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Category Archives: History

Family History featured at Experience Orange! Expo

Many people were encouraged to learn more about their family history during yesterday's Experience Orange! Expo organised by the Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak. Orange Family History group members helped many people with the starting blocks to begin family history research. The group was just one of 130 local community groups in Orange respresented at the Expo! Pictured are Marj and Shirley during a rare break in enquiries.

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas at Library

The search is over. We have the perfect gifts for the person who has everything.
We are selling local publications and titles include A Vision Splendid – A History of Orange by David Holmes, Andrew Honey & John Miller – $39.95. It provides a chronological and historical perspective of Orange's growth and development from its pioneering days in the mid 1800's through to the mid 1950's and 60's. Or there is An Historian's Sketchbook of Orange by Ross Maroney – $20.00. It covers the development of central Orange from a tiny village in the middle of a swamp to a thriving regional city. There are plenty more to choose from, so why not check them out. Only a couple of sleeps to go before Christmas!

Aboriginal Storyteller Larry Brandy Coming to Cowra

Meet a storyteller passionate about his
Wiradjuri culture who enjoys demonstrating how Wiradjuri people used to hunt and find food. Aboriginal Storyteller Larry Brandy will be at Cowra Library on Friday 14 January from 10.30am to 11.30am. This event is FREE and sponsored by Friends of the Cowra Library. Larry has performed at schools, libraries, the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia as well as for scout groups and overseas tourists. He is member of the Wiradjuri nation originally from Condobolin. His talk includes
artefacts such as stone axes, boomerangs spear throwers, dilly bags and clapsticks. And with these artefacts explains how the traditional Wiradjuri people of central NSW lived, hunted and moved around in their defined area.
Children will have a great time playing the clapsticks and pretending to be emus, kangaroos or hunters. See yo there!

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.