Port Stephens Family History Society get Grant to publish new book

Researchers Lola Drummond, Sue Jeffreys and Denise Gaudion at their home base, the 'Old School Centre' at Lemon Tree Passage.
Researchers Lola Drummond, Sue Jeffreys and Denise Gaudion at their home base, the ‘Old School Centre’ at Lemon Tree Passage.


A GRANT of some $1400 has enabled Port Stephens Family History Society to proceed with the publication of their new book.

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Port Stephens Council has financed the project which aims at preserving and expanding the history of the convict constructed homestead at Tanilba Bay.

The Society’s members are currently examining primary source material to cobble together a detailed picture of the old stone mansion, its original owners, the Caswell family and its subsequent history.

Society President Denise Gaudion said that they had recently uncovered documents which relate to an artefact which was believed to be lost.

“Records show that a breast plate inscribed ‘King of Tanilba’ was presented to the Newcastle & Hunter District Historical Society.”

“We believe that it was given by the early settlers to ‘King Jimmy’, a local indigenous leader. Apparently it had been unearthed in the area around the year 1900,” said Ms Gaudion.

“We will be delving deeper into this historical thread as part of the documented history of the Worimi people and their interaction with the Caswells,” she said.

‘History and Heritage of Tanilba House’ is planned for publication some time during 2019 and will augment the many books printed by the society over the years.

Those wishing to gain more knowledge about the Society, its publications and its membership can contact Denise on 0422 303 171.

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