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Category Archives: History

Orange Heritage Study Needs You

Yes, we need you! The last Heritage Study was completed in 1986 and listed more than 700 items of importance. However, the definition of what constitutes heritage and attitudes towards development have changed substantially over the past 25 years. Some buildings thought to have had little to no heritage significance at the time of the 1986 study are now considered highly valuable. Items not listed in the current register but which have significant heritage value include the former Cabonne Council headquarters in Kite Street and the Lone Pine on Bathurst Road, the duration cottages in Glenroi,the P&O or boat houses and the Springside School. As people who live and work in our city we're sure that you will have some places to add and we would love to hear from you.
So what's the Library's role in this? We'll be supporting the project by undertaking research on the various sites. We're also hosting a huge map which will show all those places in the current study and inviting the community (which includes you!) to suggest other additions. We look forward to seeing you here to check it out and make your suggestions.

Remember this book (Book Review on Remember Me- Lesley Pearse)

My name is Kayla and I'm a TAFE student just finishing up doing work placement at the City Council/Orange City Library and I was asked if I'd like to write a book review, so I chose this book.

Remember Me is simply based on the true story of Mary Broad aka Mary Bryant. Mary was a convict who was transported to Australia and Lesley Pearse's story is a detailed and touching, hindsight view of Mary's journey. It begins with Mary on the boat introducing herself and why she was convicted. It then goes on about the friends that she makes, enemies, life on the convict ship, her pregnancy which no one seemed to know who the father was, the years she spent at Botany Bay, her struggle to escape with her husband and children and then be captured once again and how she managed to gain her freedom. I found this story to be very insightful, entertaining and even educational. For me, it got me even more interested into the history of Australia and I wanted to learn more about convicts. I'd recommend this book to mature ages and those who can handle reading very descriptive, heartfelt, physically & emotionally challenging storied where the protagonist, such as Mary in this book, go through defeats and hurdles and still manage to keep their survival instinct alive all the way through. I give this book 9.5 out of 10 because it basically kept me thinking about it months after I'd read it. Not a lot of books can do that.

I have placed a suggestion to purchase this at Orange City Library.

Discover local Publications including Crematorium CD

Did you know Central West Libraries sells a range of publications that make great gifts for family friends here and abroad and can also benefit family history buffs? The latest addition to the collection is Orange Family History Group's Canobolas Gardens Crematorium Records on CD ($35) to help people researching their family history. The CD is a record of the inscriptions on the plaques in the Canobolas Gardens Crematorium, Orange. The inscriptions have been divided into locations and identified as much as possible by plaque numbers. Buy the CDs or books over the counter at Central West Libraries or order online through the Orange Family History Group website http://www.ofhg.com.au/publications.htm

A Real Treasure Trove

This long weekend, if you have some time on your hands try this – The National Library of Australia's Trove. A new discovery experience focused on Australia and Australians. It supplements what search engines provide. If you are researching in the fields of the social sciences, literature, local or family history, or need inspiration for your school assignment, then this is the tool for you.
For example if researching images relating to Edmund Barton, our first Prime Minister, results will include descriptions such as people, book, manuscript, map and newspaper articles. A researcher searching for information on Nellie Melba will be presented with a range of results including biographies, pictures, music, newspapers, books etc. Try family names, town names, people, places etc – it's fun.
Check it out at http://trove.nla.gov.au/

History Week Celebrated at Blayney and Orange

Guests gathered at Blayney and Orange Libraries (Pam pictured signing books) on Thursday to join in History Week celebrations with author and family historian Pamela J McGlinn. This year's theme for the History Council of NSW's History Week was Faces in the Street that shaped our past and present. Pamela McGlinn is a direct descendant of Henry Warburton and Mary Seaton, well known names in the Blayney and Spring Hill districts. After researching her family history she was so fascinated by their story, Pamela wrote a fictional account of their pioneering struggles titled A Distant Dream.