Tasmanian Family History Society Inc. Hobart Branch

News - July 2019

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Tues 16 July 7.30pm General Meeting

VENUE: Sunday School Hall, St John's Park

GUEST SPEAKER: Stefan Petrow

TOPIC: Alfred Kennerley, Premier without office. The man he was, his achievements, and his very interesting short time as Premier

More for Your Diary

Thu 18 July - 10.00am Branch Committee Meeting

VENUE: Branch Library, Bellerive

Thu 18 July - 1.30pm DNA Group Meeting

VENUE: Branch Library, Bellerive

Thu 25 July - 2.00pm Library Committee Meeting

VENUE: Branch Library, Bellerive

Tue 20 August - 7:30pm -General Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER: Robert Tanner

TOPIC: Visiting Great Gran Spaulding. A report of a journey from Launceston to Dunalley in 1937 and some of the Spaulding family visited in Dunalley

Library Accessions

Library Accessions June 2019

The following items were accessioned during the month of June.


Burch, N; AN IRON WILL - Mining at Beaconsfield, 1804-1877 [994.60 BUR]

Holmes, M; VANISHING TOWNS - Tasmania's ghost towns and settlements [994.6 HOL]

Hoban, M; AN UNCONVENTIONAL WIFE - The life of Julia Sorell Arnold [994.60 HOB]


* Mitchell, S; THE KIRKYARD OF TURIFF [929.3209412 MIT]

* Neal, Laura (Ed); 'IT DOESN'T SNOW LIKE IT USED TO' - Memories of Monaro and the Snowy Mountains [994.47 NEA]

* Numeralla and District Community History Group; "IN THOSE DAYS" - Numeralla - Countegany - Peak View and Surrounding Areas

* O'Brien, K; SHAKING THE FOUNDATIONS - The Fairbrother Story [994.47 NUM]

* Stone, C. & P. Tyson; OLD HOBART TOWN AND ENVIRONS, 1802-1855 [Q994.61 COL]

* Talbot, Diann; GRAVE RECOLLECTIONS - The History of the Bright Cemetery with some brief histories of our early pioneers [994.55 TAL]

* Vellacott, Helen (Ed.); A GIRL AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE - An English Girl's Reminiscences 'Below Stairs' in Colonial Australia. [640.460924 STO]

Computer Disks

Australian History Research; HMS SIRIUS, HER FINAL VOYAGE.

* Australian History Research; NORFOLK ISLAND DEATHS, 1st Settlement 1788-1814.

 * Denotes complimentary or donated item


The microfilm produced by the Australian Joint Copying Project has long been a first stop for those researching local or family history.

The 10,400 microfilm reels, however, have been difficult to access even for those living near Libraries holding the microfilm let alone those in rural areas. The content itself can often be dense and difficult to locate relevant information.

The National Library of Australia has begun a new project to address these problems. Thanks to the Australian Public Service Modernisation Fund, the AJCP Online Project will digitise the 7.5 million records captured on the original AJCP microfilm, delivering them online free of charge to all.

All of the original paper handbooks and finding aids are now available and searchable online with added and enhanced content and indexing making it easier to locate the information you want.

The original AJCP partnership of the National Library of Australia, the State Library of New South Wales and the National Archives of the UK, filmed records held in UK institutions and private hands relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

The records filmed cover a wide range of Australia's history from early exploration, languages and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, early European settlers, convicts, the establishment of Australian cities and pastoral properties, our involvement in conflicts, our social and political development, scientific discoveries, religious and missionary activities and trade.

The AJCP is now available online for all Australians wherever they are. You can search and access the records in a variety of ways including the AJCP Portal, Trove, and the National Library of Australia Catalogue.

The AJCP Online project concludes in June 2020 and will release new content each month.


The Hobart Branch Committee is thinking about ways to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Society. Do you have any ideas? Perhaps a lunch for present and past members? If you do have ideas please forward your suggestions to secretary@tasfhs.org.au.


The Branch is still seeking someone to take over the role of Speaker Coordinator for our monthly General Meetings. While it is not necessary to be on the Committee, attending a couple of meeting during the year would be helpful. Speakers have already been arranged for 2019, so the role starts with arranging speakers for the first three meetings in 2020. These need to be advertised in Tasmanian Ancestry in the December edition.


The Branch Committee is discussing ways to improve the attendance at our Branch General Meetings (third Tuesday evening of every month, except December). We have some excellent well-prepared and entertaining speakers and the attendance numbers do not do justice to the quality of these speakers. Do you have ideas how we might attract more attendees? What speaker topics would attract you to attend? Are we not advertising the meetings in the right places? Please contact secretary@hobart.tasfhs.org.au with your ideas and suggestions.


The Branch treats its volunteers to an afternoon tea in the Branch Library each year. The date for this year's function is Sunday 25 August. If you help the Branch as a volunteer in any way add this date to your diary.

Judy Crossin
Newsletter Editor