Friday, March 24, 2017

Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival is on this weekend

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Shine your shoes and put your glad rags on – the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival is on this weekend.
The annual celebration of all things ‘50s and ‘60s will kick off on Friday afternoon with a high tea and retro fashion parade at Kurri Kurri High School.
Get your program here.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 24 Mar 2017.

The first of the iconic machinery for 2017 Steamfest arrive in Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The first of Steamfest’s iconic engines has rolled into Maitland in preparation for the 32nd ​iteration of the event.
Among the hissing, churning machinery that draws thousands of people to the town is Sooty, a 1926 Fowler engine that journeys more than 360 kilometres from inland NSW to Maitland each year.
“Sooty would have more than 20 years at Steamfest now,” Councilor, co-pilot and The Burton Automotive Group Hunter Valley Steamfest organiser Peter Garnham said.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 22 Mar 2017.

Paterson Town Walk 2017

Paterson's annual town walk will be held on Sunday 2 April 2017. Dr Cameron Archer AM will take the group on an informative tour of the town's historical features. The walk starts at the Paterson Court House Museum at 1.00pm. Cost is $5 for adults, including museum entry and afternoon tea. Children are free. Media Release

Council pushes for maximum security on Maitland Gaol's long term future

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland City Council has locked into place plans to secure its long term tenure of Maitland Gaol and to cement the site’s standing as one of the region’s iconic tourist attractions.
A submission has been made for funding through the Public Reserves Management Fund and council will now engage a consultant to undertake a gaol business plan.
Council initially undertook tours of the gaol almost immediately after it closed in 1998 and was offered a licence to operate the property as a tourism facility in 2000.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 22 Mar 2017.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Call for nominations for Maitland's annual Hall of Fame awards

From the Maitland Mercury article:
Do you know someone who is a big Maitland achiever or someone who has achieved significant prominence in their field?
Maitland City Council is calling for nominations for the 2017 Maitland Hall of Fame and asking the community to nominate someone worthy of induction.
The Hall of Fame recognises the achievements and contributions of those people who have a strong association with Maitland and have achieved significant prominence in their field.

Last year the inaugural induction included champion boxer Les Darcy, actor Ruth Cracknell, Arnott’s biscuit entrepreneur William Arnott and Maitland identities like naturalist and photographer Athel D’Ombrain and former NSW Transport Minister and Member for Maitland Milton Morris.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 14 Mar 2017.

Images of Sydney in the 1960s

Join professional photographer and History Council of NSW member Russell Workman for a photographic talk at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts. Russell will share his vintage photographs taken in and around Sydney during the 1960s, revealing how the city has changed and those areas that have stayed the same.

When: Wednesday 29 March 2017. 12:30-1:30pm.
Where: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000.
Cost: Free – no bookings required.
Contact: or 02 9262 7300

Historic Belmore Hotel poised for more improvements

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland’s historic Belmore Hotel is set for another change with an application before tomorrow night’s council meeting for alterations to the landmark pub.
The hotel’s owners are proposing alterations and additions to enclose the existing outdoor dining area and extend the existing garden bar.
There are also plans to demolish the existing gaming court and build a new indoor gaming room and convert the existing gaming room into new toilets.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 13 Mar 2017