Sunday, May 28, 2017

Archival revival: Life on the Hunter River

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Take a look back at life on the Hunter's rivers and waterways, from the Fairfax archives.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 25 May 2017.

Who shafted Les Darcy? Researcher Roger Ley has answers to age-old questions about Les Darcy's life

From the Maitland Mercury report:
It’s a question that has gone unanswered for a century.
Now researcher Roger Ley says he’s uncovered new details about Maitland’s favourite son Les Darcy that reveal who shafted the legendary boxer.
Mr Ley will present his findings at East Maitland Bowling Club on Friday night when he delivers his talk as part of a Maitland and District Historical Society fundraiser.
The Canberra man has spent six years researching Darcy’s life through old newspaper articles and documents, read every book about him and even written a film script about his short life.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 25 May 2017.

East Maitland plaque where Les Darcy was an apprentice commemorates his legend

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A special plaque commemorating Maitland legend, boxer Les Darcy, was re-unveiled in front of dozens of people in East Maitland on Wednesday, to mark 100 years since the young man known as The Maitland Wonder died.
The plaque has been embedded in a wall at O’Neill’s Tyres in Melbourne Street for more than 60 years, the site of a former blacksmith’s shop where Darcy worked as an apprentice in the early 20th century.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 24 May 2017.

Maitland Catholic schools Les Darcy memorial sports day

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Hundreds of primary school students from across the region have marked the 100th anniversary of boxing legend Les Darcy’s death with a sporting gala day.
Four hundred year 5 and 6 students from Catholic primary schools met at Maitland Park on Wednesday for a series of sporting sessions run by representatives from the NRL, soccer, Rugby Union and hockey.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 24 May 2017.

Windows into Wartime Newcastle Launch

On 3 April the Windows into Wartime regional touring exhibition was officially launched by Scot MacDonald MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, at the University of Newcastle Auchmuty Library, home of the the Newcastle Regional Archives Centre. The University of Newcastle is the second venue on a year–long regional tour that commenced in Broken Hill in November last year.

The launch was attended by some forty guests including representatives from local historical societies, military historians, academics and students. University of Newcastle Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor John Germov, officiated at the event, emphasising that it was vital in today’s society that we look back and learn from lessons of the past. Dr Penny Stannard, our Exhibitions Curator also spoke at the launch, explaining the exhibition’s themes and the role that government photographers had on the home front in NSW during the First World War.

Items from the University of Newcastle Cultural Collections were presented as part of the exhibition, ensuring that local perspectives contribute to the wider story of the state during the war era.

Les Darcy: Maitland’s Fighting Spirit

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Les Darcy wasn’t perfect. But in Maitland, many view him as close to it. And 100 years after his death, Darcy’s short life of just 21 years transcends time.
Darcy is still loved and admired in Maitland.
His legacy continues in ways that can’t be seen, but felt in the city. His character and influence flow through Maitland, shaping how it sees itself, as surely and as insistently as the Hunter River does. Darcy rarely fell. And more than stand, he soared in the ring.
Darcy’s fighting spirit, his perseverance and his never give-up attitude inspires others.

Do you have the fighting spirit? Does your sporting team always persevere, even when you are the underdogs?

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 23 May 2017.

Darcy's example a lasting inspiration

From the Maitland Mercury report:
It’s a week when the town reflects on our champion Les Darcy, who inspired the flood plains and eventually a nation. I have been reading about Maitland’s favorite son and, yes, the boy could fight, but it is the stories of his commitment to family that are what really inspire me.
He was a man who sacrificed his body with the goal of setting up his family’s financial future. He also took a massive risk and went against the convention of the time to fight for his family’s future in the US as opposed to fighting in WWI.

For business owners involved in Maitland Business Chamber, our sacrifices may not be as large but our commitment to creating financial prosperity or building something that our family will be proud of is what drives most entrepreneurs.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 22 May 2017.