The Huguenot Society of Australia Inc. is happy to announce that its first book, The Hidden Thread: Huguenot Families in Australia is now available. This softback illustrated publication includes a list of almost 500 known Huguenot families who are represented in our country, along with their places of origin (where known), their first country of refuge, the dates of their arrival in Australia, and sources of information that verify their identity. The book also contains a wealth of other information:
This is the very first book ever published on the subject of Huguenot descendants in Australia, and will prove useful, not only to individual researchers, but also as a vital reference work for family history societies and their members. The price is $40 + $10 postage and handling inside Australia. If you wish to buy a copy, please print off an order form, or just post a cheque for $50 to the Huguenot Society at:
For overseas orders, please contact us
Since the Huguenot Society of Australia started in 2003 it has published its journal, Huguenot Times, twice yearly. This has now grown to an impressive body of work about the Huguenots, since it publishes the text of the talks given at our meetings in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as a host of articles of Huguenot interest. These include articles on historical events and people, family histories, accounts of trips to Huguenot reunions and many articles to assist people doing genealogical research. We are often asked for back issues, especially of those most useful to family history research (number 4 and number 9).
Here is a list of the different issues and what they contain:
Number 1 (May 2003) Irish Huguenots/Cork Huguenot Cemetery/Barnier family
Number 2 (November 2003) Huguenot Soldiering Conference/Huguenots in Uniform- the Australian Story/George Singler Le Beau/Phyllis Boissier/Saint family
Number 3 (May 2004) Huguenot International Reunion in Cevennes/Languedoc & the Cevennes/Tower of Constance/Glozier family/Jean Cavalier & the Camisards
Number 4 (November 2004) Huguenot Genealogical Research/The Quarto Series & How do I use it ?/Chasing the Elusive Ferrys/Cavalier Research/Websites/Juchau family
Number 5 (May 2005) Huguenots in Germany/Augustine Soubeiran/Antoine Court de Gebelin/Ferdinand Meurant/Marmoy family/Jean Bellette
Number 6 (November 2005) Silkweavers of Spitalfields/St Bartholomew Massacre/Bosanquet family/Vial family/Lefroy portraits
Number 7 (May 2006) Destruction of Basly temple/Champion de Crespigny family/Research in Poitou/Roubel family/Bristol Huguenots
Number 8 (November 2006) Anglicanism or Non-conformity ?/James Thomas Morisset/Obituary: Cecile Ramsay-Sharp/Huguenot prayers/Chamier family/Origin of Huguenot name
Number 9 (May 2007) International Huguenot Reunion Dieppe/Pays de Caux in Normandy/Luneray/Bolbec/Montivilliers/Rouen/Obituary: Nick Vine Hall/Huguenot Resources from LDS Church Family History Library/Huguenot researchers/ Huguenot placenames in Australia/Faunce-De Laune family
Number 10 (November 2007) Huguenots of South Africa/Delancey family in New York/Beginnings of the French Reformation/Huguenot Freemasons/Quarto Series on cd-rom
Number 11 (May 2008) 16th century Huguenot Privateers/ Francis Trapaud/Huguenot Wills (Quarto Series #60)/Leman family/Huguenot Families in Australia Project/Huguenots and Photography
Number 12 (November 2008) Huguenots and the Battle of the Boyne/Jurieu, Bayle & the Rotterdam Consistory/Freret family/Rev. J.J.Majendie
Number 13 (May 2009) The Waldenses/Sir Harry Chauvel/De Boise Mystery/Joseph Garnault Vautier/Genealogy-Bridging the Gap
Number 14 (November 2009) Cork Huguenot Burial Ground/Given Names & Protestant Identity in 18th cent Paris/Marie Dentiere-Female Reformer/Poetry: Battle of Moncontour/Paviours/Swiss Huguenot Conundrum
Number 15 (May 2010) 2009 Huguenot Reunion/Geneva/John Calvin/Lyon 1562/Book Launch/Huguenots in Devon/Irish Research
Number 16 (November 2010) Huguenot Colony in Florida/Dion & Dot Boucicault/Robert family/Blignaut connection
Number 17 (May 2011) Australian Huguenot Tour of France (Part 1)/Huguenot Society of Australia Library/Charles Gross
Number 18 (November 2011) Charles Chauvel/Australian Huguenot Tour of France (Part 2)/Australian Huguenot History Conference/Gustavus Arabin/Chabot family/Royal Wedding
Number 19 (May 2012) The French Hospital/National Huguenot Centre Appeal/David Garrick/Canberra Visit/John Rondeau
Number 20 (November 2012) Huguenot Galley Slaves/Charles Duppuy/Admiral Bosanquet/Shakespeare's Landlord/Assemblee du Desert
Back issues are available in hard copy ($5 each) or as pdf files, sent as email attachments ($3 each). If you would like to purchase some back issues of Huguenot Times, please write to us at the address below, stating clearly which issues you would like and whether in hard copy or as pdf file, and enclose a cheque for the relevant amount. If pdf file, please also email us (to confirm your email address).
Huguenot Society of Australia Inc.
P.O. Box 184
We have published the first 15 numbers of Huguenot Times as a bound book. The cost is $40 a copy, plus $10 postage and packing inside Australia. You can pay by sending a cheque to the above address, or email us if you would prefer to deposit the money directly into our bank account
This carefully-researched and well-written little book provides an interesting insight into the experiences of one of our Huguenot-descended convicts, and tells how he prevailed against adversity to become a law-abiding and respected citizen in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. It is available from the author, Roger Juchau, for a donation of $3.00. Contact Roger.
Louise Wilson's book about her Pierssene ancestors is not only well-researched, but also interestingly-written: detailed without being tedious. It includes a lot of background information about Huguenot refugees in London and is well illustrated and well laid-out, with an excellent index. It can be obtained by contacting her website.
Geoff Morgan, a great-grandson of the Reverend Daniel Desbois, has written a lively account of an early settler in New Zealand and Queensland who served as a missionary, volunteer soldier and head teacher. Dan Desbois was apprenticed as a watchmaker in London, following in the footsteps of his Huguenot ancestors, but he made a new life for himself in the distant colonies. The story documents Dan's beliefs, as well as his professional and personal successes, challenges and indiscretions. It costs $35 + postage and is available from the author at its website
This detailed and well-researched book looks at an important Anglo-Irish Huguenot family, the Arabins. Originally from Dauphiné, they migrated to Ireland and eventually spread across the globe, including Australia and New Zealand. Their story is fascinating and they were involved in some of the greatest events of Irish history, including the battle of the Boyne and Catholic Emancipation. It costs $50 (including postage and packing) and the author can be contacted on email@example.com