Publications

See our list of prices and current postage rates for our Publications. Please contact the Secretary for a quote for postage as postage currently under revision. All our Publication prices remain unchanged at present. New postage prices will be available shortly.

 

To order any publication from NFHS please read the directions for ordering.

 

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

 

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

Note that 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!

Might you be able to contribute to our upcoming publication?

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

Our current publication, People of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley: Their Stories – Our Heritage, is nearly full and we have collected nearly stories of 50 people who rest in one of the Hunter Valley cemeteries or crematorium. A second volume is now in the pipeline. If you have a member of your family whose story you feel should be told, please think about writing – we are suggesting 1000 words or there-abouts and of course, images always add to the story. The subject of a story does not have to be someone in the public eye. Most of us have quietly-living folk on our family trees, but their day-to-day lives can tell an interesting tale of the ups and downs of family life in their era. By writing for this project, you might well be adding another chapter to your own family’s story

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.


Please leave your contributions in the Publications pigeon hole at the Library or email them to 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 $16.00

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.

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. A history

of each set of publications is included as an insert.
Both the CD and USB versions are searchable.

Copeland Goldfield, NSW History & Heritage Cemetery

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

 

BOOK: $35.00 + p&p $16.00

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.'

Remembrance: Newcastle's First World War Memorials

Compiled by Maree and Ken Shilling

 

CD: (2017) $35.00 + p&p $5.00
The CD includes information on 204 memorials originally located

in the current Newcastle Council area. Many are illustrated and

256 biographies have been attached to the memorial where the name

appears. Another 67, more in depth individual stories of servicemen,

nurses, etc., were also contributed by members of the Society and the

community. A database with 13,433 entries lists all names found on

the memorials and honour rolls.

 

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 '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

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

Abermarle - Third Fleet Transport (Limited Copies available)

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. Might any member be able to assist with the fieldwork, research or other investigation needed to update the work already completed and published for:

* The Commonage

* Minmi Cemetery

* 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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