Saturday, December 19, 2015

Veteran Maitland Mercury photographer Cath Bowen calls time after 30 years

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Cath Bowen has taken her final photograph for the Maitland Mercury after more than three decades behind the lens.
The award-winning journalist finished up on Thursday with ­colleagues, civic leaders and community members paying tribute to the long-term employee.
“Cath will always be a foundation of the Mercury family,” Mercury advertising manager Sue Prescott said.
“Her contribution to recording Maitland’s history is like a time capsule that will never be forgotten.”

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

History : Magazine of the Royal Australian Historical Society - December 2015

Inside this month:
  • Cultural diversities among female convicts transported to Australia
  • Critically reviewing the critical review
  • The first Australian murder mystery novel
  • Fraud: a tale of the bush
  • Teresa Taylor - pickpocket and property tycoon

Royal Australian Historical Society

200 Treasures of the Australian Museum, the Westpac Long Gallery, Australian Museum

The Australian Museum is embarking on an ambitious journey to restore Australia’s first museum gallery, the iconic Long Gallery. The project is jointly funded by Westpac, the NSW Government and donors, and will see it re-open as the Westpac Long Gallery in 2017, celebrating the AM’s 190th and Westpac’s 200th anniversaries.

Featuring 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum, the Westpac Long Gallery will showcase invaluable treasures from our world-class collection, telling the stories of the region and the nation. The First Bank Note and the Maitland Bar Gold Nugget will be on display until 20 December 2015.

Popular Branxton principal Mark Ouvrier farewells the schoolyard after 50 years

From the Maitland Mercury report:
When Mark Ouvrier embarked on his first day of school he was five years old. Next week, when the final school bell for the year rings, he will leave the playground for the last time. More than half a century later.
Mr Ouvrier has served as a principal in at least six schools for 30 of his 39 teaching years.
The last 15 were at Branxton Public School.
He will retire at the same time as his wife Maria, who has worked as a teacher’s aid at Branxton Public School for 15 years.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Dec. 15, 2015.

Friends of Maitland Library celebrate 20th anniversary with a calendar of drawings of historic places

From the Maitland Mercury report:
To celebrate their 20th anniversary, the Friends of Maitland Library have produced a calendar with drawings of historic places in the city, the work of former Maitland Mercury chief photo­grapher David Oberdorf.
The 2016 calendar sells for $10 and all proceeds go to support library ­services in Maitland.
Scenes illustrated include St Joseph’s Catholic Church in East Maitland, the Imperial and Grand Junction Hotels in Maitland, Morpeth Bridge, Maitland Town Hall, the Walka Water Works at Oakhampton and St Peter’s Church in East Maitland.

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

Friday, December 11, 2015

Walka Water Scheme recognised by Engineers Australia

From the Newcastle Herald report:
The scheme that gave Newcastle its first running water supply will be recognised for its national engineering significance on Monday.
In 1885 the Walka Water Scheme gave Newcastle running water for the first time.
Drawn from the Hunter River near Maitland, the system brought water enclosed in pipes and stored in roofed reservoirs all the way through the system.
It was Australia’s first filtered water source, and provided protection from disease-causing pollution that according to Local heritage engineering expert Bill Jordan even some modern Australian schemes can’t achieve.

Full article available at Newcastle Herald, Dec. 7, 2015.

Louth Park boys release a book of rugby league historical recollections

From the Maitland Mercury report:
What do South Sydney, Maitland and South End have in common? Louth Park boy Fairleigh and Doherty tell all in their latest book.
It is this connection as mates, fondness for Maitland and love of rugby league which has seen them combine forces for their fifth historical book.
Pride, Passion and the Glory: Three Clubs and One Tradition takes a closer look at the relationship between the South Sydney, Maitland and South End clubs.
They focus on five main players – internationals John “Whacka” Graves and Jim Morgan as well as Frank Threlfo, Les Drew and the recently departed Merv Wright.
But this latest offering wouldn’t have happened without their last about the Maitland Police Boys Club.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Dec. 10, 2015.

Maitland City Council releases city lifestyle magazine to benefit visitors

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland City Council has launched a new annual publication to showcase the array of things for visitors and residents to see and do across the city.
Council unveiled Meander, its new once-a-year lifestyle magazine this week.
“We are proud to be launching such a comprehensive publication,” council’s city and visitor economy co-ordinator Martin Payne said.
“Meander is a fantastic resource full of ideas about the best ways to explore and enjoy all that our city has to offer.”

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Dec. 10, 2015.

Two Hunter Tiger Moths celebrate 75 years of flight

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Two historic Tiger Moth biplanes that fly Maitland tourists on adventure trips over the vineyards have made history, celebrating their 75th year in operation.
Silver and blue, the two planes made their first flights in December 1940.
But between then and now, the two stately ladies have each been through some trauma.
Both were put through exacting flights during World War II, when they were used to train pilots.
After the war, with dozens of unwanted biplanes being sold off the public, these two also found ­private buyers.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Dec. 7, 2015.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Trove's latest newspapers - New South Wales

Trove is pleased to announce that the following newspapers, digitised by the National Library through the Australian Newspaper Plan program, have been recently added to Digitised newspapers and more on Trove. Many of these newspapers are currently being added to Trove and further issues will become available shortly.

New South Wales
The Australian Workman (Sydney, NSW : 1890 - 1897)
The Bird O' Freedom (Sydney, NSW : 1891 - 1896)
The Dead Bird (Sydney, NSW : 1889 - 1891)
The Workers' Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1923 - 1939)

Steam train parts theft f5rom Richmond Vale Railway Museum

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Richmond Vale Railway Museum volunteers will have to raise a massive $150,000 to replace rare, stolen steam train parts being used to restore an historic engine scheduled to be unveiled at Maitland’s 30th Steamfest anniversary in April.
The restoration of the 1927 Avonside steam engine was going to be the jewel in the museum’s crown, with volunteers working quietly behind the scenes to get it ready for Steamfest and the June long weekend Coalfields Steam Festival.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Dec. 1, 2015.

Sydney Living Museums' annual Christmas Fare

For one-evening only shop at 40+ stalls featuring a hand-picked selection of Sydney’s finest artisan producers, makers and small-scale retailers. From create-your-own gourmet food hampers, to premium hand-made produce and artisan wares, we have everything you need for your Christmas table.

More information at Sydney Living Museums.

CWA turns Maitland Gaol's mulberries into Gaol Jam

From the Maitland Mercury report:
If you want something very Maitland to have with your scones or morning toast, East Maitland CWA has you ­covered.
The ladies have taken about 30kg of fruit from a mulberry tree that has stood in the middle of the Maitland Gaol grounds for the past 50 years and created their own brand of jam.
About 134 jars of Gaol Jam have been produced as part of the first batch and the CWA ladies have sold about 30 so far.
“Gaol Jam makes use of this significant tree’s produce again, and we hope it is also a fun and very tasty way to engage the community in part of the facility’s history.”

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 30, 2015.

Maitland stalwart Milton Morris retires from Hunter Valley Training Company

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The man affectionately known as Mr Maitland has taken a step back from the company he built that has helped more than 20,000 young people find their place in the workforce.
Milton Morris, the founding chairman and director of Hunter Valley Training Company, announced this week that he had stood down from his role as director after 34 years as a key decision maker at the firm.
The former Member for Maitland, now 91, told the Mercury that he felt the time was right to take a step back.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 26, 2015.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Inside History Magazine November - December issue

In issue 31, the Nov-Dec edition of Inside History you’ll discover:
  • 100+ new family history resources online to find your family
  • Unseen Indigenous artefacts and stories: from the National Museum of Australia’s new landmark exhibition
  • The evacuation of Gallipoli, 100 years on: what have we learnt?
  • Australia’s bountiful food history, from convict hominy to Regency feasts – plus the best Christmas pudding recipe from 1861!
  • The legend of Harold Lasseter: conman or visionary?
  • The lives and times of colonial-era businesswomen
  • Why Madame Weigel was a household name in Australia from the 1800s to 1969
  • The Indigenous war hero from the Darwin Bombing to be honoured in the Northern Territory
  • Our military history expert’s guide to military medals
  • The history lover’s guide to Canberra
  • The latest history news, events, book and app reviews, and more.

Rare Arnott's biscuit van restored by Southern Highlands train museum

A custom-made railway carriage for Arnott's biscuits has been painstakingly restored for over three years and is now displayed at the Train Works rail museum in Thirlmere.
The decade was the 1960s and the Arnott's biscuit company had switched from tin packaging to the plastic style used today, and they needed a watertight way to transport them by rail.
Not only was NSW Railways keen to transport the biscuits, they built Arnott's 45 custom-made carriages for the job.

Full article available at ABC News .

Arrival of Mustang fighter at Maitland Airport revives memories for two former RAAF men

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The flight of a legendary Mustang fighter into Maitland Airport on Wednesday brought two men together who served in the same RAAF squadron 70 years ago.
And although they didn’t ­recognise each other upon shaking hands, their meeting unlocked memories of colourful flying ­personalities they both knew in 77 Squadron.
A Mustang was the very first aircraft Colin Chapman trained on as an armourer at Wagga Wagga.
A grandfather from Telarah, Mr Chapman gazed up at the graceful lines of the aircraft that earned a brilliant reputation at the end of World War II and in Korea.

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

Flood evacuation route for Lorn and Maitland top priority

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A major flood evacuation route for people in central Maitland and Lorn has been listed as a high priority in the new flood study.
Maitland councillors are expected to adopt the Hunter River Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan at Tuesday’s council meeting.
The study has recommended that council and Roads and Maritime Services begin work on a ­feasibility study for a high-level flood evacuation route from the city, as a high priority.

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

Maitland Steamfest to get a $75,000 injection for 30th anniversary

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland City Council will spend more than $75,000 extra to mark the 30th anniversary of one of the city’s landmark community events next year.
The Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest will turn 30 next April and council wants to create a special program of events to mark the occasion.
A quad run between Newcastle and Maitland, believed to be a world first over that distance, would be the cornerstone of the extraordinary program that has been proposed by council.
Council would hire four steam trains, with a diesel back-up, for the quad run, for a ­combined total of $30,000.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury,

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Maitland historic home sells for $650,000 at auction - Old Pitnacree Close

From the Maitland Mercury report:
well-known Victorian home in Pitnacree has gone under the hammer and been sold for $650,000.
The property at 10 Old Pitnacree Close, built circa 1880, had received strong interest from prospective buyers in the lead-up to Saturday’s auction.
It had attracted about 100 people to each hour-long open house held every Saturday in the weeks leading up to the auction, according to Century 21 Ransom Real Estate director Greg Ransom.
Wallalong couple Cathy and Steve Davies bought the historic property.
Named Boreewan, which means meeting place, the property was built in the late 19th century on Crown land given to the owners as a grant in 1863.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 15, 2015.

Maitland Freemasons celebrate 175 years

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The historic Freemasons Lodge of Maitland will celebrate its 175th birthday on Saturday as a vital player in this city’s welfare and its growth.
To honour the Freemasons and their contributions to charity, Maitland City Council will host a civic welcome for the Lodge and its Grand Master Robert Melville, who will be in the city for the event.
The Freemasons have played a large part in Maitland’s development, having started here on November 4, 1840, with eight members, Kevin Short, the Past Assistant Grand Master of the Maitland Lodge, told the Mercury.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 12, 2015

Newington Armory - Sydney Olympic Park

Newington Armory is a heritage-listed former naval armaments depot that has been reborn as a unique arts venue.  It offers the Armory Gallery, once a WWII explosives store, now transformed into a 500 sqm contemporary art gallery, and Building 20, a 19th Century gunpowder magazine, that presents site-specific installations and smaller exhibitions.

Whitlam Institute and Female Orphan School

The Whitlam Institute, located in the historic Female Orphan School (1813), is fast-becoming an important centre of contemporary ideas, historical inquiry and the arts, and occupies a unique position in Western Sydney.
Visitors can explore objects from the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection on display in the A Changing Australia exhibition, as well as an impressive annual line-up of art and social history exhibitions in the Margaret Whitlam Galleries.
The building’s restoration and adaptive reuse means that it is a truly fascinating place to take the time to explore, with evidence throughout of its complex institutional history.

Visitor numbers are up at Maitland landmarks

From the Maitland Mercury report:
More people have flocked to Maitland’s landmark community facilities this year than last year.
Visitor numbers at Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland Gaol and Maitland Library were up between April and September, ­compared with the same period in 2014, according to new data.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 11, 2015.

Remembrance Day: Birds sang as guns roared at Flanders

From the Maitland Mercury report:

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Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 10, 2015.

Remembrance Day: We must never forget - East Maitland RSL

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Remembering those who served and died in battle is a sacred duty today for East Maitland RSL sub-branch president Brian Boughton.
Mr Boughton, 65, a grandfather of two, has known a fair number of soldiers who paid the ultimate price for their country.
He was once the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Australian Army, the highest non-­commissioned rank in the service.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 10, 2015.

Historic bell rings out at Tenambit Public School

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A historic bell cast in 1918 will continue to ring out its message at Tenambit Public School where it was installed this week.
St Egwin’s Anglican Church originally owned the bell, which was cast for them at the local foundry in Tenambit in 1918.
At that time, the bell had cost a little more than £16 – today the metal alone is estimated to be worth about $400. St Egwin’s Church building was used in those times as the Tenambit School.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 9, 2015.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Carmichael’s 1000 : a history of the 36th Battalion A.I.F.

Carmichael’s 1000 : a history of the 36th Battalion A.I.F.
To mark Remembrance Day, Margaret Clark will recount the story of the 36th Battalion A.I.F. that fought in the Battles of Passchendaele and Messines in Belgian West Flanders during WWI.
The battalion was affectionately named Carmichael’s 1000 and Margaret has chosen this as the title of her book about these men.
Hear the history and exploits of the battalion that primarily came from Newcastle and Sydney and trained at the Rutherford Army Camp.

Wednesday 11 November
6.00 pm - 7.30 pm
Rutherford Library
Free

Book now

Museums & Galleries Regional Stakeholder Forum 2015

Regional Stakeholders Forum
This year’s forum will bring you up-to-date on issues affecting the regional heritage sector; discuss regional tourism and museums, crowdfunding and the role of consultants; and how the arts can ‘activate’ and energise your museum.
As always, this annual event is presented by MAAS, Regional Arts NSW and M&G NSW.

Heritage Mall lamps adorn the front of Maitland Repertory Theatre

From the Maitland Mercury report:
As shoppers give their verdict on The Levee, thoughts go back to the old Heritage Mall and what happened to all those lights.There were 39 heritage-style lamp posts removed from the mall as part of the revamp, but two have sprung up further along High Street.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 28, 2015.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Acquisition of shops to make way for river link at The Levee in Maitland CBD

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Council has had to turn to the Land Acquisition Act to fulfil plans to build an archway to link The Levee with the riverbank.
The link, part of stage two of The Levee, will require three buildings to be demolished.
Long negotiations between Maitland City Council and the owners of two of the buildings have to date been unsuccessful. The acquisition act was brought into play.
Those owners will be compensated for their properties.
Of the three shops marked for demolition, one is council owned.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 20, 2015.

The 10th Annual Harry Boyle OAM Heritage lecture

The 10th Annual Harry Boyle OAM Heritage lecture will be held at Brough House, Church St, Maitland on Friday 30th October, 2015.

This lecture will be presented by Carol Duncan, Journalist, former ABC Presenter and founder of Lost Newcastle. Her lecture is titled History in the Suburbs.

The evening commences at 6.30 with drinks and canapes and followed by the lecture at 7.00pm. $25 or $20 (NT members).
All monies go towards the upkeep of Grossmann and Brough Houses.

Bookings essential: Janece 49334450 or email janece.mcdonald@newcastle.edu.au
 
 

Writing Family History - University of Tasmania

Secrets, twists, triumphs and tragedies; bring the stories of ancestors to life! Writing Family History is a fully online unit from the University of Tasmania. Join students around Australia for an introduction to writing non-fictional and fictional narratives based on real genealogical records.
Online: Writing Family History is part of a fully online suite of units to enable flexible study.

Free access to Ancestry.com Library: Gain free access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories and other resources that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.

Unit Objectives
On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:
  • Use and reflect on a range of key strategies and techniques for writing narratives based on genealogical records;
  • Contribute to a supportive online workshop environment by giving and receiving constructive critical feedback on short writing exercises;
  • Produce a coherent piece of short fiction or non-fiction based on genealogical research.
After completing Writing Family History, the opportunity exists to undertake further units within the Associate Degree in Arts.
http://www.utas.edu.au/arts/writing-family-history

Telarah Public School 125th anniversary

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The Telarah Public School community has capped off its 125th anniversary celebrations with a successful community open day.
The informal open day was a chance for the Telarah community to visit and tour the school, look at some of the new classrooms, enjoy old photos and see how far the school had come since it opened more than a century ago.

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

First look at new Morpeth seniors' housing estate plan

From the Maitland Mercury report:
After much speculation and tension developers have unveiled their plans for seniors’ living in the grounds of the old Morpeth Bowling Club.
Given a list of six options for the site the developer Morpeth Land Company wants to build a medium density village for the over 55s beside the old Morpeth Bowling Club.
The clubhouse is under refurbishment for use as a childcare centre and the land between it and Morpeth Common has been slated for the 22 single-storey villas.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 15, 2015.

Morpeth development a divisive issue for council

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Councillor Loretta Baker said few topics had divided Maitland City Council as the vote on medium density housing at Morpeth.
Cr Baker, who was deputy mayor until last month, had opposed the inclusion of the former bowling club land in plans to meet the city’s future growth as part of a Labor voting block.
The council planning department had recommended the Edward Street site in the Maitland Urban Settlement Strategy be refused because development posed a threat to the character of the village.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury,

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Maitland Regional Museum hosts WWI Tunnelling Corps exhibition at Brough House

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The Maitland Regional Museum has begun to unearth the forgotten stories of the World War I Tunnelling Corps with its latest exhibition.
Museum director Janece McDonald said the strong turnout on the opening night, the diverse groups who had ­visited the exhibition and the exhibition’s success in unearthing untold history highlights the need for Maitland Regional Museum to be granted funding for its own space.
Currently the museum does not have its own designated building but instead relies on community spaces to host exhibitions in its name.
Dr McDonald said numerous descendents of tunnellers have attended the exhibition to tell and immortalise their ancestor’s stories. She told The Mercury the tale of a Cessnock man, a son of a tunneller, who was keen to shed light on his father’s experience in the corps.

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

Inside History - issue 30 - September/October 2015

Inside History magazine is for people passionate about Australian and New Zealand genealogy, 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 30, the Sep-Oct edition of Australia’s favourite history and genealogy magazine, you’ll discover:
  • New evidence of the First Fleet landing place – has history got it wrong?
  • Who Do You Think You Are? is back! Meet celebs Luke Nguyen and Ray Martin (and their fascinating ancestors)
  • How to write a compelling family history, as esteemed historian Graeme Davison talks us through his own research and writing process
  • 85 new genealogy resources to help further your family tree
  • The post-war lives of our World War I diggers revealed in the National Archives of Australia’s repatriation files
  • The 1827 Parramatta Female Factory riot – was it Australia’s first workers’ action?
  • The life and times of the leatherworkers of yesteryear
  • How to research Irish convicts
  • Inside History‘s genie guide to Canberra
  • Life on the home front: our military history expert helps solve a reader’s mystery photo about wartime Australia
  • The latest history news, events, book and app reviews
Available to borrow as an emagazine at Maitland City Library: http://www.maitland.nsw.gov.au/Library/resources

Maitland City Council agrees to potential rezoning of historic Morpeth

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Councillors dismiss officers concerns about development of Morpeth Bowling Club site

Maitland councillors have dismissed concerns about development on the former Morpeth Bowling Club site and agreed to add it to its land bank.
The site will now be included in the Maitland Urban Settlement Strategy and will soon be considered for rezoning .
Brad Everett, a Morpeth Land Company director, said the council report “was not balanced” and urged the councillors to support the proposal.
He said the company was “trying to get the best outcome” and “not seeking to have the land rezoned”.
The council has confirmed a proposal to rezone the land general residential and build 22 to 30 high-density homes will be put before the councillors at another meeting.
Vocal Morpeth residents filled the chamber and urged the councillors to “protect the heritage of the village”.

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

Council officers recommend rejection of DA for old Morpeth Bowling Club site

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Plans to build houses around old Morpeth Bowling Club have again failed to find favour with Maitland City Council’s planning division.
And they’ve recommended councillors officially reject the plans on Tuesday night.
Council planners listed seven reasons the land was unsuitable for residential development in the report to councillors.

The report said there was no need for housing in that area because there was 20-plus years of residential land supply nearby and such development would threaten the character of the village.
Council’s firm stance follows a veiled threat last month from developer, Morpeth Land Company, which said it would build a caravan park if a plan for up to 30 homes was refused.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 12, 2015.

Maitland council tested by range of development proposals in Morpeth

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Heritage rich Morpeth is under siege from developers who have tested Maitland City Council with various plans and proposals in recent weeks.
The plans target the village fringes, overlooking rural land, assessed against the ageing Morpeth Management Plan.
“There’s an unresolved issue on the edges of Morpeth and council might need to revise this plan,” Hill Top Planners director Richard Bennett said.
“They’re experiencing pressure on the edges of the village.”
But council has defended the plan it adopted 15 years ago.
“The Morpeth Management Plan is an important part of ­council’s decision-making framework for development in and around Morpeth,” council urban growth manager Ian Shillington said.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 7, 2015.

Maitland council held to ransom over Morpeth development application

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A developer is threatening to create a trailer park in historic Morpeth unless Maitland council approves a high-density housing estate in the village.
Morpeth Land Company wants to build 23 to 30 homes on the former Morpeth Bowling Club site and sell the existing clubhouse as a childcare centre.
A council report issued last month recommended that the company’s proposal to have the land included in the Maitland urban settlement strategy, which governs future land development and is the first step in the approval process for the housing estate, be denied.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 6, 2015.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Australian TV Documentary looking to reunite family members.

An Australian TV documentary series that aims to help find long lost relatives, is looking for participants.

If you are desperate to trace a lost family member and have been searching with no success,we would like to hear from you – perhaps we can help (at no cost to you).
We understand that this is a very emotional quest and we will always be very sensitive to seekers who respond to us.
The programme will follow the stories of people who have, for one reason or another, experienced long term separation from members of their family and are seeking to be reunited with them.
The aim of the programme is to help people who are struggling to find enough information to move closer to a reunion.  The programme hopes to track down lost relatives and follow the stories from the search through to the reunion.
 
More information at family search requests

10th Annual Harry Boyle OAM Heritage lecture

The 10th Annual Harry Boyle OAM Heritage lecture will be held at Brough House, Church St, Maitland on Friday 30th October, 2015. This lecture will be presented by Carol Duncan, Journalist, former ABC Presenter and founder of Lost Newcastle. Her lecture is titled History in the Suburbs. The evening commences at 6.30 with drinks and canapes and followed by the lecture at 7.00pm. $25 or $20 (NT members). All monies go towards the upkeep of Grossmann and Brough Houses.
Bookings essential : Janece 49334450 or email janece.mcdonald@newcastle.edu.au

Archival revival: Looking back at 1966 Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:

Photographs of faces and places in Maitland from 1966.

Full article available at: Maitland Mercury, Oct. 1, 2015.

BHP Newcastle reunion to celebrate 100 years

From the Maitland Mercury report:
 Dozens of Maitland people who have links to BHP are expected to attend the final big reunion of employees in Newcastle this Saturday – marking 100 years since the company opened there.
Billed as the “last hurrah” BHP Reunion, it will be held at Newcastle District Tennis Club, Broadmeadow, at 12.30pm on Saturday.
This month also marks 16 years since the closure of BHP’s The Front End in Newcastle, where so many people from Maitland had been employed.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Sept. 24, 2015.

Four steam trains and four Tiger Moths for Steamfest

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Four steam trains, across four tracks, with four Tiger Moths overhead, equals one hell of a teaser for the 2016 Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest.
The spectacle will be a world-first if organisers can gain the necessary permission in time for the 30th anniversary celebration.
“It’s a big task, but we’ve written the letters and we’re hopeful we can get permission,” Steamfest committee member Peter Garnham said.

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

Long wait for return of historic locomotives to Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The two locomotives that represent the pinnacle of the steam era – the 3801 and 3830 – won’t return to Maitland for at least a year or two. 
Organisers of the annual Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest are relieved, however, there’s at least a public plan to return the 3801 and 3830 to service.
They were taken out of service in 2008 and 2009 respectively and the radio silence on their restoration has frustrated rail buffs.

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Respected historian Michael Belcher to lead Friends of Grossmann House Heritage Walk tour

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Once known as a grand boulevard linking all governmental, educational and ecclesiastical facilities for the region, the Glebe precinct is interesting and intriguing in equal measures.
And as part of the latest Friends of Grossmann House Heritage Walk historian Michael Belcher will reveal why.
“It’s not often you can stand on one spot in Australia, let alone Maitland, and see evidence spanning thousands of years of natural and man-made history,” Dr Belcher said.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Sept. 10, 2015.

New era at the Australian Museum

Stage One of the Australian Museum transformation was officially opened by the Premier Mike Baird and the Deputy Premier Troy Grant heralding a new era at the AM.

Our striking new Crystal Hall entrance and Wild Planet gallery, the first new permanent exhibition space to be added to the AM in 50 years, opened today.

You will now enter the AM via Museum Walk following in 20,000 year old Mungo footsteps. Our new walkway features engravings of footprints found in the Lake Willandra World Heritage area of western NSW, home to the world’s oldest fossilised footsteps.  Now you can explore Wild Planet where you’ll meet over 400 animals from around the world – an extraordinary mix of thriving, rare, endangered, native, exotic and extinct species. Also discover our newly refurbished First Australians galleries showcasing the diversity of Indigenous Australian cultures.
http://australianmuseum.net.au/

Flashback Friday: kids through the ages - Maitland Mercury

Pictorial feature:
The Mercury photographers have captured Maitland's kids at play over the years.
Look back at the fun and see if you can spot yourself and anyone you know.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Sept. 10, 2015.

Bravery of Tunnelling Corps remembered in exhibition - Maitland Regional Museum

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The Maitland Regional Museum has partnered with the Geological Survey of NSW and Friends of Grossmann House to tell the story of the Maitland men who laid down their lives as part of the Tunnelling Corps during World War I. 
They are calling on the descendents of local members of the corps to help them shine a light on the amazing feats of the subterranean soldiers.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury,

Maitland councillors oppose Morpeth seniors development on heritage grounds

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland City Council will ­formally object to a plan to use a Morpeth property as the site for a new seniors residential development.
Scott Property Development wants to establish a seniors living estate on land in Duke Street, comprised of a hostel that includes 40 apartments and a retirement village made up of 250 villa and town house-style homes.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Sept. 8, 2015.

Maitland's Monte Pio becomes a Mercure hotel

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The city’s oldest accommodation provider has changed colours to become the Mercure Maitland Monte Pio.
The deal follows extensive renovations, worth $2.5 million, designed to make the old convent the city.
Hotel manager Atul Seth said there was a certain expectation that the old dame had to uphold.
“It’s a beautiful building with so much history,” he said.
“It’s iconic – it’s almost been here forever.”

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Sept. 3, 2015.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

War, Nationalism and Identity : History Week, Maitland City Library

It is often argued that Australia's military involvement in war and international theatres of conflict from the Sudan to Afghanistan, has done much to shape an enduring image of Australian national character.
In War, Nationalism and Identity school students from Maitland high schools will present a personal view of their journey through the study of Australia in wartime, and how it has shaped their own views of Australia's history and national identity.
Thursday 10 September
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Maitland Gaol
Free

Book now
http://www.maitland.nsw.gov.au/library/

Renovated historic Maitland home Verona sells for $880,000

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Verona, the Victorian-era gem at the top of High Street, Maitland, has sold for $880,000.
At a time when even modest ­suburban homes sell for $1 million and above in Newcastle, this ­mansion could be considered a ­bargain.
The two-storey, four-bedroom, two-bathroom home on 1500 square metres of land had received a lot of love from vendors Hardy and Jacqueline Gitzel, who undertook massive renovations to the property.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Sept. 1, 2015.

Lasting Legacies: History Week and the 100th anniversary of ANZAC at Maitland City Library

Celebrating History Week and the 100th anniversary of ANZAC, extraordinary World War One artefacts from the State Library of NSW’s collection are heading to Maitland.

Referring to original documents including letters, diaries, photographs and memorabilia, the State Library’s Curator, Louise Denoon, will reveal the personal stories of those that served in WWI. These historically significant items are to be shown for the first time at this unique and fascinating event.
Thursday 10 September
11.00am - 12.00pm
Maitland Library
Free

http://www.maitland.nsw.gov.au/library/

Lance Murray: his legacy will live on

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland Citizen of the Year, voice of the Aboriginal community and curator of Maitland history, Lance Murray, died last week aged 78.
Born Lancelot Kenneth Arthur Murray to an Aboriginal mother and white father near the township of Kyogle, Mr Murray’s family moved to Hexham when he was two years old.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 31, 2015.

Maitland Mercury to publish three days a week

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The Maitland Mercury will be published three days a week instead of five under proposed changes presented to staff yesterday.
Employees at the Mercury and other Hunter mastheads, including the Newcastle Herald, Cessnock Advertiser and Dungog Chronicle, were briefed on Fairfax Media plans to restructure the Newcastle and Hunter operations of its Australian Community Media (ACM) division.
Under the proposal the Mercury will move from publishing Monday to Friday to publishing three days a week and the Singleton Argus will move from publishing twice a week to a weekly edition.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 27, 2015.

Old movies are the reel deal with the Maitland Historical Society

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The charm of black and white movies will come alive at a film night presented by the Maitland and District Historical Society.
At Saturday’s old-style movie experience at St John’s Hall the audience will be treated to a full-length film from the 1930s called One Hour With You.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 27, 2015.

Work on Maitland Showground's historic grandstand begins

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Work has started on the restoration of the ailing Maitland Showground grandstand.
People attached to the government’s Work for the Dole scheme have been enlisted to remove planks and seats from the 100-year-old grandstand this week.
An engineer will assess what structural work needs to be done as part of the restoration after the seats and planks are removed.
Hunter River Agricultural and Horticultural Association representatives will then get quotes from builders to complete the long-awaited restoration work.

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

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Friends of Grossmann House leads walk that embraces the rich history of central Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:
From the home of the Maitland Mercury’s co-founder (Thomas Tucker) to land owned by Napoleonic war veterans, central Maitland is both interesting and intriguing in equal measures.
“This part of Maitland is such a charming contrast to what’s going on in the central business district because progress has actually marooned it in time,” Friends of Grossmann House historian Holly McNamee said.
“So we now have this ­little island of very narrow streets and lanes that has remained intact.”
The Friends of Grossmann House will lead a walk through iconic Bourke Street as part of its latest fundraising initiative.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury,

Morpeth retirement village Closebourne wins award

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Morpeth retirement village Closebourne has won the seniors independent living category in the coveted Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW awards.
The Lendlease development’s ­integration with the historic village impressed judges.
The careful restoration of Morpeth House, a historic building within the village, demonstrated Lendlease’s commitment.
“Using materials and methods from 150 years ago, the historical relevance of the building has been retained and its use transformed into a vibrant and interactive community centre,” Lendlease retirement living managing director Michael Eggington said.

Full article available at: Maitland Mercury, Aug. 17, 2015.

Maitland and District Historicl Society presents An Old Style Movie Experience

An Old Style Movie Experience

at St. John's Hall
Cnr. High & Cathedral Streets, Maitland

7pm Start – Saturday 29th August 2015
 
Admission $20.00 includes Supper at Interval

Come and see old movie film from the 1930's and 1940's, as it used to be.
 
Contact; Phone: 0438 623 299 or Email: maitlandhistorical@gmail.com

The History Council of NSW in collaboration with Sydney Living Museums Annual History Lecture

In the early twenty-first century, we see Anzac adrift.  As the Great War passes from memory to history the meaning of Anzac is more contested and more problematic than ever. Professor Bruce Scates will consider the fraught politics of commemoration as Australia and the world commemorate the Centenary of the Great War.  His lecture will examine the making and remaking of memorial spaces, the role the ‘memory boom’ has played in generating interest in the Great War, and explore new archives set to change the way we remember 1914-1918.

Event Type: Talk / Lecture

When: Tuesday, 8 September 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: $50 General, $45 HCNSW Member/Concession
Contact: History Council of NSW, 02 9252 8715, admin@historycouncilnsw.org.au, http://www.historycouncilnsw.org.au

Restoring Stephens pattern no. 3 to Miss Porter's House, Newcastle

From the National Trust Magazine, August - October 2015.

Miss Porter's House, with its simple placement of bricks, doors, windows and splayed lintel patterns behind its decorative cast-iron balustrade, is a lovely example of the fa├žade of a typical Edwardian terrace house...
Article by Roland Bannister.

Century-old paper returned to the Maitland Mercury

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A Louth Park home has revealed a secret hidden away for nearly a century beneath the floor coverings.
One of the sheets of newspaper that had been laid as insulation under lino, is from The Maitland Daily Mercury, October 7, 1918.
Others were from May 7 and July 9, 1921.
Yellow and a little torn in places, the 1918 paper makes interesting reading, particularly the advertisements.

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

Maitland Motorfest

From the Maitland Mercury report:
More than 300 classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles and other street machines lined Maitland Showground on Sunday for this year’s Maitland Motorfest.
Event organiser Bruce Corke said 308 vehicles featured in the motorfest and about 2500 ­visitors passed through the showground to look at the vehicles on Sunday.

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

Glitz and glamour at the Museum of Clothing

From the Maitland Mercury report:
When it comes to history Lani Furner wears her heart on her sleeve.
As a staunch devotee of the pin-up culture, Mrs Furner loves little more than adorning herself in the glamour of years gone by.
“I’m very attracted to the glamour of the 1950s and ’60s and also the shape of the garments,” she said.
“I love the hourglass shape and I think it’s very flattering on pretty much any body shape, but generally there are also stories behind the garments which I also love.”
The Phoenix Park woman will model a collection of garments from her favourite fashion era as part of The Museum of Clothing’s latest offering.
Titled Glitz & Glamour, the collection features a range of garments donated from people across the Hunter.

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

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ryerson Index now has 5 Million Australian Death and Obituary Records

The Ryerson Index is a free index to death notices appearing in Australian newspapers. The date range covered extends from the Sydney Gazette of 1803 up to newspapers published within the last week or so. The Index also includes many funeral notices, and some probate notices and obituaries.
Because the Index was originally created by the Sydney Dead Persons Society, its strength lies in notices from NSW papers - including in excess of one million notices from the Sydney Morning Herald alone.  However, the representation from papers from other states continues to grow, with additional papers being regularly added, so that the Index can now truly be considered an Australian index.             Indexing is being continuously carried out by a team of volunteers, too numerous to mention individually, who give freely of their time to ensure the site continues to grow. Site updates occur every couple of weeks, and more often in periods of high activity. The index itself cannot by definition be considered a primary source of data, but is purely a research aid to direct the researcher to the original source of a notice.

History Council NSW annual history lecture 2015 : anzac amnesia - how the centenary forgot the war

In the early twenty-first century, we see Anzac adrift.  As the Great War passes from memory to history the meaning of Anzac is more contested and more problematic than ever. Professor Bruce Scates will consider the fraught politics of commemoration as Australia and the world commemorate the Centenary of the Great War.  His lecture will examine the making and remaking of memorial spaces, the role the ‘memory boom’ has played in generating interest in the Great War, and explore new archives set to change the way we remember 1914-1918.

When: Tuesday, 8 September 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: $50 General, $45 HCNSW Member/Concession
Contact: History Council of NSW, 02 9252 8715, admin@historycouncilnsw.org.au, http://www.historycouncilnsw.org.au

Maitland Historical Society Bulletin, August 2015

The August edition of the Maitland & District Historical Society Inc. available on the website
http://www.maitlandhistorical.org/bulletin.php

  • Edward Charles Close - from soldier to settler
  • St. James Anglican Church, Morpeth, celebrates 175th anniversary
  • The Trocadero - dining rooms and refreshments, High Street

National Trust / Grossmann House - walking Bourke Street, Maitland

Sunday, August 23 at 2.00, Wayne Campbell will take us through the streets of a section of Central Maitland.
 
The Bourke Street area presents a unique look at the early settled history of Maitland, with the streetscape still capturing elements of the 1850 subdivision of a part of the land of Molly Hunt / Morgan. Humble timber cottages, terraces, substantial brick dwellings, schools, a private hospital, and accommodation for early Maitland clergy, all side by side and bound by a network of narrow streets and laneways.
 
$25.00 / $20.00 National Trust members, price includes the usual sumptuous afternoon tea at Brough House.
 
Bookings essential. Ph: Holly 49344314.

National Family History month August 2015

During August events will be conducted across the country that focus on genealogy, family history, heraldry and related subjects including family reunions, seminars, talks, workshops, open days, history walks, book launches, expos to mention just a few activities. Check your state for details of local events and remember to also check the online events which you can do at home. Shauna Hicks' popular 31 Activities for Researchers and 31 Activities for Societies is happening again this year and details will be in the online events category.

More information at http://www.familyhistorymonth.org.au/

Hydro Aluminium Kurri Kurri wants the community to come up with ideas for how it should commemorate the area's smelting heritage

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Hydro Aluminium Kurri Kurri wants the community to contribute ideas on how to commemorate the area’s smelting heritage with a mural, sculpture or similar concept.
Aluminium smelting has been a part of  Kurri Kurri and Weston for almost fifty years since production began in 1969.
“We are open to ideas,” Hydro managing director Richard Brown said.
The smelter operated under five business names: Australuco; Alcan; Capral; VAW; and Hydro.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 12, 2015.

Hunter Valley Aboriginal rock art, featuring Baiame the creator, listed on the State Heritage Register

From the Maitland Mercury report:
rare Aboriginal rock art site that features a larger-than-life, painted male ­figure overlooking the Hunter Valley has been given the state’s highest form of heritage protection.
Heritage Minister  Mark Speakman said the site was nominated by the Wonnarua Nation Aboriginal Corporation which represents Wonnarua people, the traditional owners of the Hunter Valley.
“This rare and beautiful site is located on private farming land whose owners have had cordial relations with local Aboriginal people for three generations, making the site readily accessible for their ceremonial and educational use,” Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 10, 2015.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments

Stories of our soldiers at Gallipoli – in their own words
Embark on a journey with our soldiers at Gallipoli. From the excitement of enlisting, to the reality and terror of battle. Through original diaries, photos and letters, get a glimpse of the Gallipoli campaign through the eyes, and in the words, of those who were there.
Personal letters, diaries and photographs from the State Library of NSW reveal captivating personal experiences of servicemen and nurses. Service records from the National Archives remind us that everyone was a volunteer, and they came from all walks of life to serve their country.

31 July to 15 November 2015
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

Century-old, historic Millfield homestead razed

From the Maitland Mercury report:
It was supposed to be the centrepiece of a massive centenary party once the frozen hills surrounding Millfield began to warm up.
But a 100-year-old homestead, which had survived a 150km trek to its new home atop a picturesque part of the Coalfields nearly 30 years ago, was in ruins on Tuesday after a fire ripped through it.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 4, 2015.

Wanted: photos of Maitland Town Hall

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Old photos of Maitland Town Hall are being sought to help Maitland City Council with major upgrades to the iconic building.
Council recently began work on the revamp, funded by the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund, to modernise the auditorium and performance space of the building.
But council is calling for people to share any old photos that capture the history of the building, particularly the inside of it.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 4, 2015.

Facebook page 'You Know You're From Maitland' attracts global interest

From the Maitland Mercury report:
It has connected more than 11,000 people across the globe, been used as an educational tool, sparked romances and continues to grow at about 10 new members a day.
The You Know You’re From Maitland Facebook page was launched in April 2014 and, 15-months on, has gained more recognition and followers than instigator Aaron Golledge could have ever imagined.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 4, 2015.

Maitland VIEW Club’s 50th anniversary wish: more members please

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland VIEW Club is keen to boost membership as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations on Wednesday, August 26.
Members extend an invitation to women keen to meet new people, to help others and to enjoy the company of like-minded women.
VIEW stands for voice, interests and education of women.
It was established by children’s charity The Smith Family, 55 years ago, to offer women the opportunity to have their voices heard on issues of national interest and to provide a ­service to the community, through the education of children, especially those from disadvantaged families.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury,

Tocal principal Cameron Archer to leave college

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Cameron Archer principal of Tocal Agricultural College, Paterson will be leaving his position in September.
This announcement follows the weekend celebrations marking the college's 50th anniversary.
Dr Archer who has been principal at the college for 27 years could be described best as Mr Tocal given his high profile not only in the Hunter Valley but throughout the state through his work in promoting agriculture and agricultural education.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 30, 20.

Lachlan Valley Railway will bring a 59 class steam engine to Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Steam engine lovers will get a treat next month when a 59 class locomotive stops in at Maitland.
The 5917 engine from Lachlan Valley Railway will be on a journey from Sydney to Tamworth when it makes an overnight stop at Maitland on August 13.
“This engine has been a bit of a stalwart to the society,” Lachlan Valley Railway director John Healey said.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 29, 2015.

Bicentenary a great occasion, but let’s get it right for all

From the Maitland Mercury report:
For Maitland residents who have non-Aboriginal heritage, the city’s bicentennial celebrations could be seen, at face value, as a chance to have a party and boost community spirit.
But Cr Loretta Baker’s words of warning at Tuesday’s council meeting are worth serious consideration.
No matter which way you look at it, a bicentenary of a city or town in Australia hinges on the arrival of European settlers in that place.
For many Aboriginal people, this was the beginning of a dark time that still has serious effects to this day.
So it may be easy for some people to get swept up in the idea of Maitland’s 200 year birthday, but there needs to be consideration of how, and whether, the occasion can be marked in a culturally sensitive way.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 29, 2015.

Questions over date of Maitland bicentenary

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland’s bicentenary should be celebrated, the city’s leaders say.
But first, they need to settle the ­question of when that 200 years began.
Cr Philip Penfold raised this issue at this week’s council meeting when he asked the city’s experts to look into when it would be appropriate for Maitland to celebrate its 200 year anniversary.
He said he would like to see a year of community activities planned for the town’s anniversary.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 29, 2015.

Old Victoria Hotel (Roseneath) gets new lease of life in East Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Historic residence and one-time pub Roseneath will find new life with buyers James Morgan and Sonia van Huisstede. The couple bought the 1837 home at East Maitland for an undisclosed sum and plan to reopen the two-storey sandstone gem to the public as the Old Victoria Hotel.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 29, 2015.

Maitland council releases master plan for Walka Water Works

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Walka Water Works was once touted as a potential crocodile sanctuary and the possible home for a chocolate factory in Maitland.
But after the many ideas that have failed to take shape over the years, Maitland City Council now plans to turn the site into an education and tourist hub that celebrates the ­property’s ecology and historical contribution to the region.
At Tuesday night’s meeting, councillors voted to put the Walka Water Works Interpretation Master Plan on public exhibition for the next month.
Council has received a $40,000 grant from the state ­government to implement the first stage of the plan, which will focus on developing educational attractions at the site for school groups and visitors.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 28, 2015.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Battle of Lone Pine at Gallipoli centenary to be commemorated in East Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A special ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Lone Pine at Gallipoli will take place in East Maitland on Saturday, August 8.
The ceremony has been arranged by members of the Rotary Club of East Maitland – just where a lone pine was planted in Cooks Square
Park from original seeds of a lone pine growing at the battle site.
“We would like everybody to come to this ceremony at what is a major historical site in East Maitland,” one of the organisers David Sciffer said.
“This lone pine in Cooks Square Park has been grown from seeds taken from a tree at Lone Pine Grove at Gallipoli.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 26, 2015.

National Library of Australia - Heroes and Villains: Strutt's Australia

William Strutt was the first great exponent of history painting to work in Australia. His spectacular work depicting the brutal and beautiful Australian landscape, explorers and bushrangers is iconic, and informs the way we envisage colonial life in the mid-nineteenth century. Heroes and Villains will bring together Strutt’s oils, watercolours, sketches and prints from the extensive collections at the National Library with dramatic works from several major Australian collections.
Wednesday 12 August–Sunday 15 November 
Daily, 10 am–5 pm


More details at National Library of Australia website.

Fifties Fair returns to the iconic Rose Seidler House for its 20th year!

Secure your tickets to be part of the most swinging event on the calendar set in the grounds of Sydney’s iconic mid-century home, Rose Seidler House.
Shop for authentic vintage wares, have your hair styled, enjoy live music and rock n’ roll dancing, tuck into gourmet food, and marvel at our classic car displays and Rose Seidler House.
Grab some friends and celebrate all things 1950s in a day of vintage fun.

More information: Sydney Living Museums website.

Dual celebration with a Peek into the Past and Tocal College celebrating 50 years

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Crowds enjoyed a nostalgic weekend at Tocal in celebrations that spanned its settlement to the first 50 years of the ­college.
Back to Tocal had all the hallmarks of an agricultural college celebration, from guest speakers to hearty meals and tales beside the bonfire.
Meanwhile, celebrations were in full swing at the old Tocal Homestead for Peek into the Past.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 26, 2015.