Tasmanian Family History Society Inc. Hobart Branch

News - August 2022

Editor: Judith Crossin

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Tuesday 16 Aug - 7:30pm General Meeting

VENUE: Old Sunday School, St Johns Park Precinct


TOPIC : A walk down memory lane – the History of TVT6, the first television station in Tasmania

Bruce is a branch member who started work at TVT6 in 1968 and stayed until 2002. He worked in the engineering department, undertaking maintenance of equipment and monitoring audio and video quality, along with designing sets, floats, and exhibits. His talk will cover locally produced programs, personalities, and some of the changes over an exciting career of 30 or so years.

More for Your Diary

Thu 18 Aug – 10.00am Branch Committee Meeting

VENUE : Supper Room, St Marks Church Hall

Thu 18 Aug – 1.30pm DNA Group Meeting

VENUE : St Marks Church Hall

Thu 25 Aug - 2pm Library Committee

VENUE : Library

Tue 20 Sep - 7:30pm General Meeting

VENUE : Old Sunday School, St Johns Park Precinct

SPEAKER : Pam Sharpe

TOPIC : Robert McNally’s journal – soldier in Van Diemen’s Land in the 1820s

Library Accessions July 2022

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The following items were accessioned during the month of July 2022


* Denotes complimentary or donated item

[929.31099468 DUN]

* Dunbabin, Tom; A LIVERPOOL LASS - Ann Eccles in Van Diemen’s Land [Q929.2 ECC]

Howatson, Donald; HOBART’S PUBS - Past and Present

* Risby, Warwick H.L.; RISBY ANCESTORS - From Convict Beginnings [Q929.2 RIS]

Snowden, Diane & Jane Harrington (Eds); CONVICT LIVES - Female Convicts at the New Norfolk Asylum [365.43099462 CON]

Beyond 2022 – The Reconstructed Irish Archives


The Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland is the outcome of a five-year State-funded programme of research entitled ‘Beyond 2022’. Led by Trinity College Dublin, ‘Beyond 2022’ has combined historical investigation, archival conservation, and technical innovation to re-imagine and recreate, through digital technologies, the archive of the Public Record Office of Ireland that was lost on 30th June 1922 during the destruction of Dublin’s Four Courts at the outset of the Civil War.

The Virtual Record Treasury was launched in time for 30 June 2022. You can do a 3-D virtual tour  and see its virtual contents. You can even search for old Irish family history records.

Now and Then:
Conversations About Forgotten Australians and Care.

Panel discussion with Leanne McLean, the Commissioner for Children and Young People

Tuesday 16 August 2022 - 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Then and Now: an opportunity to learn about the living history of Forgotten Australians / Care Leavers. Through this conversation with the panel members, you will discover about the political change that has occurred and continues to take place to respond to institutional failures to children in “care”, the relentless advocacy effort led by those with lived experience, and individual stories of healing facilitated by family history search and reunification. You will have the opportunity to learn some tips about how to best support those with a history of out-of-home care to search for their biological family and history. This is an opportunity for the public to ask questions and to shed light through this conversation into the history of strength that is usually hidden into institutional silence & records. Featuring film, a facilitated discussion with Forgotten Australians members and the Commissioner for Children and Young People Leanne McLean.

Bookings for in-person places can be made via the Allport Library and Museum ‘What’s On’ page on the Libraries Tasmania website. Registration links for the live webinars will be embedded into each individual NFHM event – click the link on our Eventbrite page for a chosen NFHM event, then users should click the link to register for the individual webinar (under the heading JOIN THE TALKS).

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.

Our Contribution

As our contribution to Family History Month, the Hobart Branch invites both current members and the wider community to two 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 27 August 1.30 pm

Dr. Malcolm Ward: Using TheList website and its information for 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 2:30 pm

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:

Curator Talk – Chilled: Antarctic Life, Inside and Out

25 August 2022

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.

In conjunction with National Family History Month.

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

Cemetery Headstones

The Tasmanian Family History Society Inc. has transcribed many of the headstones surviving in cemeteries around Tasmania. These transcriptions are held by the five branches around Tasmania - Burnie, Hobart, Huon, Launceston, and Mersey. Except for Cornelian Bay, Kingston Regional and Carr Villa, these transcriptions have all been indexed and published as Tombstone and Memorial Inscriptions of Tasmania (TAMIOT). The CD-ROM can be purchased from TFHS Inc. The 800 sites from where these inscriptions have been taken are also listed here on the TFHS Inc. web site.

The five branches have captured digital images of most of these surviving headstones that are listed in TAMIOT, plus new headstones erected since TAMIOT was published. Some of these digital images are already on the eHeritage web site as thumbnail images. High resolution images are available from the respective branches.

The Hobart Branch currently has images for Sorell District, Oatlands District, Richmond, Bruny Island, and other southern Tasmanian areas, and these are available for purchase.