Tasmanian Family History Society Inc. Hobart Branch

News - July 2022

Editor: Judith Crossin

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Tuesday 19 July - 7:30pm General Meeting

VENUE: Zoom Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER: Janine Marshall Wood

TOPIC : No Ordinary Convict: A Welshman called Rebecca

For much of her life Janine Marshall Wood, a former English, History and French teacher, has been gripped by the remarkable story of John Hughes, his leadership in the Rebecca Riots, his convict years and life afterwards in Tasmania. She has retold this tale countless times to audiences of all ages throughout Australia - sometimes even in French.

NOTE: To enable members to access this Zoom presentation log-in details for the meeting will be forwarded the day before.

Non-members wishing to access the presentation are invited to email the secretary requesting that log-in details be forwarded to them.

More for Your Diary

Thu 21 Jul - 10.00am Branch Committee Meeting

VENUE : Supper Room, St Marks Church Hall

Thu 21 Jul - 1.30pm DNA Group Meeting

VENUE : St Marks Church Hall

Thu 28 Jul - 2pm Library Committee

VENUE : Library

Tue 16 Aug - 7:30pm General Meeting

VENUE : Old Sunday School, St Johns Park Precinct

SPEAKER : Bruce Woods

TOPIC : The History of TVT6 - something most of us will remember

Library Accessions March 2022

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The following items were accessioned during the month of June 2022.


* Denotes complimentary or donated item

*Callinan, Christina; THE MILLS FAMILY OF LONG MILFORD, SUFFOLK, ENGLAND - The Journey to Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia. [Q929.2 MIL]

*Dunn, C; Norfolk Island, 1788-1814 - resources for researching your family history

*Lawrence, Dr Effingham Frank; 1823 - BEFORE AND AFTER (2021 ed)

*Petrow, Stefan; GOING TO THE MECHANICS - A History of the Launceston Mechanics' Institute,1842-1914

TFHS Burnie; INDEX TO THE ADVOCATE - People, Places, Photos, Events and News Items of interest to Family Researchers - 1 Jul 1960 to 30 Sep 1960. [Q929.38 IND]

*Watts, John; THE CREW OF LANCASTER ND385F - 75th Anniversary Edition. [Q940.544994 WAT]

*Watts, John; THOMAS HAINSWORTH - A Remarkable Pioneer. [Q929.2 HAI]

Interaction between Settlers and Aboriginal Peoples

Have you discovered interactions between settlers and Aboriginal peoples in your own family history?

Ashley Barnwell, a Lecturer in Sociology from the University of Melbourne, is currently doing a national study that investigates how inherited family secrets, stories, and memories inform Australian's understandings of colonial history. Ashley is looking to interview family historians who have found interactions between settlers and Indigenous Australians in their ancestry and who are doing some research into that aspect of the family story.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Ashley via email: or phone: 03 83444559.

Family History Month – August 2022

As our contribution to Family History Month, the Hobart Branch invites both current members and the wider community to one or more fascinating and insightful talks to be given by four local experts in their fields. The venue is the Old Sunday School, St Johns Park Precinct at New Town.

Saturday 13 August 1.30 pm

Alison Alexander: Writing Family History

Alison is a Tasmanian based author and historian, well known to our membership and is Patron of the Tasmanian Family History Society (Inc). She has written or edited more than 30 books covering a broad range of Tasmanian history.  Her talk will help you develop your research into a well written and descriptive narrative.

Saturday 13 August 2.30 pm

Rebecca Read: Using Family Search

How to access millions of digitised record images on FamilySearch.org that cannot be accessed at home and how to find other record images that do not appear in ordinary search results.

Saturday 27 August 1.30 pm

Dr. Malcolm Ward: Using TheList and other property information resources to enhance your family history 

TheList (Land Information System Tasmania) website is a way to access numerous historical data and document types generated by the state government. The talk will outline the types of documents that can assist in investigating your family's history and ways to access them on the site.

Saturday 27 August 2:30pm

Judith Mudaliar: Tasmanian Resources in our Library

Our Librarian, Judith, will demonstrate how you can access these records many of which are unique to the Hobart Branch. Come and learn what you can discover that simply can't be found online or elsewhere.

Full details and how to register can be found on our website here:

National Family History Month - August 2022 

NFHM is an initiative of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO).

This popular initiative has received broad support from some of Australia's leading government and non-government organisations since its introduction in 2006. Originally only the first week in August, NFHM increased to include the whole month of August in 2013 to allow greater participation across Australia and New Zealand. NFHM is on again in 2022, although we will probably still be affected by Covid-19. Libraries and all history/genealogy groups are encouraged to hold events as their circumstances allow during August, and we expect some will choose to be held on-line. The opening and closing ceremonies will be scheduled in the coming months.

Our Facebook page is the place to go for the latest news and information. See https://www.facebook.com/FamilyHistoryMonthAU .

Curator Talk – Chilled: Antarctic Life, Inside and Out

225 August 2022

Heard Island Dogx

In conjunction with National Family History Month (NFHM): Bruce Kay National Archives' exhibition, Chilled: Antarctic life, inside and out.

Join exhibition curator Bruce Kay as he gives an insight into the National Archives' exhibition Chilled: Antarctic life, inside and out.

Australia has a long association with Antarctica, dating back to when Douglas Mawson led the first Australasian Antarctic Expedition in 1911. The Australian Antarctic Territory came into effect in 1936, and the first Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) mission in 1947 established permanent Australian stations to support scientific and exploratory work.

Discover the incredible resilience of the people chosen to be expeditioners and the many creative ways in which they tackle the dangers, isolation, and responsibilities of living on the world's iciest continent.

Supported by State Library, Tasmanian Archives & Allport Museum , and Australian Antarctic Program.

The 100 Project

The 100 Project is a website where people can watch stories of 100-year-olds or use the tutorials to learn how to film a 100-year-old on a smartphone and send the footage to The 100 Project to be professionally edited for free. Families get a special keepsake capturing the voice and stories of their loved family member and the video goes onto the website for other people to enjoy too.

The 100 Project has been created by filmmakers Ros Walker (Into the Deep, Everbody's Oma) and John Winter (Rabbit Proof Fence, Paperback Hero). Their aim is to give our eldest a voice and learn about an extraordinary 100 years from the people who were there.

Click HERE for more.

Riding the Waves of History

NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies Inc. presents its Annual Conference 16, 17 September 2022  via Zoom & YouTube

Individual Registration for Our 2-day Conference is $40 per person and Includes one week's access to all presentations, Virtual Exhibition and  'Goody Bag')

Thanks to our generous sponsors we have some fabulous prizes. For more information see https://ridingthewavesofhistory.com.au/