Published here is a short summary of A&DHS meetings over the past twelve months.
More detail of our past meetings can be found by going to Our Bulletin.
December 2020 Meeting
Geoff Romero was our December guest speaker, relating Part I of the story of his ggg and gg grandfathers, both Francisco Romero. This part of the tale relates to what Geoff described as the “dark side” of his ancestry, the first Francisco’s involvement in the slave trade. Geoff will follow up in February with the local side of the story, the second Francisco, builder of the Smollett St bridge.
There were several presenters with interesting items to display and describe in our ‘Show & Tell’ session – from a football jumper worn by Albury’s own Haydn Bunton to WWII camouflage netmaking, a Hume and Hovell Centenary memento, Railway Tennis Club, Mate’s Timber Yard Cricket Club and more.
November 2020 Meeting
Our November meeting fell on Remembrance Day, 102 years since the signing of the Armistice to end World War I. So that was the theme of the meeting, with Chris McQuellin relating the story of Albury man, John Hunter, shot down and then confined to military prison for the remainder of World War II. Doug Hunter continued the theme with an outline of the history of the Light Horse Museum, the 8th /13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection.
October 2020 Meeting
Rail enthusiast Ross Jackson was our guest speaker in October. He spoke about the history and function of an almost forgotten local siding in Albury, Kinloss, located not far south of today’s Thurgoona Drive. Ross went on to relate the emotional story of firstly securing the train then completing “Tim’s Last Train Ride,” the funeral train for Tim Fischer, August 29, 2019.
Fr Peter McLeod Miller then spoke about future options for St Matthew’s Rectory in Kiewa St.
September 2020 Meeting
Gaye Pattison, Chief of Staff at ABC Goulburn Murray, gave as a brief overview of the history of ABC radio in Albury before explaining that it is now much more than a radio station with a multimedia output of radio, TV and digital. She then went on to describe the role of ABC Goulburn Murray during the recent bushfires and the Covid pandemic.
We then heard from Albury Botanic Gardens curator, Jason Kimball. He described his role , what has changed in his time at the Gardens. We then heard about changes that are planned and in particular, the review of their Conservation Management Plan.
August 2020 Meeting
Our first meeting since March due to Covid-19 restrictions was very welcome and good to get back to some sort of normal even though some members were trapped south of the Border, unable to cross.
The meeting got under way with the Annual General Meeting of the Society, chaired by Greg Ryan, in The Elizabeth Room of the Commercial Club. Twenty six members and guests were in attendance and there were fourteen apologies. Minutes of the previous AGM were read and confirmed and the President’s Annual Report received together with the Treasurer’s end of year report. Greg called Society Patron Greg Aplin to the chair where he declared all positions vacant and those duly elected were:
President: Greg Ryan;
Vice President: position not filled;
Secretary: Helen Livsey;
Minute Secretary: Jill Wooding;
Treasurer: Simon Burgess;
Committee: Marion Taylor, Dennis Hickey, Colin McAulay, Ashley Edwards, Ralph Simpfendorfer and Sue Haberfield.
Greg took the chair again and a motion recommending that no change be made to subscription fees was passed.
Following the AGM, our guest speaker, Graham Docksey OAM, JP described changes that have been made to the Albury War Memorial. His talk highlighted the significance of the Memorial to the people of Albury and the work done by Chris McQuellin and RSL members to ensure that wording on memorial plaques at the site are both accurate and complete. He then went on to describe proposals for changes at the War Memorial Bowl and asked us for input into design plans.
March 2020 Meeting
Former Federal Member of Parliament for Indi, Cathy McGowan, outlined her own personal journey and challenged us to consider what can be done to recognise the displaced indigenous communities of north-east Victoria. In order to do this, we must look at the history of white settlement and how it impacted on the region’s first inhabitants.
February 2020 Meeting
Claire Doolan has an Honours Degree in Archaeology from University of New England in Armidale, with thesis entitled: Rock art research in the North-east Granites of Victoria.
Claire gave us a very informative trip around rock art of various sites. She outlined modern techniques used to enhance the photographs of images – detail is revealed that is not present in our viewing of the original photo. Claire described techniques used to estimate the age of the art and clearly explained the significance of the images. Many of us went away with the urge to do our own exploration of the sites.