News about the society

Bega Valley Genealogy Society Inc

The viability of this small genealogical society is being threatened by a proposed massive increase in rent.

Save our Courthouse


To read about the details of this issue Click here.

Send a message to the local members and/or the Bega society

State Local Member
The Hon. Andrew Constance M.P.
P.O. Box 758, Bega NSW 2550
Bega Valley Genealogy Society Inc.
P.O. Box 19, Pambula NSW 2549
Federal Member Eden-Monaro
Kristy McBain
1 / 225 Carp St, Bega NSW 2550
President – Bega Valley Genealogy Society Inc.
P.O. Box 19, Pambula NSW 2549


Parramatta Femal Factory Friends presented petition to Federal Parliament

The petition is seeking the UNESCO World Heritage Listing for the Parramatta Female Factory. It also celebrates more than 200 years since the factory opened.

See press release.

New book released


Katrina Kittel has released a new book Shooting Through: Campo 106 escaped POWs after the Italian armistice. It details a story of adventure in Italy towards the end of World War II.

See flyer.

HMS Sirius Society

Book Cover

230th Anniversary HMS Sirius Shipwreck Norfolk Island

To mark the 230th anniversary of the wreck the Sirius a new book has been published. For details click here

Bega Valley Genealogy Society Inc

Pambula court house

Due to the
coronavirus - covid-19
our library and research centre at the Old Courthouse
will be closed
until further notice.
we apologise for any inconvenience.
check our website or Facebook page for opening times in the future.

The Heradry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc


The 2020 E.M. Fletcher Writing Award is NOW OPEN. Click HERE for all the information on how to enter.

If you would like to advertise the competition in your organisation or share with your friends please download the poster.

Maitland and Beyond Family History Inc


Newcastle Family History Society Inc

The society has just celebrated the 125th Anniversary of their rooms in the Mechanics' Institute, Lambton. Later this month they launch their publication along with a month long exhibition at the largest gallery in Newcastle.

mechanics 150

In addition, the will be launching their latest publication on 30 July see the What's on page.


Tuam Orphan Girls' Project

Martin Curley of Mountbellew, Co Galway has initiated a project esearching the girls who were sent out from Tuam Workhouse and ancillary Workhouses in Annaghdown and Headford in 1848-50

The FB page for the Project gives info about several of the girls and their stories. Included are connections to the 'Kelly Gang' via Steve Hart and also the author Steele Rudd Visit their Facebook page

Martin is hoping to organise a Commemoration for the Girls in May 2020, the 170th anniversary of the last of the ships as part of our Famine Memorial remembrances in the area

Maitland & Beyond Family History Inc

The society is seeking 3l milk bottles to help make a display of convict bonnets details.

Australian Federation of Family History Organisations – Newsflash

AFFHO has published an edition of Newsflash February 2019 with lots of interesting information.

A new book on the descendants of Edward Swan (convict per Lord Sidmouth in 1819)

For more detais and to downlload order form click here

Colo Shire Family History Group Inc recent Publications

Archie book cover
Archie order form
Belmont book cover and form

Joan Reese's NSW Colonial Secretary’s In Letters Index 1826 – 1895

This valuable index is now available in enectronic format (CD or thumbdrive). It includes previously unpublished entries for 1895 so the complete index now covers 1826 to 1895 and has 196,270 records.

It is available for $65 + $5 p&p from:
Linda Bowman
25 Davies Avenue

Colo Shire Family History Group Inc

This society has just published the parish records of St Stephens Parish Volume 3

Parramatta Female Factory Heritage listing

The Friends of the Female Factory has achieved our second major goal (first was 10,000 petitions to parliament). The Parramatta Female Factory has achieved National Listing SMH Report national heritage listing for the female factory

Manning Wallamba Family History Society

Newsletters now on line Click here

Parramatta Interest

On Monday 27 March, Parramatta City Council released its first ever cultural discussion paper, Culture and Our City, which is about strengthening our cultural and social fabric and making the City of Parramatta truly world-class – with people, ideas and creativity at its core. It showcases what we are passionate about, what we value and who we are, and it provides a roadmap for the future.

Parramatta is already a vibrant and wonderfully diverse place that is rich in the Arts and history. Culture invites us and others to celebrate all that is special and unique about Parramatta and is key to activating, celebrating and promoting our changing City.

The discussion paper has been developed through direct conversation with over 400 artists, cultural organisations, key industry stakeholders, residents and community members. There has also been significant collaboration across council to develop this paper.

Through our public exhibition process, we are inviting further feedback and ideas. Following this, the City’s Cultural Plan which will be released in mid-2017.

We are very keen to hear more from our community and key stakeholders and I encourage you to read the document and to promote it widely through your networks.

Culture and Our City can be accessed at: this site

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra has just published a new edition of Family History for Beginners and Beyond

After a wait of nearly two year HAGSOC announces that they have released the new edition compiled by Danny O'Neill et al. This is the 15th Edition 2017. It is published in the convenient B5 size. It contains extensive references useful for beginners and the more experienced family historian.

Non-member cost = $35.00 member cost =$31.50 plus postage of $13.80

Purchase your copy at their shop or at their Library

Parramatta Female Factory Friends - Parramatta Female Factory Action Group Inc media release on 22 February 2017 on A place of connection for all Australians

Young & District Family History Group Inc has just published the memorial inscriptions for the Young Lawn Cemetery. Click for more details and Order form.

The Parramatta and District Historical Sociey has a new publication – The Soldiers' Memorial – Prince Alfred Square Parramatta.

The family and friends of the soldiers were originally asked to submit names of the fallen for the memorial, although surname and christian names were asked for and given, only the surname and initials were inscribed on the memorial. The challenge was to further identify these soldiers.

The society of Australian Genealogist has released a new database on pubs and publicans. See below:

2 Nov 2016

The following link outlines how member societies (and in some cases non-member societies) can take advantage of a number of opportunities to assist their societies. There are a number of awards and promotional opportiunities. See details

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra has changes its web address. Visit their new site

Australian Federation of Family History Organisations – Newsflash

AFFHO has published an edition of Newsflash with lots of interesting information.