered and the Free. Both may be purchased either singly or as a two-volume set. Postage for one book or for the pair would be $15 in total. 

They Sent Me North: Female Convicts in the Hunter

Compiled by Mel Woodford and Jan Richards AM

Book: $50.00 + p&p $20.00

OR

USB Wafer drive: $35.00 + p&p $5.00 


The 430 page publication contains background material to transported women who came to the Hunter; a database of the female convicts who were either assigned, settled in or passed through the Hunter to live further afield and a selection of biographies of some of these women written by their descendants or researchers from Newcastle Family History Society Inc. The USB wafer would be stored on the hard disc of your device.

This is a companion volume to Early Newcastle – The Fettered and the Free (NFHS 2005) which is also available in a book and as a wafer USB at the same prices as They Sent Me North: Female Convicts in the Hunter. Both publications could be posted together for $20.

NFHS Bulletin and Journal Collection 1983-2017

Compiled by Ron Goodhew and Bill Hobbs

CD: $35.00 + p&p $5.00

OR

USB Thumb drive: $35.00 + p&p $5.00 

This publication contains a copy of every Bulletin, Journal, Newsletter and Members’ Interest Directory published since the inception of the Society commencing in 1983 and concluding in December 2017. It has been released on both CD or USB. Both the CD and USB versions are searchable. A history of each set of publications is included as an insert. 

A Message from the eTeam

The Society has produced a name index to Journals 161 to 220, March 2003 to December 2017. The index is also to be placed on the research computers in the Society library once it reopens, but we’ve decided to make it available here on the website in the meantime, so it can be used and enjoyed right away. Access is provided by clicking on the index cover sheet image to the right. Instructions for opening the file for PC and iPad can be viewed here.

The index is a pdf file containing almost 11,500 entries.  The main way to search is by surname but you may also find aliases, nicknames, maiden names, stage names, ranks, professions, jobs, birth and death dates, alternate spellings and cross-references.

Anyone who has copies of the Journals or owns the published CD of Journals and Bulletins can use this index to find information about people of interest. Sometimes there will be whole articles on the person or family; other times they may just appear in a group photo or in a list.

The next task in this ongoing project is to move onto completing the index for the Bulletins before 160 and Journals after 220.  Those lists will be added to this index in due course. 

Copeland Goldfield, NSW History & Heritage Cemetery

by Heather Ling, Margaret Robson, Wendy Swan and Gloria Higginbottom

 

BOOK: $35.00 + p&p $20.00

CD: $35.00 + p&p $5.00

 

This book records cemetery burials and history of the gold rush years which began in 1876, in the foothills of the Barrington Mountains. The Barrington Goldfields, later known as Back Creek then Copeland, became a large settlement where gold mining flourished. In the early 1900s gold mining became expensive, yields deteriorated and gradually the population moved away.

The foreword by our former member, the late Dulcie Hartley relates the story of the Thomas family, her husband's ancestors at Copeland during the 1870s and 1880s. We hear stories of John Dennis, Wilfred and Charles Thomas, and Joseph and Thomasina Notley. The foreword concludes 'This reveals the experiences of just one family, lured to the new goldfields with the expectation of riches. Much more is documented in the following comprehensive coverage of Copeland's historical progress, from a raw, boisterous society, to a progressive township.'

Current Publications

Further information about each publication may be available by clicking on those titles with active links.

General Family History Resources

Bulletins and Journals (1983 - 2017) (CD/USB Only)

Family Record Charts

Geographical Encyclopædia of NSW Originally Published in 1892 by William Hanson (CD Only)

Research Guide 1: Family History - How to Begin 

Research Guide 2: Is There a Convict in the Family?

Research Guide 3: Family History Through Famly Photographs

 

Cemeteries

Branxton General and Catholic Cemeteries, NSW

Catherine Hill Bay Cemetery, NSW Gravestone Inscriptions 1896-1994

Christ Church, Newcastle, 1804-1900 Transcriptions & Indexes of Baptism, Marriage and Burial Registers

Copeland Goldfield, NSW History and Heritage Cemetery

Greta Cemetery, NSW

* Minmi - A Private Town - A Private Cemetery

Newcastle West Burial Grounds (Presbyterian, Roman Catholic & Wesleyan Methodist)

Small Cemeteries in the Hunter Valley

Stockton Cemetery Burials, NSW 1890-2005

Stockton Cemetery Burials - Photographs of Headstones

* Teralba (Big Hill): A Tribute to the Pioneers Interred in Teralba and District Cemeteries, NSW

Wallsend Cemetery, NSW (Burials in the 'old' cemetery) 1863-1896

Wallsend Cemetery, NSW (Burials) 1896 - 2008

Waratah/Mayfield: St Andrew's Church of England Burial Ground, North Waratah (Mayfield) 1862-1902

* West Wallsend Cemetery

Church Records

Christ Church, Newcastle, 1804-1900 Transcriptions & Indexes of Baptism, Marriage and Burial Registers

St John’s Anglican Church, Newcastle, NSW

St Luke’s Anglican Church, Wallsend, NSW

 

Convicts (and Early Settlers)

Christ Church, Newcastle, 1804-1900 Transcriptions & Indexes of Baptism, Marriage and Burial Registers

Early Newcastle – The Fettered and the Free

Research Guide 2: Is There a Convict in the Family?

Surgeons at Sea: Index to the Filmed Surgeon's Journals on the Convict Ships to Australia, with Some Strays

They Sent Me North: Female Convicts in the Hunter

 

Maitland and the Hunter Valley

Small Cemeteries in the Hunter Valley

Branxton General and Catholic Cemeteries, NSW

Gloucester: Copeland Goldfield, NSW History and Heritage Cemetery

Greta Cemetery, NSW

Maitland: Irish Relief Fund List of Subscribers Published in the Maitland Mercury in 1846

Maitland Municipal Petitions 1861-1862

 

Mining and Industry

Coal & Shale Mining Non-Fatal Accidents, NSW, 1876-1920

Coal Mining Related Deaths, Hunter Valley, Nineteenth Century

Coalmining Related Deaths, Hunter Valley New South Wales, 1901-1925

Coalmining Related Deaths, Hunter Valley New South Wales, 1926-1950

Coalmining Related Deaths, Hunter Valley New South Wales, 1951-1975

 

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

Newcastle & Lower Hunter Region Pioneer Register - Pre 1900 & 1920 Index Only (Limited copies)

Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners' Advocate Court Reports 1879-1898 (irreg.)

Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners' Advocate Domestic Notices, Accident Reports 1879-1898 (irreg.)

Catherine Hill Bay Cemetery, NSW Gravestone Inscriptions 1896-1994

Lambton: The Story of Lambton – a Suburb of Newcastle NSW

* Lambton: Newcastle Pasturage Reserve ("The Commonage") A List of Applicants to Purchase

Mayfield/Waratah: St Andrew's Church of England Burial Ground, North Waratah (Mayfield) 1862-1902

Merewether: History of Merewether

* Minmi - A Private Town - A Private Cemetery (under revision)

Newcastle: Christ Church, Newcastle, 1804-1900 Transcriptions & Indexes of Baptism, Marriage and Burial Registers

Newcastle: Civic Week Souvenir, Newcastle City Council 1929

Newcastle: Huntington's History of Newcastle and the Northern District, August 1897 to August 1898

Newcastle: Knaggs Almanac - an Index to the Newcastle Section, 1866, 1868-1899, 1901-1906

Newcastle: Remembrance: Newcastle’s First World War Memorials

Newcastle: St John’s Anglican Church, Newcastle, NSW

Newcastle West Burial Grounds (Presbyterian, Roman Catholic & Wesleyan Methodist)

Stockton Cemetery Burials, NSW 1890-2005

Stockton Cemetery Burials - Photographs of Headstones

* Teralba (Big Hill): A Tribute to the Pioneers Interred in Teralba and District Cemeteries, NSW

Wallsend: St Luke’s Anglican Church, Wallsend, NSW

Wallsend Cemetery, NSW (Burials in the 'old' cemetery) 1863-1896

Wallsend Cemetery, NSW (Burials) 1896 - 2008

Waratah/Mayfield: St Andrew's Church of England Burial Ground, North Waratah (Mayfield) 1862-1902

* West Wallsend Cemetery

 

Personal Accounts and Diaries

Diaries of John Reid, Victorian Schoolmaster, 1853-1856 (Currently out of print)

Diary of a Voyage on the Dirigo, Liverpool, UK, to Rocky Creek, NSW

 

Ships and Shipping

Diary of a Voyage on the Dirigo, Liverpool, UK, to Rocky Creek, NSW

Surgeons at Sea: Index to the Filmed Surgeon's Journals on the Convict Ships to Australia, with Some Strays

To order or enquire about any of our publications please visit the links at the top of this page or email the Society. See the price list for the format of each available publication.

All publications are produced in book form (where practicable).


Commencing in 2019 new publications will also be available on a USB rather than a CD.

Publications in the Pipeline

Publications already underway

People of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley: Their Stories - Our Heritage (Volume 1)

They Were Here: Newcastle Council & Water Board Rate Books

A Guide to the Industrial Schools of NSW and a compilation of their lost records

People of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley: Their Stories - Our Heritage (Volume 2)

We are considering revisions and updates of some of our historical publications. If any member is able to assist with the fieldwork, research or other investigation needed to update the work already completed and published for the following areas please contact our Secretary:

* The Commonage

* Minmi Cemetery (investigation and revision underway)

* Teralba Cemetery

* West Wallsend Cemetery

Suggestions for future publications

Wallsend: A mining suburb

The Newcastle Benevolent Asylum

Guide 4: Where was that mine?

Can you contribute to any of these publications in any way? Do you have any ideas for future publications?

 

Publication meetings are held at the Society's rooms at 10.00 am on the second Thursday of even months (except December). 

All members are encouraged to contribute in any way they can, no matter how small. If you are unable to attend meetings then send suggestions to the Secretary email or place them in the suggestion box on the front desk. 

 

Community members are encouraged to share stories of their Newcastle ancestors for any appropriate publication by sending an email enquiry to the NFHS Secretary who will forward yur enquiry on to the publication coordinator.

 

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