Newcastle Family History Society Inc.

Next Meeting

Next Monthly Meeting

Tuesday 4 June 2:00pm

Guest speaker
Julie Keating

'Frederick Menkens architect'

Guest Speakers

Jude Conway -“Dr Ethel Byrne”

Louise Evans
‘From Hippocrates to Modern Day: Medical Terms and Facts’
Louise is interested in all forms of history, and worked for 45 years in a variety of healthcare and related settings both in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Louise’s presentation will be of interest to fellow family historians, and anyone interested in the ancient art and science of medicine.

Mel Woodford Women of the Tellicherry.          

For over a decade I have researched this convict ship because of my ancestral connection with some of those on board. Through my research I discovered links to the Hunter Valley & to other members of the NFHS.
This research will form the basis for a NFHS publication in the near future.
Members of our Convict SIG have enthusiastically researched some of those on board the Tellicherry (both male & female) & our female convict bonnet makers have made two complete sets of bonnets which we will feature when our publication is finally launched. These will be on display at our meeting.
At the April Monthly Meeting I will share with you the presentation I gave at the November 2022 Irish Conference Return to Tipperary.

Annual General Meeting

Julie Keating – Frederick Menkens, Architect 

Born in 1855 in Germany, Menkens left his home country and arrived in Australia in 1876. Six years later he started an architectural practice in Newcastle. This was a prosperous time for the coal industry and this is reflected in the architecture of the time. 

Menkens’ first major building, Steggas Emporium, was constructed in Hunter St West. It still stands but unfortunately has been ravaged by time and owners, who do not appreciate the building’s history.  His masterpiece is located in Scott St – the former Woods Chambers, Longworth Institute, and the Air Force Club. It too deserves better treatment by the city Menkens came to love. 

Most of Newcastle’s early buildings were dominated by English influences. Fortunately, Menkens added his style of German design thus adding variety to our cultural landscape.

Xmas in July with Trivia

Ann Hardy – Early Newcastle


Rosalie Bunn – 50th Anniversary of the Open Foundation

Nancy Cushing – The Australian Horse at War