News for Members

22/10/2020 – Upcoming Events and Annual General Meeting

Message from Neil Renaud, on behalf of the Committee. At a Committee meeting held via Zoom on 14th October some important decisions were made. The next meeting/presentation , on Saturday 14th November (starting 2.00pm), will not be held face-to-face. It will be held via Zoom only. Invitations to this Zoom meeting will soon be sent out by email to all HSA members. For those not familiar with Zoom, it is not that difficult – you just need to have a reasonably up-to-date computer with Internet access, download the Zoom software, and “accept” the invitation which comes to you via email. We can help you if necessary. We hope that as many of you as possible can participate, particularly our interstate members.

The presentation will be The Huguenots of Ireland, delivered by Robert Nash. As an added bonus, we will have a Question and Answer segment, whereby questions of general Huguenot interest, submitted in advance by members, will be researched and answered by our esteemed Robert Nash. Not to be missed.

The other big decision was that our 2020 Annual General Meeting will not be held this year, due to the COVID-19 issues, and will instead be deferred till May 2021, making the 2021 AGM in effect a “double” AGM covering two years. Our Committee membership and office bearers will remain in place till then. We believe this accords with NSW Fair Trading guidelines.

22/10/2020 – Latest Articles for Members (October)

Message from Neil Renaud. Earlier this month the latest articles for the interest of members were sent out by Dennis Dyer. There were two articles, both on the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of 1572 – one by Dan Graves and the other by Dr Matthew Glozier (from Huguenot Times, no. 6, November 2005). The events of that day and subsequent days reignited the religious wars in France, which continued for another 26 years, until the Edict of Nantes (1598). The articles are fascinating, but horrifying.

2/9/2020 – Latest Article for Members

Message from Neil Renaud/Robert Nash/Dennis Dyer. Members are advised that the latest article from a previous issue of Huguenot Times has just been emailed/sent. It’s another great one – “Where there’s a will …”, by Robert Nash. It was published in Huguenot Times no. 11 (May 2008), pp. 6-9. The article is based on Quarto Series no. 60 – Huguenot Wills & Administrations in England and Ireland, 1617-1849, by Henry Wagner. After it was published Dorothy North made a large index not only of the testators (people making wills) but also of all the people mentioned in the wills, and this index was also published by the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland. We have both volumes in our HSA library. All the names from the index are on the CD-ROM we produced in 2015, the Huguenot Surname Index, available from our Society via this website. Paid-up members of the HSA can email Robert Nash to request a quick look-up of a particular name.

11/8/2020 – Meeting/Presentation Held Last Saturday Via Zoom

Message from Neil Renaud. Our first meeting/presentation since February was successfully held last Saturday afternoon (8th February) using Zoom technology. 22 people signed in to attend. The presentation by Marcia Cameron was entitled The Reverend Dr Everard Digges la Touche: martyr or headstrong fool? It was successfully videorecorded and is now on this members only page. A few small issues with the recording have been identified, and will be rectified/improved for next time. If anyone tried to sign in to the meeting but could not, you might like to let us know what happened, so we can assist with any issues. Perhaps we can think about future uses for this technology.

3/8/2020 – Latest Article for Members Sent

Message from Dennis Dyer via Neil Renaud. The latest monthly article for members from a previous issue of Huguenot Times has been sent – The Huguenots of South Africa, by Dr Mike Du Plessis and Robert Nash (from Huguenot Times, (no. 10, November 2007). Hopefully you’ve all received it. While not a huge number of Huguenots ended up in South Africa, their contribution there seems to have been significant.

24/7/2020 – “Zoom” Presentation (8th August) Details

Message from Neil Renaud on behalf of Dennis Dyer. As a follow-up to the post of 17/7/2020 (below) regarding the meeting/presentation on 8th August, details of how to participate by Zoom are as follow. Any HSA member, no matter where you reside, may participate. You can connect using one of three methods: (1) using Zoom on any computer/laptop etc. which has a microphone and camera; (2) using Zoom on your smartphone; (3) using a landline phone via dial-in to the Zoom meeting, enabling you to listen and talk, but not see. If you wish to participate, please advise Marcia Cameron (President and Zoom meeting host) – email: Only the first 100 applications to participate can be accepted. When you apply, please give your email address, which Marcia will need to use on the meeting day. Applicants will receive more instructions closer to the meeting (8th August).

17/7/2020 – Q and A Session for November Meeting

Message from Neil Renaud on behalf of the Committee. We anticipate that, all going well, our meeting scheduled for Saturday 14 November will be a “normal” meeting held at Gordon Baptist Church. We are keen to make this a celebratory occasion, and to this end a “Q and A” session will be included, with our Secretary Robert Nash in the chair to provide the answers and facilitate any discussion. Committee member Judith Staveley will co-ordinate this and is requesting members to forward Huguenot-related questions to her. It doesn’t matter if you can’t attend this meeting, just send in your question to be answered – by email to, or post to A1 Miri Court, St Ives NSW 2075. To make this interesting for all, questions should be about the Huguenots and their history, and not about individual family and research, unless it relates to some important aspect of Huguenot history. This meeting will also be our Annual General Meeting.

17/7/2020 – Meeting/Presentation on 8th August Now via Zoom

Message from Neil Renaud on behalf of the Committee. Due to continuing COVID-19 issues, the Committee has decided not to proceed with the face-to-face meeting/presentation on 8th August. Instead, we are pleased to say that this meeting/presentation will now be held online using Zoom technology. Information on how to participate in the meeting, including viewing the presentation The Enigmatic Reverend Digges La Touche (to be delivered by Marcia Cameron), will be forwarded to HSA members shortly. For those unable to participate via Zoom, the videorecording of the presentation will be placed on the “members only” section of this website in the usual way. From a technical point-of view this is an exciting initiative and we hope it all works!