Next Meeting

Monthly General Meeting
Date: Tuesday July 6
Time: 2:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Dr Ann Hardy

Dr Ann Hardy

Dr Ann Hardy is an historian at the University of Newcastle and is the coordinator for the GLAMx and digitisation project.

Read more about Dr Ann Hardy.


Monthly Meetings

Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month (except January) in the Society's meeting room in the historic Mechanics' Institute at 68 Elder Street Lambton.

We have begun using Zoom to enable our meetings to continue during COVID-19. Members can attend the meeting from home. The link for our Monthly meeting may be found in the newsletter that arrives in the week before the meeting. Newsletters are also located on our Members page. 

Visitors are very welcome at our meetings. If you would like to attend please email our Secretary to get the link for the monthly meeting.

From September to May meetings commence at 7.30 pm in the evening. Winter meetings in June, July and August are held during the day commencing at 2.00 pm in the afternoon. 

The library is open on a Tuesday before the meeting for research.

Meeting nights 6pm to 7.25pm (summer)

Meeting days 12.30pm to 1.55pm (winter)


Please see our home page or contact page for our regular library hours.

​The format for our monthly meetings changed in 2020. Meeting commence with a brief talk about one of the Society's activity groups. This is followed by our guest speaker's presentation. After this talk the meeting is concluded and everyone is invited to socialise over tea, coffee and biscuits.


We hope that our members take the opportunity to read the group and management reports that are available in hard copy at the Society and in the Members Area of this website. Our President's reports are available for everyone to read below.


Visitors are always welcome to attend any meeting. Disabled access to the meeting room is in De Vitre Street through the gate beside the Meals on Wheels building. This gate is unlocked when our rooms are open so it is not necessary to contact the Society to arrange access.

President's Reports

Guest Speakers

The very popular feature of our monthly meetings are our visiting speakers who open the meeting. After the speaker there is a short break before the general meeting which then focuses on family history issues.

Please use the form at the bottom of the page if you can suggest a visiting speaker.

4 May 7.30 pm

Annual General Meeting

NFHS has a positive, innovative and energetic team. Build on the ideas of those who have gone before and help decide the future directions of your Society. All positions - both elected and voluntary will become vacant. Please consider joining us.

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1 June 2.00 pm

Julie Keating

Julie is a member and local author who researches the history of the suburbs of Newcastle. She will discuss her latest book and will draw the raffle of a complete set of eight of her publications.

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6 July 2.00 pm

Dr Ann Hardy

Dr Ann Hardy is an historian at the University of Newcastle and is the coordinator for the GLAMx and digitisation project. Her topic is still being considered. Read more about Dr Ann Hardy.


August 2.00 pm

Virtual Sandgate

Our regular Sandgate tours have been put on hold due to COVID-19. Learn from the researchers how they put together a biography for Sandgate as they talk about some of the subjects from past tours.

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 7 September 7.30 pm

Members' Memorabilia

If you have an item of significance to your family that you would like to share in a five-minute segment at our meeting or via our Zoom meeting, please contact our secretary and we will shedule you a place.

Tools on a desk

5 October 7.30 pm

Jude Conway

During WWII Bobs farm Camp housed Portugese and Timorese people who had assisted Australian troops during WWII. Our member Jude will talk about the camp and the people who were there.

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5 November 7.30 pm

John Ramsland

John Ramsland will expand on his study of war memorials in his chapter 'Remembering of Things Past' from his latest book Rendezvous with Death: Anzac Stories of the Great War, especially the meaning, sensibility and symbolism of selected works of art in the context of families and war.


3 December 7.00 pm


Members please come to our Christmas get-together. Bring a small plate and your thinking caps. We look forward to enjoying the end of a busy year and we always have a lovely evening. 

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We are always interested in new and interesting speakers. If you have a story to share or know of a speaker who would be able to visit our rooms to share their story or their research, please complete the contact form below outlining a possible presenter or presentation.

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