Friday, September 23, 2016

An Introduction to Trove’s Digitised Australian Newspapers at Maitland Genealogical Society

Maitland & District Genealogical Society, The Barracks, 17 Lindesay Street, East Maitland (next to Maitland Gaol).  Presented by Louise Gale.
Thursday 29 September 2016, 10:00 – 11:30am
Saturday 8 October 2016, 1:00pm – 2:30pm (repeated)
Cost:  Free to members of MDGS ; $5 for Non-members (refundable if you join the Society)
The digitised newspapers on the National Library of Australia’s website are indeed a treasure trove for family and local history researchers.  By searching for information about people or places, you can discover the stories that help flesh out the lives of your family.

Maitland Mutual Building Society buys new head office site next to Stockland Green Hills

From the Maitland Mercury report:
After three decades in Central Maitland, the Maitland Mutual Building Society – also known as The Mutual – will move its head office to East Maitland.
General manager Geoffrey Seccombe said the organisation had bought land next to the expanding Stockland Green Hills shopping centre, and would open its new head office at the site in 2019.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 23 Sep 2016.

"Throwback Thursday" - Hunter parades from the archives

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Take a look back at the parades and street marches of the 1960s, from the Fairfax archives.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 22 Sep 2016.

Anarchists Guide to House Museums – a keynote address by Franklin Vagnone

Anarchists Guide to House Museums – a keynote address by Franklin Vagnone
For one night only join “domestic-archeo-anthropologist”, co-author of the award winning Anarchists Guide to Historic House Museums, Franklin Vagnone as he shares his research and experience in best (and worst) practice in innovation and engagement with historic cultural sites.
With 25 years of experience leading non-profit management, financial oversight, fundraising, strategic planning, board relationships, award-winning cultural program and creative place-making development this talk will be of interest to anyone working in heritage, arts, culture and place making.
This event is presented by Sydney Living Museums, Museums and Galleries of NSW and the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences, and is supported by the City of Parramatta.

 Tuesday 11 October 2016, 6pm
Where: Warrane Theatre, Museum of Sydney
Cost: $22 full / $19 concession / $17 member

Gardner Soldier Memorial at Newcastle Commemorates 100 years

The Soldier memorial of WWI commemorates 100 years on the 16th September 1916.It is believed to be Australia’s first memorial of the Great War that incorporated a soldier-statue. The memorial was a gift of Commander Frank Gardner V.D. to the soldiers of Newcastle, who will never return. He presented the memorial monument and statue which stands at the front of the former Newcastle Post Office.

Full article available at Hunter Living Histories - Coal River Working Party.

Morpeth is vying for a place on the State Heritage Register

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Morpeth is vying for a place on the State Heritage Register to preserve its historic fabric indefinitely.
The town’s Morpeth Heritage Conservation Group launched the application with the NSW Department of Planning on Wednesday.
It argues the Morpeth Heritage Conservation Area, which surrounds the town, meets all of the criteria used to determine whether something is of state significance.
It says the street layout hasn’t dramatically changed since 1845, which has made the Morpeth of today vastly different from other long-established towns like East Maitland.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 21 Sep 2016.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Maitland councillors divided over bicentenary celebration

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland councillor Loretta Baker to lodge rescission motion after feisty bicentenary debate with councillor Philip Penfold.
Maitland councillors remain divided over a controversial and at times spiteful debate this week on whether or not to celebrate the city’s bicentenary.
Council officers recommended that council does not officially take part in commemorations in 2018 for fear it would cause stress to the local Aboriginal community.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 15 Sep 2016.