Thursday, October 23, 2014

Writing and publishing your family history

It is said that everyone has one good book in them and many family historians are trying to find theirs. This guide will assist you achieve that goal. From design and publication elements to writing tips. A self-help guide to achieve your dream of writing your  book.

A range of family history books is available at Maitland City Library.

Tony Bonner in Kelly's War to be screened in Maitland on Remembrance Day

From the Maitland Mercury report:
An Australian war movie to be specially screened in Maitland in time for Remembrance Day will have a powerful message for everyone, said actor Tony Bonner who plays a part in the film.
A former National Service soldier and cadet who served at Singleton,  Mr Bonner, 70, is best known for his role as helicopter pilot Jerry King in the iconic Skippy series of the 1960s.
In Kelly’s War  he plays the part of a father killed in his Australian home by bushrangers while his son is fighting in Gallipoli and in France.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 22, 2014.

National Trust plans to lease heritage-listed Brough House in Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Brough House was built in the 1870s as a mirror image of the premises next door, Grossmann House.
A National Trust statement said that Brough House and its garden had been used for exhibitions and displays in recent years and had been the venue for many events and functions.

The statement said Grossmann House would continue to operate as a museum.
“While all expressions of interest will be considered, we will be looking very favourably at expressions of interest from organisations and businesses that can contribute to the financial sustainability of the property, are compatible with, and respectful of the property’s heritage, and complimentary to the events and functions held at the two properties,” it said.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 22, 2014.

Weston man finds historic cricket score sheet during renovations

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A 78-year-old cricket score sheet featuring the name Bradman was the last thing Anthony Bloomfield expected to find when renovating his Weston home.
But on Thursday night as Bloomfield ripped up carpet he made the discovery among layers of old newspapers.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 21, 2014.

Tocal function centre

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Tocal Homestead’s popular wedding and function centre will be managed and operated by a Newcastle catering and events company from early next year .
 “The Tocal Function Centre has become very popular for weddings and it is envisaged that its use for weddings and events will be the way the Tocal Homestead, as an historic site, will flourish into the future,” Tocal director Cameron Archer said.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 20, 2014.

Friday, October 17, 2014

That elusive digger: tracing your Australian military ancestors

For those seeking to search out their Australian military ancestors, this book is a great place to start.
Providing handy summaries of Australia's military history in war and peace; where to look and what to look for; how to understand and get the most from military records.

A range of family history books available at Maitland City Library.

Maitland Mayor Peter Blackmore reflects on his 15 years in office

From the Maitland Mercury report:
When Peter Blackmore runs a council meeting, he doesn’t suffer fools lightly. But he isn’t heavy handed with rebuke like some who wield civic power.
With a steady tone of voice that comes from decades of experience in public life, he rolls through business efficiently in a matter-of-fact manner.
It has been a colourful career so far for the 69-year-old, who first entered the public eye as a councillor in 1980.
Cr Blackmore has been a National party member, a mayor supported by Labor and has represented the state seat of Maitland as a Liberal.
He has worn the mayoral chains in Maitland as an independent since 1999.
Last month marked his 15th consecutive year in the position – a record for the city.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 16, 2014.