Saturday, 22 October 2011

Heritage 13 - our most recent journal

Cover of Heritage 13

Contents include:

Marrickville Tweeds and Moreton Bay Figs, by John Vicars
John tells of the 100 years of the family woollen mill in Marrickville, begun by his great-grandfather, now the site of Marrickville Metro shopping centre.

The Green Man Grins In Marrickville, by Wendy Dyson
Wendy looks at local examples of the ancient image of the Green Man and tells his story.

Harry Stone's Sydenham, interview by Ian Phillips (edited by Richard Blair)
Harry tells how he refused to move when Sydney Airport expanded in the 1990s and his Sydenham house and rear factory were earmarked for demolition.

Newtown As I Remember It: 1929-1937, by Evelyn Broadfield
Evelyn remembers the terrace house in Lennox Street, Newtown, called Rose, where she grew up and her childhood in the area.

Sudan War Medals, by Bruce Woodhouse
Bruce's great-grandfather was part of the first contingent of troops sent overseas by the colony of New South Wales to avenge the death of General Gordon in Sudan.

Hoyts Marrickville, by Les Todd
Marrickville once had three cinemas seating 6,200 people. Les recalls the heyday of one of them.

The Siege of Union Street, by Yvonne Preston
Yvonne writes of the Depression year, 1931, when the tenants of 143 Union Street, Newtown, were shot at by police attempting to evict them.

Violet Davies - Stanmore's Painter Of Promise, by Silas Clifford-Smith
Oil painter and arts administrator Violet Davies of Stanmore, was one of several largely neglected female artists.

A Gift From Utah, USA, by Ann O'Connell
Ann writes about a photographic link between late 19th century Newtown and the United States.

Editorial committee for Heritage 13: Richard Blair, Shirley Hilyard, Chris Matheson, Yvonne Preston and Keith Sutton. This journal is available for sale for at MHS meetings or can be ordered c/o MHS

Saturday, 15 October 2011

The Lebanese in Australia

Saturday 22nd October 2011
The Australian Lebanese Historical Society: the first 10 years

Talk by Freda Backes
Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Road, Marrickville
10.15 am for 10.30am start

Freda Bankes was raised in Braidwood where her paternal grandparents had founded a small business in 1912. Although interested in history, Freda only started thinking about her heritage when older family members started dying: they were leaving behind tangible evidence of their Lebanese identity and their early life in Australia, as immigrants or children of immigrants.

The Australian Lebanese Historical Society was founded to record this aspect of Australian history. Freda was a founder member of this Society and was President for ten years. She will speak to us about the evolution of the ALHS and some of the surprising things she and fellow members discovered about themselves and their forebears when they began to get serious about their history. Freda has also been a member of the History Council of NSW and a committee member of Randwick and District Historical Society.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

About MHS

The Society’s key activities include to liaison with and membership of appropriate history organisations, education and information regarding heritage matters for members and the general public, monitoring threatened heritage items and advocacy to government bodies at all levels in relation to preservation, conservation and retention of significant built and natural & environmental heritage.

MHS meets on the fourth Saturday of every month (except December &  January).
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Place: Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Road in Marrickville, near Marrickville Road.

The Society meets at Herb Greedy Hall most alternate months, and all are welcome to attend. For the other months, on the fourth Saturday there is usually an outing requiring prebooking; places may be limited but all are welcome if space permits.

We welcome new members – membership is open to all. Members are entitled to participate in all the Society’s activities, including talks, events and trips. Members also receive our monthly newsletter and those on email may choose to receive updates on neighbourhood issues and activities.
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