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Forbes Family History Group Inc

(Specialising in the history of Forbes and District, NSW, Australia)

 


Links:

Forbes Shire Council

Forbes Advocate

1872 Grevilles Post Office Directory

Ryerson Deaths Index
Forbes - from 1992
Parkes - from 2002
Condobolin - from Nov 2002

eHive.com
[A collection management system on the web.]

email us


 (Please note that we are a small voluntary group and only check the emails once per week. 
Please be patient as emails will be handled in order of receipt. Could you also include your full name and postal address on your enquiry.    Thank you.)
The same goes for requests received
by post but please, please be patient
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Welcome to our Group

Forbes is in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia with a population of approximately 9,000.

The earliest settlers in the Forbes district were squatters and it was some of these men who discovered the first gold in the area in June 1861.  Over the next few months approximately 30,000 people came to the diggings, with storekeepers, publicans and others, providing services for them.

By 1863 the rush had died down and many diggers had moved on to other diggings.  The town became a service centre for the pastoralists, and in 1870 was declared a municipality, with the first mayor being Thomas Hand.

Forbes Family History Group Inc was formed at a meeting of interested parties on 26 March 1986 in a room at the local nursing home. The first newsletter was published in June 1986.

At first we used the premises above the Historical Museum and then in April 1987 to our present site behind the Town Library in Harold Street. This room was extended and officially opened in 1998. [See here for map.]

Forbes Family History Group has gathered many resources to help with research into the people of Forbes and district, together with the general history of the area.
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Continuing Projects:

1. Convict Burials in Forbes and District: The aim is to identify, research and record the convicts who ended their journey with a burial in a Forbes or district cemetery. At the moment we have identified several convicts, which is pretty amazing, considering that before 1861 there were only isolated stations in the area. Please contact the Group with any information that you may have regarding this project.

2. Images of Forbes and District: The aim is to digitise, for posterity, any images of Forbes and District. We would like to encourage people to bring their photos, negatives and slides to the Group's room, where an assistant would scan them and return the originals to the owners - alternatively, photos could be sent by electronic means. These images would be added to the archives with a clearly defined source of origin, and attached with any requested restrictions on use. Please contact the Group to learn more about this project.
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Deaths in Forbes and District

The Ryerson Index now has the deaths from the “Forbes Times” 1912-1920.  This means that all years of the First World War are covered.  

The Parkes Western Champion is being indexed at the moment and the index on Ryerson is from 1898 to 1911, with more entries being included each week.  There are many deaths in Forbes mentioned in this newspaper, as well as other districts in the western region.   www.ryerson.org

The Forbes Family History Library have an index of all deaths mentioned in the “Forbes Advocate” from its commencement in December 1911 [some of which are here] .

The Ryerson Index has the deaths from the “Forbes Advocate” for the period 1992 to present time.

 

 

 Updated 6 January 2014

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