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Local History

History Week: WWI Blog




It’s History Week and this year’s theme is The Great War. Researchers at Orange City Library are hard at work delving into the stories of the WWI servicemen and women from the area and posting their findings on the Centenary of WWI blog http://www.centenaryww1orange.com.au/

To date they have identified 1, 827 local service men and women, 209 of whom failed to return home, having being killed in action or died of disease. There were 25 women from the area who served as nurses, and at least seven indigenous service men.

The Centenary of World War I in Orange project is being led by a community committee which includes representatives from Orange City Council, Central West Libraries, the Orange and District RSL, sub-branch and the local community.



Guest speakers Michael Caulfield and Trudi Mayfield

Keeping History Alive: WWI Talk


Guest speakers Michael Caulfield and Trudi Mayfield









A large crowd enjoyed learning more about the men and women of WWI at the Orange and District Historical Society History Alive Talk held on Wednesday night. Librarian Trudi Mayfield showed guests the WWI Blog, outlined research behind some of the stories including the youngest enlisted recruit from Orange Ernest Powter who signed up at age 15. Fellow guest speaker local author Michael Caulfield spoke about the research undertaken for his book The Unknown ANZACS and the importance of recording our history. Thank you to everyone who came along.


WWI Objects and Family Stories

Reminder: Seniors Week Event: WWl Objects and Family Stories


WWI Objects and Family Stories

Want to preserve family history? Join in this workshop as part of Seniors Week. Presented by staff from the National Archives of Australia and Orange City Library, the workshop is an opportunity to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.  It will be held on Wednesday 19th March from 2pm – 4pm. This workshop is designed to focus on research of the service records of the men and women who served in the armed forces during WWI. Participants are encouraged to bring along one or two objects or photographic memorabilia to prompt research direction.  Admission is free, but please book your place by calling the Library on 6393 8132. See you there!

Dalton Exhibition

Dalton Exhibition at Duntryleague Until Sunday 17 Nov

Orange and District Historical Society is featuring an exhibition about the Dalton family, their store and flour mills in Orange, their vast pastoral holdings throughout western NSW, their import/export business in Sydney, their support of the Catholic Church, and their strong allegiance to the Irish cause for independence from Britain.

The exhibition will be at Duntryleague (pictured below – formerly the home of James Dalton and his large family) Woodward Street, Orange, from 10am-4pm until Sunday, November 17. Entry is $5 for adults and $3 for school children.


Oral History Weekend 001 Do not use eyes closed (Small)

Oral History Weekend Great Experience

An Oral History Weekend Experience Seminar and Workshop  helped to inspire groups around the State to get working on their own oral history projects. People travelled from Canberra, Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Oberon and the surrounding local districts to join in the seminar and workshop.

We hosted the event with support from the Oral History Association Australia NSW and their trainers Trish Levido and Sandra Blamey with funding from a Country Arts Support Program Grant. The packed program included best practice standards, guidelines, review of digital equipment, interview, listening and narrator practice as well as planning an oral history project framework. Thank you to everyone who came along and we look forward to listening to your oral history collections in the future! For more information on courses check out the website: http://www.ohaa.org.au/

Orange has an active oral history group which meets at Orange City Library on the third Monday of the month at 10am.  The next meeting will be held on Monday 19th August.  All interested people are most welcome to attend.