Tasmanian Family History Society Inc. Hobart Branch

News - August 2021

Editor: Judith Crossin

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Tuesday 17 August – 7:30pm General Meeting

VENUE: Old Sunday School, St Johns Park Precinct, New Town

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr Richard Tuffin and Sylvana Dzydzik

TOPIC: Current archaeological digs and findings at Port Arthur

Richard & Sylvana will enlighten us on the current archaeological digs and findings taking place at Port Arthur.

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Thu 19 August – 10.00am Branch Committee Meeting

VENUE: Branch Library, Bellerive

Thu 19 August – 1.30pm DNA Group Meeting

VENUE: Church Hall at St Marks Anglican Church, Bellerive

Thu 26 August - 2pm Library Committee

VENUE: Branch Library, Bellerive

Tue 21 September -7:30pm General Meeting

VENUE: Old Sunday School, St Johns Park Precinct, New Town

SPEAKER: Julian Amos

TOPIC: “The Amos Family …. 200 years in Tasmania – the early years”

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Cup    mug

When attending the General Meeting can you bring your own cup or mug

Library Accessions June 2021


The following items were accessioned during the month of July 2021.


* Flew, Robert; FAMILY PATHWAYS TO NEW BEGINNINGS: From UK to Australia - The families of the union of Flew and Palmer [Q929.2 FLE]

* Johnston, Edith; WHEAT IN MY POCKET - My Memories of the War Years [920 JOH]

* Johnston, Edith; YABBIES IN THE BATHTUB - A Sequel to ‘Wheat in my Pocket’ [920 JOH]

* Irvine, James M; THE IRWIN SURNAME: Its Origins, Diaspora and Family Branches [Q929.2 IRV]

* Owen, David & Kate Warner; GOVERNMENT HOUSE TASMANIA - A Remarkable Story (Book 1 &2) [725.19099461 OWE]

* Denotes complimentary or donated item

Oral History Australia’s Biennial National Conference, in Launceston 14-17 October 2021

Program information and registration details for Oral History Australia’s biennial national conference , in Launceston on 14-17 October 2021, are now available on the OHA website.

The conference theme is ‘Oral History in Troubling Times: Opportunities and Challenges’ . The conference proper on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 October will include a keynote address by US oral historian Mark Cave (‘Why did this happen? Making meaningful answers in the aftermath of crisis’), a plenary panel about ‘palawa people of lutruwita Tasmania: challenges and opportunities’, and some fifty presentations about diverse aspects of and approaches to oral history. Topics include family history, Indigenous oral histories, migration, creative writing and performance, working lives, protest and activism, community history, queer history, and the AIDS epidemic.

On Thursday 14 October participants can join workshops about oral history interviewing, interpreting memories, podcasting oral history, and making mobile-based audio walks from oral histories. On Sunday Dr Aunty Patsy Cameron will lead an Aboriginal cultural walk, and there will be a tour to the historic Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre.

Oral History Tasmania looks forward to welcoming delegates from every Australian state, and from across the Tasman in New Zealand. We are of course monitoring the Covid situation and are hopeful that by mid-October the chances of Covid outbreaks will be low and that the proposed face-to-face conference will proceed as planned. We intend to review circumstances at the close of early bird registration on 12 September with a view to making a final decision about the conference format by 1 October; we will shift to an online Plan B only if required. If a registered participant is prevented from attending by COVID restrictions, then their registration fee will be fully refunded.

Jill Cassidy Vice President, Oral History Australia
c/- Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
PO Box 403, Launceston Tasmania Australia 7250
+61 418 178 098


August is National Family History Month (NFHM), and Libraries Tasmania is once again holding its series of popular expert talks that will inspire and assist you to connect the dots of your family history.

The Libraries Tasmania NFHM expert talk series, at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts

17 August 2021: Prominent and Obscured – Land and Buildings in the National Archive with Bruce Kay

18 August 2021: House Histories: Further information and hints on house genealogy with Barry Campbell

19 August 2021: Missing in action – Aboriginal people across the ‘settled’ districts of Van Diemen’s Land with Julie Gough

24 August 2021: The Life of Curzon Allport: A family and collection divided with Kate Vermey

25 August 2021: Naturalisations, aliens and citizenship records with Dr Kate Bagnall

26 August 2021: Mystery of William George Dart with Lyn Hallam

31 August 2021: Researching Tasmanian Rail Records: A guide for family historians with Alicia Marchant and Bev Morritt

Download your copy of the National Family History Month expert talks program (PDF). Cannot make it to an Allport talk? Keep an eye on our SoundCloud channel for the recordings.


The Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO) is pleased to announce the latest copy of our newsletter ‘Newsflash’ is now available and included in our newsletter. It contains news about the deferred Australasian Genealogy Congress, and information regarding Family History Month (NFHM) which starts in just a week’s time.

For all the latest Family History Month information, and to see what events are planned near you, see our website.  If you are having events in August, either in person or on-line, you can advertise them on our NFHM website. We also post news on our Facebook page.

Jan Squire PLCGS (AFFHO webmaster)
Morphett Rd, Dover Gardens SA 5048
0427 387 009

Family History


We are delighted to announce the addition of 18,000 records of traders for County Laois and County Offaly to our Roots Ireland databases at laois.rootsireland.ie and offaly.rootsireland.ie.

The records are as follows:

To search these records, go to the County Laois or County Offaly search page and choose "Census Substitutes". Select an entry from the "Source" drop-down-list if required. Login or subscribe as required.


Venue: Hobart Town Hall

Topic: Young female convicts in Van Diemen’s Land

Many female convicts were under the age of sixteen. What was their experience of convict life? How did they cope, forcibly separated from their families and everything that was familiar? What was their post-sentence experience?

The next Female Convicts Research Centre seminar will focus on the experiences of young female convicts in Van Diemen’s Land. Little research has been done on this aspect of female convict history. If you would like to submit a paper, either about one convict, a group of convicts, or an aspect of the life of young female convicts (including health, work, marriage and motherhood), please email an abstract by 1 September 2021.

Regards Dianne Snowden (President) Female Convicts Research Centre Inc



Banner image credit : The little dancing butterfly is Trixie Meech. Trixie (Beatrice Bartlett) Meech was a student of the Beattie Jordan dance studio when she was photographed by Jack Cato (c.1920). Trixie, as she was always known, was born in Hobart in 1909, and went on to become a dance teacher herself. Trixie married Wilfred Kemp in April 1933. They had two children, Ann and Brian. Trixie died in 2000 at aged 90 and Wilfred pre-deceased her at age 75 in 1981.

From your submissions, our curatorial team selected the items that would form the 91 STORIES exhibition*. This exhibition showcases the gems that the Tasmanian community has told us they love the most from within the Tasmanian Archives, the State Library of Tasmania, and the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts.

Within these three cultural institutions, Libraries Tasmania holds a wealth of stories in its care – unique objects and artworks, rare and mysterious artefacts, and documents of memorable events and the personal lives of past Tasmanians.

And, while the stories of many of these objects and items are well told and well known, many have remained hidden and untold.

The 91 STORIES exhibition tells these Tasmanian stories.

Our stories make us who we are today in this place we call home – lutruwita/Tasmania – so we are so proud to be sharing such a significant exhibition that you have helped us create!

Thank you for your contribution to 91 STORIES.

*How were the 91 items chosen?


With the “retirement” of long serving Library Assistants Anne Hay, Inga Shelverton and Maureen O’Toole, the Librarian Jude Mudaliar is seeking members to manage the front desk and / or assist researchers visiting our Library. On-the-job training will be provided. The commitment can be as little as a single 3-hour visit per month. To put your name forward please phone the Library (6245 9351) or email the Secretary.


Are you disappointed that there are no articles in Tasmanian Ancestry that relate to your family and your family research? There is a simple solution to this. Write something yourself!

The stock of articles for future editions of Tasmanian Ancestry is quite small so members are urged to make that contribution that you have been planning to write. A single page of Tasmanian Ancestry consists of no more than 500 words, or less with a photograph.

It is known that several of our members have undertaken UTAS units in the Diploma of Family History course so there must be some assignments waiting to be converted to articles for our Journal.

It was interesting to hear a comment made by Malcolm Ward in the March meeting that he believed a multi-generational brick wall was knocked down when he published a small booklet on an ancestor. The publication attracted a response from a relative who was able to provide the missing piece of the jigsaw!

Please contribute!