Tasmanian Family History Society Inc. Hobart Branch

News - February 2021

Editor: Judith Crossin

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Tues 16 February - 7.30pm General Meeting

VENUE: Zoom Meeting


TOPIC: " Perseverance Pays. It took 2 generations and three researchers, but we found James Ward"

This meeting will be held using ZOOM. As for last year, log-in details for the Zoom meeting will be emailed to members in the days before the meeting.

More for Your Diary

Thu 18 February - 10.00am Branch Committee Meeting

VENUE: Branch Library, Bellerive

Thu 18 February - 1.30pm DNA Group Meeting

VENUE: Church Hall at St Marks Anglican Church, Bellerive

Thu 25 February - 2pm Library Committee

VENUE: Branch Library, Bellerive

Tue 16 March - 7:30pm - General Meeting


GUEST SPEAKER: Panel of Presenters

TOPIC: "Every picture tells a story"

Our Branch and the Coronavirus

A COVID-19 plan is in place covering the current safety standards required i.e., 1.5m distancing where practicable, cleaning, hygiene and contact tracing. On entry you will need to either complete and sign a contact register or use our QR code with the Check in TAS app on your phone. Given the limitations with the size and structure of our library building the maximum number of people we can accommodate is 10 including society volunteers. The computer room is restricted to three people at a time which means time limits may apply to Ancestry access depending on demand.

The Library is back to its normal hours of operation as follows:

Tuesday 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm

Wednesday 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

Saturday 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm.

Library Volunteers Required

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.

General Meetings for 2021

Members will be aware that due to challenges presented by COVID-19 much of the 2020 speaker program was delivered via Zoom. It is the intention of the Committee to hold as many face-to-face meetings as possible in 2021, subject to current restrictions and being able to find COVID-safe meeting spaces. PLEASE refer to the latest (at the time) monthly Newsletter and the Branch website for venues for these meetings.

The program of speakers for 2021 is taking shape. Here are the speakers for the first half of the year.

20 April 2021

Scheduled AGM month


"The Coromandel: A one-ship study of South Australia's first immigrants"

18 May 2021 Warwick RISBY

" Some highlight from my book "Risby Ancestors from Convict Beginnings"

15 June 2021 Danny CROTHERS

"Our family's Hobart"


Membership renewal forms will be posted late February with the March edition of Tasmanian Ancestry Vol 41 No. 4.

The mailing label is the renewal form so please don't throw it out. Payment methods are endorsed on the renewal form.

The preferred method of payment is direct transfer to the TFHS Inc. account.

It is very important that your 8 digit CRN is used as the reference. In the past a number of deposits have been made that can't be identified due to lack of CRN details. The CRN is clearly marked on the bottom right-hand side of the renewal form.

If using Debit/Credit card, please ensure that your card is current, the card number is entered clearly and in full and that the expiry date (mm/yy) is entered as well.

If posting a cheque please endorse the cheque with the CRN and of course Cheque & Cash payment can be made at the branch.

We look forward to your continued membership and hope you enjoy the articles in Tasmanian Ancestry.

Library Accessions December 2020

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The following items were accessioned during the month of December 2020.


* Archives Office of Tasmania; Convict Records - Permission to Marry

* Archives Office of Tasmania; Convict Records - Certificates of Freedom

* Archives Office of Tasmania; Convict Records - Conditional Pardons

* Archives Office of Tasmania; Convict Records - Registers of Convicts Families sent from England

* Archives Office of Tasmania; Convict Records - Indent Records

* Archives Office of Tasmania; Convict Records - Description Lists

* Archives Office of Tasmania; Convict Records - Female Convicts Arrival Registers

* Archives Office of Tasmania; Convict Records - Female Conduct Registers

* Mitchell Library NWS; Convict Records - Male & Female Convicts Assignment Lists

* Archives of NSW; Assisted (Bounty) Immigrants Registers

* Archives of NSW; Shipping Masters Office - Registers of Passengers Arriving

* Archive Office of Tasmania; Hobart Town Directories: 1836, 1847, 1852, 1857

* Library of Australian History; Sydney Morning Herald, BDM Notices 1831-1853

* Mitchell Library; Monaro District Manuscripts 1823-1948

Books / Computer Disks

* Denotes complimentary or donated item

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
Heritage Tour & Proud And The Punished

All the history and the drama

Ticket: Adults $35, Child $22, Family $90

Days: Thursday, Friday, Sunday & Monday

Combine the Heritage tour and the Proud and the Punished dramatic tour with your site entry ticket to fully experience everything the site has to offer.

A Heritage Tour will help you to understand what took place within the cold stone walls of this place, and Proud and the Punished dramatic tour is an accurate and emotional depiction of the challenges faced by convicts, matrons and children at the Cascades Female Factory in 1833.

The tours operate daily from 11:00 am for the Heritage Tour followed by 12:00 pm for the Proud and the Punished.

FCRC Seminar 2021: Sunday, 2nd May
Topic: The Early Years 1803-1828

Venue: Hobart Town Hall

Our seminar, postponed from April 2020, will be held on Sunday 2 May 2021. The seminar will explore the lives of convict women in the early years before the Hobart Town Female Factory was established.

Research presentations include:

• An overview of the early years

• The voyage of the Morley 1820

• Comparison of Morley women sent to Hobart Town or Sydney

• Early years at the George Town Female Factory

• The 1825 factory system in decline

• Convict women's stories

• Virtual Hobart Town - John Stephenson's digital recreation of colonial Hobart Town

The seminar program and registration details are available on our website. Registration will be $50 (plus 50c. Trybooking fee) and must be finalised by Sunday, 25th April. Registrations for the seminar are now available through TryBooking.

Dianne Snowden (President)
Female Convicts Research Centre Inc.