Tasmanian Family History Society Inc. Hobart Branch

News - September 2019

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Tues 19 September - 7.30pm General Meeting

VENUE: Old Sunday School Hall, St John’s Park

GUEST SPEAKER: Ged Lagerewski

TOPIC: Ged is the operator of the Tasmania Military Museum in Glenorchy. He will “show and tell” some interesting objects from his collection

More for Your Diary

Thu 19 September – 10.00am Branch Committee Meeting

VENUE: Branch Library, Bellerive

Thu 19 September – 1.30pm DNA Group Meeting

VENUE: Church Hall at St Marks Anglican Church, Bellerive

Thu 26 September – 2.00pm Library Committee Meeting

VENUE: Branch Library, Bellerive

Sun 29 September – 10.30am Eaglehawk Neck Outing

VENUE: Eaglehawk Neck Community Hall

Tue 15 October – 6.00pm TFHS 40th Anniversary

VENUE: Government House by invitation


Tue 22 October – 7:30pm – General Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER: DNA Group members

TOPIC: Speaking on experiences and discoveries

Library Accessions

Library Accessions August 2019

The following items were accessioned during the month of August.


* Aberdeen & North East Scotland FHS; THE KIRKYARD OF ALVAH [929.3200412 ANT]

* Aberdeen & North East Scotland FHS; THE KIRKYARD OF ABERDOUR (Aberdeenshire) [929.3209412 SPI]

* Aberdeen & North East Scotland FHS; THE KIRKYARD OF BANCHORY-DEVENICK [929.3200412 SPI]

* Coal River Valley Historical Society; REMEMBER WHEN - Journal No.5

* Dobson, D; THE PEOPLE OF CUPAR [929.34 DOB]

* Kelly; Don W.F., THE KELLYS OF TUNNACK and their Descendants [Q 929.2 KEL]

* Purtscher, J; TASMANIAN INDEX OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES contained in files of SWD1 (Neglected Children’s Dept.) 1888-1936

Computer Disks

* Denotes complimentary or donated item

Eaglehawk Neck Outing

There are still a few places available so if you’re up for a wonderful Sunday outing, take a drive to the Eaglehawk Neck Community Hall on Sunday 29th September. Terry and Ted, from the Eaglehawk Neck Association have put aside a morning for members of the Tas Family History Society and they will provide a presentation on the history and background of the Neck as well as telling us a little about the Convict Trail in the region. Photos and memorabilia will be set up around the hall for us to peruse. Members from the Tasman Peninsula History group will also be there and may be able to answer any questions you may have.

The Eaglehawk Neck Association will provide morning tea and there’s plenty of space to park your cars right outside the hall. Plan to arrive by about 10am.

After lunch, an optional walk is planned to the dog line and the historic officers’ quarters, which will be open for us to have a look through. The officers’ quarters is the only building still surviving from the original military settlement set up in the 1830s.

Cost is only $5 per person for morning tea. Payment will be taken on the day.

If you’re wanting to join in the fun, register on our website or  phone 6244 4527 to secure your spot .

Paupers and Invalids – New Town Charitable Institution

From the Tasmanian Genealogy and History Facebook Group on 29 August 2019

Maree Ring shared a link.

From the ‘horse’s mouth’ and talk today at the August Family History Month series, Jessica Walters, a librarian from Libraries Tasmania, and involved with the Tasmanian Names Index, stated that all arrivals and departures have now been added to the index.

Also Joyce Purtscher has donated her index – previously listing Paupers and Invalids (New Town Charitable Institution) (many freed convicts here) and these have been added as well.

Under Health and Welfare the House of Assembly Papers no 63 of 1871 have been added to the Tasmanian Names Index (many free and exconvicts with convict ship of arrival named in institutions)

Just some of the new resources added…. Happy searching!

FCRC Spring Seminar Registration - Sunday, 20th October 2019

Topic: "A more hopeless class of subjects?" Convict Women at the New Norfolk Asylum

Venue: Hobart Town Hall

Our next seminar will explore the lives of convict women admitted to the New Norfolk Asylum. Presentations will include:

Registrations are now open. The seminar program and registration details are available on the website.

Registration will be $50 (plus 50c. Trybooking fee) and must be finalised by Sunday, 13th October.

Regards Dianne Snowden (President) Female Convicts Research Centre Inc.

Family Search - New Records April 2019

FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in April of 2019 with an astounding 47.4 million new indexed family history records from all over the world.  You might also like:

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40th Anniversary – Government House Reception

To mark the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Tasmanian Family History Society, Her Excellency the Governor Professor Kate Warner and Mr Warner have extended an invitation to members to attend a Reception at Government House on Tuesday 15th October 2019 from 6 to 7 pm.

The organisation was formed in 1980 as the Genealogical Society of Tasmania and the name was changed in 2001.

Soldier’s Memorial Avenue

The Soldier’s Memorial Avenue forms part of the Queens Domain in Hobart, Tasmania. It is an Avenue of Honour comprising 520 trees planted in 1918 and 1919 to commemorate soldiers, mainly from Hobart, who died in World War I (the Great War) 1914–1918. Additional trees were added in the Soldiers Memorial Avenue Extension in the Cenotaph precinct in 1926. In all there are 533 individually named trees plus one for an Unknown Soldier and three trees planted by dignitaries.

The Soldier's Memorial website, along with a Facebook page contains photos, maps and text of the history of the walk, the soldiers who are commemorated there and the current efforts to restore the avenue. Friends of Soldiers Memorial Avenue Inc. was formed in 2002 to ensure the restoration of the Avenue.