Friday, October 17, 2014

That elusive digger: tracing your Australian military ancestors

For those seeking to search out their Australian military ancestors, this book is a great place to start.
Providing handy summaries of Australia's military history in war and peace; where to look and what to look for; how to understand and get the most from military records.

A range of family history books available at Maitland City Library.

Maitland Mayor Peter Blackmore reflects on his 15 years in office

From the Maitland Mercury report:
When Peter Blackmore runs a council meeting, he doesn’t suffer fools lightly. But he isn’t heavy handed with rebuke like some who wield civic power.
With a steady tone of voice that comes from decades of experience in public life, he rolls through business efficiently in a matter-of-fact manner.
It has been a colourful career so far for the 69-year-old, who first entered the public eye as a councillor in 1980.
Cr Blackmore has been a National party member, a mayor supported by Labor and has represented the state seat of Maitland as a Liberal.
He has worn the mayoral chains in Maitland as an independent since 1999.
Last month marked his 15th consecutive year in the position – a record for the city.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 16, 2014.

200 years of dedicated service to Mai-Wel comes to an end

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Together they have notched up a grand total of 200 years service at
Mai-Wel.
Long serving employees Suzie Stuart, Raelene Wiseman, Grace Cawthorne, Helen Pickles, Derek Kenny, Gwen Black and Pauline Wormald have retired from their supported workplace after decades of dedicated service.
The longest serving of the group is Suzie with 42 years’ service.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 14, 2014.

Park to be named in honour of WWI hero Joseph Maxwell

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland’s forgotten world war one veteran, Victoria Cross recipient Joseph Maxwell, could have a long-awaited Gillieston Heights playground named in his honour.
Property developer Stockland and Maitland City Council have reached an agreement on the Darcy’s Peak playground construction which is expected to be formally approved tomorrow night.
All new playgrounds need a name and council has found no reason to not call it Joseph Maxwell VC Park.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 12, 2014.

St Michael’s Anglican Church turns 75

From the Maitland Mercury report:

When the folk at St Michael’s Anglican church at Thornton celebrated the church’s 75th anniversary parishioner Patsy Carpenter received a big surprise.
For there Mrs Carpenter met an old school friend she had last seen 50 years ago.
“To meet a friend from my school days 50 years ago at my church on such a momentous occasion was really wonderful,” Mrs Carpenter said.
“I remember her from my days at Thornton Public School and we had a great deal to talk about.
“It was a day of nostalgia and of memories.
“But it was so good too to be at the church where I was baptised when it celebrated its 75th anniversary.”

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 11, 2014.

Rock ’n’ roll and an old school photo

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A black and white portrait of a 1970s teen dressed in an oversized blazer has transported Maitland’s middle aged back to a time when Tenambit tavern was a rockin’ on a Tuesday night.
Within minutes of it being posted to Facebook, this photograph of 13-year-old Tony Gibbons had attracted dozens of likes and many comments. 
“It’s amazing people recognised me. Fair enough if it had have been a picture of when I was playing [in pubs] but it was a childhood photo.”

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 11, 2014.

Royal Australian Historical Society 2014 conference

RAHS Conference Mittagong RSL, 25 – 26 October 2014. The theme is Moving History and delegates will have the opportunity to discover how history is about change over time and is always moving as we respond to new information and ask questions about the past.
Click here for the 2014 Conference Program and Booking Form.