Saturday, February 6, 2016

Maitland International Salon of Photography

The Maitland International Salon of Photography has been in existence for 80 years and has operated as an international salon for 58 years. It has built up a strong reputation and now attracts around 4500 entries from 55 countries. Typically around 5000 visitors will view the salon at its two exhibition locations.

Date: 19 - 21 February 2016

Venue : Fine Arts Pavilion, Maitland Showground, Blomfield Street, Maitland.

Further details here.


Introduction to Family History : University of Tasmania

Introduction to Family History (University of Tasmania) is designed for people interested in their own family histories or genealogy in general. You will learn how to research family history accurately and efficiently using the growing range of online family history resources. You may be surprised at what you discover and what you can share with family and friends.

Location: Online
Semester 1,
22 February 2016

General Enquiries:
+61 3 6226 6365

Flashback Friday: Greta Migrant Camp photos

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Greta Migrant Camp was the biggest migrant camp in Australia, taking in 100,000 refugees escaping war torn Europe after World War II. Take a look inside thanks to the Mercury's archive.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Feb. 5, 2016.

Raise the road: A flooding generation lost

From the Maitland Mercury report:
People who survived devastating floods in Maitland are no longer around to share their experiences that could save people in future emergencies, a noted historian has warned.
Dr Michael Belcher, who has survived eights floods, will talk of his flood memories at a Maitland and District Historical Society meeting on Tuesday, February 2.
“The southern parts of Maitland can never be fully flood-proofed and people living there do accept things as they are,” Dr Belcher, who has a PhD in Australian History, said.
He outlined six massive floods in Louth Park and South Maitland from November 1856 to August 1857, with a devastating flood in 1955.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Jan. 31, 2016.

Maitland Town Hall $2m revamp on track

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Council’s community and recreation services manager Lynn Morton said the town hall was built in 1890 with extensive renovations carried out in 1934.
The building is listed on the State Heritage Register.
“To protect its rich history and plan for the future of the town hall, council is working on a business plan for the building,” Ms Morton said.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Jan. 31, 2016.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Inside History Magazine - January-February 2016 edition

Inside History January-February 2016 edition includes:
  • The unique historical website aiming to link every colonial-era Australian to original record sets
  • 105+ new family history resources online
  • Why World War I repatriation records are among our most precious datasets
  • The story of an Aussie surf lifesaver come World War I ambulance stretcher-bearer
  • Mark Tedeschi AM QC’s insights on the 1960 kidnapping case that shocked the nation
  • The grand heritage mansion restored to its historic glory
  • A historical outback adventure in the Northern Territory
  • Our military history expert’s advice on tracing your Digger beyond their wartime alias
  • The New Zealand pilot caught up in the famous 1944 ‘Great Escape’
  • The latest history news, events, book and app reviews, and more.
  • Portraits of War : 80 portraits of World War One soldiers, selected from the State Library's photographic collection

    Portraits of War -  A travelling exhibition from the State Library of New South Wales
    See an extraordinary and haunting series of 80 portraits of World War One soldiers, selected from the State Library's photographic collection, in February at Maitland Library.

    Produced as part of the State Library's World War One centenary regional program, Portraits of War: The Crown Studios Project travelling exhibition reveals many fascinating stories behind the portraits and delivers a moving experience that bears witness to the individual faces of Australian soldiers, both young and old, who served their country.

    Maitland Library

    15 February - 24 February