Friday, June 24, 2016

Is your collection killing you?

Is your collection killing you?
Which items in your collection are toxic, dangerous and even potentially fatal?
After years of working in museums and collections, in Australia and overseas, Victoria and Andrew Pearce have identified a wide range of items, which are toxic, dangerous and even potentially fatal.
Qualified conservators, will cover off the identification and handling risks of items pre-existing in collection stores or presented by donors.

This workshop is designed to provide specialist knowledge of the material science of collections (what things are made from) and how to identify risk. The workshop covers many commonplace items like toxic paints, plastics and heavy metals, and is designed for staff and volunteers in small museums and mixed collections. This is an advanced course for managers, intake officers and staff who need to handle collection items, particularly if your institution does not have a conservation lab on site.

Location: National Film and Sound Archive conference room
Date: 11th and 12th July
Time: 9-5
Participant cost is $630+ GST per person and includes digital reference reading brick.

To book: There are limited places so call Endangered Heritage Pty LTD (02) 62828386
 

Writing the Family Saga

As part of a suite of Family History units that The University of Tasmania offers, for the first time in 2016 the university is running a unit entitled Writing the Family Saga, commencing on 27 June and continuing until the 6th August.

The unit is fully online and HECS Scholarships are available that cover half of the tuition fees for the unit, meaning that the cost of the unit is $391 in addition to the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) a cost of $43.50 per unit. Writing the Family Saga provides the opportunity to develop skills in writing fiction and/or non-fiction, based on genealogical records.

Applications are open online here: http://www.utas.edu.au/arts/writing-the-family-saga
If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au or calling (03) 6226

The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh

On the 7 July, author and historian Leigh Straw will presenting a talk on her new true-crime biography The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh at the Jam Gallery, Bondi Junction.

The legend of Kate Leigh, Sydney’s famed brothel madam, sly grog seller and drug dealer, has loomed large in TV’s Underbelly and every other account of Sydney’s criminal history from the 1920s to the 1960s. But she has never had a biography of her own.
Despite having more than 100 criminal convictions to her name, Kate Leigh is also remembered as a local hero, giving money to needy families and supporting her local community through the hard times of Depression and war. Here, novelist and historian Leigh Straw teases out the full story of how this wayward Reformatory girl from Dubbo made a fortune in eastern Sydney and defied the gender stereotyping of the time to become a leading underworld figure.
WHEN: Thursday, 7 July 2016 from 6.30 PM to 8.00PM
WHERE: Jam Gallery, 195 Oxford St, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022
RSVP: www.leighstraw.eventbrite.com.au (spaces limited)

Historic Maitland Gaol was closed to the public this week for filming

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Toni Collette spotted on set at Maitland Gaol -
Historic Maitland Gaol was closed to the public this week for filming.
The staff were very tight-lipped about the mysterious project, simply saying it was for a television program. Within days of the closure international star and Australian actress Toni Collette was spotted on set at Maitland Gaol.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, June 24, 2016.

Catholic Diocese celebrates 150 years in Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and the Maitland Regional Museum have officially opened an exhibit that celebrates the history of Catholicism in the region.
The “pop -up museum”, which will occupy St John’s Hall on Cathedral Street until July 10, marks 150 years since Maitland’s first bishop – James Murray – was appointed.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, June 21, 2016.

Friday, June 17, 2016

D. Sim & Sons honour board to be displayed at Morpeth Museum, Maitland RSL Sub Branch

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A piece of history linking some of the region’s young men to World War I has been uncovered after almost half a century and will now be preserved indefinitely.
An honour board of the employees of D. Sim & Sons was discovered in descendant Ian Sim’s shed in Lorn during a clean out. The board, which was lathered in dust, holds the names of 12 men who worked for the business and lost their lives during the war, including two Sim family members R. Sim and D.R Sim. 

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, June 14, 2016.

Hunter residents share their stories from Greta Migrant Camp

From the Maitland Mercury report:
We asked Hunter residents to share their family stories of Greta Migrant Camp. The personal accounts we received were ones of sadness, love, fear and triumph.
Here is a small glimpse at the Hunter’s story:.......

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, June 14, 2016.