Lake Macquarie Family History Group Inc.


A warm welcome is extended to all those interested in family history and associated research. Casual visitors making use of the Group's resources and facilities are requested to make a donation and returning visitors are encouraged to join the Group.


Monthly meetings are held at the Marmong Point Community Hall. This building is located at 31B George Street, Marmong Point in a park setting opposite the waterfront of Lake Macquarie. The hall has a kitchen, provision for access for disabled people and on site amenities are available. Carparking is on site and in the street.

Date and Time

Meetings of the Lake Macquarie Family History Group are held on the third Saturday of each month except for December meetings which are held on the second Saturday. The venue is open for the use of resources from 10.00 am and meetings commence at 12.30 pm. Resources are available for use until at least 4.00 pm.

The hall is also open for access to resources and research on the first Wednesday of each month from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm or later if arranged beforehand.

How to get there

Marmong Point is located on the western side of Lake Macquarie mid way between Edgeworth and Toronto. If you are travelling south turn left at the Booragul roundabout or turn right at the Fennell Bay traffic lights if you are travelling north.

Guest Speakers & Workshops

People with expertise in a variety of subjects regularly attend meetings as guest speakers. Seminars and workshops are held periodically so as to provide a forum for members and visitors to expand their knowledge and expertise in respect of various resources and their individual research skills.

Rick Pointon, a key player in local
'rock and roll' history, tells all

Jan Butcher detailed how she used a
scatter gun to research her ancestor

Scott Bevan, author of The Lake, his
book about our splendid sheet of water

Gary Smith walking listeners through
the history of the 57th Regiment of Foot

Dr Jennifer Debenham : Documenting
frontier massacres in Colonial Australia

Bob Atkins giving a public and 'behind
the scenes' look of the Ryerson Index

Richard O'Brien former Irish ambassador
spoke on Irish orphan girls immigration

Maria Northcote outlined conventional
and quirky Irish research experiences

Sister Elizabeth Hellwig takling on the
Dominican Sisters from Ireland 1867

Gregory Powell, bushranger and outlaw
author, holding everyones attention

Keith Davey, educator & author on
his recent trip to Indian National Parks

Daphne Appleby on her experience as
a Fairbridge Farm School student

Christine Bramble author of Sisters of
the Valley : First World War Nurses

Prof. John Ramsland, Newcastle Uni
on Arthur Wheen - World War 1 Hero

Vicki Eldridge, genealogists and
researcher helping members with ideas

Australia's Oldest House author
Sue Rosen outlining her research

John Cann of State Records talks on
record gems not available on-line

Aubrey Brooks - Newcastle Industrial
Heritage Assn - BHP local steel making

Sylvia & Greg Ray - the how & why of
their book Newcastle the Missing Years

Patrick Callaghan - how he is recreating
Old Balmain Catholic Cemetery details

Group member Bill Storer showing us
where to aim our military research

Shirley and John Smith demystifying
how to research at the Mitchell Library

2NC ABC radio presenter Carol Duncan
discussing her family research

Return by Paul Parton from FamilySearch
discussing what's new since his last visit

Convicts of Tocal author Brian Walsh
outlining his extensive research

Shane Frost CEO Awabakal Descendants
& Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corp.

Group member Vicki Williamson on the
life of local artist Emlyn Britton Dickson

Paul Parton from FamilySearch
outlining what's new and to come

Ian Small author of The Kurrajongs
backgrounding their history

Gionni De Gravio, Newcastle University
archivist discussing their holdings

Sam Dhnaram on Light Horse tour and
Charmaine Keegan wearing the uniform

Mari Metzke - the manager of the
Royal Australian Historical Society

Terry Eakin - Irish research expert
detailing resources and methods

Pamela Harrison speaking on Newcastle
Harbour master Captain Henry Newton

Pat Edwards talking on her new life
work, fossil hunting of a different kind

Roy Kable, President of the Fellowship
of First Fleeters Central Coast Branch

Norman Bowes speaking on Newcastle
shipping and the Dunbar wreck

John Lambkin expanding our
knowledge of all things numismatical

Sue Whyte, President of the Catherine
Hill Bay Progress Association

Ed Tonks speaking on the history of
coal mining in the Lake Macquarie area

Lindsay Allen of State Records NSW
on researching this valuable archive

Helen Dickinson on searching land
records and their hidden treasures

Lorraine Banks outlining the history
of the convict built Great North Road

Suzanne Martin sharing her passion
of the historical buildings in Newcastle

Marie Jones author on convicts
who were not from Britain or Ireland

Mary Hollis describing how to read
& decipher old english handwriting

Des Murphy explaining the delights of
undertaking Irish research in Ireland

Terry St George informing listeners
on the history of Sandgate Cemetery

Beryl Mullard describing her Morisset
book "Iron Horse and Iron Bark"

Professor Gillian Turner speaking on
genetics in family history research

Group member Robert Eldridge on ways
of breaking 'brick walls' in research

Gail Orchard outlining the extensive
records at Newcastle Council Library

Wendy Meredith letting members know
the secrets to family history publishing

Carol Frazer talking about prominent
Newcastle persons of the 19th century

Judy Messiter from Lake Macquarie
City Library detailing resources

Steve Seiver discussing his aboriginal
ancestors incl. "Black Ned" of Swansea

Elizabeth Allum presenting seminar
on archives in and around Sydney

Ann speaking about the Maitland
Family History Circle Pioneer Register

Local author Dulcie Hartley
speaking about the Fennell family

Robyn Gordon speaking about
the Lacemakers of Calias

Lake Macquarie Family History Group Inc.
PO Box 639 Toronto New South Wales 2283 Australia
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