Friday, August 29, 2014

Maitland's Great War - Maitland City Library event

It was to be ‘the war that will end war’ as H.G. Wells commented in August 1914. From the heights of hope to the horror of the trenches, the Great War changed the world irrevocably. It separated families and lovers, turned young men into soldiers and young women into nurses, converted friends and neighbours into enemies.
This event will explore the impact of World War One at home, uncovering and examining some of the layers of remembrance, including an insight into ‘Maitland’s Own’ 34th Battalion and extracts from the Maitland Mercury.
6.00pm - 7.00pm
Thursday 11 September
Maitland Gaol
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Look Who's Talking 2014

Annual History Lecture 2014: ‘The Battle Within Ourselves’ – POWs in post-war Australia

History Council of NSW in partnership with Sydney Living Museums
Event Type: Talk / Lecture

When: Tuesday, 9 September 2014 from 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: The Mint, 10 Macquarie , Sydney
Cost: General $50.00 / Concession $45.00
Contact: Dr Mandy Kretzschmar, 02 9252 8715,,

The current embrace of former prisoners of war (POWs) of the Japanese as veterans who suffered undue hardships in the service of their nation belies a more complicated history. Focusing on the immediate post-war period until the 1970s, Professor Christina Twomey explores in her lecture the rare testimony from ex-POWs about how they experienced life in Australia after their return home. Many applicants to the POW Trust Fund (1952-77) certainly believed that captivity had blighted their chances and disrupted their capacity to find employment, connect properly with other people or to settle down and find happiness in work and family life. Whether imprisonment in war caused their problems, or merely compounded an existing structural disadvantage or personality failing, lay at the heart of the Trustees’ deliberations. The way Trustees chose to find an answer, which drew upon networks of information available from private charity and assumptions about who or what constituted a deserving case, demonstrates the limits of sympathy for damaged and broken men.

Society of Australian Genealogists

Saturday 6 September (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - Writing Discussion Group - September (repeat)
What the Editor Wants! Back by popular demand! - This session is a repeat of the Writing Group session held in March. An experienced newspaper and magazine subeditor will give some tips on the writing styles that make an editor smile. She will share her knowledge of simple writing ideas that can help polish your prose and make it sparkle. Presenter: Sheila Browne. Bookings essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Tuesday 9 September (8.00pm - 9.00pm AEST) - Webinar - Gazettes in NSW Family History
    Once hidden away and hard to access, both the NSW Government and Police Gazettes are now widely available online. Join Heather Garnsey to see what they contain and learn how to use them to your best advantage. Presenter - Heather Garnsey. Bookings essential and limited to SAG members only. Price $10.00.
  • Thursday 11 September (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Writing Discussion Group - September
    Stop Procrastinating! Suffering writer’s block? Organisation is the key. In this seminar, you will hear practical ideas on how to sort through the research material you have amassed and start to write your story. Presenter - Pat Rogerson. Bookings essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Thursday 18 September (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Getting Started on Your Family History - Members Only
    For new members with no family history research experience. Learn the basics of how to start researching, what to do, and where to find and ask for help. Members Only. Bookings Essential and limited to 10. Cost $10.00.
  • Saturday 20 September (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Introduction to Latin in Family History
    Latin is often encountered by family historians in sources such as parish registers, on headstones, in letters and other documentation. Learn some basics of grammar and vocabulary, see some examples of Latin in sources relevant to family history and how to tackle it. No prior Latin knowledge necessary. Bookings Essential. $20 ($30 non-members).
  • Saturday 27 September (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Charting Your Family Tree - Jeremy Palmer
    This hands-on session will introduce methods and guidelines used in the construction of family history charts, or ‘pedigrees’. Learn how to arrange your information and set out a clear and concise chart- a useful skill that all researchers need. Bookings Essential. $20 ($30 non-members).
  • Maitland's bells will toll to remember the beginning of WWI

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    The bells will toll throughout Maitland tomorrow as residents stop to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War I.
    And as Australia’s oldest continually operating public school, Largs  is proud to take part in the communal ceremony.
    “It’s great that a significant part of our historical school [the 175-year-old school bell] has motivated the students to learn about and participate in such an important part of Australian history,” principal Sharon Palmer said

    Greta migrants to tell their stories

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    Writer Alek Schulha intends to publish their experiences in a book – the first time their stories will have been told in their own words.
    Mr Schulha has received backing from John Tucker, of the Ethnic Community Council of Newcastle, who said: “When we receive a chapter or two, we will seek funding to have the book published.”
    This news came yesterday after people learned recently that plans to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Greta Migrant Camp had been abandoned amid claims organisers had no funding and no time.
    Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 26, 2014.

    For sale: 100 years of history - Verona, Maitland

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    Verona House sits quiet and still today but at points during its 100-year history it has reverberated with the laughter of children, the sounds of piano recitals and neighbourhood chatter through social tennis games. 
    Valentina Maund drove past Verona, built near the boulevard of Regent Street’s grand homes, dozens of times as a child. 
    Maitland architect James Warren Scobie, who was responsible for dozens of Maitland buildings include the Town Hall, designed the grand structure that has retained many of its original features. 
    Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 21, 2014.

    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.