“Share Your Story”

The final “Share Your Story” for 2016 was held on Friday 18th November with ex mayor Mathew Dickerson entertaining the crowd with the story of his family.  There will be no Share Your Story in December or January, so the first event for 2017 will be on Friday 17th February 2017.  Watch the website and face book for particulars of our guest speaker for February.

“Legacy” User Group

The “Legacy” user group has been very successful during the year, with regular numbers attending each month.  The group will now be taking a break over the Christmas period, with the first meeting for 2017 to be held on Tuesday 28th February 2017.  They will then continue to meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  You must be a member of Dubbo Family History to attend, and you should advise Jennifer Bruce on 02 6882 9050, if you wish to attend.

Closure over the Christmas Period

After 12 months of hard work our  volunteer librarians will be taking a well earned break over the Christmas/New Year period.

Please take note that Dubbo Family History Rooms will close at 4pm on Saturday 10th December 2016, re-opening on Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Family History Research Records

Our society has a comprehensive collection of local resources, as well as an extensive collection of records relating to the rest of Australia and overseas.  Some of the records specific to Dubbo include Admission records for Dubbo Public School, Shakespeare Burial Records, and Dubbo cemetery records which includes headstone photographs.  In addition we hold Indexes and Records of Holy Trinity Baptisms and Marriages, plus Shire Rates Books and  Pioneer and Settlers Registers.  You will also find on our shelves many published histories of families in the western area.  These are just a snippet of what we have in our rooms, so if you are thinking of researching your family history, why not come in and see what is available.   If you have research inquiries relating to this area, please contact us, we will be more than happy to help.

Final “Share Your Story” for 2016

Dubbo Family History will be hosting the final “Share your Story” for 2016 on Friday 18th November in the family history rooms.   Please note that Share Your Story will commence at 2pm. In November we will have  Mathew Dickerson, who until the forced amalgamation of councils, was our hard working mayor, as the guest speaker.  I am sure you will enjoy the presentation by Matthew so why not make the effort to come along to this last event for the year.

As usual you will have the opportunity to share tea and cake ($3 cost) with the presenter and others after the presentation.  You must RSVP before Tuesday 15th November, to June Wilson at juniwil@clearmail.com.au or phone her on 6882 5366 or 0417 690 495.



We will be hosting another “Share your Story” session on Friday 19th August 2016.  As usual the session will commence at 11.00am, followed by morning tea and discussion with the speaker.  There is a cost of $3 towards morning tea.

Our guest for August will be Michael Graham who is a member of our society and a hard working volunteer for the group.  In  addition Michael and his cousin have written their family history which has been published in a book called “Dundee to Dilladerry – the Story of John Graham”.  Make sure you put the date in your diary as I am sure this will be an informative session on gathering and publishing your family history.

To ensure your spot please RSVP to June Wilson before the 16th August 2016.  You can contact her on 6882 5366 or 0417 690 495

Think Tank Group

The Think Tank Group – Lost Someone? Can’t find them anywhere? You only have three more opportunities this year to come along and join in this group! The Think Tank Group meets to discuss research with like-minded people.  They discuss how to use the various websites for family research, and how to utilise the fantastic resources available in our rooms.  Our core group would love to have other people join them in the morning gathering.  The group meets in the family history rooms on the first Wednesday of each month at 10.00am.  The remaining dates for 2016 are  5th October,  2nd November and 7th December. You must be a member of the society to take part in this group, so if you are not already a member why not join up and take part.

Dubbo Church of England records

Church of England records from Holy Trinity Church Dubbo At our library rooms we hold photo copies of baptisms, and marriages conducted by the clergy of the Holy Trinity parish.

These copies are of the original Baptismal registers and are for the years 1874- 1968. Details that can be found on entries include, date of baptism, date of birth, child’s christian name/s, parents’ names, abode, occupation of father and by whom the ceremony was performed. The first baptism in the register is for Agnes, child of John and Agnes Angus who lived at Marthaguy at the time their baby was baptised on 24 May 1874. Agnes was born on 17 February 1873. Her father was a labourer.

Marriage register records are from 8 November 1884 to 29 December 1886, then from 8 August 1900 to 6 August 1978. These records are photo copies of the actual parish registers, containing all the information that you will find on the certified copy from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Details include date of marriage, full names of bride and groom, age at time of marriage, their address, occupation and details of parents of the bride and groom. Birthplace of the bride and groom and their conjugal status at the time of the marriage, all this important information also contains the signatures of the bride and groom, priest conducting the ceremony along with the witnesses, who are often family members.

The first marriage record to appear in the register on 8 November 1884 was between Walter Thomas Ross and Christina Eason. Walter Ross had been born in Yorkshire and Christina Eason had been born in Norfolk, England.

Please note that unfortunately we do not hold any copies of burial registers from Holy Trinity Church.  You should visit our Family History Rooms or contact us for more information.

“Legacy” User Group

Some researchers maybe using the computer program called “Legacy” for their family history research.  To better understand this program, several members of Dubbo Family History have formed a group to meet and discuss its use.  If you are interested in learning more about Legacy why not come along to the Legacy User Group.  The group is meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month at our rooms.  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 25th October 2016 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.  Please register your interest with Jennifer Bruce on 02 6882 9050.  You must be a member of Dubbo Family History Society to join in this discussion group.


A society, formed in 1983, dedicated to providing resources and information for family and local historians researching people and places in the Dubbo (NSW) district.