Friday, October 20, 2017

HMAS Maitland to exercise their right to Freedom of Entry to Maitland City

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland will take a step back to medieval times for an official ceremony this Saturday morning.
About 30 officers and sailors from HMAS Maitland will be in the Levee to exercise their right to Freedom of Entry to the City.
The concept goes back to the middle ages when there were disputes between land owning nobles, and armed bodies were rarely admitted into cities. However, in special cases, they were given freedom of entry and it signified true friendship and often the expectation that the armed body would assist in the defence of the city.
The granting of Freedom of Entry is the highest accolade a town or city can bestow upon a group or individual.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 19 Oct 2017.

Ceremony to honour 100 years since Passchendaele WWI battle at Maitland Park draws big crowd

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The Passchendaele march and ceremony at Maitland Park came in the middle of a challenging dry spell – and it suddenly decided to rain.

Not that it dampened the enthusiasm of the more than 200 people who attended Saturday’s ceremony at the cenotaph to honour the historic WWI battle in which Maitland’s own 34th Battalion was heavily involved.
“We were worried when the showers came that the Tiger Moth flyover we had organised would have to be called off,” Peter Hedges, chairman of the organising committee said.
“But we looked up and there they were ... these two little Tiger Moths emerging from the black clouds. It was terrific.
“I know the 34th Battalion was Maitland’s Own but I am still surprised every time at the number of people in the area who had a descendant there.”

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 15 Oct 2017.

Historic Maitland residence Regents Park Mansion

From the Maitland Mercury report:
“One of the best restoration projects” Maitland has ever seen has hit the market, with the historic Regents Park Mansion up for sale.
Built for a judge complete with a convict jail, the stunningly restored circa 1830 property has hit the market with a price guide of $2 million.
Set on five acres in Regent Street, Maitland, the mansion appears comparatively modest from the road.
But stepping inside reveals a residence opulent in every way.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 15 Oct 2017.

100th anniversary of the Third Battle of Ypres

Australian forces were involved in two significant actions in the latter half of 1917. The first, fought in Belgium, would test our troops to their limits, while the other, waged in the Middle East, would earn a central place in Australia’s military history. They were Passchendaele and Beersheba.
Watch Dr Brendan Nelson’s emotional address “Tragedy and triumph – 1917” at the National Press Club of Australia HERE

Friday, October 13, 2017

Memories of a Greta camp kid

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Paul Szumilas recons you’d be hard pressed to have a more enjoyable childhood than his.
Born at the Greta Migrant Camp to Polish immigrant parents, Paul can still vividly running around with a mob of kids, all fellow children of European migrants.
 “For a kid, life in the camp was fascinating,” he recalled.
“We ran around playing games. It was great for the kids. Most of us didn’t know what our parents had been through.”
Operating from 1949-1960, the Greta camp was the largest in Australia, with 100,000 migrants from across Europe settling there after fleeing their World War II-ravaged home continent.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 12 Oct 2017.

Maitland conservationist Chris Richards hopes Masters will help in battle to preserve vintage buildings

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland conservationist Chris Richards hopes the completion of a Master’s degree in heritage conservation will lend extra weight to his mission to preserve the city’s vintage buildings.
Mr Richards graduated from the University of Sydney earlier this year with a Master's degree in heritage conservation.
He said a passion for protecting the city’s ageing structures underpinned his motivation to undertake the study.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 9 Oct 2017.

Centenary service to honour 34th Battalion Maitland's Own involvement in the Battle of Passchendaele

From the Maitland Mercury report:
march, ceremony and aircraft flyover will take place at Maitland Park this Saturday in honour of the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.
The 34th Battalion, also known as Maitland’s Own, was heavily involved in the World War I battle.
The troop entered the battle on 12 October 1917, but after a period of heavy rain the battlefield was a quagmire. Thick mud stopped the troops’ advance and fouled their weapons.
The battle ended in a disastrous defeat, with more than 50 per cent casualties for the 34th.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury,  8 Oct 2017.