Friday, 21 June 2013

In the News 100 Years Ago Today: Uniform Contracts

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Saturday 21 June 1913, page 13

Marrickville Medal 2013 - Winner Announced

On the evening of 8 May a large crowd attended Marrickville Town Hall to celebrate the 19th award of the highly prized Marrickville Medal. Since 1995 the Medal has recognised outstanding built conservation works and each year we are treated to a showcase of the outcomes of the commitment, investment and hard work of people who have preserved, rebuilt or restored their buildings.

Marrickville Mayor Victor Macri presided and Master of Ceremonies MHS President Geoff Ostling kept the evening moving in style. The judges—conservation architect Julie Mackenzie, architect and historian Bob Irving, also a MHS member, and Michael Kotis, on behalf of the 2012 Medal winnerhad an unenviable task: 13 nominations, all of outstanding merit.

The Medal was awarded to a charming 19th century stone cottage in Collins Street Tempe, the result of painstaking restoration and sympathetic new works to ensure its ongoing career as a comfortable modern lifestyle home.

Also nominated were: five other fine houses including Wilga Street Dulwich Hill (Commended); the former Majestic Roller Rink/cinema at Petersham (Highly Commended); St Peters Anglican Church Cooks River (Commended); the former Marrickville police station; Marrickville Town Hall; and redevelopments for apartments of the former Enmore Public School (Highly Commended), the Stead House & Bethesda Hospital site, and a Camperdown industrial site.

Collins Street Tempe

(courtesy of Marrickville Council)

** This article appeared in the June 2013 issue of the Member's Newsletter edited by Richard Blair

Sunday, 9 June 2013

The Life of the Present Must Become the History of the Future

A very interesting article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald 18 December, 1886 written simply by "M." [Click Here]

The article talked about the need to preserve the relics of 1886 for the history of the future.

In preserving historic relics, we do need to consider what we are preserving for the future. One day our lives will be "historic lives".

History doesn't have to belong to the famous & the rich. Marrickville Library has an amazing collection of images taken of a street parade. Clinton Johnson, Coordinator of History Services, presented a talk to Marrickville Heritage Society on 27th April where he shared some of these wonderful stories, along with many other artefacts held by Marrickville Library.

Image Source:  Marrickville Library & History Services

What will we be remembered for in the future? What history will you pass on in the way of images? With modern digital cameras we take image after image, but how many of those are printed and preserved? What happens when our camera or computer dies? Do our images die with them? Technology moves, changes will anyone be willing to invest money to convert your 2013 digital images into whatever the future's version is?  Perhaps some family portraits, but what about those fantastic shots you took of the ANZAC march or interesting buildings around town?

Now might be the time for you to become that person who recorded history. "In pencil and in pen" or by printing out some of those images that record social history, images of local shops (morden or not) and the building down the street they're just about to demolish to build a new set of apartments.

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