The society meets on the 2nd Saturday of every month (except January) in the Meeting Room of Port Macquarie-
Meetings start at 1pm (enter via main entrance from 12.30pm) and starts with a business meeting followed by a guest speaker.
Entry fee of $2.00 per person, which covers afternoon tea. Everybody is invited to attend, and we are always happy to see visitors to our region.
In the beginning.....
In 1985, a public meeting was held with representatives of Hastings Municipal Library, Hastings Genealogical Advisory Service and other interested people with a view to starting a local family historical group.
Originally called the Mid North Coast Family History Group, with 43 financial members, it held its first meeting in July 1985. In February 1987 the name was changed to Hastings Valley Family History Group Inc. In December 1998 it changed to Port Macquarie & Districts Family History Society Inc.
In 1985 the first major project for the society was to record the headstones of the Port Macquarie General Cemetery which had recently closed. Eventually, under the banner of the Australian Bicentennial Project in 1988, the information was produced on fiche. Since then, many publications have been produced and projects undertaken by the many volunteers from the society. Please visit our publications page for more information.