Friday, October 31, 2014

LEDs will light up The Levee's heritage features at Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Installation has begun on The Levee project’s facade lighting that will highlight the precinct’s heritage features.
They will light up the top half of the buildings, above the awnings, giving pedestrians plenty to talk about after dark.
“It will be a nice feature on these heritage buildings,” Maitland City Council civil engineering project manager Greg Blaze said.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 27, 2014.

Society of Australian Genealogists

Congress 2015
Don't forget the 14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry is being held in Canberra from 27-31 March 2015. Every three years genealogists from around Australia gather to listen to a great range of local and international speakers, see exhibits and share their passion for family history. The early bird registration closes on 31 October so hurry and get your registration in now at the discount price! See
Renovation Work at Mitchell Library
The Mitchell Library Reading Room will be temporarily closed from Saturday 8 November – Wednesday 12 November while refurbishment work takes place, which includes replacing the floor covering, removing the glass barrier around the stairs, enhancing the Special Collections area at the rear of the room with additional seating and services and installing a new glass barrier to separate the research and general reading area.

During this period there will be limited access to items in the Special Collections which will be made available in the State Reference Library. Resources usually available on open access in the Special Collections area, such as microform, Mitchell collections (940-999) and collection guides will be temporarily unavailable. Contact 02 9273 1414 for more information or check the website at
Australian Heraldry Society lecture
The Australian Heraldry Society will be holding a lecture on 'British Heraldry of The Great War' on Friday 21 November 2014 at 6.00pm. Delivered by David Vines White, Somerset Herald, College of Arms, London, the lecture will discuss the representation of the War in the armorial bearings granted to various military and naval commanders, armament manufacturers and others. The arms will be set in the context of older English heraldic traditions and the heraldic consequences of George V's desire to sever his family's ties with Germany wll also be discussed.

The lecture will be held at the Sydney Mechanic School of Arts, Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney. Entry is by gold coin donation. For bookings and inquiries please contact the Hon. Secretary, Stephen Szabo on 0431 701 055 or by email at Bookings must be made by Wednesday 19 November.

Discovering ANZACS

The National Archives of Australia has developed this innovative website in partnership with Archives New Zealand as a gift to both nations for the centenary of World War I.

The Australian and New Zealand contribution to World War I extends beyond the shores of Gallipoli in April 1915. Back home and abroad, ordinary people were mobilised by the war effort and crossed paths with the government. Discovering Anzacs provides a unique opportunity to create an extensive view of contributions to the war.

Use the search function to explore a growing selection of government records about soldiers, munitions workers, nurses, conscription, internment, wartime copyright and patents, defence correspondence and more. View the highlights to see what kinds of connections can be made and what type of records you may find. Recreate the wartime journey of an individual on the frontline, or those left behind at home.

Cranky Handle Rally in Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:
More than 100 exhibitors from across NSW made their way to Maitland for the Cranky Handle Rally on the weekend.
The hot weather kept numbers down slightly at the annual two-day festival at the Rally Grounds next to Maitland Station.
Tractors, chaff cutters and water pumps were on display as well as vintage cars, bikes and trucks.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 26, 2014.

Wollombi school will be put up for (mock) auction to save the heritage building from closure

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Members of the Wollombi community will bring down the hammer on the valley’s historic school in a mock auction designed to save the building from closure.
To highlight the school’s plight, residents will auction the building urging bidders to make an offer on what could become a piece of real estate.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 23, 2014.

Morpeth House restoration true to its historic past

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A historic Hunter house has been renovated and turned into a leisure facility for retirement village residents.
Closebourne Village residents will use Morpeth House as a community centre after retirement village operator Lend Lease restored the heritage building.
A statement from Lend Lease said that the ­company tried to restore as much of the original 150-year-old building as possible.
But where replacement of building parts was the only option, materials and methods from 150 years ago were used to maintain the ­heritage look and feel of the house.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 23, 2014.

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.