The key topic at our March meeting was “CSU, your local University, and how it got here.” Head of campus, Dr Jennifer Munday and Dr Bruce Pennay described the origins of the university, how it has evolved over time, the courses offered, some of the political issues relating to its establishment in Albury and CSU’s importance to our local community. We also heard from Lance Johnson of the LibraryMuseum describing his role in the art scene of Newcastle before his arrival in Albury and from Greg Ryan on Albury’s efforts to become Australia’s federal capital.
It is 100 years since the World War I battle of Bullecourt which took place in April/May 1917. The 13th Artillery Battery (Albury Battery), positioned near the French village of Noreuil, was surrounded during a German counterattack on 15 April. Many Albury men were in the Battery which played a key role in driving the enemy back and restoring the front line. After the war, Noreuil Park was established to commemorate the battle. Our Society president, Doug Hunter is working with AlburyCity on the design and wording of an interpretive panel to be installed at Noreuil Park to mark the centenary. The photo shows the Albury Battery in France.
In February, Tim Fischer was guest speaker at the Society’s first meeting for 2017. Tim spoke firstly about the significant number of VIPs who have changed trains at Albury, encouraging members to get behind his bid to have them recognised appropriately at the station. He then went on to his main topic, Australian World War I military leader Sir John Monash. The subject of his latest book, Tim described his war time achievements and highlighted many of the peacetime accomplishments of Monash.
The Albury property database was funded by a community grant of $500 from AlburyCity. The aim of the database is to have available a searchable history of as many buildings in Albury as possible. The housing files collected over many years have been transferred to the database and the next step is to enter housing details from local history books and to add photographs where possible. Photos have been taken of houses listed for demolition from the AlburyCity advertisements for some years.The task is huge and any help would be greatly appreciated. To assist us in data collection, click on the link to download a blank form: Albury historic homes and buildings information form
Albury’s Early Photographic Artists, 1856-1957
Albury historians Howard Jones and Helen Livsey have collaborated to write the latest in Albury & District Historical Society’s series of Society Papers. Julius Rochlitz was the first to bring his photographic equipment to Albury in 1856. Over the next 100 years many others followed to record Albury on film.
This book is available from the Albury LibraryMuseum or from Dymock’s Bookstore for $15.
Amazing People of the Border
Howard Jones’ book, Amazing People of the Border, features 40 stories of local identities based on interviews between 1985 and 2013. If he is to do a follow-up, who would people like to see included? – let him know at his email address: Click here to email Howard.
Copies can be bought at Dymocks Albury, the Albury LibraryMuseum or order copies by contacting Howard at his email address – the price of the book is $20 including postage.
The Commercial Abe Nathan
Richard Lee’s The Commercial Abe Nathan, Albury’s Furniture King tells the story of a successful furniture warehouseman who came from Prahran Victoria to Albury in 1908, continuing a sound business career using the time-payment system. Despite a devastating fire within 2 years of setting up, Abe rebuilt and recovered, expanding to Wagga where his son was manager. Generous and sociable, Abe made his mark in the town, donating to worthy causes, rescuing the Commercial Club from a precarious financial position and investing heavily in rental real estate. As age and illness took its toll, Abe sold to Maples Furniture as they expanded into New South Wales. The book includes details of Maples and Patersons Furniture at either end of Albury’s main street, and Maples Albury managers branching out on their own. When Clarke Rubber Ltd took over Maples in 1979, 70 years of furniture retailing ended on what had been Nathan’s Corner and then Maples’ Corner.
The book is available for $20 from the Albury LibraryMuseum.
The Boer War Letters of Albury’s James Scanlan
A&DHS Society Papers – No 24 The Boer War Letters of Albury’s James Scanlan. Scanlan was a active member of Albury’s H Company Volunteer Infantry in the NSW Military Forces before Federation. In 1899 he was to sell his Townsend Street bicycle shop and enlist in the NSW Infantry. His Infantry Company departed with the first contingent to South Africa in 1899. His letters home tell his war story.
Click here to order a copy $13.50 + p&p
Albury at War 1914-1919 / The Grandfather I Never Met
Two books relating to Albury’s involvement in World War I were released in 2015 to commemorate 100 years since hostilities commenced on the Gallipoli Peninsula. “Albury at War 1914-1919” was written by Douglas Hunter and tells the story of men and women from Albury and surrounds who served in the Great War, and of those at home who maintained and sustained them throughout the five years of conflict. The book draws on research done by members of the Albury & District Historical Society using newspapers held at the LibraryMuseum.
Also “The Grandfather I Never Met,” the story of arguably Albury’s most decorated soldier, Charles George Bishop, written by his granddaughter, Janine Agzarian.
Both books are important contributions to the story of Albury’s involvement in WWI and are available for sale at the LibraryMuseum.
The Uiver Emergency
On October 24 of 2014 it was 80 years since the Uiver emergency saw the people of Albury rallying to the assistance of the Dutch airplane competing in the London to Melbourne air race. You can read Doug Royal’s account of the emergency by clicking on the pdf document The Uiver at Albury
And listen to the ABC Hindsight account at Hindsight/The Uiver Emergency
BBC – Rabbits in the Albury Region
The BBC World Service ‘Witness’ program contacted A&DHS for assistance compiling a program on Australia’s rabbit plague of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Bill McDonald of Mullengandra was contacted and we can now listen to him in the report compiled by BBC reporter Alex Last. Click on the link:
BBC Witness: Australia’s Rabbit Plague, then click on the play icon.