Forbes Family History Group

Forbes Family History Group is at the rear of the Town Library, (near Victoria Park) with the entry from Harold Street.

Please note: we will close for the Christmas break on Wednesday 22nd December and re-open on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

We are open:
10 am – 12 noon on Wednesdays
11 am – 3 pm on Saturdays

Our phone number is: 02 6851 5096 (only during opening hours).

Our email address is: ffhg@westserv.net.au

Written enquiries can be sent to:
Research Officer.
Forbes Family History Group Inc,
P.O. Box 574,
FORBES. N.S.W. 2871.

Monthly Meetings:
3pm, on the third Saturday of the month, at the Family History room, back of Town Library, Harold St, Forbes.

More details on the Group can be found on  More about Us.



Latest News

30 October 2019 – New page added – Notes from Advocate 1970-1974

7 September 2017 – New page added – Notes from Advocate 1965-1969

20 August 2017 – New page added – Notes from Advocate 1960-1964

7 August 2017 – New pages added –
Forbes Newspapers available at Forbes FHG Room, from 1861 to present time (except for 1862-1877)
Notes from Advocate 1955-1959

3 August 2017 – Snippets from the 1997 Advocate.

1 August 2017
2017 NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies Conference
To be held at Orange on 22-24 September 2017.
More details at http://www.ofhg.com.au/conference/

20 January 2017
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Platypus in the Forbes District

Lachlan Valley Gold

This is the journal published by Forbes Family History Group about three times a year since the Group was formed in June 1986.

The platypus was the symbol used by the Jemalong Shire Council before it amalgamated with the Forbes Municipal Council in 1981.

RU PlatypiThe Forbes Rugby Union Club‘s team is also known as the Platypi.

Jemalong Irrigation Jemalong Irrigation also includes a platypus on their sign.

Forbes Arts Society has also called their gallery “Platypus Gallery”.

All this in honour of the platypus who lived in the Lachlan River many years ago.  There are a few mentions in the local newspaper of the secretive, and now rare, platypus  in the Lachlan River around Forbes.

Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser, Saturday 12 September 1885:
A duck-billed platypus was captured in the Lachlan River, in a net set by the Rev A A Aspinall, on Tuesday last.  The rev. gentleman took it to the Public school, where he exhibited it to a large number of the curious.  Mr Aspinall has signified his intention of having the platypus stuffed.

Forbes Advocate Tuesday 30 September 1919:
A fishing party from Forbes on Sunday had an opportunity of watching the habits of the duck-billed platypus, as they saw five of these remarkable creatures playing about in a bend in the river. They are becoming very rare now.

Forbes Advocate Friday 5 February 1926:
Odd specimens of the Ornithorynchus or Duck-billed Platypus are sometimes seen in the quiet bends of the river at Messrs. J. B. Reymond and Sons Champsaur farm.

Forbes Advocate Friday 7 August 1942:
Quite a crowd of Eugowra residents gathered at the bridge on Monday morning to witness the unusual sight of a platypus doing his dally dozen in the Mandagery Creek.  He flopped about in the water for about half an hour, and then retired behind the willows, and although some people watched for an hour to see him he did not appear again.


More about Us


About Forbes
Forbes is in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia with a population of approximately 9,000.The earliest settlers in the Forbes district were squatters and it was some of these men who discovered the first gold in the area in June 1861.  Over the next few months approximately 30,000 people came to the diggings, with storekeepers, publicans and others, providing services for them.  By 1863 the rush had died down and many diggers had moved on to other diggings.  The town became a service centre for the pastoralists, and in 1870 was declared a municipality, with the first mayor being Thomas Hand.

Welcome to our Group
Forbes Family History Group Inc was formed at a meeting of interested parties on 26 March 1986 in a room at the local nursing home. The first newsletter was published in June 1986. At first we used the premises above the Historical Museum and then in April 1987 we moved to our present site behind the Town Library in Harold Street. This room was extended and officially opened in 1998.Forbes Family History Group has gathered many resources to help with research into the people of Forbes and district, together with the general history of the area.

Membership of the Forbes Family History Group is $25.00 per year. This covers one hours research for members who live away from Forbes, with members who visit in person able to come in whenever they like.

Members receive the journal “Lachlan Valley Gold” (Index to some editions are on this link) three times per year and are entitled to vote at meetings and be elected as committee members.  Meetings are held at the Family History Room at 3 pm on the third Saturday of the month.

Please note:  Due to a change in policy during 2014, the annual membership fees now become due on 1st  July each year.

Research – Available resources
Members attending in person – no research fee, but photo copying is an extra 50c per A4 page.

Non members – $12.00 per day to use the facilities. Plus photocopying.
School children $1.00 per topic.
Adult Students $5 per topic.

Photocopying – non-members 70c per A4 page, $1.40 per A3 page, colour copies $2.00 per A4
Use of internet – $2.00 per hour

Written enquiries can be sent to:
Forbes Family History Group Inc,
P.O. Box 574,
FORBES. N.S.W. 2871.

Costs are $20.00 for research, plus postage and handling.

Our email address is: ffhg@westserv.net.au

(Please note that we are a small voluntary group and only check the emails once per week.
Please be patient as emails will be handled in order of receipt. Could you also include your full name and postal address on your enquiry.    Thank you.)
The same goes for requests received by post but please, please be patient

Boer War soldiers from Forbes & district

Boer War Memorial

The memorial above is in Victoria Park in the centre of Forbes, just opposite the Town Hall, which can be seen in the background of the photo second from the right.  It was originally in the centre of the corner of Lachlan and Templar Streets.

The Honour Roll, shown below, between the memorial above and Harold St, and includes the names of all servicemen from Forbes who served in all conflicts.

VPark Unveiling small

The + symbols on the Honour Roll below indicate those men killed in the Boer War.

Boer War Honour Roll
Please note:   The E Hynes shown on the Boer War Memorial in Victoria Park, did not go to the Boer War, but in fact, he went to the First World War.  He was a resident of Bogan Gate at the time he enlisted.   For more details, please contact the Forbes Family History Group.


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