Tasmanian Family History Society Inc. Hobart Branch

News - September 2020

Editor: Judith Crossin

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Tues 15 September - 7.30pm General Meeting

            VENUE:  Zoom Meeting

            GUEST SPEAKER: Dr Christina Henri (The Bonnet Lady)

            TOPIC:   "Living art as a tool to engage with history"

Dr Henri is well known in Tasmania and beyond as the person who instigated the creation of the collection of bonnets representing one-for-one the women who were transported to VDL / Tasmania in the 1800s. But she is more than "The Bonnet Lady". In this Zoom presentation Christina's talk will place and explain her work in the context of creative art as a means of engaging communities in history and storytelling. She will illustrate this through her involvement in a variety of activities as her university research; as artist-in-residence at the Female Factory in Hobart and in Ireland; and in working with students in schools. In 2014 Dr Henri's efforts were acknowledged with the award of Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year.

As for the previous Zoom meeting, log-in details for the meeting will be sent via email on Tuesday morning.  The details will also be available for members on the Branch Facebook page.

 More for Your Diary

Thu 17 September - 10.00am Branch Committee Meeting

                   VENUE: Branch Library, Bellerive

Thu 17 September - 1.30pm DNA Group Meeting

                  VENUE: Church Hall at St Marks Anglican Church, Bellerive

Thu 24 September - 2pm Library Committee

                   VENUE: Branch Library, Bellerive

Tue 20 October - 7:30pm - General Meeting

              VENUE: Zoom Meeting

              GUEST SPEAKER: Marijana Bacic

              TOPIC: "Stepping into the Tasmanian Parliamentary Library"

Library Accessions August 2020


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

Books / Computer Disks

*       Maxwell, Chis & Alex Pugh; THE MASTER OF HELL'S GATES - William Kinghorne (1796-1878), Van Diemen's Land Mariner and New South Wales Pastoralist [994.602092   MAX]

        Newman, Terry; BECOMING TASMANIA - Renaming Van Diemen's Land [Q994.602   NEW]

* Denotes complimentary or donated item


Many of our members have been suffering from research withdrawal symptoms and the good news is the Branch Library re-opened on Saturday 1st August 2020 and is operating according to government restrictions and requirements.  A COVID-19 plan (in line with the government requirements) is in place.  Initially, use of the Library is restricted and bookings are required.

Opening times are Tuesdays 12.30 - 3.30 pm and Saturdays 1.30 - 4.30 pm.

To make your bookings, please phone the office 6245 9351 prior to opening times.


Purchase one entry and bring a friend for free

Female Factory Special Offer



We can't believe it is spring already! The weather in Hobart certainly seems confused - we've had everything from snow to high teens in the last week, but apparently this is normal?

Our two mid-year units - HAA003 Introduction to Family History and HAA107 Families at War - are wrapping up, and the Teaching Team and I are looking forward to reading a bumper crop of final assignments.

Sending our best spring wishes to you all - especially to those of you who are isolating at home.

Units Coming Up

Enrolments have now closed for our final two units of 2020. Details about next year's units and scheduling will be available from late October. From 2021, we are realigning all our units to the four Tasmanian school terms, with one Foundation and one Introductory level unit each term, so that might help you start planning. /p>

Student News

Congratulations to our newest graduates of the Diploma of Family History! COVID-19 restrictions mean physical graduation ceremonies aren't possible, but in August our newest graduates received their diplomas.

We are very proud of everyone, and we know it hasn't always been easy. Hopefully in the future, we will be able to meet and give you a congratulatory handshake!

Staff News

Several weeks ago, Kate and Imogen presented to a lively full-house at a Family History Month session at Libraries Tasmania. Thank you everyone who came up to say hello, or emailed us afterwards! A recording of the talk is now available on the Libraries Tasmania YouTube channel.

Need help?

If you would like further information, please email  or call 1300 361 928 between 8.45am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Dr Kate Bagnalll
Course Coordinator
Diploma of Family History


James Parker will present archival films, with sound, of the Tasman Peninsula in the mid-to-late 20th Century, mostly shot by Dorothy (Dot) Hallam. Dot was the first woman to shoot film for the ABC, and is rightly celebrated as a pioneer of the film industry. Dot will be at the talk, and will be interviewed by James.

Now a long-term resident of the Tasman Peninsula and former PAHSMA employee, James Parker worked in the Australian film industry in the heady days of its revival in the 1970s and '80s. He sees the documentary "Not Quite Hollywood" as encapsulating his somewhat misspent youth - but he wouldn't swap it for quids.


Wednesday 30 September, 2020 at 12 noon at Asylum, Port Arthur Historic Site

This event is free and attendance is by booking only. For bookings please email, or phone 1800 659 101 between 10am and 4pm.

Physical distancing requirements will be observed at all times.


Traditionally, it is when you are on your summer holiday that you take 'holiday snaps' and process them upon your return and look at them occasionally to remind yourself of the fond memories of the wonderful time that you had. Now could be the perfect time to put these in an album if you have not already done so - or even have them printed out from the SD card of your camera or from your phone.

A lot of photographs now may be lost as more photographs than ever are being taken but they are never printed so it is important to keep the tradition alive of keeping these and recording these times.

Now could be a good time to reminisce and think about who was in the photographs and label them for future generations.

Many of our local archives at the moment are also asking for people to send in their pictures of their 'lockdown' during the recent pandemic, so if you have been keeping a photographic record or diary, they would be delighted to receive copies of these. So ask if your Local Record Office/Archive or Family History Society or Local History Society are looking for these and help be part of history.

You can even download free photo-enhancing software to help you remove creases, cracks and blemishes on your old photos once digitised.

Why not upload your photographs and include them on your tree in your ancestor's media pages in your family history software?

This can be easily printed off and you can really bring your family history story to life, but do think about who owns the copyright of the photograph before publishing these online.

If you are placing them in an album, think about labelling them as so many people inherit albums and are not sure who the people are as the names and dates have not been included.

When you are talking to relatives, ask them if they have any photos or your ancestors that they would be willing to share with you and they may have a picture of an ancestor that you don't.

If you are having problems dating old photographs there are plenty of books to assist you with this.

Go to familyhistorybooksonline.co.uk to see the books available on Dating Old Photographs by Robert Pols.

There are lots of websites that have photographic libraries that can provide you with pictures of villages or towns your ancestors lived in and how they worked, and you may even be lucky and find a picture of your own ancestor.