Friday, October 28, 2016

Work on Riverlink Building begins in The Levee, Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Work to build The Levee Riverlink Building, a cornerstone of Maitland Council’s major city-centre revamp, will begin on Monday.
Three High Street premises will be demolished to make way for the arch structure, which will link the shared pedestrian and vehicle zone to the bank of the Hunter River.
It will feature public open space, public art, new amenities and a cafĂ©.
The Riverlink Building is a key part of council’s $9.92 million second stage of the central Maitland upgrades.
“It has been a little over 12 months since council officially opened The Levee development component one to vehicle traffic, which has seen the space blossom with activity,” council’s general manager David Evans said.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 24 Oct 2016.

Inside istory September 2016 edition

Inside History magazine is for people passionate about Australian family history and heritage, with features and practical tips to help you trace your family tree and discover the life your ancestor led. Whether you want to explore convict history, find your Anzac, identify photographs or trace your family tree, our trusted expert advice will help you discover your past.
In issue 36, the Spring 2016 edition of Australia’s favourite history and genealogy magazine, you’ll discover:
  • 150+ new family history records online
  • The case of an Irish orphan girl
  • Tracing your Welsh ancestry
  • A Victoria Cross winner turned war propagandist
  • Journeying aboard a Royal Mail coach
  • Chasing Captain Thunderbolt
  • Two million years of world history in 100 objects
  • The stretcher-bearers of Passchendaele
  • A new Irish parish maps resource
  • The Indigenous warrior who fought against Brisbane’s colonial settlement

History Council of NSW secures 2017 funding

The History Council of NSW is delighted to announce it has been successful in its application for 2017 funding from the NSW Government through Arts NSW‘s Arts and Cultural Development program.
The Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, yesterday announced the range of artists and cultural organisations across New South Wales who have secured funding to deliver a range of ‘innovative and vibrant annual programs and individual projects to local communities’.
The History Council of NSW aims to build capacity in the history sector and connect new audiences with stories from the past. As with previous years, the History Council of NSW will continue to host its state-wide festival – History Week – for its 20th year, however, it will add a new range of programs in 2017.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

New exhibition coming to Museum of Sydney : Demolished Sydney

This summer the Museum of Sydney will host Demolished Sydney, an exhibition exploring the buildings that once shaped the city’s skyline, from the convict built Commissariat Stores to the city's last island of industry, the Kent Brewery. 
Curated by Dr Nicola Teffer, the exhibition examines the histories of 13 sites and asks, what are the forces that have shaped our changing city and how do we value and preserve the heritage of the city we inherit?
Demolished Sydney brings back to life the heritage of a Sydney that is gone but not forgotten.

Currency Lass opens Les Darcy cafe to pay it forward

From the Maitland Mercury report:
In a year, High Street’s Currency Lass has transformed from a dilapidated former pub to accommodation for the Hunter’s homeless. Next month one of the final pieces of the puzzle will fall into place, a pay-it-forward cafe styled after a Maitland legend.
Founder Liz Berger said patrons of the cafe can donate extra money which will be used to provide a coffee or meal to families and individuals struggling to make ends meet.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 16 Oct 2016.

Hunter (Living) Histories - Coal River Working Party - Carrington Pump House

Illustrations from Thesis 608 held in the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections (Auchmuty Library).

John Gibson was on 1233 ABC Radio this morning (8 October 2016) announcing the heritage nomination for the Carrington Pumphouse and the historic hydraulic works established in Newcastle in 1877. We were surprised to find that it had been established just a year after the one in the United Kingdom and predates the pumphouse in Sydney which was not built until 1891.
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The National Archives of Australia Preservation Facility

The future of the 40 million Commonwealth records held by the National Archives has been bolstered through three major projects: the upgrade of the Chester Hill repository in Sydney completed in late 2015; the National Archives Preservation Facility (NAPF) in Canberra, which is well underway; and a third that is subject to further approval processes. The combined capacity will enable us to accept records until 2031.

The relocation of records to the NAPF in Canberra is an exciting evolution for the Archives. The architecturally designed, environmentally sustainable building has storage for approximately 25 per cent of our extensive collection. It will house 104 kilometres of paper records, more than nine kilometres of audio-visual records and a digital archive, ensuring the preservation and conservation of our irreplaceable collection continues into the future.
There will be disruption to access to the Canberra-based collection from 30 October 2016 to 1 July 2017, as we relocate 15 million records from multiple repositories and rehouse them in the NAPF.