Friday, July 8, 2016

Flashback Friday: Maitland business through the years

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Take a look at the changing face of business in Maitland from the Fairfax archives.

Available at Maitland Mercury, July 8, 2016.

On War with Virginia Passmore - Military Geologists in the First World War

Military Geologists in the First World War - Virginia Passmore puts the work of fellow Australian geologist Edgeworth David into context.
In association with the Canberra Great War Study Group, the Estaminet.

Tuesday 19 July
5.30pm - 6.30pm, free
Theatre, Lower Ground 1
National Library of Australia

A Future for the Past: Rum Hospital Symposium

On the 200th anniversary of its completion, Sydney Living Museums invites you to discover the extraordinary history of The Rum Hospital and the ongoing story of its surviving buildings in a full day symposium “A Future For The Past.” From its design, construction and original function serving convict patients, through to the adaptive re-use of its northern and southern wings as Parliament House and the Sydney branch of the Royal Mint respectively, the Rum Hospital site is interwoven with some of the most important events in New South Wales history.

When: 9:30am to 5pm, Saturday 30 July 2016
Where: The Gold Melting Room
The Mint, 10 Macquarie St, Sydney
Cost: $125 General
$100 Concession/Member (includes History Council of NSW members)
$75 Student
Ticket includes lunch, refreshments and a complimentary copy of The Mint Project book (RRP $65)
Bookings essential. Call 1300 448 849 or book online.

Colour in Darkness: Images from the First World War

The State Library of NSW has just launched a new exhibition, Colour in Darkness: Images from the First World War. The exhibition draws together over 150 war photographs which originally toured Australia in the early 1920s, drawing huge crowds. Many of the photographs were taken by soldiers in the field or while on leave – with some even taken by enemy soldiers. The collection depicts sweeping desert views of Light Horse troops on the march, scenes of devastation on the Western front, and rare snapshots of occupied Germany.
When: Saturday 25 June 2016 to Sunday 21 August 2016, 9am-5pm.
Where: Exhibition Galleries
State Library of New South Wales
Macquarie Street, Sydney.
Cost: Free.
The images were printed and hand-coloured at Colarts Studio in Melbourne, which was established by Captain William Donovan Joynt VC.

Maitland City Hall of Fame opens online

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Some of Maitland’s most successful academics, politicians, artists and sportspeople have become the inaugural inductees into the Maitland City Hall of Fame.
A total of 25 individuals local heroes, including Athel D’Ombrain, Ruth Cracknell, Cheryl Kernot, Garry Barton and Ken Tubman, are being inducted, 15 posthumously.
The inductees, their families and friends and civic leaders took part in the historical event which was held on Thursday at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 7, 2016.

Former Maitland councillor Ray Fairweather has called for a full time caretaker at historic Walka Water Works

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Former Maitland councillor Ray Fairweather spent almost 20 years working at Walka Water Works, planting more than 11,000 trees and promoting it as the city’s leading tourist attraction.
The man once known as "Mr Walka" has been sitting on the sidelines listening to recent debate about what Maitland City Council should do with the historic establishment. His answer: “Leave it alone.”

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 6, 2016.

Maitland's historic Walka Water Works backdrop for new show

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Walka Water Works is being used as the backdrop for a promotional video on Channel Seven’s latest reality cooking show hosted by celebrity patissier Adriano Zumbo.
Zumbo’s Just Desserts will search for Australia’s sweetest home cooks and is schedule to go to air after the Olympic Games.
The Seven Network started to promote the show on air the same week Maitland City Council announced it would place on public exhibition a draft masterplan for the site and Cr Loretta Baker suggested turning it into a day spa and wellness centre.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 4, 2016.