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About Our Group

 
Armidale is located midway between Sydney and Brisbane on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. The first record of the town's existence dates to September 1839 when a Land Commissioner, George Macdonald, made a report to the Government in Sydney.

 
Some small communities which surrounded Armidale include Arding, Baker's Creek, Ben Venue, Black Mountain, Boorolong, Castle Doyle, Commissioner's Waters, Dangarsleigh, Dumaresq, Duval, Ebor, Enmore, Gostwyck, Guy Fawkes, Hillgrove, Invergowrie, Jeogla, Kelly's Plains, Kentucky, Kilcoy, Lyndhurst, Marple, Metz, Mihi, Puddledock, Rockvale, Saumarez, Thalgarrah, Tilbuster, Wollomombi and Wongwibinda. Many of these names are prominent in our research and are still well-known today.
 
The first meeting of the Armidale Family History group was held in 1985 when a small group of people interested in the history of their families, joined together to assist each other in researching their family histories. Today we have grown to have approximately 200 members and occupy premises in Kentucky Street, Armidale, between Dangar and Faulkner Streets.

 
Membership of our group is open to all with an interest in family history; please download our Membership Application form. Completed forms and a check for your subscription should be forwarded to our Secretary at the address given on the form. Currently membership fees are $35 single and $40 family. The fee entitles members to use of the groups facilities and a copy of the groups journal “Dust of Ages” published three times per year.

 
We open for research at our Kentucky Street Research Centre located between Dangar and Faulkner Streets Armidale, from February until mid-December and excepting for public holidays: Every Monday 2 pm to 5 pm and every Wednesday 10 am to 4 pm.

 
General meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month: February - May and September - November, commencing at 7.30 p.m. Winter meetings, June - August are held on the second Saturday of these months commencing at 2 p.m. Interested members of the public are invited to attend our general meetings. See The Events Diary  for details of forthcoming meetings.

 
Our Annual Seminar is usually held on a Saturday in October from 10 am to 4 pm with a range of local and national speakers and topics of interest to family historians (see Events Diary). Our workshops are open to AFHG members and visitors

 
Occasional Workshops on Saturdays are held between 10 am to 12 noon (see Events Diary) open free to all group members and visitors. Non-members are charged $10 to attend a workshop.
 
We endeavour to open the Library for visitors from outside the New England region provided that we are given at least seven days notice by letter or email (a fee of $20 is required to cover the cost of opening our Centre).