Thursday, October 20, 2016

New exhibition coming to Museum of Sydney : Demolished Sydney

This summer the Museum of Sydney will host Demolished Sydney, an exhibition exploring the buildings that once shaped the city’s skyline, from the convict built Commissariat Stores to the city's last island of industry, the Kent Brewery. 
Curated by Dr Nicola Teffer, the exhibition examines the histories of 13 sites and asks, what are the forces that have shaped our changing city and how do we value and preserve the heritage of the city we inherit?
Demolished Sydney brings back to life the heritage of a Sydney that is gone but not forgotten.

Currency Lass opens Les Darcy cafe to pay it forward

From the Maitland Mercury report:
In a year, High Street’s Currency Lass has transformed from a dilapidated former pub to accommodation for the Hunter’s homeless. Next month one of the final pieces of the puzzle will fall into place, a pay-it-forward cafe styled after a Maitland legend.
Founder Liz Berger said patrons of the cafe can donate extra money which will be used to provide a coffee or meal to families and individuals struggling to make ends meet.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 16 Oct 2016.

Hunter (Living) Histories - Coal River Working Party - Carrington Pump House

Illustrations from Thesis 608 held in the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections (Auchmuty Library).

John Gibson was on 1233 ABC Radio this morning (8 October 2016) announcing the heritage nomination for the Carrington Pumphouse and the historic hydraulic works established in Newcastle in 1877. We were surprised to find that it had been established just a year after the one in the United Kingdom and predates the pumphouse in Sydney which was not built until 1891.
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The National Archives of Australia Preservation Facility

The future of the 40 million Commonwealth records held by the National Archives has been bolstered through three major projects: the upgrade of the Chester Hill repository in Sydney completed in late 2015; the National Archives Preservation Facility (NAPF) in Canberra, which is well underway; and a third that is subject to further approval processes. The combined capacity will enable us to accept records until 2031.

The relocation of records to the NAPF in Canberra is an exciting evolution for the Archives. The architecturally designed, environmentally sustainable building has storage for approximately 25 per cent of our extensive collection. It will house 104 kilometres of paper records, more than nine kilometres of audio-visual records and a digital archive, ensuring the preservation and conservation of our irreplaceable collection continues into the future.
There will be disruption to access to the Canberra-based collection from 30 October 2016 to 1 July 2017, as we relocate 15 million records from multiple repositories and rehouse them in the NAPF.

Greetings from Maitland by Trevor Dickinson at Maitland Regional Art Gallery

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Renowned illustrator Trevor Dickinson is turning his vibrant lens up the Hunter, with an exhibition celebrating Maitland’s well-worn vistas.
The artworks capture everything from the instantly recognisable facade of the Grand Junction Hotel to a promotional inflatable yellow rubber duck perched atop an East Maitland bottleshop.
“All along this part of Maitland the buildings are so grand and diverse,” Mr Dickinson said, gesturing to Central Maitland.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 13 Oct 2016.

Benhome resident Trudy Edmonds celebrates 100th birthday

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Trudy Edmonds has become just the second Benhome resident to turn 100 in the aged care home’s 150 year history.
Mrs Edmonds notched up her century surrounded by friends and family at the home on Friday.
Her family made quite the crowd at the gathering, as Mrs Edmonds has a large number of relatives.
She married Harry Edmonds in 1933 and went on to have five children, 14 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 10 great, great-grandchildren.
Mrs Edmonds was born and raised in Horseshoe Bend, and also lived at Tenambit, Tea Gardens and Rutherford.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 11 Oct 2016.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Bicentenary of the Royal Botanic Gardens

To celebrate the Bicentenary of the Royal Botanic Gardens, the State Library of NSW and Sydney Living Museums invite you to explore the artistic, scientific and social histories of horticulture and gardens.
Join us for this unique, day long program of talks and discussion and take the opportunity to visit our current exhibitions, Botanicals at the Museum of Sydney and Planting Dreams at the State Library of NSW.

Session 1 - Botanical – Artists and Collectors - at the Museum of Sydney
10am for 10.30am-11.30am
Session 2 – Planting Dreams: New Perspectives on Garden History – Richard Aitken - at the State Library of NSW

12.30pm for 1pm-2pm
Session 3 – Australian Garden Culture - at the State Library of NSW
2pm for 2.30pm-3.30pm

Saturday 29 October 2016 10AM–3.30PM     More information: