Friday, March 25, 2016

National Trust Magazine, New South Wales - February to April 2016

National Trust Members' Magazine Autumn 2016 edition includes:
  • Victoria Theatre in Newcastle to be restored
  • Raddling and tuck pointing - traditional trades
  • Colonial architects - part 2
  • NSW Government Architect's Office celebrates its bicentenary
  • Religious cultural patrimony
  • Launch of new National Trust website
  • 'Hazeldean' a mix of rural heritage and the stock-breeding science of tomorrow 
  • Looking at architecture
  • Tours and treks

A Special Day for Pelaw Main in 1903

The 26 January 1903 was a very special day for Margaret Holden and Arthur Griffith, a young couple from Pelaw Main in the Coalfields.
Courtesy of the Coalfields Heritage Group, we have a couple of terrific photos of  their wedding which was the first held at Pelaw Main.

Full article available at University of Newcastle Cultural Collections.

Cameron Archer talks environmental heritage to Maitland Historical Society

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Former Tocal principal and stalwart of the Hunter Dr Cameron Archer AM will speak at the Maitland District Historical Society on Tuesday, April 5.
Dr Archer will talk about the environmental history of the Paterson Valley. Dr Archer is well known in the community for his role as principal of Tocal Agricultural College from 1987 to 2015.
However he is also a noted contributor to areas outside agricultural education including local history and conservation of heritage.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 24, 2016.

St Peter's to engrave ANZAC memorial with names of students who served

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland has a proud history of local sons and daughters enlisting to defend their country.
Like schools across the Hunter and the country, All Saint’s College St Peter’s graduates have been among those who served to the end.
The school is now calling on families of former students who served and died to inscribe their loved ones’ name on the school’s ANZAC monument.
Principal Michael Blake said it was important to mark the names of those who fought.
Both as a mark of respect for the fallen soldiers and for the school and wider community.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 22, 2016.

Original windowpanes share stories of Morpeth in the 1800s and 1900s

From the Maitland Mercury report:
If this shop window could speak it would reveal countless stories of the hustle and bustle of colonial days in Morpeth.
The original windowpane, which gave shoppers a glimpse of the goods at 148 Swan Street, has now been given a voice thanks to the volunteers at Morpeth Museum.
Instead of being propped up against a wall and viewed as nothing more than a piece of glass, the windowpane has become the focus of the latest exhibition.
Volunteers want to show the modern world what shopping was like in the 1800s and 1900s when the town was a thriving river port.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 22, 2016.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Federation of Australian Historical Societies – Survey of Australian Historical Societies

The Federation of Australian Historical Societies (FAHS) represents approximately 1000 community history and heritage societies and museums and their 100,000 members across Australia. These volunteers do hugely valuable work to collect, preserve, publish and promote our history and heritage.
The preservation, dissemination and promotion of local historical knowledge presents significant challenges in the digital era, and the survey will assist in identifying services required to support societies in this endeavour.
This information provided will assist the FAHS and State umbrella bodies in their work of promoting society needs and interests, and of seeking recognition and support from government and the community.
This first stage aims to provide an overview of membership numbers, premises, the contribution of volunteers, local and state government support, collections, the use of computers, and society activities.
This will be followed by two more surveys in 2016 which will focus on collection management including digitisation and accessibility, and on governance matters such as succession planning, financial management and strategic planning.

Flashback Friday: Maitland Gaol from the archives

From the Maitland Mercury:
Thanks to the Mercury's archives take a look back at Maitland Gaol.

Link to Maitland Mercury, March 18, 2016.

Maitland City Council calling on entries for Hunter Valley Steamfest photo competition

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Entries to Maitland City Council’s Steamfest photo competition close this Sunday, with the winning entries to be displayed on platforms at Maitland Train Station.
The competition requires people to submit their best photos of locomotives that have attended Maitland Toyota Hunter Valley Steamfest over the past three decades.
The winning photos will be chosen by a panel of representatives from Maitland City Council and NSW Trains, with the display to be unveiled in time for ‪Steamfest.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 16, 2016.

Royal Australian Historical Society History House

The Royal Australian Historical Society has updated its pages on the History House Project.  It contains information on the project, its current status and latest news on our fundraising efforts. The new pages also contain historical information on the building and the people associated with it, with more resources to be added in upcoming weeks. We would like to thank all our members and friends for their continuing generous donations to support this initiative that is critical for the ongoing viability of the Society and its goal of promoting Australian history.

Kurri Kurri 2016 Nostalgia Festival

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Kurri will turn back the clock to the swinging '50s and '60s from today until Sunday for the annual Nostalgia Festival.
The festival, now in its 13th year, has previously attracted crowds of 35,000 to the Kurri CBD.
There will be live entertainment, markets, rides, car displays and fashion parades and more in Rotary Park and Lang Street throughout Saturday and Sunday.
The popular best-dressed competitions have four separate categories – Traditional Best Dressed, Junior Best Dressed, Couples Best Dressed and a pin-up section called Miss Modern Day, which recognises the growing popularity of the scene and allows for girls that incorporate reproduction clothing, tattoos and piercings in their look.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 16, 2016.

Pender family documents secured by collector during online auction

From the Maitland Mercury report:
In a small orange box pushed to the back of the shelf at a Sydney auction house Michael Delhaas found a link to the Pender family dynasty, almost a century since John Wiltshire Pender’s death.
He was the only person to bid on a collection of old legal documents, housed in a plastic sleeve, during an online auction and won them for $5.
Inside he saw a copy of J.W Pender’s will, his wife Jane’s original death certificate, and cancelled share certificates with Pender Brothers Limited, dated 1907, and issued to their children William Samuel, George Thomas, Martha Jane, Jessie May and Jeannie Baker, and grandchildren Emily Maud and Flora Annie.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 15, 2016.

Boxer Les Darcy’s gloves on display at Maitland Regional Art Gallery after 100 years

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Les Darcy’s training gloves are now on display at Maitland Regional Art Gallery, a century after the prized fighter wore them.
The gloves arrived at the gallery two weeks ago, but have only just been opened to the public to see.
The gallery got their hands on the mitts from an auction, which happened to be held on the same day that memorabilia donated by Les Darcy’s sister-in-law Iris was unveiled at the gallery.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery collection management curator Cheryl Farrell said it was likely that Darcy used the gloves while training in Maitland in 1915-16.
Ms Farrell said it was great to see the gloves return to Maitland.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 15, 2016.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Photographers of Maitland, 1845-1900

Website details historical photographers of Maitland:
This website provides details about photographers who came to Maitland, New South Wales. Some of them were here for days, while others stayed permanently.

The dates of this website primarily cover the period 1845 to around 1900, although some photographers flow further into the 20th century and demarcations are often indistinct.
Dates of photographers' activities in Maitland have been substantially sourced from the Maitland Mercury newspaper and hence reflect dates of advertising and articles.

Please enjoy the photographs published on Photographers of Maitland and the details of the photographers who captured these images.

Plight of the once-thriving Paterson orange industry is revealed

From the Maitland Mercury report:
It followed trends of cotton and tobacco that flourished in the Paterson area and brought money for farmers to raise their families.
The orange crops were nicknamed the Paterson orange, even though the variety is believed to have originated in China or India.The sweet and juicy Paterson oranges built a solid reputation across the state. It began in the 1820s and was strong until it declined after World War II.
Author Valma Patfield, who has written the book Paterson Orange, said farmers turned to dairy farming when the plants aged and consumer trends changed.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 11, 2016.

Levee buildings to be demolished to make way for river link archway at Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Three buildings in The Levee will be demolished to make way for an archway that will connect High Street to the banks of the Hunter River.
Maitland City Council approved a development application, at Tuesday’s meeting, to knock over the buildings and construct the river link archway.
The river link building is the key feature of the second stage of the multi-million dollar Central Maitland revamp.
Bailey’s Jewellers and New Look Eyewear will have to relocate after council purchased 396, 398 and 400 High Street for demolition.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 8, 2016.

Historic walk in Paterson on Sunday

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Learn about the historic township of Paterson during the Paterson Historic Walk on March 13.
The walk, which starts at 1pm, will be hosted by Paterson Historical Society president, Dr Cameron Archer.
Paterson’s once-thriving orange industry will be the theme of the walk, which will include an afternoon tea break at the town’s museum.
“It will also include a visit to a World War II bunker behind a private residence in the village,” Dr Archer said.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 8, 2016.

Ride on the Red Rattler train to raise money for Maitland Palliative Care

From the Maitland Mercury re[port:
A man with a passion for old trains – and his wife who has no interest in them – have teamed up to arrange an excursion in an old red rattler to raise money for Maitland Palliative Care.
Trish Short and her husband Rodney from Telarah are inviting people to take a step back in time on a Rail Motor Society trip from Maitland to Cessnock and back on Saturday, March 19.
Mr Short will be driving the train – and he has all the qualifications to do so.
He was a train driver for many years, he is also vice-president of the Rail Motor Society.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 6, 2016.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Morpeth Motorama is on at Closebourne House

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Hundreds are expected to flock to Morpeth this Sunday for the annual Morpeth Motorama at the grounds of Closebourne House.
Motor enthusiasts from all over Australia will descend upon Morpeth for the event, bringing with them an estimated 700 vintage and modern cars, army vehicles, commercial and lightweight trucks and motorbikes.
Morpeth’s Ian Scott, who is a member of the Maitland Classic Motor Association, will be bringing along his 1943 BMW R75 motorbike from World War II, complete with sidecar (check out videos of our test run of the bike below).

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 4, 2016.

Flashback Friday: Two decades of sport in Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Turn back the clock and take a look at Maitland's sporting past from the Mercury's archives

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 4, 2016.

Campbell's Store opens Morpeth antique centre

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The 190-year-old Campbell's Store has undergone a transformation to put the eclectic back into Morpeth.
Campbell's has reopened its main shop as the Morpeth Antique Centre and has secured 13 professional dealers.
The antique dealers have migrated from the Centenary Antique Centre in Newcastle, which closed last year.
Campbell's store managed to secure 13 of the 32 antique dealers and there are hopes to secure more by the end of the year.
Campbell's Store will continue to sell all of its existing products and the gallery will still operate upstairs.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 3, 2016.

Milton Morris - Mr Maitland's 60th election anniversary

From the Maitland Mercury report:
It's been six decades since the man who became affectionately known as Mr Maitland was elected to state parliament.
It was the 60th anniversary of Milton Morris' election as Member for Maitland on March 3.
Mr Morris' distinguished political career included a 24 year stint in Macquarie Street for the Liberal Party, between 1956 and 1980.
During his tenure, he became the longest serving Minister for Transport in the state's history - a record that has not been broken.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 3, 2016.

Royal Australian Historical Society Autumn Calendar of Events for 2016

The RAHS Autumn Calendar of Events for Autumn 2016 has been released, jam-packed with excursions, day and evening lectures, and practical workshops – something for everyone.

A second session for our tour of Kings Cross has been added (May 25 @ 2pm) and our Grand Tour to Goulburn is open for bookings – places are limited:
Download a copy of the 2016 Autumn Calendar by visiting our website:

Dungog policeman who died a century ago to be remembered

From the Maitland Mercury report:

A Dungog policeman who suffered serious injuries on the job and died a century ago will be remembered in a special ceremony.
Senior Sergeant William Bowen suffered serious internal injuries when a mentally ill man kicked him and attacked him with a chair at Dungog Police Station in December 1915.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, March 1, 2016.

Flashback Friday: Maitland in 1972

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Thanks to the Mercury's archives take a look at just a snapshot of life in Maitland in 1972.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Feb. 26, 2016.

Master of Maitland: John Torode

From the Maitland Mercury report:
He’s a household name on British television, but celebrity chef John Torode has no doubt his early upbringing in Maitland played a crucial role in shaping his lifelong love of food.  RICK ALLEN spoke with him. 
John Torode is posing for the camera when a big blowfly lands on his wine glass.
“A bit of true blue Australia for you,” says Max, our photographer.
“I know, I’m local,” Torode says in his clipped English accent.
And so he is. It’s a little known fact that Torode, one of British television’s best known faces, grew up in Maitland.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Feb. 25, 2016.

Obituary: John Power 1930-2016

Award-winning film director John Power spent his childhood watching film after film in his grandfather’s Prince’s Picture Palace in Maitland. He would often sneak away to watch the latest Hollywood movie and newsreels.

Those afternoons in the late 1930s and early 1940s shaped his career as a journalist, and producer and director of more than 30 documentaries, dramas and feature films, including Like a Summer Storm, Billy and Percy, The Picture Show Man, A Single Life and The Dismissal.
John Beresford Power was born on November 20, 1930, in Maitland, the youngest of four children to William “Bish” Power, a pharmacist and Gallipoli veteran, and his wife, Ethel (daughter of the cinema owner, Lou Prince).
Happy to leave his Marist Brothers’ school at 16, Power started as a cadet journalist with the Maitland Mercury.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Feb. 25, 2016.