Thursday, November 29, 2012

Inside History Magazine

Remembrance and discovery: the November-December edition (issue 13) of Inside History.

  • In our special Q&A, Sunday Night journalist and author of The Lost Diggers, Ross Coulthart, reveals how he unearthed thousands of glass plate images of Aussie WWI soldiers in France, and the sources that helped him trace the Anzacs' identities.
  • Experts from the Australian War Memorial and the Museum of New Zealand talk us through the process of identifying WWI soldiers through photos
  • In an exclusive, we share the discovery of two Macquarie-era maps charting a lost city in inland NSW, believed to lie beneath present-day Bathurst
  • Make exciting discoveries of your own with our guide to findmypast and its new World Collection
  • We also introduce a new website from the National Archives of Australia displaying more than 20,000 unidentified photos of post-WWII migrants
  • We sift through Trove to glean snapshots of festive seasons past – discover the customs that may have featured in your ancestors' celebrations.
  • Maitland's brand new start

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    Welcome to Maitland with a big ‘m’.
    It was adopted by Maitland City Council last night in an 11th hour presentation.
    The big fuss however is on The Levee – Maitland City Council’s branding of the redeveloped Heritage Mall.
    Council marketing manager Rachel MacLucas said council wanted a name that captured what the mall refurbishment was all about and that is connecting with the river.

    Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 28, 2012.

    Our city's history: People flocked to Cappers

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    Sydney had Anthony Horderns and Maitland had Edward Capper – and just as Anthony Horderns became a household name in the capital, so did Edward Capper in the capital of the Hunter.
    He had some difficulty in establishing a business in Sydney and as early as 1834 Capper contemplated a move to Maitland.

    Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 24, 2012.

    Steam fans hot under the collar

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    The future of steam and the preservation of rail heritage hinges on a report gathering dust.
    “We need this report,” Mr Ballhause said. “We haven’t seen it and believe the bureaucrats have got hold of it.”
    The inquiry promised a review of the state’s historic rolling stock assets and to map out how to best preserve that heritage.

    Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 23, 2012.

    Mai-Wel request draws an historic response

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    The Mai-Wel Group has received an overwhelming response to its request for information from the community on the history of the organisation.
    The history project has revealed some fantastic photos of members of the Maitland and surrounding communities, many of whom are still associated with the organisation today.

    Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 19, 2012.

    Royal Australian Historical Society

    History - magazine of the Royal Australian Historical Society, September 2012, no. 113:

    The Macquarie issue:
    • Family threads
    • Government Cottage, Windsor
    • The Female Orphan School - iconic Macquarie building will be fully restored
    • Macquarie in the RAHS Library

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

    City’s history is returned on canvas

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    A valuable part of Maitland’s retail ­history has come home in the form of an oil painting on canvas.
    Tucked away in Sydney since the 1960s, the painting depicts a scene from Louis Morris’s factory as it was in Bulwer Street, Maitland around 1900.
    The aerated water and cordial works opened in 1877. The painting would have been framed and hung on the wall of the factory’s office.
    A friend of Maitland Historical Society found the painting and handed it over a month ago so it could be restored and preserved.

    Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 12, 2012.

    College ghost a part of history

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    The ghost of Gloria Green haunts the hallways of the former Maitland Technical College building in High Street.

    Historic Houses Trust Summer Events

    Summer has finally arrived at the Historic Houses Trust and we’re excited to bring you a fresh program packed with things to do and see!
    Enjoy a newly launched feast of delectable delights at the Hyde Park Barracks Café with our special high-tea offer. Or keep the kids busy with some school-holiday favourites such as Rouseabout and Kids in the Colony.
    Celebrate Christmas by the Bay in the picturesque surrounds of Elizabeth Bay House while enjoying the Choir of St James', or visit one of our exciting exhibitions.

    National Trust Heritage Festival

    Community Milestones: April-May 2013.
    Join the National Trust in celebrating Australia's cultural heritage and register an event in the 2013 festival.
    Through talks, tours, exhibitions and events across Australia, the National Trust invites you to explore our heritage and find out how we shaped Australia.

    The 2013 Heritage Festival will coincide with the Bicentenary of the crossing of the Blue Mountains. Applications are now open to register your event for the 2013 Heritage Festival. Registrations close on 26 November 2012.

    Alexander The Great : 2000 years of treasures

    Alexander The Great: 2000 years of treasures celebrates the man, his journey and legacy of one of history’s most enigmatic and important figures through objects and works of art.
    Only in Sydney at The Australian Museum from 24 November 2012.
    “Massive resources are involved in bringing this exhibition from St Petersburg to Sydney,” says Frank Howarth, Director of the Australian Museum. “The artefacts will come in three shipments, each taking over three days to reach Sydney by air, with much of the road route overseen by police escort. There will be a total of 29 curators and conservators accompanying the exhibition to and from Australia – quite apart from our own team working on the project at the Australian Museum.”

    Friday, November 9, 2012

    Hunter Lifestyle Magazine

    Hunter Lifestyle Magazine : Edition 58, October-November 2012 now available.
    • Shared pleasure - Roseneath, circa 1837, East Maitland
    • Discover the muster point - an eerie, sacred space - a space that cannot help but echo thousands of voices from a century of making steel in Newcastle City
    • Ride the wild horses - three main mobs of brumbies roam the Hunter region. The Barrington Tops brumbies are said to be some of the best in the country originating from escaped Australian Agricultural Company stock more than 150-years-ago.
    • A man of vision - The life of the late Stephen Forgacs reads like a script well suited for the ABC documentary "Australia Story". He arrived in Australia in 1956 as a penniless Hungarian immigrant at the age of twenty, and became one of the region’s most successful industry figures and employers, creating an industry which has injected millions of dollars into the Hunter's economy.

    Heritage, preservation efforts recognised

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    Maitland’s heritage and preservation efforts have been rewarded with two Tidy Towns awards in 2012 Office of Environment and Heritage Cultural Heritage Awards (population 25,000-plus).
    The first award was for Maitland City Council’s heritage kit – a guide that is helping people restore their homes.
    “It’s about people who are investing time and energy into these homes with heritage value and it all benefits us by making Maitland a place we want to live,” council heritage officer Clare James said.
    The kit was created by the Maitland City Heritage Group, which meets monthly and comprises council and community representation, including National Trust and Maitland Historical Society. The kit includes a trades directory putting renovators in touch with joiners and roofers with a specialty in slate, for example.

    Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 6, 2012.

    Business doing it for Maitland : Steamfest support

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    When Steamfest needed ­financial help to keep it on track – literally – Maitland Toyota stepped in with a deal that has put the popular festival on a sound footing and Maitland on the state’s event calendar.
    Maitland Toyota’s Burton family has bought the naming rights to Steamfest in a deal worth $30,000 a year over four years.
    Founder and dealer principal Norm Burton Snr readily ­concedes he is not a steam buff, nor is the deal likely to bring him any extra business on the festival weekend.

    Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 6, 2012.

    Support grows for Maitland hall of fame idea

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    Support is growing for a hall, rather than a wall, of fame in Maitland.
    “I’ve had letters of support and I’ve had preliminary discussions with a possible sponsor,” councillor Brian Burke said.
    The deputy mayor of Maitland refloated the idea at his first meeting of the four-year council term in September.
    This led to numerous suggestions for candidates including Evatt – which Cr Burke said would be a fitting tribute given recent events.

    Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 5, 2012.

    Piece of Tocal’s history returns

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    A piece of Tocal Agricultural College’s history has returned and was unveiled as part of Foundation Day celebrations.
    It was the car owned by Marguerita and Myrtle Curtis – residents of Tocal Homestead from 1938 to 1985.

    Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 5, 2012.

    Australian Heritage Week 2013

    Australian Heritage Week is a an annual national celebration of Australia’s unique heritage. It is an opportunity for all Australians to join together to celebrate our shared and special heritage.

    In 2013, Australian Heritage Week will run from Saturday 13 April until Sunday 21 April.
    The department encourages all communities to get involved with planning and hosting a range of exciting activities during Australian Heritage Week that showcase your unique local heritage to the rest of the country.

    April 18th is the major celebration for International Day for Monuments and Sites and each year the state representatives of Australia ICOMOS organise a number of activities around Australia so that you can celebrate the diversity of the world’s cultural heritage with ICOMOS members the world over.

    Registration for an event is now open:

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

    Fig trees a special feature for war memorial

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    The two remaining founding members of Morpeth RSL Sub-branch say a grove of newly planted fig trees will be a special feature of the village’s war memorial for generations to come.
    Harold Wallis and Ted Cant were involved in the planting of 43 grevilleas in the 1960s as a memorial to the town’s men and women who served during World War II.
    More than 40 years on, a series of fig trees have been planted along Edward Close Boulevard by the Morpeth Anzac Day Committee, Maitland City Council and developer Lend Lease.

    Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 5, 2012.

    Petition to save Heritage Mall lamps

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    A petition against the removal of ­replica gas lamps in the Maitland Heritage Mall will be presented to Maitland City Council in protest of a multi-million ­dollar plan to redesign the mall.
    More than 200 people have signed the petition calling for council to leave the 41 handmade lamps – estimated to have cost between $6000 and $8000 each at the time of installation in 1988 – and reconsider the proposed plan.

    Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 2, 2012.

    Commonwealth War Graves Commission

    The Commission’s 93rd Annual Report will be published on 11 November.
    The report outlines exactly how we are getting fit for the challenge of the 14 – 18 centenary and features a number of other highlights from the past year.
    The report is accompanied by an account of the Commission’s Finances; a list of the War Graves and Memorials in the Commission’s care; and a breakdown of the numbers of those who died in the two world wars.
    The publication will be available both in print and on our website.

    Society of Australian Genealogists

    S.A.G. November activities
  • Saturday 10 November (9.00am - 10.00am) - Orientation Tour
    Members only. A one hour orientation tour of our library at 379 Kent Street - find out how the library is set out and what services we offer there. Bookings Essential. Free - but a gold coin donation to our Building Appeal on the day would be appreciated.
  • Saturday 10 November (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Family Tree Maker User Group
    Join other users of this popular software for a Q&A session. Bookings essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Saturday 10 November (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - The Master Genealogist User Group
    This meeting will allow 1-on-1 assistance and problem solving in small groups, so think in advance about any aspects of using TMG where you need help and be ready to ask questions on the day. Bring your laptop along if possible! Bookings Essential. $8 ($12 non-members).
  • Monday 12 November (8.00pm - 9.00pm AEST) - Webinar - Tracing Your NSW Gaol Birds
    Learn about the wonderful resources available to help trace ancestors who spent time behind locked doors in NSW. Presenter: Martyn Killion. Bookings essential and limited to SAG members only. Price $10.00.
  • Saturday 17 November (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Check out the Neighbours
    Looking at your ancestors in the context of where they lived can provide additional information about how they lived - a session on Australian local history sources. Bookings essential.$20 ($30 non-members).
  • Saturday 17 November (1.30pm - 3.30pm) - Rebels, Priests and Love Letters
    The ‘Minerva’ which arrived in Sydney in Jan 1800 brought the first of the rebels who had been involved in Ireland’s uprisings between 1797 and the Battle of Vinegar Hill in 1798. Rebel priests and male & female urban criminals also shared the journey aboard the ‘Minerva’. Cassie Mercer will present brand new research into those on board. Hear about their lives through letters they wrote to their families and newspaper accounts of their trials, and learn about their fate as they struggled with life in Sydney. Bookings essential.$20 ($30 non-members).
  • Museum Workshop now showing in Canberra

    Enter the Museum Workshop: The Art, Science and Craft of the Conservator exhibition and immerse yourself in the behind-the-scenes world of the conservation team, the people responsible for the physical care of objects in the National Museum of Australia's collection.

    The Museum Workshop exhibition brings to life the National Museum's large technology, objects and paintings, and paper and textiles laboratories.
    Various objects from the National Museum's collection will be on show in the Museum Workshop exhibition. The great diversity of objects in the collection means it is rare that any two conservation treatments are identical.

    Talk with conservators about their work and take advantage of this special access to the world of a museum conservator. See conservators preparing photo albums and period costumes for our upcoming exhibition, Glorious Days: Australia 1913, opening in March 2013.
    National Museum of Australia.

    Thursday, November 1, 2012

    Special concert to celebrate choir’s 25 years

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    The voices of Maitland City Choir members have been entertaining the community for the past 25 years and will hold a special concert next month to celebrate the milestone.
    The choir formed in 1987 when the choir at Maitland Grossmann High and Maitland Boys High schools were amalgamated and membership was opened to the public to mark the city’s bicentennial.
    Founding member Heather Russell-McLaren said she approached the mayor of Maitland, Cr Peter Blackmore in the lead-up to the event and asked if the choir could be named Maitland City Choir.

    Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 1, 2012.

    Maitland PCYC 60th anniversary

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    Maitland PCYC is celebrating its 60th anniversary and it needs your help.
    Manager John Mills said he hoped to be able to display photographs and items from the past 60 years as part of celebrations.
    “People might have an old photograph or a trophy from boxing, wrestling or gymnastics they have won that we could borrow to put on display,” he said. “Anything pertaining to an individual person’s time at the PCYC we would be grateful for.”

    Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 30, 2012.

    Mercury papers from mid-1800s

    From the Maitland Mercury report:
    Fragile and wafer thin, a collection of Maitland Mercury newspapers dating back to the mid-1800s are on their way back to the city having spent years wrapped in plastic bags atop a bullock wagon in the Singleton Historical Society building.

    There are 18 years’ worth of the 1840s, 1850s and 1860s editions of the Mercury that have been handed over to the Maitland Historical Society following a clean out by their Singleton counterparts.
    Maitland Historical Society’s publicity officer, Ruth Trappel, said the copies are the oldest originals she has ever seen.

    Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 30, 2012.

    Ryerson Index Now Has 3.5 Million Australian Death Notices Online

    The Ryerson Index is an index of death notices appearing in current Australian newspapers, it also includes some funeral notices, probate notices and obituaries. What started as one person’s passion for collecting the death notices out the newspaper, has now grown to encompass death notices from 216 Australian newspapers, and currently has over 3.5 million entries online (actually 3,672,088 to be exact).
    Sadly Joyce Ryerson, the person who started it all, passed away a couple of months ago, aged 95, however her legacy and Index most certainly live on.
    Today with the help of volunteers around the country. the Ryerson Index continues to grow, and has become a truly Australia-wide collection of death notices.
    This Index is used by family historians worldwide, and there is no doubt that the Ryerson Index has become an invaluable reference site for so many genealogists.

    Telling It How It Is: Oral History for Museums

    Collecting oral history; simple methods of recording, understanding and archiving narrated memories.

    When: Friday 23 November 2012, 1.00pm - 4.00pm
    Where: Museums & Galleries NSW, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomoolloo
    Cost: $35 (one participant) and $80 (three participants)