Friday, September 15, 2017

Richmond Vale Rail Museum in the path of a devastating fire

From ABC News:
The Richmond Vale Rail Museum was in the path of a devastating fire near Cessnock yesterday.
The scale of the damage was realised at first light today, when emotional volunteers gathered at the site to survey damage.
Director Graham Smith said there were now asbestos fears, with the substance dropping out of some carriages, prompting Fire and Rescue NSW to declare it a hazardous material site.
"And until they clear the site neither our members nor members of the public will be admitted," he said.
Mr Smith said the damage was worse than first thought and described it as utter devastation.

Full article available at ABC News 14 Sept. 2017

Landmark sale as Belmore Hotel sells

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland’s iconic Belmore Hotel has sold for $9 million in what is reported to be one of the largest NSW regional pub transactions for 2017.
Ray White Hotels sold the High Street premises on behalf of long-time owners the Murphy family, to a prominent local businessman.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 14 Sep 2017.

Maitland’s Passchendaele Centenary Commemoration

Maitland’s Passchendaele Centenary Facebook page has been created for community involvement and communication relating to the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, 12 October 2017.
A number of events have been planned for the Maitland’s Passchendaele Centenary Commemoration and details of these will be provided through this Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Passchendaele.Maitland.Centenary/

60,000 years of Australian History: A Plea for Interdisciplinarity

The Department of History, University of Sydney, is hosting the 2nd Bicentennial Australian History Lecture, to be delivered this year by Professor Lynette Russell, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, Monash University.
How do we understand, imagine, visualise and create narratives for 50,000 years of Australian history?
The Bicentennial Australian History Lecture is a biennial public lecture hosted by the Department of History in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney. Distinguished historians offer engaged and critical perspectives on Australia’s past and the legacies of colonisation.
When: Thursday 19 October 2017, 5-7.30pm
5-6pm: Reception in the Nicholson Museum
6-7.30pm: Lecture in General Lecture Theatre
Where: The Quadrangle, The University of Sydney
Cost: Free
Contact: sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au

The Regents Park is part of the 2017 Maitland Garden Ramble

From the Maitland Mercury report:
When Clint Marquet bought the Regent Street property, called The Regents Park, two years ago the garden had been neglected for at least a decade.
Plants were overgrown, or had died, the pool had been deprived of sunlight and there was piles of rubbish and tree branches growing in long grass.
He started the massive challenge without a green thumb and has proved that perseverance – and some help from two gardeners – can help you conquer the plant world. 

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 12 Sep 2017.

Maitland Post Office and Morpeth identity Graham Dunlop

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The larger than life character from Morpeth has sadly passed away aged 80.
Mr Dunlop was born in Stockton in 1936, the second of five children of Nancy and William Dunlop. The family moved a number of times before finally settling in Morpeth in 1941.
He attended Morpeth Primary School then Maitland Boys High leaving at age 15 when he was recruited to Morpeth Post Office after one of the post office employees broke his leg after falling from a bakers cart.
Mr Dunlop worked for Australia Post for 44 years and retired in November 1996.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 9 Sep 2017.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Maitland's Passchendaele Centenary

A Facebook page has been established for Maitland's Passchendaele Centenary
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Passchendaele.Maitland.Centenary

The Facebook page has been created for community involvement and communication relating to the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, 12 October 2017.
A number of events have been planned for the Maitland’s Passchendaele Centenary Commemoration and details of these will be provided through this Facebook page.