Friday, October 2, 2015

Australian TV Documentary looking to reunite family members.

An Australian TV documentary series that aims to help find long lost relatives, is looking for participants.

If you are desperate to trace a lost family member and have been searching with no success,we would like to hear from you – perhaps we can help (at no cost to you).
We understand that this is a very emotional quest and we will always be very sensitive to seekers who respond to us.
The programme will follow the stories of people who have, for one reason or another, experienced long term separation from members of their family and are seeking to be reunited with them.
The aim of the programme is to help people who are struggling to find enough information to move closer to a reunion.  The programme hopes to track down lost relatives and follow the stories from the search through to the reunion.
More information at family search requests

10th Annual Harry Boyle OAM Heritage lecture

The 10th Annual Harry Boyle OAM Heritage lecture will be held at Brough House, Church St, Maitland on Friday 30th October, 2015. This lecture will be presented by Carol Duncan, Journalist, former ABC Presenter and founder of Lost Newcastle. Her lecture is titled History in the Suburbs. The evening commences at 6.30 with drinks and canapes and followed by the lecture at 7.00pm. $25 or $20 (NT members). All monies go towards the upkeep of Grossmann and Brough Houses.
Bookings essential : Janece 49334450 or email

Archival revival: Looking back at 1966 Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:

Photographs of faces and places in Maitland from 1966.

Full article available at: Maitland Mercury, Oct. 1, 2015.

BHP Newcastle reunion to celebrate 100 years

From the Maitland Mercury report:
 Dozens of Maitland people who have links to BHP are expected to attend the final big reunion of employees in Newcastle this Saturday – marking 100 years since the company opened there.
Billed as the “last hurrah” BHP Reunion, it will be held at Newcastle District Tennis Club, Broadmeadow, at 12.30pm on Saturday.
This month also marks 16 years since the closure of BHP’s The Front End in Newcastle, where so many people from Maitland had been employed.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Sept. 24, 2015.

Four steam trains and four Tiger Moths for Steamfest

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Four steam trains, across four tracks, with four Tiger Moths overhead, equals one hell of a teaser for the 2016 Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest.
The spectacle will be a world-first if organisers can gain the necessary permission in time for the 30th anniversary celebration.
“It’s a big task, but we’ve written the letters and we’re hopeful we can get permission,” Steamfest committee member Peter Garnham said.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Sept. 17, 2015.

Long wait for return of historic locomotives to Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The two locomotives that represent the pinnacle of the steam era – the 3801 and 3830 – won’t return to Maitland for at least a year or two. 
Organisers of the annual Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest are relieved, however, there’s at least a public plan to return the 3801 and 3830 to service.
They were taken out of service in 2008 and 2009 respectively and the radio silence on their restoration has frustrated rail buffs.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Sept. 16, 2015.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Respected historian Michael Belcher to lead Friends of Grossmann House Heritage Walk tour

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Once known as a grand boulevard linking all governmental, educational and ecclesiastical facilities for the region, the Glebe precinct is interesting and intriguing in equal measures.
And as part of the latest Friends of Grossmann House Heritage Walk historian Michael Belcher will reveal why.
“It’s not often you can stand on one spot in Australia, let alone Maitland, and see evidence spanning thousands of years of natural and man-made history,” Dr Belcher said.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Sept. 10, 2015.