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                                                                          8th September 2007








Phone No - 5428 2018


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Welcome to our new Members – Ray & Joy Thornton, and Jim Hope


Next meeting is Saturday, 13th October, 2007 at 1 pm


More Members’ stories are required for the December issue of our club magazine, Hindsight.  This is your chance for you to tell your story about your family, your research or whatever.  Please consider writing a story (can be as little as one paragraph with a photograph, or a few pages), as this makes our magazine more interesting.   I am running out of articles that I can use in the magazine!!!

Stories & photos can either be emailed to or or left at the office…..thank you, Elaine 


Don’t forget to collect your September issue of the Hindsight next time you are at the Club






Don’t the months just fly past now? It seems no time at all since my last newsletter report.


Our thanks go to those members who supported our most recent fundraising drive. Please continue to support your club in raising funds for new research aids.


Do not forget that there is a raffle that will not be drawn until January 2008. The prize is a silky oak girl’s dressing table complete with mirror and stool with cloth inlay.


We have submitted an application for a grant to Jupiter’s Gaming Grants in order to purchase NZ BDM’s.  The grant will be considered in March of next year.


On behalf of the members and committee I offer our get-well wishes to Mona Robinson.


Happy researching, David




Coffee Mugs – these are $5 each and come in three colours – blue, green and brown.


Recipe Book (Members Favourite Recipes) is available again in limited numbers if anyone wants a copy…..$5.00 each


Scribblers – 75c each


Laminating – This can be done at the office – Cost is $1 an A4 sheet.


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’.  Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help out with library duty on a regular basis or on a ‘needs be’ basis.


OPENING HOURS - PLEASE NOTE: The Club will be closed on Public Holidays due to lack of volunteers.  (If in doubt, please phone to check if Club Room is open)


While we make every effort to keep the Club open at the rostered times, a shortage of volunteers means we are unable to provide emergency cover for rostered volunteers who are unable to attend on their rostered days, due to other commitments.  Please understand if you arrive to find the Clubrooms closed because of a lack of a volunteer duty person. 


Also be aware, that if the rostered duty persons are the only members in attendance, at approx. 1pm on Mondays and Saturdays, the Club will close early.


MONTHLY RAFFLE – Tickets are $1 in the monthly raffles.  There is always a variety of items to be won and all monies raised by the raffles is used to buy research resources for the use of Club Members.




Maisie Stratford gave us a very interesting look into the history of writing and how it has changed over the centuries, and how the origins of surnames were created.  The reading of the old hand writing was a challenge but by the end of the talk, we were able to read some of the words on various wills.


Some learning guides that might help you are these websites:


There are also books in our Club library that can help you interpret the writing…overall a very informative and interesting afternoon.




Downloadable records, UK-wills, military, naval & more


Learning guide to hand writing


Census returns, Eng 1841-1901


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