Tasmanian Family History Society Inc. Hobart Branch

News - May 2021

Editor: Judith Crossin

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Tuesday 18 May - 7:30pm General Meeting

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


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

The speaker, Brian Stace is a retired Devonport solicitor and descendant of arrivals on the Coromandel. He has co-authored a new book, Coromandelians - a single-ship study of the 1836-7 journey, its arrival in South Australia and the lives of its passengers. In this presentation Brian will discuss the process of researching and writing this 550-page book, draw out the connections of its passengers to Tasmania and consider some of the similarities and differences between the colonization of VDL and SA.

South Australians like to remind residents of other States that it was established by free settlers. The first ship to arrive after its Governor was the Coromandel with 124 adults and 32 children. The adults - men and women in almost equal numbers - were predominantly young and working class. They were free and were able to choose their employer and negotiate their pay.

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Thu 20 May - 10.00am Branch Committee Meeting

VENUE: Branch Library, Bellerive

Thu 20 May - 1.30pm DNA Group Meeting

VENUE: Church Hall at St Marks Anglican Church, Bellerive

Thu 27 May - 2pm Library Committee

VENUE: Branch Library, Bellerive

Tue 15 June -7:30pm General Meeting

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

SPEAKER: Danny Crothers

TOPIC: Our Familes' Hobart


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


Memberships are currently due with the year commencing 1 April 2021.

The renewal form was posted with the latest Tasmanian Ancestry Journal late Feb early March.

If you have not paid and have misplaced the form, please email us and we will arrange a replacement.

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 several deposits have been made that can't be identified due to lack of CRN details. The CRN is clearly marked on the front, 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.

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

Library Accessions April 2021

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


*     Fidlon, Paul G. & R.J. Ryan (Eds); THE JOURNAL OF PHILIP GIDLEY KING: LIEUTENANT R.N., 1787-1790 [994.02 KIN]

Howatson, Donald; THE STORY OF GREATER HOBART - Suburb by Suburb [Q994.61 HOW]

Lowe, Charmaine; THEY ANSWERED THE CALL (MATHINNA) [Q940.39464 LOW]

*     Nicholls, Mary (Ed); THE DIARY OF THE REVEREND ROBERT KNOPWOOD, 1803‑1838 First Chaplain of Van Diemen's Land [994.6 602]

Short, John; A DIFFERENT VIEW OF HOBART - Peeling back the layers of the Bank Arcade building [381.1109946 SHO]

*     The Examiner; GREAT TASMANIANS - The people who have shaped our State over the past 200 years [F994.6 EXA]

* Denotes complimentary or donated item


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!


Date : Saturday June 19, 2021

Where : Town Hall, Church Street, Ross

When : 10:30 am Registration and Morning Tea


Jon Sumby    Home is the sailor, home from the sea - The journals of Captain Andrew Haig 1816-1852

Claire Doran     The Disambiguation of Fred! - Transcribing the diaries of Frederick Mace 1857‑1931

Ros Escott    A Double Brick Wall: Using DNA to Solve Several Mysteries.

Closing date for registration and payment is 5 June 2021.

A brochure, including details of speakers and how to register, is available here. To register, download the brochure, print it, complete the registration details, scan it, then email the scan to the society secretary at secretary@tasfhs.org. Alternatively, the completed form can be returned by post.