Wednesday 26 August 2020

Trawling in the Lake - Remember to register

 You will need to Register for our Zoom session "Trawling the Lake" on Friday 28th August at 7pm. Please send an email to to receive the link.

Tuesday 25 August 2020

Trove Tuesday - Methodist Circuit in Lake Macquarie

One needs to visit here, on Trove, to read this lengthy article from 1910 about the Methodist Church Circuit in Lake Macquarie which mentions many people involved in the early years as Methodism spread to settlements around the Lake.

It states that "The actual beginning of Methodism in this Circuit was made over thirty-one years ago, at the Brush or Upper Martinsville, one of the remote places of the Circuit in the year 1878" and goes on to follow the growth of Methodism in our region mentioning many of the people involved.

It is interesting to note that the article includes photos, including images of the Rev. C J MacAulay and Mr. T King of Toronto. 

1910 'Methodism in New South Wales', The Methodist (Sydney, NSW : 1892 - 1954), 16 April, p. 2. , viewed 18 Aug 2020,

Tuesday 18 August 2020

Trove Tuesday - Robert Samuel Kells

Trove is a wonderful source of genealogical information. The following few articles provide many facts from the life story of Robert Kells.

 Robert Samuel Kells' demise was announced in two short articles in a local newspaper on the same day in 1931.

1931 'MAN DROPS DEAD', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 17 June, p. 7. , viewed 18 Jun 2020,

1931 'TO-DAY'S NEWS', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 17 June, p. 1. , viewed 18 Jun 2020,

Several days later, after his funeral, a more lengthy obituary appeared in the same newspaper.

1931 'OBITUARY', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 22 June, p. 2. , viewed 18 Jun 2020,

Further articles in the Trove Newspaper Collection give us more insights into Robert's life in the Lake Macquarie area.. 

Saturday 15 August 2020

A Picture paints a Thousand Words


As I was traipsing around the internet this morning looking for information on local cemeteries  I became distracted. 

I had found some photos of  the Frosts Rest Cemetery at Cooranbong posted on a photo sharing site by a Lambton photographer Kaye Frost-Smith . She is a descendant of convict Joseph Frost, who is buried with members of his family at Frost's Rest. 

I noted that among Kaye's albums posted on the pBase site are several relating to the Lake Macquarie area. If you would like an armchair tour of these sites please take a look at these albums on Kaye's site remembering that the images are subject to copyright and should not be downloaded.

Blacksmiths on Swansea Channel

Catherine Hill Bay

Croudace Bay

Dora Creek and Frosts Rest

Marks Point

Mulbring Country

Spoon Rocks Beach and Caves Beach

Swansea Heads

Wangi Wangi Power station


Jill Ball
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Tuesday 11 August 2020

Trove Tuesday - Remembering Theodore Northcote Windross 1891-1915

This week we remember Private Theodore Northcote Windross, Service Number 1195 who enlisted at Toronto on the 25th September 1914.

Theodore, the son of John Windross and Rosalie Parker, was born in Newcastle NSW in 1891. He was educated at Toronto Public School and enlisted at Toronto on 25 September 1914.

When he was Killed in action at Gallipoli on 6 August 1915 Theodore was a member of the 2nd Infantry Battalion. Theodore rests in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Row C, Grave 78. His headstone inscription reads "He died a soldier and a man."

1916 'Family Notices', The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), 13 January, p. 4. , viewed 01 Aug 2020,

At a ceremony in Toronto in April 1916 Theodore's parents were presented with his service medals.

1916 'TORONTO'S TRIBUTE.', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 13 April, p. 6. , viewed 11 Aug 2020,

The above article can be viewed in full here:

Theodore is remembered locally on the Honour Board at Toronto Public School

Wednesday 5 August 2020

Trawling in the Lake

In celebration of National Family History Month the Lake Macquarie FHG will be hosting a free Zoom session open to all on Friday 28 August between 7pm and 8pm.

Hosted by our President with support from LMFHG members the presentation via Zoom, Trawling in the Lake: resources for family history research in the Lake Macquarie area,  will examine our local area and give details of local print and online resources for finding ancestors in the Lake Mac area. 

Following is the information that will shortly be posted on the National Family History Month website.

Many Australians have a connection to the Lake Macquarie area which was first settled by Europeans in 1825, today there is a population of  over 200,000 in the Lake Macquarie Local Government area.

The Lake Macquarie Family History Group invites you to a free online event via Zoom  to learn about local print and online resources to research your Lake Mac ancestors. The session will be presented by Jill Ball, President of the Group.

Bookings are necessary for this free event.

Please email  to register for the online event. A link to the event will be emailed to participants in the days prior to the event.

This program requires participants to have an active Zoom account. To create an account, please visit:

Tuesday 4 August 2020

Trove Tuesday - In Memoriam

In Memoriam notices can be wonderful sources of family history information. The following notices found on Trove tell us about past residents of our area. 

Elizabeth Ruth Bellamy who passed away in 1935 and Thomas Horn who passed away in 1913 were memorialised in local newspapers found on Trove. 

1936 'Family Notices', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 19 March, p. 6. , viewed 01 Aug 2020,

1916 'Family Notices', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 17 April, p. 4. , viewed 01 Aug 2020,