Thursday, August 21, 2014

You can help with Maitland grandstand

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Hunter River Agricultural and Horticultural Association’s Sponsor A Plank Program has raised $3200 since it was launched in June.
Two beams, two joists and seven planks have been sponsored so far.
Association spokeswoman Amanda Winney encouraged people to get involved in the initiative to restore the 100-year-old grandstand.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 18, 2014.

School project with a special ending: soldier Arnold Worboys

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A schoolgirl’s project on a World War I Bolwarra soldier reached a solemn conclusion this week when special tribute was paid to Sergeant Arnold Worboys at a Last Post ceremony recorded at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
It was a supreme moment for Charlotte Lambert, 17, from Queensland, whose work on Sgt Lambert uncovered the fact that he had been killed in 1917 on March 23 – the same day she celebrates her birthday.
As the final notes of the Last Post sounded at the Memorial on Saturday, Charlotte stepped proudly forward to lay a wreath near the name of the soldier who had come to play such a big part in her life.
Then Robert Worboys from Bolwarra, a direct descendant of Sgt Worboys, stepped forward to lay his wreath.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 18, 2014.

Putting a face to Maitland WW1 soldier Arnold Worboys

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The only known photograph of a Maitland soldier killed in World War I was discovered this week and sent to the Australian War Memorial in time for its Last Post Ceremony commemorating his history on Saturday.
Stunned relatives of Sergeant Arnold Worboys from Bolwarra had believed all photographs of him had been destroyed in the Maitland floods.
Robert Worboys, from Bolwarra, believes he found the site of his relative’s death – a bomb crater on a sunken road near Villers-Bretonneux on the Somme.
But he has no known grave.
Then a schoolgirl in Queensland, Charlotte Lambert, began studying Sgt Worboys’ ­history because Lambert was his middle name.
And she discovered the date of his death in 1917 – March 23 – was also her birthday.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 14, 2014.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery five years on

From the Maitland Mercury report:
It's been five years since the late, great Margaret Olley took pride of place in Maitland to open the city's new-look art gallery.
Since then the multi-million dollar design has attracted the works of the country's most prominent artists and become a booming cultural hub for the region.
"My dream was always for the gallery to be accessible to everybody and that's what we've worked hard to achieve," gallery director Joe Eisenberg said.
"People coming here don't have to wear a bow tie and a black suit, they can come here wearing thongs and they can come with their prams."
This weekend the gallery, as it stands today, will celebrate its fifth birthday giving the Mercury a chance to reflect on the facility's artistic offerings since 2009.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 13, 2014.

National Family History Month

Family history and genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies around the world. Family history is the second biggest subject on the web with sites receiving billions of hits per year. There are over 250,000 Australians who are members of family history related organisations so the month has broad appeal across Australia.
National Family History Month is an initiative of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations). This popular initiative has received broad support from some of Australia’s leading government and non government organisations since its introduction in 2006. Originally only a week in August, it was expanded to include the whole month in 2013 to allow greater participation across Australia.
For genealogy and family history societies, archives, libraries etc, a list of 2013 events is available here for ideas on what to do in 2014. A copy of the 2014 flyer is available here and it can be used to help promote your own events. Please remember to add your event to the NFHM web calendar to ensure everyone knows about your events.

129 years of military and Parramatta community history street Pageant

To commemorate the centenary of WW1 and the raising of the 1st Light Horse (AIF) from the ranks of the NSW Lancers, the Museum of the 1st/15th Royal NSW Lancers together with Parramatta City Council is mounting a historical Pageant along Macquarie Street, Parramatta. Drawing extensively on period uniforms, equipment & vehicles from the Museum's heritage listed collection, the Pageant will trace the history of one of Australia's oldest and most decorated Regiments, from its foundation in 1885 as Australia's only Regiment of Lancers, through it's time as a Tank Regiment (you are unlikely to see a 50 ton Main Battle Tank rolling through the centre of any other city in Australia!) to the current Regiment with its Bushmaster vehicles.

Sat 30 Aug.   1:00–​6:00pm
NSW Lancers Memorial Museum                                                                

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Maitland Grossmann’s 130th anniversary

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The school hall is prepared and ready for Maitland Grossmann High School’s 130th anniversary. 
Earlier this year the school tracked down its oldest living former student, 107-year-old Edith McDonald, following a search in the Mercury. 
Mrs McDonald, who lives in Moree, attended the school in the early 1920s when it was Maitland Girls High School.
Established in 1884, the girls school was amalgamated with Maitland Boys High School more than 100 years later, in 1987. 
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 11, 2014.