Wednesday, 10 August 2016

August is National Family History Month!!

National History Month is an initiative of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations). As part of this month long event, we are holding a series of free and paid events aimed at getting people started on their family history journey or researching specific topics. We are also holding a historical walk along the southern foreshore (near the ferry) which will be a family friendly event (PokemonGo for the kids). If you are interested in coming along to the events, please contact us to book a place (even for the free events!!).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!! Download the printable schedule.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Guest Speaker - Ed Tonks and his new book on Newcastle pubs, No Bar to Time

We are delighted to be hosting local historian Ed Tonks, to talk about the fascinating history of local pubs, as featured in his new book, No Bar to Time.

Ed will be speaking at our April meeting - 18th April, 2016 at  7.30pm. Visitors are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

And on a personal note, I think this is one of the best looking local history books I've ever seen! Great content and great visuals. A winner!!

Monday, 7 March 2016

House Names

As you walk around Stockton, you will often see houses with names. Prior to the 1920's, Stockton didn't have house numbers. But many houses had names. Trying to align a number with a name is often difficult as there is no record that lists both. We often get questions about where peoples ancestors lived, but we can't really help because we can't align a house name with a house number. Can you help? Do you know of a house with a name? Please feel free to list a house name and it's corresponding number and street in the comments below. As houses are sold and renovated, this important information can disappear as house names are removed or replaced with new ones.

In the picture below, 119 Mitchell St is also known as Carlisle. But before 1925 it was known as Au Revoir. Prior to 1925 the section of Mitchell St which the house sits on was called Carlisle St. Au Revoir perhaps was named to reflect the French speaking background of Captain Hocquard, originally from the Channel Island of Jersey. After the street was renamed, was the house renamed to keep the memory alive?

  • 100 Mitchell St - Montrose
  • 110 Mitchell St - Dowlais
  • Carlisle St - Au Revoir - HOCQUARD
  • 119 Mitchell St - Carlisle - HOCQUARD
  • 131 Mitchell St - Coventry
  • 147 Mitchell St - Westward Ho! - DALTON
  • 203 Mitchell St - Anglegate
  • 74 Maitland St - Holmebank
  • Kingston - Maitland St
  • Allamba - Hereford St

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Corroba Post Office

Welcome to the New Year. We've had an inquiry about Corroba Post Office. Can anyone help?

I wonder if you could help me. I am trying to find the location of Corroba Post Office which I believe used to be in the the Stockton area. Would you have any information on this and what does the name "Corroba" mean. Also do you have any information on the history of Fern Bay.

Friday, 2 October 2015

No Research Day - October Long Weekend - 3rd Oct 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT - There will be no Research Day at the Hall, this Saturday 3 Oct 2015. If you have any research queries, please email us and we will attempt to help you with your questions.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Orica Talk and Stockton Over the Years Book Relaunch

It was a busy night for all involved on 16 August 2015, with a talk by Orica Kooragang, General Manager, Scott Reid about the history of the site, the relaunch of the first two volumes (brown and blue) of Stockton Over The Years and our Annual General Meeting for 2015.

First up Scott gave a really interesting talk about the site on Kooragang, including a number of images of the site when it was originally constructed. These were quite interesting as a couple contained pictures in the background of the reclamation at the bottom end of Stockton at the site of the ferry wharf. The many phases of expansion were also covered.

After the talk and discussion, Scott presented the newly printed Vol. 1 (Brown) and Vol. 2 (Blue) to our President, Irene Butterworth. We thank Orica for all their support in arranging and paying for the printing of the new copies of the books. They are still extremely popular and a valuable resource for those studying the history of Stockton.

 The books will be available for online purchase and at selected venues around Stockton. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing a copy.

Thanks again to Orica for their support during the process of producing the books, with special thanks to Sherree Woodroffe and Scott Reid.