Tasmanian Family History Society Inc. Hobart Branch

News - October 2019

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Tues 22 October - 7.30pm General Meeting

VENUE: Old Sunday School Hall, St John’s Park

GUEST SPEAKER: DNA Group members

TOPIC: Speaking on experiences and discoveries

More for Your Diary

Thu 17 October – 10.00am Branch Committee Meeting

VENUE: Branch Library, Bellerive

Thu 17 October – 1.30pm DNA Group Meeting

VENUE: Church Hall at St Marks Anglican Church, Bellerive

Thu 24 October – 2.00pm Library Committee Meeting

VENUE: Branch Library, Bellerive

Sat 16 November – 10:30am TFHS Executive

Venue: Ross

Tue 19 November – 7:30pm – General Meeting



Library Accessions

Library Accessions September 2019 

The following items were accessioned during the month of September.


* TFHS Hobart; INDEX TO GOVERNMENT APPOINTMENTS FROM TASMANIAN GAZETTES including Constables, Magistrates, Postmasters, Poundkeepers etc; VOL. II 1834–1838 [Q929.3 TAS]

McKillop, W. (Eds R. Richards & G. Broxam); THE LAST OF THE SAIL WHALERS—Whaling Off Tasmanian & Southern New Zealand

Computer Disks

* Denotes complimentary or donated item

Seniors Week - DNA Help - Want help understanding your DNA?

or General Family History Research?

Sessions are offered for beginners and those with some experience.

Register for free one-on-one 1 hour appointments with experienced researchers to get you started with your family research. Also, three 50-minute appointments are available on Wednesday afternoon or Saturday morning with a DNA expert to help you better understand your DNA results and what information you can extract from them. You must have already tested with a major DNA company and received your results.

Wednesday 16th October 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Saturday 19th October 10:00am - 1:00pm

Old Bellerive Post Office, 19 Cambridge Road, Bellerive

Bookings: 62444527 | secretary@hobart.tasfhs.org

FCRC Spring Seminar Registration - Sunday, 20th October 2019

Topic : "A more hopeless class of subjects?" Convict Women at the New Norfolk Asylum

Venue : Hobart Town Hall

Our next seminar will explore the lives of convict women admitted to the New Norfolk Asylum. Presentations will include:

• An historic overview of the New Norfolk Asylum

• Stories of convict women admitted to the Asylum.

• The psychiatric impact of solitary confinement.

• Female delinquency and madness in VDL

Registrations are now open. 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, 13th October.

***** NOTE: - Late Bookings now available until Tuesday October 15th, 11 p.m.

Regards Dianne Snowden (President) Female Convicts Research Centre Inc.


When I attended the SFL Grand Final between Lindisfarne and Huonville I picked up a copy of the Huon Valley News. It had a number of articles for History Week giving information on what each group in the Huon Valley area is up to currently. The groups were the Geeveston Archives and History Society, Upper Huon History Group and Franklin History Group.

There was also an article on a book being produced by David Coad.

David Coad began publishing a history of Cygnet in 2009. Since then, four volumes have been published tracing the history of the district from the 1790s until the aftermath of World War One.

As well, he has published two books devoted to the convicts of Irish and English background who settled in the district.

In 2016, a richly illustrated volume appeared entitled Mary Street, Cygnet – A History of Life on the Main Road in a Tasmanian Country Town . Copies of this book are still available at the Southern Swan shop in Cygnet.

The author has now turned his attention to the history of Lymington, from convict settlement in the 1840s until the 1967 bushfires. Help is sought locating photographic material of people or buildings.

If you have old photographs of Lymington people or houses, or know of someone who might, the author would very much like to hear from you.

Families examined include the following: Batge, Burnaby, Casey, Coad, Clark, Cross, Curtin, Cranny, Connor, Dale, Devereux, Dimmock, Direen, Donohoe, Griffiths, Gudden, Halton, Herlihy, Innes, Jennings, Kruse, Langdon, Mills, Nichols, Parnham, Pixley, Presnell, Reardon, Rumney, Stanton, Strong and Tanner.

David can be contacted by email  about the project.

TFHS - Resources - Helpful Documents

Do you sometimes find you have a Hobart street name or a Tasmanian place name that you can’t find on modern maps? If you head to the TFHS website and select Helpful Documents under the Resources menu you will find a listing of “Changed Hobart Street Names” and “Tasmanian Place Names and Changes”. There are also links to all the past 2019 newsletters from January to August.

Newsletter Editor: Judith Crossin