Friday, April 29, 2016

Stroud House added to the State Heritage Register

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The iconic Stroud House has been added to the State Heritage Register.
The news comes after its latest caretakers, Dr Jonathan King and his wife Jane, campaigned to have the building listed on the register to ensure it is preserved indefinitely.
Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen made the announcement this week.
The National Trust and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage staff who assessed the house were impressed with its "remarkable character" and supported the application.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 28, 2016.

Royal Australian Historical Society/WEA Lecture: Furnishing Your Ancestor’s House

Furnishing Your Ancestor’s House

Biographical and family history is much more than lists of names and genealogical charts. It is about getting to know the person by exploring their lives, and the context in which they lived. One of the ways you can do this is through research into their homes and possessions. Join Christine Yeats as she draws on case studies and examples to discuss the range of printed and archival resources available to researchers.

May 18 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

History House
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia 
(02) 9247 8001

Maitland Town Hall to reopen

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The newly refurbished Maitland Town Hall will officially be reopened by Mayor Cr Peter Blackmore on Thursday. The hall was closed to functions for several months during the $2 million revamp.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 25, 2016.

Paterson's untold stories in new war book

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Private Arthur Ernest Keppie was one of the first Paterson men to enlist to fight in World War I.
Yet after he was killed on April 26, 1915, the day after the Gallipoli landing, his family remained in the dark about his fate.
His great niece Kathy Lyall said the family waited 18 months before his death was confirmed and tragically his mother died before she received the news.
Ms Lyall said nearby soldiers had seen a bullet penetrate his body, but nobody knew what had happened to him after that.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 24, 2016.

Morpeth Gallery unveils tales of the Australian Light Horse regiments

From the Maitland Mercury report:
An interest in learning about the horse’s experience in war led Jennifer and Ron Marshall to create a series of Australian Light Horse paintings.
The topic pricked their interest in 2005 and within a year they were researching historical accounts of horsemen at war and replicating their contribution with paint.
Some paintings focus on the horse’s perspective, while others look at the unbreakable bond between horse and rider and moments in a battle.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 22, 2016.

Friday, April 22, 2016

State Records Public Service / War Service exhibition extended

Our exhibition Public Service / War Service, currently on display at the Western Sydney Records Centre, has been extended until 30 September 2016. Drawing from the State archives, the exhibition honours 11,000 NSW government employees who volunteered for military service overseas during World War I, and those who fulfilled essential services at home. New exhibition-related content that furthers the links between public service and war service will be published on the NSW Anzac Centenary website in the coming months.
Following Public Service / War Service, a new exhibition will be launched. With a focus on the State’s photographic archive, the exhibition will extend the key themes of the New South Wales Centenary of World War I and Anzac commemorative program.

Crowdsourcing heritage stories

As part of the annual Heritage Week, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is hosting: Crowdsourcing Heritage Stories: Heritage Near Me Write-a-thon’ to enable members of the public to share their stories and perspectives about an item or place of local heritage.
Heritage Near Me, a NSW Government initiative to implement transformational change to protect, share and celebrate local heritage in NSW, has partnered with a digital transformation organisation, Code for Australia, to build the Heritage Near Me app.
The Heritage Near Me app is a heritage tourism and storytelling app. It will provide for increased communication between the NSW Government and the heritage community. Information collected at the write-a-thon will contribute to the content of the Heritage Near Me app.