Category Archives: General

Scanning & Editing Digital Images for beginners course on 29/7/17

Dubbo & District Family History Group is pleased to offer a scanning and photo editing course.  The presenter is Danny O’Neill, who organises Education & Events for the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra.  Danny will show how you can make better scans of your precious images, and demonstrate how to edit those images using Lightroom.  He will cover how to organise, edit, enhance and catalogue your image files and scans for different uses.  You only need one copy of your image for multiple uses with Lightroom.  Check out our flyer (click on) ScanEditFlyer for more information on Lightroom.

This informative session will be held on Saturday 29th July 2017 from 10am to 1pm.  For the small sum of $20 for members and $30 for non-members you can be part of his course to be held at the Community Arts Centre, where our Family History Rooms are based. Numbers will be limited so you will need to register and pay as soon as possible.  The cost includes morning tea and the chance to speak to Danny.  You will need to complete the Registration Form (click on) Registration form.pdf and return it with your payment  Why not download the form, scan and email back, and make your payment online.  For further information on this course you can contact Robyn Allan on 0477 127700 or Linda Barnes on 6887 8284.

Share your Story on Friday 21st July 2017, 2pm

Our “Share your Story” events continue to be popular.  Our July presenter will be Yvette Aubusson-Foley who will tell us the story of Dubbo pioneer Jean Emile Serisier, which she learnt from her research.  Make sure you come along on Friday 21st July 2017 and here the full details.  As usual the event will commence at 2pm in the Community Centre rooms at the Dubbo Cultural Centre precinct.      You must RSVP by Tuesday 18th July to Lyn Smith.  Her email address is or phone her on 6885 0107. There is a $3 cost  towards afternoon tea which will provided.

“New Horizons” the 19th Century Mass Migration Depicted in Art

If you have watched the BBC Antique Road Show the name Paul Atterbury will be familiar to you.  Dubbo is fortunate to have this well known presenter giving a presentation at the Wesley Hall in Church Street Dubbo.  The ADFAS or Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society of Dubbo & District will be hosting this event.  All are welcome with a $20 entry fee payable at the door, this includes refreshments.  Paul will giving his talk on Monday 13th March 2017 commencing at 6pm so make sure you come along for an informative and entertaining evening.

Talk by Maurice Campbell on the Deempster Family Bible

Well known Dubbo identity Maurice Campbell will be giving a free talk at the Dubbo Library on Thursday 16th March 2017, commencing at 11.00am.  His topic will be The Deempster Family Bible which has been in his family for 230 years and was printed in 1787.  It has been half way round the world and tells of the trials and tribulations of the family settling in Australia. Make sure you book in for this talk by phoning 68014510 or email to



Annual General Meeting, Sunday 19th March 2017, 2pm

The Annual General Meeting of the society will be held on Sunday afternoon the 19th March 2017.  The meeting will commence at 2pm.   The committee would love to see as many people as possible attend the meeting, and thus have a say in the future direction of the society.

Please RSVP to June Wilson, Ph 0417 690 495 or 68825366 by the 16th March as the meeting will be followed by afternoon tea.

Annual Conference of NSW and ACT Assoc. of Family History Societies at Orange

The Orange Family History Group is delighted to announce that they have been selected to host the 2017 NSW and ACT Association of Family History Societies Annual Conference with the theme of: Your family story: telling recording and preserving. The conference will be held over three days 22-24 September 2017 in the Orange cultural precinct. They will be providing regular updates on their website or follow them on face book.  What a golden opportunity for anyone from Dubbo to attend a conference relating to family history.  People are already booking accommodation to attend this conference, so if you are interested in attending, make sure you get in early.  It is suggested you check Orange Family History Society website for more information on the conference. Book early and get the “early bird” special rates.

Share Your Story

‘Share your Story’ for March will be held on Friday 17th March commencing at 2.00pm. Our presenter  will be  Dr. Bob North, who has kindly agreed to give an address on his family and life.  Don’t miss out on what will be an interesting presentation.   For catering purposes please RSVP by Tuesday 14th March to June Wilson on 0417 690 495 or 6882 5366. There will be a $3 cost towards afternoon tea.


Membership Fees for 2017 are now due

Just a reminder that  membership fees for 2017 are now due.  Our fee has not been increased and remains at $40 for current members, with an additional $10 for new members.  If you are a new member you can download a  membership form from our website and either email or post it to the society.  Banking  and post office details are on the website.  Of course you can still pay your fees at our family history rooms during opening hours.

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.

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.