Genealogy – the search for our greatest treasures – our ancestors

 

 

 BRANCH INFORMATION

MEMBERSHIP and CONTACTS,

MEETINGS and ACTIVITIES

NEWS, PROJECTS and SALES

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ABOUT OUR BRANCH

 (see map below showing our region in the South Island, New Zealand)

 

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Clyde Street, Balclutha looking south

Our History

 

It all began in 1971 as a group of girlfriends with a common interest in family history met casually.  They began transcribing local cemeteries – 7 in five months!  In October 1971 this group became the ‘Balclutha Genealogical Society’ with 11 members.  From those beginnings to the present day as a branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, we owe much to the efforts of our early members and the projects they undertook.

 

Our Aims (in brief)

 

To bring together and assist all who share an interest in family and local history, and to promote and encourage accurate research of New Zealand families’ history.

         

To encourage preservation of records of genealogical and historical value.                   

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Clyde Street, Balclutha

Crown Hotel and Coffee Palace at right

                                                                                               

 MEMBERSHIP AND CONTACTS

 

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Early Fire Engine, George Street, Balclutha

Why not join us?

 

Full Branch Membership

NZ$20 per annum

Newsletter Only (please see below)

NZ$10 per annum

   (Posted in New Zealand or emailed)

Our members enjoy meetings, speakers, trips, events and a monthly newsletter, but most of all learning and sharing a common interest in family history in a relaxed and friendly group.

 

Branch Email Contact:

Balclutha@genealogy.org.nz

 

Postal Contact:

 

NZSG Balclutha Branch

C/ R Richardson

Golfers Drive

Balclutha 9230

New Zealand

 

 

 

MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES

Our meetings are friendly and informal.

    We warmly welcome visitors and prospective members to all our activities.

 

Meetings:

Where

Public Library, John Street, Balclutha

 

When

1st Thursday of each month except January

at 7.30 pm. (Research from 7 to 7.30 pm)

Research:

Where

Public Library, John Street, Balclutha

 

When

3rd Thursday of each month except December and January.  

7 – 9 pm

             

MEETING DATES

2017

Meeting start 7.30pm (see above)

     

·       January  – no meeting

·       February 2nd – trip to Tapanui Museum

·       March 2nd – Round the Table

·       April 6th – Bruce McMillan from Mosgiel will speak on ‘Finding Traces of a Family History”

·       May 4th – AGM

RESEARCH NIGHT DATES

2016

7-9pm (see above) – research help and guidance on hand

Come along and explore our resources

We are also working on projects on these nights – all welcome to help

 

·         January 2016 – no research night

·         February 16th

·         March 16th

·         April 20th

·           May 18th

 

EVENTS

  

Speakers, trips and activities are organised throughout the year along with a bi-monthly newsletter.

Everyone welcome.  Contact details above.

 

Contact our Secretary:

Balclutha@genealogy.org.nz

OR postal

See above

Branch members are also able to research during public library open hours:

                Monday, Wednesday to Fruday  9am – 5.30pm

                Tuesday – 9am to 6pm

                Saturday  10am – 12 noon      

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New Years Day Sports Day 1900

at Wilsher Bay near Kaka Point

 

 

 

 

An excellent option for those with research in South Otago and who live beyond our region is to take out a ‘Newsletter Only’ subscription.   See ‘Membership and Contacts’ above.

 

ANDERSON Family Reunion

A Family Reunion is proposed for Labour weekend 21-22 October 2017 at Balclutha, Otago, for the descendants of Archibald & Hannah ANDERSON (nee MILLER) of Stirling, Otago and their children Anna Margaret MURRAY (Australia), Mary Ann Agnes CHRISTIE, (Oamaru), John Crawford ANDERSON (Stirling), Sarah Jane TURNER (Wellington), Magdalene Janet WARD (Dunedin), Harriet Julia STENHOUSE (Dunedin), Archibald Henry ANDERSON (Dunedin), Fanny Eliza DREW (Sydney Australia) and George Thomas ANDERSON (Stirling).

2017 is 200th birthday of Archibald ANDERSON who emigrated from Stirling, Scotland in 1840 to Wellington, then Dunedin and finally to “Balmoral” Farm on Inch Clutha, Stirling. If you are interested in attending, require further information, or have historic family photographs to contribute contact Secretary Anderson Reunion, email JubileePark@xtra.co.nz  postal address 62 Frances Street, Balclutha 9230 New Zealand. Please register by 15 March 2017

 

 

NEWS

·         CEMETERIES ONLINE – We are very excited to let you announce our searchable cemetery database. The ‘trial’ cemetery is Clinton which is available by following links from the Cemeteries link at left. More to be added in the future.  For other cemeteries please continue to check the master index.

·         Ancestry.com at Clutha District Libraries – We are delighted to announce that, following our group’s submission to Clutha District Council, that the Library Edition of Ancestry.com is now available in all libraries within the Clutha District region for a trial period.  This is very exciting for our members and the general public seeking to research from the extensive collections on offer via Ancestry.

·         Newsletter – Proud to announce that once again we have a Newsletter Editor.  Many thanks Isabel and we look forward to a good read!  If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter the annual sub is $10.  Just email us and we’ll get you on the mailing list.

·        Fundraising efforts and events – Check out our items for sale - see Sales below.  All proceeds go towards adding to and maintaining our branch collection. 

    

 

PROJECTS

Ongoing projects include cemetery photographing and transcribing, school record transcribing and indexing of local and family histories.  If you would like to join the team please contact us.  As well as data entry (you don’t need to be a fast or accurate typist) we hold checking sessions most Tuesdays.  Everyone welcome. 

 

First Families – We are compiling a collection of first families to South Otago from the early days of settlement with no cut off date.  If you would like to contribute please download the form at right (two files – front 107kb, back 115kb).    First Families Register form front.pdf      First Families Register form back.pdf

 

 

Visiting South Otago?

For research assistance while in our region, you can contact us through:

Public Library, John Street, Balclutha

OR

Information Centre, Clyde Street, Balclutha (near the Bridge)

Or email us at: help.desk@balcluthagenealogy.org.nz  

We are happy to undertake research for you prior to your visit.

 

Where in the world is Balclutha?

       See maps at right.          

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South Otago showing Balclutha

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New Zealand

  

 SALES

 

Joys and Sorrows - The Clutha Leader 1874 – 1900

by W Noel Brown

Brand new, must have, resource for genealogists and historical researchers!

* covers South Otago, also items from Central Otago and Southland
* full transcript
* listed alphabetically by surname
* easy to search in PDF and MS Word formats

The extensive project of gathering and collating material from the Balclutha published Clutha Leader newspaper was undertaken by Noel Brown to assist family history and historical researchers.

This publication goes beyond the bare listing of names, dates and places and contains everything relating to births, deaths and marriages - birth, death and marriage notices, reports of death, obituaries, funerals and inquests, weddings and related festivities, Court and local body proceedings.

Mr Brown says "The stories of individuals are included in full, providing you with a window into the lives of families and individuals in Southern New Zealand when the new country was taking shape. The words they used represent a world of ideas, skills, tools, clothing that no longer exists. The "Settlers" were still alive and making their mark in the new Colony, and when they died, the contributions they had made were described leaving us with a record of their aspirations and their dedication."

Buyer comments: "What an amazing resource created by W. Noel Brown. It is a treasure of lasting interest to genealogist now and in the future."
"The disk has great information on for family researchers."

Proceeds go towards the Balclutha Genealogical Society (Balclutha Branch NZSG) fund raising

Available exclusively through us!

 

Priced at NZ$20 each plus $5 p&p (up to 2 CDs within NZ)

 

Click HERE to request your copy

 

 ‘My Grandmother’s Kitchen’

A Collection of Recipes

Seasoned with

Memories and Tales of the Past

 

Not just another recipe book, this is a celebration of our branch which has been in existence for 35 years (2006).  Coil bound for ease of use on the kitchen bench and with a laminated cover, the 120 pages are packed full of good old fashioned recipes, family favourites, interesting and unusual recipes along with memories, anecdotes, old sayings and Grandma's good old fashioned advice, all submitted by past and present members.   Complete with humorous illustrations, a brief history and genealogy tips, we hope it will be enjoyed by many, not only for a good feed but also for a good read.

 

Priced at NZ$10 each plus $5 p&p. (NZ)

 

Click HERE to request your copy

 

‘The Inch’

The Reproduction and Update of the Story of

Stirling and Inch Clutha

By Alma M. Rutherford

 

This is an excellent local history, 224 pgs with photographs and full index

 

Available from us for NZ$25 + $5 p&p (NZ)

Total NZ$30 per copy

 

Click HERE to request your copy

  

‘The Mist of Time – The Story of Romahapa’

by Ethel U McLaren

 

Romahapa, known in the early settlement as East Clutha, South Clutha or Puerua was one of the earliest settlements in South Otago and families spread throughout New Zealand and beyond. It gives a wonderful picture of the early days and families up to the 1980's of this part of South Otago. The book has 65 pages with 28 photos, a map and an index, the index added on the reprint. The book is A4 sized and signed by the author.

 

 Available from us for NZ$15 + $5 p&p (NZ)

Total NZ$20 per copy

 

Click HERE to request your copy

 

'TWO POSTS - PUERUA and WAITEPEKA'

by Ethel McLaren

 

The South Otago rural districts of Puerua and Waitepeka are a little further west of Romahapa and, like it, were settled early. This history tells the story of these settlements, the families and industries. The book has 112 pages with 51 photos, a map and NEW to this edition - AN INDEX. First published in 1996 this book is a 2011 reprint, this book is signed by the author.

 Available from us for NZ$15 + $5 p&p (NZ)

Total NZ$20 per copy

 

Click HERE to request your copy

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Branch Information’ last updated 16 Jan 2017  

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