Friday, August 26, 2016

100 years of Red Cross records donated to State Library of New South Wales

Australian Red Cross is donating 100 years of its NSW archive to the State Library of NSW, providing an extraordinary record of a global organisation that was practically launched in Australia with a pair of hand-made knitted socks.

According to NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive, Alex Byrne: “Red Cross has been on the front of almost every significant event in recent history starting with the First World War to more recent natural disasters – so this significant archive, dating from 1914 to 2014, is an invaluable addition to the State Library’s rich collections relating to life in Australia.”

The archive tells the story of Red Cross’ humanitarian work, its volunteers, supporters and the people it has helped across NSW through some 7,400 photographs, over 500 boxes of manuscripts, posters and memorabilia, 40 framed pictures and Red Cross publications.

Full media release here

Look Who's Talking - Local History - Maitland City Library

Horseshoe Bend
Characterised by narrow streets and laneways, as well as a mixture of architectural styles spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, Horseshoe Bend was one of the earliest settled areas in Maitland. Sometimes referred to as ‘The Bend’ and so named for the shape of the river when Europeans first settled there, Horseshoe Bend has a unique and intriguing history.

Join us as we take to the streets of Horseshoe Bend to meet local identities in celebration of NSW History Week. 
Sunday 4 September
10.30am - 12.00pm
Meet at Maitland Regional Art Gallery 10.15am

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Look Who's Talking 2016 

History Week 2016 : Neighbours

History Council of New South Wales.
Download the History Week postcard (PDF 976 KB) or poster (PDF 2 MB). If you would like copies of the postcard or poster, please contact us.

Annual History Lecture
Neighbours – and heroes
When: 6pm-9pm, Wedesday 7 September 2016
Where: The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Tickets: $45 HCNSW members / $50 General admission (excl fees)
Contact: 02 9252 8715,
How have Australians thought of themselves as ‘neighbours’ in the Asia-Pacific region? Professor Heather Goodall will look at how many Australians have had the courage to cross borders – taking risks to build relationships across old borders and new borders, cultural borders and ethnic borders. Find out more

Gould Genealogy new website

“Brand new website!” that’s what you’re greeted with when you go to now. That’s right, we’ve finally updated our website. We know it’s been needed for a while, but it’s not been an easy task finding something that can cater to our website’s needs. Anyway we have one. It’s up. And it’s bright and shiny and hopefully you will find it works well for you (if not, please do let us know).
This year (2016) marks our 40th birthday, and of those years we’ve actually been online for 20 of them, so it seemed very timely to get a new website to celebrate.

Maitland Library fountain in working order again

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The fountain, on land opposite Maitland Courthouse near the Belmore Bridge, was switched on again this week, as work continued on the grounds around it.
Maitland City Council workers have renovated and repaired the fountain, which was built in 1972.
Cr Penfold has been a vocal advocate for the revamp.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 23 Aug 2016.

Vietnam Veterans recognised in Maitland and Cessnock 50 years after Long Tan

From the Maitland Mercury report:
In August 1966, 108 ANZAC soldiers stationed outside Long Tan fought off thousands of hostile Viet Cong in one of the first, and one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam war.
Half-a-century later, at the site of the battle and at memorial sites across the Hunter and the nation, Australians reflected. In Maitland a crowd filled Maitland Park to lay wreaths at the cenotaph.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 18 Aug 2016.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Motorfest Maitland 2016 on Sunday

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Fans of chrome-covered classic beauties will rejoice as Motorfest Maitland returns to the Showground on Sunday.
For the last six years, Motorfest has driven to make the Hunter a mecca for the type of car lovers who fanatically restore and modify hotrods, street machines, bikes and trucks.
Part exhibition of amazing machines and human creativity, part trade show with hundreds of cars on show.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 17 Aug 2016.