Friday, November 17, 2017

Maitland councillor Mitchell Griffin resigns from Morpeth Museum Committee

From the Maitland Mercury report:
One week after Maitland Liberal councillor Mitchell Griffin declared there was a need to protect Morpeth’s heritage, he has resigned from Morpeth Museum Committee.
An item on Maitland City Council’s Tuesday meeting agenda, calls for a new councillor representative on the committee.
In a Mercury opinion piece last week, Cr Griffin declared there was a need to protect Morpeth’s Heritage and commended Morpeth Conservation Group for its ongoing efforts to protect the town.
“I feel there is a need for protection in some sections of Morpeth, although I do hold concerns for the current nomination (from the Office of Environment and Heritage to have the entire suburb placed on the State heritage register),” he said in the editorial.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, November 13 2017.

Huge void created on city's river bank now Lavender's historic Camphor Laurel tree gone

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The death knell has finally sounded for the historic Camphor Laurel tree at Lavender’s Riverside Cafe leaving a huge void on the city’s river bank landscape.
The final branch fell on Tuesday setting the scene for a not so shady or leafy cafe environment.
The landmark tree was marked for destruction after its huge scale reportedly caused significant maintenance issues due to leaf litter and associated water damage.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, November 15 2017.

Plenty of reminiscing as 80 past and present Big W employees attend 40th reunion

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Saturday’s reunion for past and present employees of Big W Green Hills store was just as big as the store’s official opening in 1977.
There was plenty of reminiscing, laughter, smiles, hugs and handshakes as workers gathered at The Bradford Hotel, Rutherford for the milestone event.
There may have been a few more grey hairs and wrinkles but the staff celebrated in fine form catching up with each other, talking about the good old days and discussing how the once small neighbourhood shopping complex had evolved into a leading regional retail centre.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, November 12 2017.

Lavenders Riverside Cafe staff have said their final farewells to the historic tree

From the Maitland Mercury report:
In a moving gathering, customers and staff of Lavenders Riverside Cafe have said their final farewells to an historic camphor laurel tree set to be cut down on Monday.
About 30 people gathered at the cafe on The Levee on Sunday afternoon to bid farewell to the tree, believed to be more than 100 years old.
The tree has been part of the landscape of Maitland’s riverbank for decades and is coming down at 7am Monday because its huge scale has caused significant maintenance issues due to leaf litter and associated water damage.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, November 12 2017.

Parramatta Female Factory and Institutions Precinct

The Parramatta Female Factory and Institutions Precinct was added to the National Heritage Listing on Tuesday 14th of November 2017: it is the 113th item to be classified as a national heritage place. Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said that the precinct was “highly valued for its heritage importance by the local, state and national community and this National Heritage listing will allow the Australian community to stand witness to the lives and experiences of women and children who lived there.

From the Royal Australian Historical Society blog.

Richmond Vale Railway Museum to hold limited re-opening

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Richmond Vale Railway Museum will hold a limited re-opening this Sunday for its annual Santa Special Day.
The museum was devastated by bushfire on September 13 and has been slowly proceeding towards a safe re-opening.
Sunday will be the first opportunity for members of the public to witness the fire’s impact.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, November 12 2017.

Historic Camphor Laurel tree at Lavenders Riverside Cafe will be cut down

From the Maitland Mercury report:
An historic Camphor Laurel tree that has been part of the landscape of Maitland’s river bank for more than 100 years will be cut down on Monday morning.
Lavenders Riverside Cafe owner Stephanie Purdon has lost her appeal to save the iconic tree, which has provided a picturesque backdrop and shade for her patrons.
After a meeting with her solicitor on Thursday morning, Mrs Purdon said the fight to save the tree was becoming too expensive and there was nothing more she could do to stop its demise.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, November 9 2017.