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14th May 2005




Phone No - 5428  2018

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Welcome to our new Members - Jan and Dudley Nott




Saturday 28th May 1pm – 3pmLibrary Orientation Day – with ‘brickwall’ assistance for any member.  Come along, have a cuppa.  We are all here to help each other.


Next Meeting (AGM) is at 1 pm Saturday, 11th June, 2005


All welcome….Nomination forms for all positions (both Management and non-Management) are available from the Office.  Nominations close 28th May, 2005.


OFFICE BEARERS 2004 – 2005



Doug Cook

Vice President

David Jimmieson


Janet O’Flaherty


Helen Eaton


Joanne Beeston

Assistant Librarian

Jane O’Brien

Magazine Editor

Elaine Elms

Newsletter Editor

Elaine Elms

Magazine Committee

Coral Hapgood

Cemetery Records

Position Vacant

Publicity Officer

Coral Hapgood





This month I would like to draw to your attention, a few items.

No. 1 – Don’t forget that your Annual Subscriptions are due by the end of May to remain financial.

No. 2 – June 11th is our A.G.M.  Even if you only make one meeting, this is the one to attend.  The A.G.M. will be followed by an ordination General Meeting, where you can find out how the Group operates.

No. 3 – We desperately need help finding speakers for the end of the month get-togethers.  If you know of anyone suitable, please let us know.

No. 4 – We are finally in the last stages of having the bathroom converted into the office.  This will free up space in the computer room.

No. 5 – Finally ‘new blood’ is always welcome on the Committee.  There are Non-Executive positions that will give you an insight into how the Club runs, that don’t involve major commitment of time. Think about it…….

Happy researching,





Doug – Every Saturday & Wednesday morning

David – Every Monday afternoon

Janet – Every Monday morning & 2nd Saturday morning

Elaine – Every Wednesday afternoon

Jane - 3rd & 4th Saturday morning

Pat V. – 2nd Wednesday morning

Coral – 2nd Wednesday afternoon

Trevor – 4th Wednesday afternoon

Gloria – 1st Saturday morning & 4th Monday morning

Glenys – Every Monday morning

Joanne – 4th Wednesday morning


We are in need of more members to volunteer for ‘duty’.  It is not hard - it is just a case of being there to assist new members and visitors.  Ideally we would like to have two duty persons per session.  At the moment, most days, we have just one person ‘on duty’.


From the National Archives - New Family History Kit

The National Archives recently launched a new service for those who migrated to Australia in the 20th century.  Making Australia Home is a personalised service that allows migrants and their descendants to access information about their family’s arrival and settlement in Australia.  The documents that can be accessed include application forms, ship and airline passenger lists, entry permits, and accommodation and employment records.

How does this service work?  Archives’ staff respond to each individual request by undertaking a service of the Archives’ collection database Record Search and providing customers with advice on the availability of records.  For a $25 fee, copies of documents can be mailed to them in a stylish and durable keepsake folder.  The folder also contains information about other records in the Archives’ collection that may be helpful for further family history research.

For an additional cost, it is possible to obtain high quality reproductions of photographs from the documents.

To request an order for or to find out more about the Making Australia Home service, please contact the National Archives by email at or by phone on 1300 886 881.





There is a Raffle every month – Tickets are always $1.00 each.  All proceeds from these monthly raffles are used to buy resources. The money does not go into a building fund or general revenue; it is used strictly for purchasing resources….ask at the office for tickets.  Thank you to everyone who has supported these raffles….the results have been very pleasing…lots of new CDs, microfiche, etc


The APRIL RAFFLE for Hand crocheted centrepiece will be drawn at May meeting

The MAY RAFFLE – A set of 6 ceramic mugs, sugar bowl and milk jug – made by Danny O’Brien – donated by Jane O’Brien

There will be a 2nd and 3rd prize as well

To be drawn at the A.G.M.

Tickets are continually on sale for monthly raffles.

Thank you to everyone who supports the monthly raffles.

We couldn’t do it without you!



GROUP SHEET BOOKLETS……For Sale - $5.00 each

We have produced a number of these booklets, as a fund raiser, to help you ‘keep track of your families’ while doing your family tree research……Available from the Office.


Scribble Pads for sale – 50c each


PLEASE REMEMBER our 25th Anniversary Hindsight – get your stories in as soon as possible…..let’s make this a really special edition of our magazine….thank you to the members who have already submitted their stories and photos.




Are you an active member, the kind who would be missed, or are you just content that your name is on the list?

Do you attend the meetings and mingle with the flock, or do you stay at home and criticise and knock?

Do you take an active part and help the work along, or are you satisfied to be the kind that just belongs?

Do you ever go to visit a member who is sick, or leave the work for others and talk about the clique?

Don’t be just a member, but take an active part.

Come to every meeting and help with hand and heart.

Think this over, member, you know right from wrong.

Are you an active member, or do you just belong?




New Additions to the Library.


State History of Qld – information sheets – donated by Bill McConnell       

Brisbane and the Gold Coast (1970-74 pictures) – donated by Bill McConnell        

Souvenir book of Sydney N.S.W. – donated by Bill McConnell                    

The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia – donated by Bill McConnell

Melbourne – a beautiful city – donated by Bill McDonnell                           

Around the traps – Carabost story – donated by Jack Piper

Mungindi Central School N.S.W. centenary 1893-1993 – donated by Janet O’Flaherty

Mayors and Lord Mayors of Dublin 1229 to 1924 – donated by Elaine Elms

History of Glenfell & the Weddin Shire – bicentennial 1988

Anzac – 90th Anniversary – with Roll of Honour – Courier Mail

1858 Valuation Rolls for southern Tasmania

1858 Valuation Rolls for central and eastern Tasmania


Cemeteries –

Young Cemetery – Monumental Inscriptions

Tasmania cemeteries –    Ulverstone, Central Coast area –donated by Jack Piper  

Devonport to St. Helensdonated by Jack Piper                  

Deloraine to Williamsford-Rosebery- donated by Jack Piper

N.S.W. Cemeteries – Cooma & Monaroo Districts – donated by Jack Piper          


Australian Directory of dates and Men of the Time

Queenslanders who fought in the Great War 1914-1918


Proposed purchases to be made with monies raised from the May Raffle are –

1881 Electoral Rolls (fiche) New Zealand

Roman Catholic Parishes – Burials (fiche) – S.E.Qld.

Orange & Dist. Cemetery M.I. – N.S.W.

Deaths of Infants 1901-1905 (Infants) (fiche) – Vic.

Illegitimate births 1901-1908 (fiche) – Vic.



Another Research Trip

By the Librarian, Joanne Beeston


On the 9th April 2005, the Librarian, Joanne, and her assistant (Jane) attended a display of the Archive CD Books Australia by Alan Phillips at the Genealogy Sunshine Coast Club in Nambour.  Alan showed how to access information on the CD’s and how much information was in the Government Gazettes.  He talked about other resources; they have for sale, and what they will be releasing in the future.  It was a very interesting display.

The Genealogy Sunshine Coast is a division of the Sunshine Coast Historical and Genealogical Resource Centre Inc.  They are in Petrie Park Road, Nambour, opposite the swimming pool complex. 

Their hours are -

Monday and Wednesday 10.30 am to 2.30 pm.  - Thursday 1.30 pm to 6.30 pm.  -  Saturday 12 noon to 4 pm. 

Contact Phone Number is 5441 4266.

They have a good range of resources.  Non-members are $7 per day or part thereof.  We are trying to get ‘reciprocal rights’ so that members from both clubs can use both facilities.

Also they have now published their book, Pioneer Families of the Sunshine Coast pre 1920 Index, but they are still looking for more Pioneer information, which will be updated on a CD.

We even got to sit in on their monthly meeting, with some interesting ideas that our club could consider doing.



The Third Fleet Convictsby Joanne Beeston (Librarian)


The Third Fleet Convicts – it is only a portion from the book which has the Index of the Alphabetical listing of names, giving place and date of conviction, and length of sentence.  It gives a brief description of the eleven ships that formed the Third Fleet, they are: ‘ACTIVE’, ‘ADMIRAL’, ‘BARRINGTON’, ‘ALBEMARLE’, ‘BRITANNIA’, ‘ATLANTIC’, ‘MARY ANN’, ‘MATILDA’, ‘QUEEN HMS GORGON’, ‘SALAMANDER’ and the ‘WILLIAM AND ANN’.

The Third Fleet was the biggest assembled in terms of human cargo, total of 2000 convicts, due to the overcrowded state of the hulks in England, and the increase in the number of felons under sentence of transportation.

Very interesting reading about the ships, what weight, how long was the voyage to Australia, the living conditions, and how many convicts died on the way over.

Can be found in the Convict Section of our library, Code CON THIR.  Very interesting if you have convicts in your family or not.



Internet Addresses for you to try

If you discover an interesting genealogy website while you are surfing the net, please email the web address to me for inclusion in an upcoming newsletter….thank you, Elaine (

The email addresses given below have not been checked to see if they are still available….I do not have the time to check them all.

(Click on Search/Home and search for photographs)

Australia’s Virtual Immigration Wall of Honour

(Has lists of people with when they arrived in Australia.   Click on the persons name and contact details (email address) of person who submitted the information can be accessed)

Website of David Larkin, CFHRG Member…Irish research

Access the Australian Women's Weekly 1946-71 Index

Cornwall Parish Register Search

Hunter Valley Genealogy

Maps of the Past

Monaro Pioneers

Port Fairy District Births, Deaths & Marriage Index 1899

Pub World

Western Australian Post Office Directory (Wise's) 1903