International Women’s Day

The observance of a day for women dates back to the early 1900’s.  At an International Socialist Women’s Conference in Denmark 1910 it was proposed by German socialist Luise Zietz and agreed upon by the delegates that an annual Women’s Day be established to promote equal rights for women.

It has been observed on different days in February and March but since 1914 it has been on the 8th March, mainly celebrated by communist countries and the socialist movement.  The United Nations adopted International Women’s Day in 1975 which was International Women’s Year.

To celebrate the struggles and achievements of the wonderful women of our region over the years we have selected some of the photos of the women in the Devine Collection.  If you know who any of these great ladies are please let us know.  Members Merv and Beryl have now processed and catalogued over 2900 negatives from the Devine Collection and there are still plenty more negatives to go.










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Conference at Glen Innes

The Glen Innes & District Historical Society Inc will be holding a Conference on Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 March.

A welcome evening with drinks and nibbles will be held at the Land of the Beardies History House Museum on the Friday night from 5.30pm .

The Conference will commence with registrations from 8.45am on Saturday and from 9.00am on Sunday.  There will also be a Conference Dinner on Saturday night from 6.30pm.   See their website for registration forms and further details.

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A Special General Meeting will be held on Saturday 13th January 2018 to discuss a change to our constitution.

To be held at the Research Centre commencing at 2pm – your attendance would be appreciated.

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Two town walks were conducted along  Otho Street during the Sapphire City Festival in October.

We had a very interesting audience for both walks, asking questions about the old buildings in the street.

Interest was shown by those attending as to when the group would hold other walks. Research will be undertaken in the new year and times notified for those interested.



This very interesting hands- on workshop was well attended by those interested in preserving old photos.

The workshop was conducted by Jonathon London, Conservation Manager at MAAS Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.



These walks have always proved to be very popular in the cooler months.

At this stage we are researching interesting burials and will make arrangements to hold a walk sometime after April.
Times  for these will be notified.

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This year’s conference was hosted by the Orange City Council & Library in the Orange Cultural Precinct.  There were many excellent speakers and workshops for the large number of delegates who attended.  Margot Riley from the State Library spoke on dating photographs, drawings or engravings which was very interesting.  A website – is being set up to gather together images with known dates and people which will then be able to be used to help identify times and places.  If you are looking for photographs of ancestors Gail Davis from State Records suggested searching Goal or Court records as much information can be gleaned from same and many photographs were taken of those who had found themselves in trouble and may have served time.  The highlight of the Conference for many was the talk given by William McInnes (author and actor) on ‘Why Look Back’. He had everyone ‘in stitches’ with stories of his family and their history and not glossing over the rough bits as these give character to the family story. These were just a couple of the talks over the enjoyable weekend.

The Association Management Committee were all re-elected for the coming year.  The Committee will be co-ordinating and hosting the 2018 Conference which is to be held in Batemans Bay from 14-16th September.  For updates about the Conference visit the Association website .


Workshop – Preserving Your
Family History

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Inverell District Family History Group Inc are presenting a Workshop conducted by Jonathan London, Conservation Manager at MAAS Powerhouse Museum on
How to Care for your Photographic Collection

It will be held on Monday 10th October from 8.45am to 2.30pm at Inverell Shire Library in Campbell Street, Inverell.

Learn how to identify a range of photographic materials, including paper based, negatives and slides and gain practicable experience for their care, handling and storage.

Cost is $45 and includes morning tea and lunch.

Bookings are essential with Kathy on 0400455871.

This is a hands on workshop so participants are welcome to bring along any of their ‘treasures’ they would like advice on.

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The Devine Negative Collection

We are fortunate to have been given the Devine Studios Negative Collection for scanning.  This will be a major task and will take some time but with purchase of a new scanner this process is now underway.  Many of the negatives have no date or names on them and it would be of great assistance if anyone can help us identify the people once the negatives are scanned – these are a couple of the ones already scanned.
1.                                           2.                                          3.

DC56 Y1946DC58 Y1946






1. Appears to be two separate photos;
2. Wedding;
3. Appears to be a double of the one girl.

Can anyone help identify these people?  Once the negatives are scanned the photos will be available to view at the Research Centre.


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