July 31, 2011

Capturing Memories – Oral History in the Digital Age

Presented by Oral History Association of Australia NSW in conjunction with the Royal Australian Historical Society NSW

A practical workshop on Oral History theory and practice with experienced oral historians Trish Levido and Carol McKirdy. Participate in a guided practical exercise of an undertaking an oral history interview.  Topics covered include choosing and using a digital recorder, downloading recordings to computer, editing using Audacity free access software, saving sound files, burning to disc and transfer to other storage mediums.

When: Saturday, 27 August 2011 from 9.45 am to 4.30 pm
Where: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: $50 please bring lunch
Bookings essential as numbers limited through Royal Australian Historical Society (02) 9247.8001 or download registration flyer at www.ohaansw.org.au/article/workshop
Email for enquiries: ohaansw@hotmail.com
Contact: Trish Levido (02) 9969 5177

Source: Museums & Galleries NSW - Alert!

July 29, 2011

Artist immortalised Hill End - Margaret Olley

The passing of still life extraordinaire Margaret Olley earlier this week signalled not only the loss of one of Australia’s most prolific painters, but also one of the Hill End community’s greatest artistic inspirations.

During her years as a young woman in her spiritual home of Sydney, ‘Oll’ or ‘Olley’ as she was known to her friends, began what would become a 40-year-long friendship with fellow artist Donald Friend, leading to her discovery of the historic gold mining town where he lived.

Olley spent much of 1948 visiting Friend in his tiny cottage on the corner of a little lane and the main road leading into the town, completing painting expeditions around the area which she described as “like walking on history”.

“In those days you could feel the presence of ghosts at Hill End,” she once wrote.

“You felt you were in the shadow of all those thousands of people who had lived there when Hill End was a thriving big town and the Holtermann nugget, the biggest nugget ever mined, came to light nearby.”

Her adventures with Friend carved Olley’s name in history as one of the colony of visiting creatives who moulded Hill End into a hub of artistic talent, including Russel Drysdale, Jean Bellette, Paul Haefliger, David Strachan and Jeffrey Smart.

A second wave of artists - John Olsen, John Firth-Smith, Brett Whitely and others - then followed, as did a host of contemporary artists who spent time at Haefliger’s Cottage in the 1990s.

Always an improviser, Olley learnt to deal with Hill End’s cold winters by strapping a hot water bottle onto her stomach before going out to collect tiles from the town’s old buildings which the pair used to mosaic the oven in Murray Cottage – now the base studio of the Hill End Artists in Residence (HEAIR) program.

 “Donald Friend did a watercolour of that oven – it’s really lovely to know that it’s still standing there now,” said Bathurst Regional Art Gallery curator and program coordinator Sarah Gurich.

“She was a great supporter of arts in Australia and a great mentor to younger artists and through her work she will continue to be.”

As for the rest of her Hill End artworks, “some were exhibited, others were probably never finished or painted over in some drunken moment” according to Olley.

The most iconic, however, including Hill End Ruins and Back Buildings Hill End, became the focus of Paintings of Hill End - a 1996 NSW Art Gallery exhibition curated by HEAIR program creator Gavin Wilson, who described Olley as a woman with a “spirited sense of independence”.

“She had a gift, she loathed humbug and she responded to true talent,” he said.

“She wanted the public who appreciated art to see the very best of what was available.

“Degas, Cezanne, Morandi – these are all incredible works that wouldn’t have arrived in Australia if she hadn’t of had the generosity of spirit to make it happen.”

As the only artist to be painted for two Archibald Prize-winning works in 1948 (William Dobell) and 2011 (Ben Quilty), Olley once told Wilson that she was “bookended”.

“She had Bill at one end and Ben at the other and she loved the idea of that,” Mr Wilson said.

“It was fitting to see her recognised in her final year – I think she must have somehow known her time was close.”

Mr Wilson said Olley was fortunate enough to pass away “in the place that she loved the most”.
“She died in her house, in her studio and in her sleep, surrounded by her paintings,” he said.

“What a way for her to go.

Source: Mudgee Guardian 29 Jul 2011

July 27, 2011

Digital copiers in the reading rooms at State Records NSW

We are pleased to be offering researchers visiting the reading rooms an exciting new service. You will now have the option of downloading copies of records from microfilm, microfiche and aperture card on to a memory stick, rather than making photocopies.

This service is now available for researchers visiting both reading rooms:
The machines are free to access and use, but you will need to bring your own USB memory sticks (we'll have a supply for sale shortly). Photocopying from microfilm, microfiche and aperture card will continue to be available for a fee.

Source: State Records NSW

July 21, 2011

The Royal Australian Historical Society Appoint a New Chief Executive Officer

Emeritus Professor David Carment, President of the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) today announced the appointment of Maria Walsh as RAHS Chief Executive Officer.

Professor Carment said, 'As the outstanding candidate in a highly competitive selection process, I am delighted Maria Walsh has agreed to join us in the newly-created role of Chief Executive Officer of the Society.

“Her appointment follows the 2010 RAHS Organisational Review. With a wealth of experience in both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, Maria brings to the Society the leadership skills to take us into the next phase of our development.”

Further information: http://www.rahs.org.au/

Source:  Museums & Galleries - Alert!

July 20, 2011

Esme Martens: making history in local government

On the ASHET weekend tour to Glen Davis, Kandos and Rylstone earlier this year we met Esme Martens, President of the Kandos Museum Committee. Esme has made history as a woman engineer in Australian local government over a career of so far 47 years and still going.

In her engineering course at the University of Queensland Esme was the only woman among 600 male students. When she graduated in 1962 in Civil Engineering in 1962 it was some time before she was able to find a position as an engineer but eventually fond one with the Department of Main Roads where a part of her duties was considered to be making tea for the male staff. She was soon appointed foreman of a construction crew in central Queensland constructing culverts and doing road work. Seeing little future with main Roads, she moved to New South Wales to work as an engineer with the Tweed Shire in Murwillumbah.

At the age of 27 she was appointed Shire Engineer of Woodburn Shire at Coraki, the first woman to be appointed to a Shire Engineer position in Australia. The Town Clerk told the Council they had gone stark raving mad appointing a woman. A few years later after the Town Clerk’s wife died and he had retired he married the young Shire Engineer. The position of Shire engineer at Woodburn disappeared with amalgamation of the shire and rather than accept a position as deputy in the amalgamated shire, Esme found a Shire Engineer position at Rylstone which she held for 18 years.

She took a leading part in community affairs and was Chairman of the Rylstone Hospital Board for many years. She was honoured with an AM and nominated a bicentennial woman of the year in 1988. Over the years Esme has continued to study and has earned a degree in economics a diploma in front line management and a university certificate in construction management.

Now retired from engineering, she runs the farm at Running Stream since her partner died in 2006. She was elected to the Mid Western Regional Council based in Mudgee in 2006 and re-elected in 2008.

Source:  Newsletter of the Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology, July 2911

July 13, 2011

Connecting:// Arts Audiences Online

On 5 July arts organisations came together at the Patrick White Room to find out how audiences are engaging with the arts online.

The presentation featured research findings, best practice case studies and highlighted some of the new resources. The research findings were often surprising and began by looking at the 6 stages of uses of internet. They were:

     * Awareness- audiences became aware of the event online.
     * Research- audiences then researched the event online to decide whether or not it interested them.
     * Booking- they booked/purchased tickets online.
     * Planning- they planned other things to do around the event for example organising dinner/drinks.
     * During the event- they communicated online during the event using mobile devices.
     * Sharing- after the event they shared their experiences on twitter, facebook and other sharing sites.

These findings supplied endless opportunities for arts organisations to 'connect the dots' between real and virtual experiences. They also confirmed that making innovative use of online experiences assited in gaining arts organisations attention, it helped encourage recommendation through use of 'word of mouth', enriching educational experiences; particularly regarding access to information both during the experience and after, and offered opportunity for one on one personalised engagement. It also highligted the importance of making it easy to access information and share online, particularly for younger generations who are more likely to embrace new technology to enhance their own experience.  

Further Information: http://connectarts.australiacouncil.gov.au/

Source:  Museums & Galleries NSW - Alert!

July 11, 2011

"Heritage listing explained - what it means for you"

Hi networkers,

Please click the following link to see the newly updated online publication "Heritage Listing Explained - What it means for you":


Or download "Heritage Listing Explained" from the Publications or Listings pages on the Heritage Branch website: www.heritage.nsw.gov.au

What's new...

Compared to its first publication late last year, changes in this 2011 update include:

* a new name to make it easier to find when searching online; and
* replacing the 343 George Street photos (thanks to Margaret from City of Sydney, Graham Brooks and Associates and Burberry for the photos).

This publication replaces the 10 year old Heritage Office "Benefits of heritage listing" brochure, which has now been removed from the website to avoid confusion. Note that this new publication is not only an Heritage Office/Branch production like the older one, but has also been endorsed by the Heritage Council of NSW.

What it's about...

This short publication describes the effects and benefits of heritage listing in NSW in plain language to help community understanding. It has been produced especially for use by owners and local councils. Both local and state statutory listing are covered by the same publication so it applies across NSW. Demystifying listing in this way aims to establish reasonable expectations, perceptions and support from owners, and thereby the wider community.

It goes beyond the usual heritage listing subject matter. The findings from studies on economic effects, sustainability, and practical tips for changing heritage places are all covered. The myths and facts table at the end responds to the common misunderstandings and fears about listing.

As distinct from a technical guide about the listing process and principles (aka the Heritage Manual), this publication concentrates on commonly asked questions from owners or people outside the heritage profession. While it is endorsed as a Heritage Council of NSW publication, this publication has no impact on heritage practice in terms of changing or directing the listing/approvals process and principles. For these, continue to use the relevant technical material and guides: Heritage Council's "Assessing Heritage Significance", ICOMOS Burra Charter, Council's local environmental plans and development control plans, and the Heritage and EP&A Acts.

Illustrations are used to showcase adaptations (from available photographs) and reinforce the message that listing does not prevent change. It's a pity I couldn't use a larger diversity of adaptation examples, but I did give you all the chance! You can upload your pics for consideration for future publications at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/nswheritage/

Free for you to circulate...

Please feel free to use and distribute this publication, preferably using the above web link instead of a printed copy or email attachment, where possible. This will make sure you access the latest version. It will also help with my goal to get this publication - and it's positive, hopefully clear, messages - to the top of the google hits for online searches about listing...

Kind regards,

Claudine Loffi
Heritage Officer
NSW heritage advisors network moderator
Office of Environment and Heritage
Department of Premier and Cabinet

Locked Bag 5020 Parramatta NSW 2124
3 Marist Place Parramatta
T: 9873 8590
F: 9873 8599

Source:  Email from Claudine Loffi

July 8, 2011

The Power of Open: Stories of creators sharing knowledge, art, & data

The Power of Open: Stories of creators sharing knowledge, art, & data using Creative Commons

Jane Park, June 24th, 2011

Since last fall, we’ve been talking at length to various creators about their CC stories—the impact Creative Commons has had on their lives and in their respective fields, whether that’s in art, education, science, or industry. We are thrilled to announce that we have cultivated the most compelling of these stories and woven them together into a book called The Power of Open. The stories in The Power of Open demonstrate the breadth of CC uses across fields and the creativity of the individuals and organizations that have chosen to share their work via Creative Commons licenses and tools.

The Power of Open is available for free download at http://thepowerofopen.org under the CC Attribution license. It is available in several languages, with more translated versions to come. You can also order hard copies from Lulu. We hope that it inspires you to examine and embrace the practice of open licensing so that your contributions to the global intellectual commons can provide their greatest benefit to all people.

We could not have produced this work without the support of all of our creators, many of whom began telling their stories at our Case Studies wiki project, which we encourage you to contribute to—as your story may also be highlighted in publications like The Power of Open!

We would also like to extend deepest thanks to our sponsors, without which this book would just be a bunch of undeveloped stories sitting on a wiki. Thanks to Google, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Mozilla, JISC, PLoS (Public Library of Science), Omidyar Network, Open Society Foundations, the New America Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Microsoft, Microsoft Research, MacMillan, Wellcome Trust, ict Qatar, loftwork, FGV Direito Rio, faberNovel, and Silicon Sentier!

Launch Events

But that’s not all—The Power of Open is launching with events around the world! The official launch is June 29 at The New America Foundation in Washington D.C., featuring Global Voices Online and IntraHealth, with CC CEO Cathy Casserly representing for staff. Additionally, the first event already took place on June 16 in Tokyo, Japan, with Creative Commons Chairperson Joi Ito introducing the book to the Asia/Pacific region. For the full list of events taking place in Brussels, Rio de Janeiro, London, and Paris, head on over to the http://thepowerofopen.org.

Keep up-to-date on the launch events by using the tag #powerofopen on social media.

July 6, 2011

Fun at the Farm - Elizabeth Farm

Go and explore the original Homestead of John and Elizabeth Macarthur at the centre of what was once a very large farm! Activities will include exploring the oldest house in Australia, playing games, creating patterns using natural materials and even making and flying a kite!

Craftmaking materials and childrens refreshments (cordial, biscuits and various fruit pieces) are included in the ticket price.

When: Tuesday 12 July 11.00am — 12.30pm
Where: Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142
Cost: General/concession $12
Contact: ph: (02) 8239 2211

Source:  Museum & Galleries - Alert!

July 3, 2011

Old Gippstown Cataloguers

Happy Cataloguing New Year

Not only is it the start of the New Financial Year, it is also a time whereby the Collection Management Team stops and takes stock of its stats.

But first, here is one of the photographs that we have catalogued recently - babies are a bit on our minds.


We would like to think this is a first photograph of Dr J.M.Andrew of Yallourn - but we are not quite sure. But we do like the pram.

Now to the serious stuff - the stats.

Last year, at this time, we had 7763 items in our catalogue. This year we have 8361, an increase of 598. Of those items, 5274 have a photograph attached to the record. Overall pretty jolly good. We have a team of eight specialists - five who catalogue, a specialist curator, a specialist photographer and a very specialist logistics. We could not survive without logistics! Plus a couple of "associates" like Rob and Glenn, who we almost count as ours.

Well done, Team.

July 1, 2011




Saturday, 14th May 2011

CWA Rooms, 48 Market Street, Mudgee

Hosted by: Mudgee Historical Society Inc.

Meeting commenced at 2.05pm


Carcoar Hospital Museum                            Greg & Margaret Hahn
Hartley                                                             Kristie Kearney
Kandos Bicentennial Industrial Museum     Peg Butler, Noel Costello, Marie Ford,
                                                                          Colin Jones, Bob Tomlinson,
                                                                          Ivy Tomlinson.                                              
Millthorpe & District Historical Society      Rosemarie Amos, Hilton Gay,
                                                                          Elaine Kaldy, Trevor Pascoe.
Mudgee Historical Society                             Pauline Bassingthwaighte, John Broadley,    
                                                                          Thelma Meers, Mary Mills.
Orange & District Historical Society           Phil Stevenson, Julie Sykes.
Rylstone & District Historical Society         Sue Carter

  • WELCOME   - The President, Trevor Pascoe welcomed and thanked everyone for attending the Annual Meeting. He also thanked the Mudgee Historical Society for hosting the Social Day. He extended a special thanks to John Broadley for conducting a walking tour of the historic Catholic and Anglican Churches and his power point presentation on the ‘History of Mudgee and its Buildings’.

  • APOLOGIES – Rhonda Jones (Blayney Family History Group), Marie Hammond (Molong Historical Society), Deidre Robinson (Rockley Mill Museum), Pam O’Connor &  Esme Martens (Kandos Bicentennial Museum), Kerry Guerin & Donna Smith (Lithgow Small Arms Museum), Sue Milne, Elizabeth Griffin, Jo Keniry (Orange Historical Society), Samantha Friend (Bathurst Historical Society), Simon Jones (Western Regional Council / Kandos Bicentennial Museum), Wal Pilz (Individual Member)
                 Moved by Phil Stevenon that the apologies be accepted. 
                 Seconded: Bob Tomlinson

  • IMPROVING  COMMUNICATIONS  - The President reported that a problem still exists with communicating between the Societies and the Chapter executive when organizing events. He reported that 40 letters had been sent for the Notice of the Annual Meeting and apart from the executive representatives from Orange & Millthorpe and the hosts at Mudgee Historical Society, only two replies had been received by the end of April. The President reported that the past two events had been well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all participants. Due to the disappointing response for the Annual Meeting and Social Day, the President rang a number of Societies to see if they would be sending delegates. The President requested that the Secretary and President of each Society pay special attention to responding to our events and to fill in details about their Societies, such as Office Bearers, email addresses and other information. The President mentioned some other ideas on improving communication in receiving more email addresses from members and participating in a blog set up by Wal Pilz who has kindly offered to place details of Chapter activities on this blog. The blog can be found at rkdhistory.blogspot.com . Another site where information on the Chapter will be placed is www.centralnswmuseums.com.au

  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES  - from the AGM held on Saturday, 15th May 2010 at Millthorpe.Museum.

Moved by Elaine Kaldy that the printed minutes were an accurate record of the last Annual Meeting. Seconded: Pauline Bassingthwaite

The President presented the Fifth Annual Report for the Central Tablelands Chapter from May 2010 to May 2011. He reported that the past year remained an extremely challenging time for Office Bearers to keep the Chapter alive. He asked members to continue their valued support of the Chapter for the coming year.

The President reported on two successful Chapter events for the year. The first event was the Social Day and Annual Meeting on Saturday, 15th May 2010 at the Millthorpe Museum hosted by the Millthorpe and Orange Historical Societies. The main item on the Annual Meeting agenda was the decision on the future of the Central Tablelands Chapter. The 32 delegates from 10 Societies gave overwhelming support for the continuation of the Central Tablelands Chapter. Paul Bentley from Museums Australia NSW was invited as guest speaker, who spoke about the benefits of having an active Chapter operating on the Central Tablelands.

 After the election of the following Office Bearers -  (President)Trevor Pascoe   (Millthorpe), Vice-President – Phil Stevenson (Orange), Secretary – Sue Milne (Orange), Treasurer – Elizabeth Griffin (Orange), Chapter Coordinator – Samantha Friend (Bathurst), the meeting adjourned for a luncheon on the Pioneers Gallery Verandah at the Millthorpe Golden Memories Museum and an afternoon tour of the historic Byng Cornish Settlement conducted by Elizabeth Griffin.

The second event was a Project Day hosted by the Kandos Bicentennial Museum in August 2010. The workshop focussed on Museum Exhibition Development and was conducted by Colin Jones. It was a well attended workshop with 31 participants from 9 Societies.

The President reported that all members of the Central Tablelands Chapter were given free memberships for 2010, but from the 1st January, memberships fell due for 2011 at $35 for each Society and $5 for individual memberships.

Memberships had been received from 10 Historical Societies and three individual memberships. Although an encouraging support, there were many outstanding memberships. There are over 30 Museums on the Central Tablelands, but more encouragement is required to get their active involvement and attendance at events.

The President extended his thanks to the outgoing Committee with a special thanks to the Secretary, Sue Milne. He commended her efficiency in keeping meeting records, organizing events and maintaining membership lists since her election in 2007. He specially thanked the Treasurer, Elizabeth Griffin for her strong support of the Chapter since 2006, managing the finances from 2006 – 2011 and as Secretary in 2006. On behalf of the Chapter he thanked both Sue and Elizabeth for their interest and active involvement in the Chapter for the past 5 years. The President also extended his thanks to Vice President Phil Stevenson, for his positive support of the Chapter.

Samantha Friend was unable to attend the Annual Chapter Representatives Meeting in Sydney. Wal Pilz  represented the Central Tablelands Chapter at the NSW Museums Australia Symposium and Chapter Representatives Meeting at Macquarie University on the 18th and 19th April.

The President thanked members for their attendance and to the Mudgee Historical Society for hosting the Annual Meeting and Social Day. He concluded by encouraging all delegates to continue their support of the Chapter. He hoped that the Central Tablelands could create an active network meeting the needs of all its members.

Moved by Colin Jones for the acceptance of the President’s Report.
Seconded: Bob Tomlinson  

The Treasurer, Elizabeth Griffin presented the following Financial Report for the Chapter:

Balance to Central Banking 2009                                     $ 1,611.05
Less Cost of 2010 AGM                                                         185.75
            Balance                                                                                 1,425.30
            Memberships                                                                           365.00
            Balance                                                                                 1,790.30
            Kandos Workshop Colin Jones                                               200.00
            Hall Rent                                                                                   90.00
            Balance in Account                                                               1,500.30
            Outstanding Payment for stamps & ink                                   110.00
            Balance after payment                                                           1,390.30

            Moved by Margaret Hahn for the adoption of the Treasurer’s Report.
            Seconded: Noel Costello

Wal Pilz was the stand-in- delegate for the Chapter and presented a written report for his attendance at the Museums Australia (NSW) Symposium and Chapter Representative’s Meeting on the 18th & 19th April.

In his report he outlined the addresses given by keynote speakers at the Symposium – Professor Amareswar Galla who emphasized that Museums should represent a multicultural Australian Society. He mentioned that digital heritage should be kept for future generations. The other keynote speaker Alec Coles spoke about the need for improved standards of Museums and not just their collections.

Wal reported on the Chapters Representatives Meeting and the election of MANSW Office Bearers with Andrew Simpson elected as President. Other speakers at the Representatives Meeting were Tamara Hyde (Small grants), Paul Bentley (Branch and Branch Reports), Lee Scott (New tools for Chapters to manage their accounts), Laura Miles (National Standards & Accreditation scheme), Carly Todhunter (Collaborative Cataloguing) and Bill Storer (Action Plans for Museums)

Moved by Julie Sykes for the adoption of the Coordinator’s Report.
Seconded: Kristie Kearney

All positions were declared vacant. The President vacated the chair and Colin Jones was invited to act as presiding officer for the election of Office Bearers and the Setting of Fees for the next year.
Nomination for PRESIDENT                         Trevor Pascoe
By Margaret Hahn      Seconded: John Broadley                Unopposed        Carried

Nomination for VICE PRESIDENT             Elaine Kaldy
By Phil Stevenson         Seconded: Kristy Kearney            Unopposed        Carried

Nomination for SECRETARY                      John Broadley
By Trevor Pascoe          Seconded: Noel Costello               Unopposed        Carried

Nomination for TREASURER                      Phil Stevenson
By Elaine Kaldy            Seconded: Ivy Tomlinson              Unopposed       Carried

Self nominated Kristie Kearney   Seconded: Noel Costello  Unopposed      Carried

·      SETTING OF FEES FOR 2011 -2012
Moved by Bob Tomlinson that fees remain the same as last years at $35 per Society and $5 for individual membership
Seconded: Noel Costello                              Motion Carried

The newly elected President resumed the chair.

·      EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR 2011 / 2012
·      Project Day - at Kandos in August / September – date to be confirmed. It will be conducted by the Regional Outreach Program from Powerhouse Museum on Collection Management / Accessioning / De-accessioning. Mid-Western Council will assist in the subsidizing the event.
·      AGM & Social Day - will be held at Carcoar in April or May 2012 – date to be confirmed. It will be hosted by the Carcoar Hospital Museum and the Carcoar & District Historical Society.
·      Future Workshops – A discussion was held on future workshops which would meet the needs of members and also gives the opportunity for the executive to apply for funding or employ a Museum professional. Some suggestions were – Paper Conservation, Oral History, Preserving Fabrics and Clothing, Digitalisation, Indigenous History / Artifacts. The meeting was asked to submit other suggestions and the members would be surveyed to see which workshop would best suit Chapter members.

Members from each Society were asked to present a brief report on their recent activities at their Museum. An interesting collection of reports was given from each attending Society indicating the hard work that each organization is putting into preserving the history of their area on the Central Tablelands.

The President closed the Annual Meeting at 3.20pm

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