Friday, July 31, 2015

Battle of Lone Pine at Gallipoli centenary to be commemorated in East Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A special ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Lone Pine at Gallipoli will take place in East Maitland on Saturday, August 8.
The ceremony has been arranged by members of the Rotary Club of East Maitland – just where a lone pine was planted in Cooks Square
Park from original seeds of a lone pine growing at the battle site.
“We would like everybody to come to this ceremony at what is a major historical site in East Maitland,” one of the organisers David Sciffer said.
“This lone pine in Cooks Square Park has been grown from seeds taken from a tree at Lone Pine Grove at Gallipoli.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 26, 2015.

National Library of Australia - Heroes and Villains: Strutt's Australia

William Strutt was the first great exponent of history painting to work in Australia. His spectacular work depicting the brutal and beautiful Australian landscape, explorers and bushrangers is iconic, and informs the way we envisage colonial life in the mid-nineteenth century. Heroes and Villains will bring together Strutt’s oils, watercolours, sketches and prints from the extensive collections at the National Library with dramatic works from several major Australian collections.
Wednesday 12 August–Sunday 15 November 
Daily, 10 am–5 pm

More details at National Library of Australia website.

Fifties Fair returns to the iconic Rose Seidler House for its 20th year!

Secure your tickets to be part of the most swinging event on the calendar set in the grounds of Sydney’s iconic mid-century home, Rose Seidler House.
Shop for authentic vintage wares, have your hair styled, enjoy live music and rock n’ roll dancing, tuck into gourmet food, and marvel at our classic car displays and Rose Seidler House.
Grab some friends and celebrate all things 1950s in a day of vintage fun.

More information: Sydney Living Museums website.

Dual celebration with a Peek into the Past and Tocal College celebrating 50 years

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Crowds enjoyed a nostalgic weekend at Tocal in celebrations that spanned its settlement to the first 50 years of the ­college.
Back to Tocal had all the hallmarks of an agricultural college celebration, from guest speakers to hearty meals and tales beside the bonfire.
Meanwhile, celebrations were in full swing at the old Tocal Homestead for Peek into the Past.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 26, 2015.

Take a Peek into the Past at Tocal

From the Maitland Mercury report:
There was a time when the internet did not exist, when people met face to face to chat and they did not mind getting their hands dirty.
Peek into the Past at Tocal Homestead is a day devoted to the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era on Sunday, July 26.
This was a time when horses worked the fields, blacksmiths fired a forge and scones were baked in a wood-fired oven.
The old-fashioned family day is a chance for grandparents to reminisce, parents to be nostalgic and children to discover the unknown.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 23, 2015.

Centenarian Clyde Pearsall has fond memories of Morpeth

Fromm the Maitland Mercury report:
Morpeth has been a favourite of 100-year-old Clyde Pearsall ­since he worked there during World War II. The Lake Macquarie resident has worked and lived across much of the state, but Morpeth has worked its way under his skin. “I’ve never seen so many vegetables,” he said.
“It was vegetables as far as the eye could see.”
Mr Pearsall and his daughter Janelle enjoyed a birthday lunch at the Campbell’s Store on Thursday.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 23, 2015.

St James at Morpeth celebrate 175th anniversary

From the Maitland Mercury report:
St James’ Anglican Church, Morpeth is the Hunter Valley’s first Anglican church north of Newcastle and celebrates its 175th anniversary this weekend.
The church was rebuilt after a fire in 1874 and was damaged in the 1989 earthquake, but still stands today as a symbol for the faithful in Morpeth and beyond.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 23, 2015.