Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Maitland historian Peter Bogan warns the city about future flood risk

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Historian Peter Bogan says there will be another 1955 flood in Maitland, will you be ready for it?
After living through the 1955 flood Maitland historian Peter Bogan knows what can happen when a low depression hits the city.
Six decades on the memories are still rife in his mind, and he has a strong message for every Maitland resident.
“Everyone needs to have a flood plan,” he said. “We will definitely see another 1955 flood.”

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 17 Nov 2016.

Maitland High School flag and honour role rededicated

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The historic Maitland High School has restored a flag that forms both a keystone of its past and a connection to the men who gave their all in World War 1.
In 1914, 345 old boys from Maitland High School signed up to fight in the bloody theatres of the great war.
Sixty of those men, almost one in five, never returned.
The names of those brave young soldiers were hand stitched into an Australian flag created by the young women at the-then Maitland Girls High School, in a show of support.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 15 Nov 2016.

Hunter mining legacy: Inside Bloomfield at Maitland Regional Art Gallery

From the Maitland Mercury report:
One of the exhibits to be celebrated at Maitland Regional Art Gallery’s Summer Art Party will be Inside Bloomfield.
Bloomfield’s 30 paintings were made by Linda Greedy during a 12 month artist in residency facilitated by The Bloomfield Group. This body of work celebrates the working life of the Hunter coal mine, its history, the people and a wild goat called Rachel.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 14 Nov 2016.

Maitland Historical Society open day

From the Maitland Mercury report:
History is closer than ever before, an ever-increasing arsenal of digital tools has allowed anyone with a computer access to the deepest archives of information.
But there’s something to be said for the feel of paper, yellowed with age, the warmth of old family photos and the sturdy feeling of old-world objects.
The Maitland Historical Society, home the city’s most dedicated historians, will hold an open day this weekend to inspire the community to join and raise some funds to continue their mission.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 14 Nov 2016.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Hyde Park Barracks opens The Bakehouse

Sydney Living Museums has announced the opening of a new SLM hospitality establishment, the Bakehouse, a contemporary take on the Australian colonial experience, located in the original 1819 convict bakehouse and store of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks Museum.
The Bakehouse is a casual-contemporary dining space located in the CBD’s historic Hyde Park Barracks.  The dining space is reminiscent of a colonial mess hall with its long shared dining tables, contemporary colonial features of recycled and white washed timbers, large scale graphics adorning the walls in tribute to the craftsmanship of the day and Australian Native flora adding an inviting warmth into this beautiful, historic space.

Morpeth's River Royal Inn reopening

From the Maitland Mercury report:
It has been a long wait but well worth it with the new look River Royal Inn at Morpeth about to reopen.
The landmark pub in Swan Street will throw its doors open once again to the public after it was almost written off in last year’s April super storm.
The new look River Royal Inn has been restored to its former glory with a twist.
It now tells the story of Morpeth’s history through items of historical significance scattered around the 160-year-old property.
Mr McNamara worked with Morpeth Museum to document the town’s past as part of the rebuilding project.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 11 Nov 2016.

Glebe Cemetery received first place in cultural heritage award

From the Maitland Mercury report:
After years of chasing the Tidy Towns accolade Maitland has finally scooped up the title.
The annual Tidy Town awards have been renamed the Keep NSW Beautiful Blue Star Overall Regional Sustainability Award, so Maitland is officially a Blue Star city.
The Glebe Cemetery received first place in the cultural heritage award section, Grossmann High School received a highly commended in the community environment achievement award category and St Joseph’s Primary School received a highly commended in the going green education awards category.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 9 Nov 2016.