Manning Valley Historical Society
ARCHIVES AND RESEARCH
The Manning Valley Historical Society was started in 1964 by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. Over that time we have collected and or received donations of books and histories of Manning Valley families and businesses. If you have information to add to our collection we would love to receive it, or perhaps we can help you solve you own historical puzzles. If you enjoy participating in the search for information yourself we can help or guide you so you can feel the satisfaction of finding that elusive puzzle piece! We hold many primary documents that can reveal some of those extra details for your history. Perhaps you want to write your own history book? All research is carried out by volunteers.
Our resources reveal a great deal of information on the early settlers to the wider Manning Valley. Where did they come from? Some came from England, Scotland and Ireland, while many others came from Germany, Lebanon and China. Where did your family originate? Once they arrived in Australia they most likely moved from Sydney to the Hunter Valley and then on to the Manning Valley and beyond. Many were unskilled while others came with very specific skills or trades. We had many blacksmiths and coachbuilders in our valley as well as boatbuilders – necessary in this area with so many rivers, lakes and waterways. Among our resources we have hospital visiting books, individual histories, journals, letters and postcards. We have scrapbooks and newspaper reports that cover our history of 19th migration to this area. Over our Society’s history many of our members have produced articles and books that may provide you with helpful background information as you compile your own story.
- In the Manning district and beyond
- Newspaper clippings
- Deposited family information
- Information on local business, industry, councils, locations, lodges, local post office histories.
- Parish records – births, deaths, marriages
- Church histories
- Deposited historical information
Shipping & Immigration
- Local shipbuilding industry
- Scottish immigration – listed by ship
- Some German immigration information
- Shipping along the North Coast
Maps of the Manning District
- Survey maps
- District maps
- Parish maps
- Including headstone transcriptions
- Indexes from 1865
- Newspapers on film 1865 – 1950
- Royal Australian Historical Journals
- Other historical journals
- Museum journals
Archive Co-ordinator – Kaye Wallace
Our volunteers donate their time to the museum in order to raise funds for the maintenance of the building and other assets. Funds received from our research enable further equipment and facilities to be purchased. We thank you in advance for your research request and supporting the Museum and Manning Valley Historical Society.
- The usual Research fee is $30 (research and postage) per family. However, as some families are more extensive than others, there may be additional costs.
- We will advise you if further information, such as booklets or articles, is available and a quote will be provided should these items incur extra charges.
- Our initial research will take at least 3 weeks from the date we receive your payment.
- When the work has been completed you will be advised by email.
- Researchers will be in attendance at the Museum on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
- Should you wish us to conduct research for you, please or fill in the Online Research Request Form below or download our Research Request Form.
- We recommend that you complete as many of the details as possible, particularly the source of information (such as family records, certificates and stories, etc). The more you provide, the greater the possibility that we can assist you.
Postal, email or online requests
- Standard Enquiry – $30
- Additional research – $15 per hour, quoted
- Photocopies (A4 page) – 50 cents per page
- Photocopies (A3 page) – $1
- Copies or on CD: Price on Application
A written request with $30 initial fee, payable by cheque or money order and posted to: Manning Valley Historical Society 12 Farquhar Street WINGHAM NSW 2429 or Make an Electronic Funds Transfer to our bank account: Account Name: Manning Valley Historical Society BSB: 721-000 Account Number: 100 159 678. Please use YOUR name as Reference – then send us an email that payment has been made by Funds Transfer.
Manning Valley Historical Society
RESEARCH REQUEST FORM