Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Steamfest gains momentum : photos

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Steam locomotive 5917 has been given the green light to appear at this weekend’s Maitland Toyota Hunter Valley Steamfest, following a four-year repair program. 
Maitland City Council’s events co-ordinator Adam Franks said the engine's rejuvenation had been a lengthy process.
This engine will haul the Singleton excursion on Saturday and the Barrington Bullet and Stroud Road excursions on Sunday. 
 
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 10, 2014.

Grossmann House - Heritage Festival

The National Trust Heritage Festival event for the Friends of Grossmann House is a journey amongst the schools and churches of Central Maitland. The heritage walk will end with an afternoon tea at the old Maitland Girls High School Hostel, now Brough House, where a display of school memorabilia will be on view.
Bookings essential, Phone Holly 49344314.

Maitland St Mary's clock tower tours

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland would not be the same without the clock and chiming bells of St Mary’s Anglican Church.
It was the people of Maitland who insisted that the church tower have a clock, so changes were made to the structural design of the steeple.
When everything was completed in 1887, the clock and chiming bells were started on Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Day on June 21.
 
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 9, 2014.

St John's Cathedral Maitland restoration

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A plan to resurrect one of Maitland’s oldest Catholic dwellings is inching closer to fruition with the launch of an appeal to raise money for the multi-million dollar project.
The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is on a mission to raise funds for the refurbishment of St John’s Cathedral as part of plan to restore the eastern end of High Street into a cathedral precinct.
 
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 8, 2014.

Heritage group questions Glebe Paddock development

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A member of the Glebe Heritage Preservation Group has questioned the Newcastle Anglican Diocese’s right to develop a historic paddock for housing.
Maitland City Council considered the church’s application to change the land’s rural zoning to residential last night.
“The land was originally gifted to the Anglican Church, it could be assumed, in the spirit of benefiting the people of Maitland,” resident and member of the preservation group Nerryn Bennett said.
 
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 8, 2014.

$10k grant to publish Anzac book

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Ann Campbell and Robyn Wickham will bring the stories of Maitland men and women who participated in the Gallipoli ­campaign to life.
The Maitland and District Genealogical Society members have co-written a book that details the stories of 270 men and women from the area who were involved at Gallipoli from the landing on April 25, 1915, to the evacuation in late December.
 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

World War I hero deserves recognition : Editorial

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland has never shied away from honouring its famous sons.
A magnificent bronze statue was erected in honour of Australian boxing champion Les Darcy at King Edward Park in East Maitland in 2000.
Now Maitland RSL sub-branch vice-president Fred Goode has put ­forward another name for our city to consider for further recognition – Joseph Maxwell.
 
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 2, 2014.