Thursday, November 26, 2015

Inside History Magazine November - December issue

In issue 31, the Nov-Dec edition of Inside History you’ll discover:
  • 100+ new family history resources online to find your family
  • Unseen Indigenous artefacts and stories: from the National Museum of Australia’s new landmark exhibition
  • The evacuation of Gallipoli, 100 years on: what have we learnt?
  • Australia’s bountiful food history, from convict hominy to Regency feasts – plus the best Christmas pudding recipe from 1861!
  • The legend of Harold Lasseter: conman or visionary?
  • The lives and times of colonial-era businesswomen
  • Why Madame Weigel was a household name in Australia from the 1800s to 1969
  • The Indigenous war hero from the Darwin Bombing to be honoured in the Northern Territory
  • Our military history expert’s guide to military medals
  • The history lover’s guide to Canberra
  • The latest history news, events, book and app reviews, and more.

Rare Arnott's biscuit van restored by Southern Highlands train museum

A custom-made railway carriage for Arnott's biscuits has been painstakingly restored for over three years and is now displayed at the Train Works rail museum in Thirlmere.
The decade was the 1960s and the Arnott's biscuit company had switched from tin packaging to the plastic style used today, and they needed a watertight way to transport them by rail.
Not only was NSW Railways keen to transport the biscuits, they built Arnott's 45 custom-made carriages for the job.

Full article available at ABC News .

Arrival of Mustang fighter at Maitland Airport revives memories for two former RAAF men

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The flight of a legendary Mustang fighter into Maitland Airport on Wednesday brought two men together who served in the same RAAF squadron 70 years ago.
And although they didn’t ­recognise each other upon shaking hands, their meeting unlocked memories of colourful flying ­personalities they both knew in 77 Squadron.
A Mustang was the very first aircraft Colin Chapman trained on as an armourer at Wagga Wagga.
A grandfather from Telarah, Mr Chapman gazed up at the graceful lines of the aircraft that earned a brilliant reputation at the end of World War II and in Korea.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 25, 2015.

Flood evacuation route for Lorn and Maitland top priority

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A major flood evacuation route for people in central Maitland and Lorn has been listed as a high priority in the new flood study.
Maitland councillors are expected to adopt the Hunter River Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan at Tuesday’s council meeting.
The study has recommended that council and Roads and Maritime Services begin work on a ­feasibility study for a high-level flood evacuation route from the city, as a high priority.

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

Maitland Steamfest to get a $75,000 injection for 30th anniversary

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland City Council will spend more than $75,000 extra to mark the 30th anniversary of one of the city’s landmark community events next year.
The Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest will turn 30 next April and council wants to create a special program of events to mark the occasion.
A quad run between Newcastle and Maitland, believed to be a world first over that distance, would be the cornerstone of the extraordinary program that has been proposed by council.
Council would hire four steam trains, with a diesel back-up, for the quad run, for a ­combined total of $30,000.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury,

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Maitland historic home sells for $650,000 at auction - Old Pitnacree Close

From the Maitland Mercury report:
well-known Victorian home in Pitnacree has gone under the hammer and been sold for $650,000.
The property at 10 Old Pitnacree Close, built circa 1880, had received strong interest from prospective buyers in the lead-up to Saturday’s auction.
It had attracted about 100 people to each hour-long open house held every Saturday in the weeks leading up to the auction, according to Century 21 Ransom Real Estate director Greg Ransom.
Wallalong couple Cathy and Steve Davies bought the historic property.
Named Boreewan, which means meeting place, the property was built in the late 19th century on Crown land given to the owners as a grant in 1863.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 15, 2015.

Maitland Freemasons celebrate 175 years

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The historic Freemasons Lodge of Maitland will celebrate its 175th birthday on Saturday as a vital player in this city’s welfare and its growth.
To honour the Freemasons and their contributions to charity, Maitland City Council will host a civic welcome for the Lodge and its Grand Master Robert Melville, who will be in the city for the event.
The Freemasons have played a large part in Maitland’s development, having started here on November 4, 1840, with eight members, Kevin Short, the Past Assistant Grand Master of the Maitland Lodge, told the Mercury.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 12, 2015