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Australia has many societies and organizations that may have information of value to your genealogical research. There are also some societies in the country of origin of your ancestor. You may find it helpful to join one of these societies to gain information and knowledge about the area your ancestor came from, as well as access to their publications.
Genealogical Societies[edit | edit source]
There are a few genealogical societies which emphasize Australia research. Most societies publish helpful periodicals, transcripts, compiled genealogies, special indexes, collections and projects. They also publish inquiries/queries about Australian ancestors or maintain a list of members' research interests.
The following national societies may be of interest:
- The goal of the Society is to help people trace their family history.
- The AFFHO is an umbrella organization for family history societies in Australia and New Zealand with interests in family history, genealogy, heraldry, and other such topics.
New South Wales Societies[edit | edit source]
Albury and District Historical Society
P.O. Box 822
Albury, NSW 2640
Armidale Family History Group
P.O. box 1378
Armidale, NSW 2350
Botany Bay Family History Society Inc.
PO Box 1006
Sutherland, NSW 1499
Bega Valley Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 19
Pambula, NSW 2549
Bellinger Valley Historical Society
(Near Council Offices)
Bellingen, NSW, 2454
Hawkesbury Family History Group
300 George Street
Windsor NSW 2756
Queensland Societies[edit | edit source]
Caboolture ("The Old Fire Station")
Cooroy-Noosa Genealogical and Historical Research Group Inc.
Gold Coast Family History Society Inc.
Victoria Societies[edit | edit source]
- The goal of the GSV is to encourage and assist people with their family histories. A team of volunteers will share their expertise and skills with newcomers.
Western Australia Societies[edit | edit source]
Busselton Family History Society
Carnarvon Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1049
Carnarvon, WA 6701
Geraldton Family History Society
321 Marine Terrace
Geraldton Family History Society
P.O. Box 2502
Geraldton, WA 6531
Goldfields Family History Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 1462
Kalgoorlie, WA 6430
Great Southern Family History Society
Narrogin Meeting House Family History Centre
c/o 31 Furnival Street
Narrogin, WA 6312
Southern River Family History Centre
P.O. Box 108
Melville, WA 6156
Historical Societies[edit | edit source]
Historical societies can be valuable sources of information about Australia. Similar societies exist in countries from which Australians emigrated and they often collect information about Australian immigrants. Some may have information about specific Australian individuals. Many societies have special collections of books and manuscript materials for Australia that may be difficult to find in libraries and archives. For more information see Australia Archives and Libraries.
Royal Australian Historical Society
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone: (02) 9247 8001
Telephone (International): +61 2 9247 8001
Fax: (02) 9247 7854
- The goal of the Royal Australian Historical Society is the advancement of education in the field of Australian history.
- The Federation represents the interests of 1,000 historical societies throughout Australia. Members work to collect documents and images, research and publish history, present lectures and exhibitors, and protect and preserve places of heritage.
Other Societies[edit | edit source]
Family Associations[edit | edit source]
The Chalker/Charker Society of Australia
This family society consists mainly of descendants of William Charker, also known as Chalker, who was transported to Sydney in 1802.
- The objective of this Society is to establish, preserve, and maintain the history of William Charker/Chalker and his descendants in Australia and to promote the relationships between these descendants.
The Everingham Family Association
The Association is made up of descendants of Matthew James Everingham, who arrived in 1788 as a convict on the First Fleet, and his wife Elizabeth Rimes (also a convict), who arrived on the Second Fleet.
P.O. Box 1039
Ashfield, NSW 1800