Sunday, March 1, 2015

Maitland's flood level indicators have all but disappeared

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Woodville resident Lynette Huckstadt is on a mission to see Maitland’s 1955 flood level indicators replaced on power poles across the city.
While on her rounds as a Maitland Community Care Services volunteer, Mrs Huckstadt noticed the once-familiar blue and white Public Works signs had been taken down.
Despite asking questions about their removal at last weekend’s 1955 flood display at Maitland Town Hall, Mrs Huckstadt has not received any convincing answers.
“I noticed the signs were missing for some months now while I travel with clients on the community bus,” she said.
“I spoke to Maitland City Council and Local Land Services to find out where the signs had gone.
“But no one could tell me.”

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Feb. 25, 2015.

Gallery:1955 Maitland and Singleton flood

AS PART of the 60th anniversary, we bring you a gallery of some of our best photographs of the 1955 flood.

Will unearths way to research family history

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Cheryl-Ann Leggatt has been tracing her family’s genealogy for about 27 years.
The Neath woman had a good idea of her family tree on her father’s side of the family, but there was still mystery surrounding her mother’s patriarchal route, until a recent breakthrough.
Findmypast.com.au, an online ancestry research tool, released more than 400,000 NSW wills.
This included the will of Mrs Leggatt’s great-grandmother – Lillie Louisa Palmer.
“My ... great-grandmother’s will came up,” Mrs Leggatt said. “We knew she owned property because my grandfather received it after she died.
“But we found out about another property in Sydney that we had no idea about.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Feb. 23, 2015.

Exhibition brings back memories for Maitland 1955 flood survivor

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Jon Mitchell was 16 years old when he floated through Maitland floodwaters on the roof of a house.
He was one of about 2000 people who attended a 60th anniversary exhibition that commemorated the infamous 1955 Maitland flood on the weekend.
Mr Mitchell told the Mercury that he sought refuge from rising floodwaters on the roof of a Mount Pleasant Street home one morning in 1955.
But he said a wall of water rushed at the house and washed it along the street toward The Long Bridge.
“It smashed up against that and we were dragged underneath and out the other side and they [rescuers] picked us up at Testers Hollow,” Mr Mitchell said.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Feb. 22, 2015.

Share your family’s link to the Anzacs with the Maitland Mercury

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Gallipoli and the Anzacs 100 years on will be remembered in the Mercury on Friday, April 24.
The paper will publish a special edition that will feature the stories of Maitland’s war heroes and the women who supported them at home.
We will tell the story about the first man from Paterson to enlist – Arthur Keppie – the women who worked for the war effort and for the troops on the homefront, and the Maitland men who enlisted to fight.
Mercury journalist Jessica Brown will tell her story about a visit to Gallipoli.
Reporter Allan Hardie will tell the stories of troops sent to war and the Hunter students travelling to Gallipoli for the 100th anniversary.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Feb. 19, 2015.

Australian Museum facelift

After 125 years of its entrance on College Street, The Australian Museum is building a new entry on William Street. The museum's entry will shift from its entrance on College Street. Visitors will instead enter through a new facade, measuring eight metres by 20 metres and pleated with crystalline glass diamonds, on the William Street side.    

The contemporary ‘floating glass’ entry hall was unveiled on 30 January by Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, the Hon Troy Grant. Named the Crystal Hall, in recognition of the glass pleated facade, the new design on William Street is by award-winning Sydney-based Neeson Murcutt Architects, led by principal Rachel Neeson and architect-in-association Joe Grech.
The upgrade to the entry allows the Australian Museum to expand its permanent gallery areas with the creation of over 630m2  of exhibition space. Showcasing a rich array of biodiversity featuring more than 400 animal specimens, Wild Planet, is the first permanent gallery to be added in over 50 years. Also included is a Museum Walk, a 4.5-metre-wide floating ramp to provide full accessibility from the corner of College and William streets to the new entry hall.

Museums and Galleries New South Wales relocating

After 16 years at The Gunnery - Museums & Galleries of NSW are moving to new premises in the recently refurbished Arts Exchange building on Hickson Rd, the Rocks in April.
We’ll be sharing the building with a bunch of NSW based arts organisations; The Biennale of Sydney, Sydney Festival, Sydney Writers Festival, Sydney Film Festival and Accessible Arts. Our new offices are on level one along with Regional Arts NSW and we’re looking forward to sharing ideas, resources and services, and building partnerships with our new neighbours.
We’ll miss our Gunnery friends, not to mention our postie Sue, but will stay in touch with both Arts Law and NAVA through our professional development events and the complementary nature of our work.