Tuesday 23 February 2021

Trove Tuesday - Birthdays at Coal Point

In days gone by the people of Coal Point appear to be a social crowd who enjoyed celebrating birthdays.

1933 'COAL POINT AND KILABEN BAY', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 23 May, p. 9. , viewed 02 Mar 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article135101042

1935 'COAL POINT PARTY', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 6 June, p. 11. , viewed 02 Mar 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article139259701

1947 'Old Coal Point Couple Congratulated', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 18 July, p. 5. , viewed 02 Mar 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article140323854

Tuesday 16 February 2021

Trove Tuesday - Doug Saxon

 Local historian and author Doug Saxon will be the guest speaker at our monthly meeting next Saturday, 20th February, at 2pm. Due to Covid rules being relaxed to the 2 square metre per person requirement we will be able to accommodate more people at this meeting. Please join us and bring your pennies with you as Doug will have copies of some of his books for sale. We will also be broadcasting this talk via zoom for members unable to attend in person.

Doug has indicated that his talk will be in two parts:

  1. Some aspects of Eraring’s history and my efforts to preserve it  based on my book published last year ‘Eraring’s History- Farming, Monkeys and Electricity.’
  2. Dora Creek - John Douglass and his family. This is from my book recently published ‘Dora Creek Memories 1870-2020’  to celebrate 150 years of public education at Dora Creek. John Douglass was the first teacher and lived at Dora Creek for more than 50 years.

Doug Saxon (Photo supplied by D. Saxon)
In a search on Trove we found several references to Doug. Please take a look at some of these items and have your questions ready for Doug on Saturday.

One won't find mention of Doug in the popular Newspapers and Gazettes Category on Trove as this mostly covers the period up to 1954 when Doug was not yet writing on history. 
Listed in the Magazines and Newsletter category there are several articles mentioning Doug. In a 1978 letter to the Education magazine Doug outlines the difficulties he faced with furniture removal when he was transferred from Newcastle to a teaching position at Yanco.

In 2009 Doug featured in several issues of Education as he sought contributions for a booklet he was writing. Doug posted on 16 March 2009

"YANCO   PUBLIC   SCHOOL   celebrates   its  

  centenary   on   the   June   long   weekend  

  2009.   Former   Principals,   teachers,   stu-  

  dents   [or   their   descendants]   are   invited  

  to   contribute   to   the   centenary   book-  

  let.   Contact   Doug   Saxon.''
Source: http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-707329048

For more current references to Doug from the Websites Category on Trove follow this link:   https://trove.nla.gov.au/search/category/websites?keyword=%22doug%20saxon%22 which shows that he is well represented on the internet.

The Books and Libraries Catalogue lists many of Doug's works and provides the location of libraries that hold copies of the items. Click on the links below to see the records and locations for these works.

Doug Saxon's latest book

Tuesday 2 February 2021

Trove Tuesday - Stoney Creek Swimming Club

 In his recent book, The Lake, Scott Bevan talks about The Stoney Creek Swimming Club.

Ninety-five articles in Trove tell the story of the Club and its members in the 1930s.  Many local identities are mentioned in the following selection. You can search Trove to find articles from later decades.

1931 'SWIMMING', The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), 26 November, p. 5. , viewed 02 Feb 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article164241716

1932 'STONEY CREEK CLUB', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 10 February, p. 5. , viewed 02 Feb 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article136866643

The following paragraph is from the obituary of Mr A Hingst who was President of the Club. The full article that describes his funeral lists many local people.

1932 'OBITUARY', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 19 March, p. 4. , viewed 02 Feb 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article136881075

1933 'STONEY CREEK SWIMMING CLUB', The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), 14 October, p. 4. , viewed 02 Feb 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article165074058

Fashions were the talk of the evening at the Club dance in 1934

1934 'Social Jottings', The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), 20 December, p. 5. , viewed 02 Feb 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article166301231


1935 'Family Notices', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 9 February, p. 11. , viewed 02 Feb 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article136851503

1936 'STONEY CREEK CLUB', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 15 January, p. 12. , viewed 02 Feb 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article142402174

1938 'SWIMMING POOL AT STONEY CREEK.', The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), 29 November, p. 11. , viewed 02 Feb 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article167347788

1939 'SUBURBAN AND DISTRICT', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 28 December, p. 8. , viewed 02 Feb 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article135452451