Short closure of Dubbo Family History Rooms

Please take note that due to renovations in the Community Arts Centre, it will be necessary for the Family History rooms to be closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the 11th,12th and 13th April.   They will reopen on Thursday 14th April, however for the rest of the school holidays that is up until the 22nd April, access will only be available from the northern end of the building (near the ovals).  Please take note of the signage provided by council,  if you will be attending the Family History Rooms from Thursday 14th April 2016 to Friday  22nd April 2016.


“SHARE YOUR STORY” on FRIDAY 15th April 2016 at 11am

 Another “Share Your Story” event is listed for April 2016. We will have two of our members giving a presentation of their family tree research and what means they used in tracing their ancestry.  In April we will have Lyn Smith from Dubbo and Dorothy Blake from Wellington as presenters.  Please make sure you RSVP.

When:    11am, Friday 15th April 2016

Where:   Family History Rooms, Cultural Precinct, Cnr. Wingewarra and Gipps Streets, Dubbo.

RSVP:     11th April 2016 to Lyn Smith  Ph. 02 6885 0107 or


Cost: $3 towards refreshments.



Researching the death of ancestors who died in Dubbo

Following is a list of records available in our Family History rooms which may assist anyone searching for death information. Thank you to Jennifer Bruce for compiling this list of records for publication.

a) Index to Dubbo City Council Internment Records, which include date of burial, grave number and which funeral director conducted the burial
b) Church of England records ranging from February 1893 to December 1986
c) Methodist and Salvation Army records from 1893 to May 1980
d) Presbyterian records 1893- 1919 then from August 1921 to October 1986 (there are no entries for 1920)
e) Roman Catholic records from 1899 to December 1963 and then from March 1967 to May 1996.
f) Computer printout of records of the New Dubbo Cemetery, courtesy of Dubbo City Council from around 1967 up to 1997.
g) Shakespeare Burial Records (local funeral parlour) from 1932 until June 1992, these contain Record of Death and Order for Interment. Details which are included and if known were name of deceased, age, cause of death, usual residence, where born, mother’s maiden name, religion, time and date of funeral, grave number, if married, children of marriage and if deceased was in receipt of any pension. Also included are some random death notices from local papers (some in 1937 were noticed).
h) Volume 5 publication Dubbo Cemetery Records by Dubbo Family History Society published in 1987, which is a record of all headstones in the Old Dubbo Cemetery at that
time. Please note this is headstones only, and does not include burials for which there is no headstone
i) Card Index, a very large amount of cards which mainly include death notices from the local newspapers, but also include probate notices and birth notices, these are from around the mid 1980s up to date
j)There are also limited records for Dubbo General, Rawsonville, Dubbo Baptist, Chinese and Lutheran burials

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.