Published here is a short summary of A&DHS meetings over the past twelve months. More detail can be found by going to Our Bulletin.
May 2019 Meeting
Our May meeting got underway with Paul Grover demonstrating a new website that features a great interactive virtual tour of the Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre. The site will soon be ‘going live’ and will be an important learning tool for history students as well as of great interest to families of immigrants who arrived in Australia through Bonegilla.
That was followed by Howard Jones with a story of working in cafes along Dean St in the 1950s and 60s. Among other stories, we heard of giant cakes and the secret of the floral festival flowers.
April 2019 Meeting
“Historic Roads and Blaze Trees in the Albury Region” – since the 1840s, early colonial surveyors have blazed trees to mark out road and boundary alignments. As a form of living heritage, many blaze trees are now succumbing to the ravages of time. Peter Spooner from Charles Sturt University described his research, where he uses historic maps, field surveys and a citizen science approach, to investigate our oldest roads, and document the abundance and condition of old blaze trees in the Albury region.
David Armstrong, Team Leader of Parks and Recreation with Albury City Council, described his role and some of the projects he has worked on and plans for our city over the next few years.
March 2019 Meeting
Norm Halburd spoke about his appointment in 1978 as the Commonwealth quarantine officer at the newly proclaimed Port of Albury-Wodonga, and also of his earlier roles as a Fruit Fly Block inspector and a horticultural certification officer.
David Christy, Team Leader of Town Planning at Albury City, talked about the complexities of planning for the future of our city. He explained some of the many regulations that are relevant to development applications, especially when the applications relate to properties with heritage value.
February 2019 Meeting
Dr Jennifer Jones from Latrobe University challenged our perception of the CWA in the 1950s and 60s as being a tea and scones organisation rather than one at the forefront of social change. Jennifer talked about attempts of the Country Women’s Association of NSW to model feminine, rural Australian values to Aboriginal and migrant women.
Narelle Vogel, an Arts Officer with Albury City, spoke about projects such as the wood fired oven at Noreuil, community garden development, the Yindyamurra sculpture walk and open air movies. Funding of $1.3m from the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund will upgrade the Albury Botanic Gardens Curators Cottage (built 1909) and the Wonga Wetlands farmhouse into artist in residence facilities and transform the heritage listed Pump House at Water Works into a Maker Space.
December 2018 Meeting
John Henwood, a foundation member of our Society (he joined A&DHS in Nov 1960), introduced his new book “The Days That Are No More: The Sutherlands of Thologolong Station.” John is a grandson of Peter & Ina Sutherland. He described how the land was acquired and developed and using family photographs, we heard the story of members of the large family of his grandparents.
Then a December favourite, “Show & Tell” – we heard of the “Fallon Bell” from Greg Ryan, some reminders of Albury’s wine industry from Vicky Cooper, Joe Wooding had a document signed by Percy Burrows, Simon Burgess had a very interesting story of a watch winder from a Beechworth jeweler and Greg showed us some remnants of the Berlin Wall.
November 2018 Meeting
Helen Newman, an award winning Australian film maker, spoke on her diverse film work in many countries around the world. Her documentaries tell the stories of conflict, poverty, oppression, celebration and survival in war zones, refugee camps and remote indigenous communities. She showed two of her short feature films on the World Wars: ‘Homefront Stories’ and ‘Then He Came Home.’
Danielle McMaster is the Urban & Public Art Officer for Albury and the mastermind behind the fabulous wrapping of the otherwise drab NBN boxes around town. She spoke about many exciting projects in the works including a totem pole/river gauge at Noreuil Park and a wind sculpture in AMP lane.
October 2018 Meeting
October’s meeting had a Murray River theme. The main speakers on the night were Jo Hewitt, Team Leader Economic Development at Albury City Council and Dr Terry Hillman, former Director of the Murray Darling Freshwater Laboratory at Thurgoona. Jo talked about future plans for the River Murray precinct from the Union bridge to Wonga Wetlands and beyond. Terry spoke about the impacts of humans over time on the ecology of the river due to projects such as the Hume Weir.
September 2018 Meeting
Denise Osborne shared with us the story of Jindera’s settlement, how it came about, who was involved and what turning 150 looks like for Jindera. She also highlighted details of the townships celebrations to mark the occasion.
Noel Jackling joined us to relate the story of two statuettes commemorating the 1934 Uiver landing at the Albury Racecourse—both statuettes were lost but then recovered after some intensive sleuthing.
August 2018 Meeting
Stories of the very sporty and multi-talented Dowling family were shared by John Dowling. The Dowling family has made a substantial contribution to the Albury community over many years.
Ann-Marie Ellis, the coordinator of the Write Around The Murray Festival, invited members to join into the activities being held from 5-9 September at various venues. The diverse program offers participants to Explore, Discuss and Wonder about the literary world. The Festival is supported by exhibitions at the Albury LibraryMuseum, MAMA and the Lavington Library.
July 2018 Meeting
Sister Shirley Garland spoke on the history of the Sisters of Mercy and their celebrations to recall the 150 years of their service and outstanding contribution to the Albury community.
Vicky Cooper presented the first of a new meeting segment, ‘Object of the Month’ showing a shoe press from Clive Bohr Shoe Repairers in Swift Street. Simon Burgess followed up with a report on the tour of the Albury Club, cleverly using photographs from Interactive Google Maps
June 2018 Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Society chaired by Joe Wooding was held in The Elizabeth Room of the Commercial Club. Eighteen members and nine guests were in attendance and there were two apologies.
When opening the meeting President Joe referred to Helen Livsey’s extraordinary service to the Society. She had already been a member for 25 years when made a Life Member in 1991 and has now been with the Society for 52 years holding a variety of roles, notably as Secretary, Research Officer and Public Officer.
Doug Hunter took the Chair and the new executive were duly elected.
President: Greg Ryan
Vice-President: Joe Wooding
Secretary: Helen Livsey
Treasurer: Simon Burgess
Minute Secretary: Jill Wooding
Publicity Officer: Jill Wooding
Public Officer: Helen Livsey
Committee: Marion Taylor, Eric Cossor, Howard Jones, Chris de Vreeze, Bruce Pennay
The incoming President Greg Ryan welcomed the new members of the Committee and thanked Ron Haberfield for his meticulous mathematics as Treasurer over the last three years and Doug Hunter for his wise counsel at meetings over the last year and serving as President for many years previous. The retiring members Richard Lee and Ralph Simpfendorfer were also thanked for their contributions and hard work on the Committee.
Guest speaker Beverley Halburd spoke about her lifetime involvement with the Girl Guide movement in Australia and abroad. As a seventeen year old Queen’s Guide she was selected to attend the Baden-Powell World Camp in England. This life changing adventure took the girls to places they had only dreamed of, meeting royalty and exploring foreign cities for six months.
Greg closed the meeting with a short tutorial on philatelic history in Australia. A regular overland service between Sydney and Melbourne began in 1838. Also in 1838, the first prepaid “stamped” letter sheets were introduced in Sydney. Prepaid adhesive stamps were introduced in the 1850s.
May 2018 Meeting
The May meeting was well attended with a talk by Roy Thompson on the Reis family in Albury attracting a number of descendants keen to hear about their ancestors. Ray’s presentation was compiled by his niece Tracee Doyle. Arriving in Albury in 1852 the hard working Reis family built up an impressive portfolio of farming land and businesses. Sadly many of the buildings have since been demolished but some remain, the most recognisable being the “Model Store” on the corner of Wilson and Guinea St.