October 28, 2013

Orange & District Historical Society presents -
The Way we Were: Orange in 1927

 Did you miss it last year?
Want to see it again?
This is your chance to view this
rare movie about our city
Sunday 3 November 6.30 for 7pm at the Odeon Cinemas, William Street
Sunday 10 November 6.30 for 7pm at the Odeon Cinemas, William Street
For tickets ($15) contact: Liz Edwards on 6362-8647,
email: liz.edwards@orangepeel.it or
Annette Neville on 6361-4341, email: Kevanne40@yahoo.com.au

No tickets will be sold at the cinema on the night

October 27, 2013

Zig Zag Railway at Lithgow lost equipment in the fire

Hi Wal

I sent this out to BMACHO members yesterday.  You might like to post, if you have not already seen this request from Zig Zag Railway.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Blue Mountains Association of Cultural Heritage Organisations Inc <bmacho.heritage@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Subject: Zig Zag Railway

To BMACHO Members

As most of you probably know, the Zig Zag Railway at Lithgow lost equipment in the fire that swept through there last week.

Some of the equipment destroyed in the fire includes these "big ticket" essential items:

2 x lathes 24" swing over gap and 16" over table
1 x surface grinder 400mm high 700x300
1 x geared drill machine floor mount
1 x 12" grinder floor mount
1 x 8" bench grinder
1 x universal milling machine 2000 x 500 mm table 1500 mm travel
1 x turret milling machine 800 mm x 350 mm table

If anyone can help with replacement of these items they would love to hear from you.

You can get their contact details from their Facebook page, without having to sign up to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ZigZagRailway

Jan Koperberg
Secretary BMACHO

October 25, 2013

Recent updates to the State Heritage Inventory

Email from -
Stewart Watters
Senior Heritage Officer, Heritage Division
Office of Environment and Heritage

Dear Networkers,

The Heritage Division has received and recently updated the State Heritage Inventory with heritage data from the following Councils:

Canada Bay Council - 541 items and 20 conservation areas on the LEP
Coffs Harbour City Council - 99 items on LEP plus considerable work completed as part of the heritage study and revision of LEP.
Eurobodalla Council - 277 items on LEP
Greater Taree City Council - 294 items and 6 conservation areas on the LEP

A great result from these Councils.  This heritage information is available through the State Heritage Inventory at www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/heritagesearch.aspx

For your information the Heritage Division currently has 8 heritage inventories awaiting update and transfer to the State Heritage Inventory including: Snowy River Council, North Sydney Council, Maitland Council, Dep of Education, RailCorp, Bathurst City Council, Inverell Shire Council, Wollongong City Council and Parramatta City Council.

If you are considering sending through your heritage data can I please ask that you hold off now until the new year.

Many thanks for your ongoing support of the heritage databases.


Stewart Watters
Senior Heritage Officer, Database Manager
Heritage Division
Office of Environment and Heritage
NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
Locked Bag 5020 Parramatta NSW 2124
T: 02 9873 8561
W: www.heritage.nsw.gov.au

October 24, 2013

Regional Services Stakeholders Day - Powerhouse Museum

Regional Services Stakeholders Day

On Thursday 7 November the Powerhouse Museum is holding the annual Regional Stakeholder Forum. The program will feature three panel sessions – which will focus on partnerships and processes for developing regional travelling exhibitions, programming for the Centenary of World War I,  and  ‘hot topics’ – an open session for issues and concerns to come from the floor. This is an opportunity to talk with representatives from the State Cultural Institutions and service agencies about issues and programs for 2014.

This is a free event but bookings are essential and places are limited.
RSVP by 4 November please

There is financial assistance available from the Powerhouse Regional Services to support the travel and accommodation costs for regional staff or volunteers. This must be applied for and approved prior to the day.

To book your place or register for financial assistance please contact Einar Docker, 02 9217 0412 or regionalservices@phm.gov.au (with RSVP FORUM in the Subject field).

Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo
When: Thursday 7 November 2013, 9.30am – 4.30 pm
Contact: Rebecca Pinchin
Freecall: 1800 882 092 , ph (02) 9217 0220
Email: rebecca.pinchin@phm.gov.au

October 21, 2013

Bushfires - Lithgow (State Mine) and Zig Zag Railway

Email from -
Ray Christison, President
The City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum Inc

Hello all,

I thought I would provide an update on the situation with the Lithgow (State Mine) bushfire and major heritage sites.

The Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park came under attack on Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon. Buildings and historic machinery were saved by the vigilance and action of museum volunteers, and the extraordinary efforts of local RFS crews. The ember attack on Thursday was particularly difficult to counter with winds constantly changing direction. Significant documents and original photographs, including the Charter for the 1886 Royal Commission into the Lithgow Valley Colliery disaster were removed from site on Thursday morning. The site is currently on a watch and act status with principal threats coming from the potential combustion of coal dumped during the operational life of the colliery.

Regular updates are being posted on the Lithgow State Mine Museum Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lithgow-State-Mine-Museum/285897008107516?ref=hl

The Zig Zag Railway workshops complex was destroyed by fire on Thursday. This is a major disaster for a volunteer organisation that has been struggling for the past 18 months.

Updates on the Zig Zag Railway are available through Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/ZigZagRailway?fref=ts

Those wishing to assist can direct donations to the Zig Zag Railway.

We also encourage those in the heritage world to visit Lithgow’s wonderful museums once the fire crisis has subsided.

Ray Christison
The City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum Inc
0419 438 609

October 8, 2013

On the Air - The history of Broadcasting from Orange

Broadcasting from the 2GZ Studios Sale Street in 1961
It is difficult to imagine a time when we had no communications short of word to mouth or the pony express. In this day and age we are immersed in a media buzz and have the instant availability of unlimited global information and entertainment over the internet.

Broadcasting from Orange will be the subject of the Orange and Distinct Historical society's meeting to be held next Wednesday 9th of October at 7 for 7.30 in the Senior Citizens Centre Sale st Orange .

The first hints of mass communication began with the invention of the printing press in 1446 making possible the wide distribution of knowledge via book sand pamphlets. Very few people could read at this time. The field was revolutionised when, following the discovery of the seemingly miraculous electricity and electromagnetism, the telegraph was invented in 1844 enabling the transmission of coded messages (Morse code) over relatively inexpensive wire. This was quickly adopted world wide. There was an undersea cable between Britain and America in 1858 and between Australia and Java in 1872

The first interstate  telegraph line was in 1858 between Adelaide Melbourne and Sydney   and Orange opened its telegraph office in 1860

Direct speech transmission became possible with the invention of the telephone by AG Bell in 1876 and this too was rapidly adopted such that by 1880 there were telephone exchanges in Sydney and Melbourne and by  1900 Australia had 30,000 telephone connections.

 However mass communication as we know it today did not become possible until wireless transmission  demonstrated by Marconi in 1893 and fist used for maritime and Naval applications e.g. the Titanic 1912 and both Navies in WW1

 The first radio broadcasting  stations in Australia ,2FC and 2BL were established in Sydney in  1923. This soon became the rage and there was  explosive growth from the 1920's onward. Australians were characteristically early adopters.

2GZ was the first station opened in Orange with a first transmission  on 31st October 1935. The GZ stood for Graziers as it was started by the NSW Graziers association.

2CR opened with a grand launch for 400 people 29th April 1937 held in the then Strand Palais theatre ( now Salvation Army store) . Television transmission in Australia began just before the Olympic Games in 1956 while CBN8 began transmission in Orange in 1961 after a long battle with the entrenched  stations of the capital cities.

The coming of radio is still vividly remembered by our elder citizens and there are hundreds  in the community who have worked in the exciting fields  of  radio and television broadcasting since those early days. Our speakers tonight are two such people.

Doug Spicer had a musical father with regular shows on 2GZ from the late 40's.Following 10 years with army Doug joined CBN8 in the early 1980's as Cameraman/studio manager where he stayed until eye problems forced  him to retire. He then joined  community radio 107.5 FM as a volunteer with regular programs until earlier his year

 Laurie Neville has had over 30years in  radio and television   beginning in 1969 at 3HA Hamilton  Victoria and at stations 2WG 2CA Channel 7 (Canberra), 3UZ 3DB and 3LO before coming to Orange in 1988 as station manager . He retied in 2004 after 30 years in  broadcasting.

     The meeting will take place at Orange Senior Citizens Centre (entry from Woolworths car park) on Wednesday 9thOctober at 7 for 7.30pm.
     There is a small charge of $3 for members of Orange and District Historical Society and $5 for non-members, to cover costs. Light refreshments will be served.
     If you have any inquiries or would like to attend the meeting, please RSVP to Phil Stevenson on 0402 412 188 (email: ibiswines@bigpond.com)    or Julie Sykes 62621682

October 5, 2013

Bathurst Collectables Swap Meet & Gem Expo 2013


This is our second newsletter in the series of newsletters leading up to the Bathurst Collectables Swap Meet and Gem Expo 2013. The newsletters contain stories about various collectables which I hope you will find of interest.

The aim of the two day swap meet is for collectors and the general public to buy, swap and sell at the historic Bathurst Showground. It seems that we will need a second pavilion as more sellers book in. 
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