Sunday, August 23, 2015

Friends of Grossmann House leads walk that embraces the rich history of central Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:
From the home of the Maitland Mercury’s co-founder (Thomas Tucker) to land owned by Napoleonic war veterans, central Maitland is both interesting and intriguing in equal measures.
“This part of Maitland is such a charming contrast to what’s going on in the central business district because progress has actually marooned it in time,” Friends of Grossmann House historian Holly McNamee said.
“So we now have this ­little island of very narrow streets and lanes that has remained intact.”
The Friends of Grossmann House will lead a walk through iconic Bourke Street as part of its latest fundraising initiative.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury,

Morpeth retirement village Closebourne wins award

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Morpeth retirement village Closebourne has won the seniors independent living category in the coveted Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW awards.
The Lendlease development’s ­integration with the historic village impressed judges.
The careful restoration of Morpeth House, a historic building within the village, demonstrated Lendlease’s commitment.
“Using materials and methods from 150 years ago, the historical relevance of the building has been retained and its use transformed into a vibrant and interactive community centre,” Lendlease retirement living managing director Michael Eggington said.

Full article available at: Maitland Mercury, Aug. 17, 2015.

Maitland and District Historicl Society presents An Old Style Movie Experience

An Old Style Movie Experience

at St. John's Hall
Cnr. High & Cathedral Streets, Maitland

7pm Start – Saturday 29th August 2015
Admission $20.00 includes Supper at Interval

Come and see old movie film from the 1930's and 1940's, as it used to be.
Contact; Phone: 0438 623 299 or Email:

The History Council of NSW in collaboration with Sydney Living Museums Annual History Lecture

In the early twenty-first century, we see Anzac adrift.  As the Great War passes from memory to history the meaning of Anzac is more contested and more problematic than ever. Professor Bruce Scates will consider the fraught politics of commemoration as Australia and the world commemorate the Centenary of the Great War.  His lecture will examine the making and remaking of memorial spaces, the role the ‘memory boom’ has played in generating interest in the Great War, and explore new archives set to change the way we remember 1914-1918.

Event Type: Talk / Lecture

When: Tuesday, 8 September 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: $50 General, $45 HCNSW Member/Concession
Contact: History Council of NSW, 02 9252 8715,,

Restoring Stephens pattern no. 3 to Miss Porter's House, Newcastle

From the National Trust Magazine, August - October 2015.

Miss Porter's House, with its simple placement of bricks, doors, windows and splayed lintel patterns behind its decorative cast-iron balustrade, is a lovely example of the fa├žade of a typical Edwardian terrace house...
Article by Roland Bannister.

Century-old paper returned to the Maitland Mercury

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A Louth Park home has revealed a secret hidden away for nearly a century beneath the floor coverings.
One of the sheets of newspaper that had been laid as insulation under lino, is from The Maitland Daily Mercury, October 7, 1918.
Others were from May 7 and July 9, 1921.
Yellow and a little torn in places, the 1918 paper makes interesting reading, particularly the advertisements.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 16, 2015.

Maitland Motorfest

From the Maitland Mercury report:
More than 300 classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles and other street machines lined Maitland Showground on Sunday for this year’s Maitland Motorfest.
Event organiser Bruce Corke said 308 vehicles featured in the motorfest and about 2500 ­visitors passed through the showground to look at the vehicles on Sunday.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 16, 2015.