Sunday, January 14, 2018

‘Lady Bushranger’ project approved after secret $5 million community fund revealed

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Ridgelands Coal Resources has coughed up after it was called out.
IT’S the 11th hour, the clock is ticking on a February deadline, but Ridgelands Coal Resources has signed off on $440,000 of community projects from a $5 million fund kept secret from the community for nearly five years.
Ridgelands has approved three Muswellbrook Shire Council projects, including $80,000 towards a Sandy Hollow village upgrade linked to one of Australia’s only female bushrangers, Elizabeth Jessie Hickman.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, January 12 2018.  

National Trust Australian Heritage Festival 2018

2018 focuses on what makes a place special, encouraging us all to embrace the future by sharing the strengths of our cultural identities.

The 2018 Australian Heritage Festival theme is My Culture, My Story celebrating the diversity of cultures that have shaped our shared heritage. The Festival is an opportunity to reflect on the places where we live, work, and travel, and why they are special, celebrating our many diverse and distinctive cultures. So we call on communities to treasure their local cultural heritage by telling their stories and celebrating their traditions, including storytelling, music, food, dance, traditional games, and crafts.

What are the cultures of your region, and how are they celebrated? What are the stories of your community? Do you know an untold story that should be shared? What is the role of new generations in celebrating and protecting our heritage?

Please join us and get involved for what will be an amazing celebration.
Further information:

RAHS History House Open Day: Pot Luck History and Book Sale

Royal Australian Historical Society - call into History House between  and 4pm on Australia Day for a chance to visit our beautiful heritage building. While you are visiting, check out our Book Fair and listen to historians speaking about the events, people and places that contributed to Australia’s history. There will be interesting ten minute talks every half hour between 11.30am and 3pm. There is no need to book, just turn up!

Date: January 26
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm   
Cost: Free
Phone: (02) 9247 8001   

2018 Hunter Valley Steamfest tickets on sale soon

From the Maitland Mercury report:
If you’re a steam train enthusiast, listen up. 
Tickets to the 2018 Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest are set to go on sale at 12 noon on January 15.

Maitland Gaol doors to be thrown open for 20th anniversary of closure

From the Maitland Mercury report:
There’s few who know the history lurking behind Maitland Gaol’s walls better than Gordon Sauber.
It’s a history that the gaol co-ordinator is excited to share later this month, when the doors will be flung open to the public as part of celebrations commemorating 20 years since the facility was made non-operational.
The open day on Sunday, January 28 will see a packed schedule of kids activities take place throughout the facility, with three exhibitions also on show, with an entry cost of a gold coin donation.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, January 10 2018.

New mural at Kurri Kurri commemorates Hydro Aluminium smelter

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Work is underway on Kurri Kurri’s 61st mural, which will commemorate the town’s former aluminium smelter.
The mural on Hart Road, near the Loxford exit to the Hunter Expressway, is being painted by Caves Beach artist Daniel Joyce.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Former Maitland mayor and artist John Martin remembered by colleagues

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Former Maitland mayor John Martin has been remembered as a man with a passion for art, education and his community. 
Mr Martin, an artist, died earlier this month after a brief battle with illness.
He served multiple terms as a councillor during the 1990s, with a three-year stint as mayor from 1994 to 1996.  
His 1990s council colleagues Henry Meskauskas and Ray Fairweather both recalled a man who loved art and his community. 
Retired councillor Mr Fairweather said he could still clearly remember the night Mr Martin was elected as mayor.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, December 15 2017.