Friday, September 22, 2017

Maitland’s Passchendaele Centenary - Events

From late September 2017, there will be a number of events and exhibitions to mark 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele. Fought in Flanders, the 34th Battalion (known as Maitland’s Own) was at the front of the charge on 12th October 1917.

29 September, 6 for 6.30    Opening of ‘Maitland’s Own’ exhibition at Brough House, Church Street, Maitland.

3 October, 5.30pm:               Public Lecture,  ‘Maitland and Passchendaele’, at  Maitland and District Historical Society, 3 Cathedral St, Maitland. and opening of ‘Remembering World War I’ display.
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Open Museums, Open Minds : Maitland

Open Museums, Open Minds

Council is seeking your input and feedback around options for museum experiences in Maitland.

People seek to experience history and culture in diverse ways and not all museum experiences have walls. A museum experience could be an interpretive walk, a pop up creative installation, an open day around a series of buildings, temporary displays, collections or a series of monuments that can be found at different locations around a city. These experiences are more broadly referred to as an open air museum or open museum experience.

A number of groups in Maitland, including Council, are already offering open museum style experiences, including events, history tours, heritage buildings, local library studies and local history programs, Maitland Gaol tours, Maitland Hall of Fame and more.

From now until October 2017 we are inviting you to share your thoughts on areas of Maitland’s heritage that interest you and the types of ways you would like to experience our history.

Vintage looms restored and operating at Brough House

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Two vintage weaving looms that were passed down through generations of East Maitland’s Petherbridge family, have been lovingly restored and are now in full operation at Brough House, Maitland.
It was by chance that Maitland’s Grossmann House acquired the looms after the National Trust approved their acquisition as part of the Grossmann House Collection.
One of the looms was disassembled but both had been lovingly passed down through the weavers of the Petherbridge family.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 20 Sep 2017.

Australian Doctors on the Western Front: France and Belgium 1916-1918

Media: BOOK - hardcover, 496 pages
Author: R. Likeman
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9781925078121
Other: b&w photos, maps, appendix, index
Publisher: Rosenberg
This book covers the carnage on the Western Front from 1916-1918. Likeman provides mini-biographies of each of the more than 700 doctors who served on the Western Front and in the training establishments and hospitals in the UK. Each officer's medical qualifications and career highlights are listed together with any honours and awards, and numerous photographs.
In addition to these accounts, the book also contains chapters on the Australian Imperial Force in England from 1915-1919, and nominal rolls of the Australian medical officers who served in sea transport and in the RAMC.
There is also a section of mini-biographies of the Australian women doctors who served overseas in theatres of war between 1914-1918, and AAMC medical officers who took part in the Samoa Relief Force in 1918.

More information: Australian Doctors on the Western Front

Friday, September 15, 2017

Richmond Vale Rail Museum in the path of a devastating fire

From ABC News:
The Richmond Vale Rail Museum was in the path of a devastating fire near Cessnock yesterday.
The scale of the damage was realised at first light today, when emotional volunteers gathered at the site to survey damage.
Director Graham Smith said there were now asbestos fears, with the substance dropping out of some carriages, prompting Fire and Rescue NSW to declare it a hazardous material site.
"And until they clear the site neither our members nor members of the public will be admitted," he said.
Mr Smith said the damage was worse than first thought and described it as utter devastation.

Full article available at ABC News 14 Sept. 2017

Landmark sale as Belmore Hotel sells

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Maitland’s iconic Belmore Hotel has sold for $9 million in what is reported to be one of the largest NSW regional pub transactions for 2017.
Ray White Hotels sold the High Street premises on behalf of long-time owners the Murphy family, to a prominent local businessman.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 14 Sep 2017.

Maitland’s Passchendaele Centenary Commemoration

Maitland’s Passchendaele Centenary Facebook page has been created for community involvement and communication relating to the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, 12 October 2017.
A number of events have been planned for the Maitland’s Passchendaele Centenary Commemoration and details of these will be provided through this Facebook page.