About Us

Marie Janet Hart was the Founding President of the Far North Coast Family History Group  forerunner of The Richmond-Tweed Family Society which  began on 17 December 1983 with an initial gathering of five people at the home of Marie Hart. The group has grown and expanded over the years and continues to bring support, joy and friendships to our members.

Marie Hart passed away on 17 March 2023 in our 40th Anniversary year. Here is a Tribute to her published in the Cedar Log December 2023, her First Report as President, the Eulogy given at her funeral and Memories of Marie from some of our members.

Get to know our team on Our Team page.

We are fortunate to have our library on the shores of the beautiful Richmond River. You can head over to the Library Page to find more about our opening times and resources.

If you are setting out to find out about your family ancestors read the article by President Richard Goss published in the Ballina Wave here

We meet at the Ballina Players Theatre for our monthly meeting to listen to family history speakers and catch up with each other over afternoon tea. To find out details on our upcoming events, pop on over to the Events Page.

Our DNA special interest group has grown in numbers and regularly hold meetings in the Library. Due to the current COVID restrictions, make sure you Book a Seat before you attend as the attendees list fills quickly.

There have been many memorable moments since our beginning back in 1983. You can see some of the photos we have collected from many of our events on our Photo Gallery. If you have some photos you would like to suggest be added, please email our secretary at secretaryrtfhs1@yahoo.com



First Newspaper Article in the Northern Star

14 January 1984

Flying Start

(Far North Coast Family History Group)

The group in Ballina interested in family history research is off to a flying start. Five women have met at the home of Mrs Marie Hart in Bonview Street. Another meeting will be held on Feb 4. and Mrs Hart says newcomers, male or female, will be welcome.