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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
(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.