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18th March 2009




Welcome to our new members David Coggins, Deidre Molloy, Allen & Jenny Reynolds.


Information from the meeting held 14th March 2009


LIBRARY DUTY VOLUNTEERS - More Volunteers to do Library duty at the Club on a regular basis are desperately required.  Due to illness, etc we have a shortage of volunteers and some volunteers are currently doing 2 or 3 sessions a week.  If more volunteers are not forthcoming, we may have to look into reducing the hours the club is open.

Currently the opening hours are -

Monday, Friday and Saturday 9am-1pm

Wednesday 9am-3pm.


To be a volunteer you don’t need to do anything much, except BE THERE.  Most days you will be able to do your research as per usual, and not have to answer any questions or deal with any visitors.  You won’t be left on your own, as you will have an experienced duty person with you.  It is just that it is preferable to have 2 people on duty each session.


CLUB BY-LAWS - If you want a printed copy of the current By-Laws of the Club there will be a small charge.  If you would like a copy emailed to you that can be arranged upon request.


OLD FAMILY PHOTOS, FAMILY DOCUMENTS, FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH – What will happen to yours, after you are gone?  If there is no one in your family who will look after these for you, make arrangements for these items to be donated to your Family History Club.  Also any books, magazines, old newspaper cuttings that might be relevant to Family history/history would also be welcome.


New resources purchased with raffle money are the Immigrant Ships Bound for Bundaberg.  There are 2 volumes.  Ships are Scottish Knight, Silhet, Renfrewshire, Nairnshire, Earl Granville and Scottish Lassie.  Lots of interesting reading here.  Come on in and see what else is new in the Library.


The next meeting will be on Saturday 4th April, 2009 at 1 pm.  Please get your Easter raffle tickets back by this day, as the raffles will be drawn after the meeting.


The Club will be closed from 3pm Wednesday 8th April, 2009 until 9am Wednesday 15th April, 2009 for Easter.


The Club will also be closed on Saturday 25th April, 2009 for Anzac Day, the Club however WILL be open on Monday 27th April as it is not a gazetted public holiday.


Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to provide photo and details for the next issue of the Club’s magazine, Hindsight.  More are required.


A few websites for you to check out.

For early street maps UK

This site is dedicated to the workhouse — its buildings, inmates, staff and administrators, even its poets.

If your ancestors were members of the Clergy in the UK you could try this site


Castle Gardens - this was America's first official immigration centre, this before the opening of Ellis Island. There is a searchable database at covering the period 1820 to 1913.

Derbyshire, UK - If you have ancestors in Derbyshire this is an excellent site with loads of information.  Births, deaths, marriages as well as wills, apprenticeships and much, much more.