Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hunter Valley Steamfest returns for 2015

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Steam billows, the whistle blasts – another visitor is hooked.
These majestic trains return to Maitland this Saturday and Sunday for the Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest.
“There’s something about steam and that era that keeps people coming back,” Maitland City Council events co-ordinator Adam Franks said.
“It’s exciting and every year more and more kids fall in love with it.”
The 3237 is one of two locomotives consigned to race a tiger moth on Sunday.
That’s after the UK-built loco has taken people for a tour through the Port Waratah coal yards in a Steamfest-first.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 16, 2015.

Steamfest : the 3642 comes to Branxton

From the Maitland Mercury report:

Australian-built locomotive 3642 helped revolutionise rail travel before World War II and will carry passengers to Branxton on Saturday.
The loco entered service in 1926 – with the rest of the class – on mainline passenger service displacing the older 32 and 35 classes.
The 36 class was designed with less maintenance in mind and long range (water) tenders, which meant fewer stops.
Clyde Engineering at Granville built the loco as one of 10 engines that delivered shorter travel times on long distance journeys and ushered in new levels of passenger service. 

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 17, 2015.

Australian War Memorial - Anzac Day 2015

Saturday 25 April 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the landing of Anzac troops on Gallipoli. On this day the Australian War Memorial will be hosting two ceremonies of national significance, the Dawn Service and the National Ceremony, to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of those who have served Australia during periods of war and peace.
All the information you need to know about both of these ceremonies can be found on our website. All members of the public are welcome to attend.
There will be a special Last Post Ceremony held at 4.45 pm on Anzac Day. In commemoration of the centenary of the landings on Gallipoli, members of both the Australian Defence Force and the Turkish Armed Forces will participate in the ceremony.
This year the Memorial will also be broadcasting the Dawn Services from Anzac Cove on Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux in France. We encourage you to come along and watch the services on large screens that will be displayed in the Memorial’s grounds. For more information and a map of where the screens will be located, visit our website.

Gallipoli farewell harks back to Anzac traditions

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Echoing their ancestors almost 100 years ago, parents smiled and wiped away tears as they bid good luck and farewell to their Gallipoli-bound young ones in the early hours of Monday morning. 

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 13, 2015.

Les Darcy’s still larger than life at Maitland Regional Art Gallery

From the Maitland Mercury report:
It’s street art meets boxing legend, the contemporary alongside the past and an artistic nod to the man known as the Maitland Wonder.
In the space of two days one of the Australia’s leading street artists – Mr Skel – has painted three images of Les Darcy at the entrance to the Maitland Regional Art Gallery.
Simply titled Les Darcy, the stenciled artwork is a welcome addition to the existing Darcy collection inside the gallery.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury,

Maitland historic home Verona given new lease of life

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Hardy and Jacqueline Gitzel are old hands at renovation and restoration.
The couple is behind the restoration of Verona, the heritage-style home in High Street, Maitland.
In a matter of months they have transformed the haunted-looking building into a mansion, bringing the property back to life.
The double-storey Victorian home was built in the late 1800s for Lieutenant Colonel William Charles Markwell.
It changed hands and became a soldiers’ club in the 1900s and the Gitzels found the old bar still intact inside the home.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 13, 2015.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

More historic newspapers now online at Trove

The State Library of New South Wales continues to make great progress in the State Government funded digitisation of its New South Wales newspaper collection, with new editions being digitised and made steadily accessible on Trove all the time.
The Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales (Taree,NSW : 1898 - 1954)
The Don Dorrigo Gazette and Guy Fawkes Advocate (1910 - 1954)
The Macleay Chronicle (Kempsey, NSW : 1899 - 1952)
Guyra Argus (1902 - 1954)
The Uralla Times and District Advocate (1915 - 1923)
The Uralla Times (1923 - 1954)
Bundarra and Tingha Advocate (1900 - 1906)
The Tingha Advocate and North-Western Advocate (1916 - 1932)
The Moree Examiner and General Advertiser (1899)
The Observer (Henty, NSW : 1950 - 1954)
The Inverell Argus (1899 - 1904)
North West Champion (Moree, NSW : 1915 - 1954)
Justice (Narrabri, NSW : 1891)
The Gwydir Examiner and Moree General Advertiser (1898 - 1899)
Glen Innes Examiner (1908 - 1954)
Glen Innes Examiner and General Advertiser (1907 - 1908)
The Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer (1898 - 1954)
Gosford Times and Gosford and Wollombi Express (1892 - 1906)
Man on the Land (Gosford, NSW : 1936 – 1938)
The Gosford Times and Wyong District Advocate (1906 - 1954)
The Henty Observer (1914 - 1950)
The Ulladulla and Milton Times (1891 - 1917)
Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954)
Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (Sydney, 1891 - 1954)
Sydney Mail (1860 - 1871)
Sydney Mail and NSW Advertiser (1871 - 1912)
Sydney Mail (1912 - 1938)
The Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List (1844 - 1860)
Sydney General Trade List (1828 - 1829)
Sydney General Trade List, and Mercantile Advertiser (1829 - 1830)
Sydney General Trade List, Mercantile Chronicle and Advertiser (1830 )
Sydney General Trade List (1834 - 1842)The State Library of New South Wales continues to make great progress in the State Government funded digitisation of its New South Wales newspaper collection, with new editions being digitised and made steadily accessible on Trove all the time.
The following NSW newspapers have been digitised and are now available on Trove.