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One of the displays in Interpretive Centre

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Our Peterborough

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News from the Peterborough History Group

Opening of the Peterborough Times Print Room and Interpretive Centre

As you will read in our Chairperson Heather’s report, below this article, there have been many people to acknowledge, all of whom have helped this project come to fruition.  There is however a need to thank Heather and acknowledge her leadership throughout the entire project.  She has kept her hand firmly on the rudder and steered it to success by keeping the many strands of diverse activities under control. Thank you sincerely Heather from the volunteers and all on the committee. Thank you to all the people from Peterborough who supported us by coming to the opening of the Printing Shop.  It was wonderful to see the familiar faces of former residents, some of whom had worked in the premises including members of the Bennett family -Terry Omond (formerly Sullivan), Sue Dodman (nee Bennett) John Trower as former Letterpress Operator and The Doney Family, Jan, Claire, Craig.  Gavin Goudie who worked with John Doney for a short time, also came.  Terry (the oldest Bennett family member to attend) said she remembered when Uncle Harry (Bennett) let the girls print their own stationary on the small Heidelberg machine, which is still being used today. We are now open for business in the form of tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.00am to 1.00pm and at other times by appointment.  See details at the Tourist Information Centre, on our leaflets or on the windows of the History Rooms. The entry fee is $5.00 and if you subsequently bring your visitors along your entry will be free of charge. School groups welcome to book in, with the opportunity for students to take part in a small printing experience. Why not arrange to bring your employees along as a group after work. Service Clubs welcome also – we have an outdoor barbeque area where you could have an informal BYO tea afterwards. All other clubs and groups welcome Individuals and small numbers of people also welcome We look forward to seeing you and your friends and families.

Chairpersons Report AGM October 2015

It is usual to thank the members at the end of a report. However this year I would like to pay tribute all at the beginning. Every one of you has played a significant part in what has to be the most demanding, intense and exciting year to date for the Peterborough History Group! So, to Judy Evans, Peter Cheetham, Tricia Cummings, Wendy Giles, Lancia Coombe, Mary Zimmermann, Kath Giles, Danny O’Connell, Brian Chapman, and Owen  Gregg  THANK YOU! And now- to begin with the most recent Event - The Opening of the Peterborough Printing Works After 5 years of dedicated work by the History Group, the Times printing Office was finally opened on Saturday October 17th by Mayor Ruth Whittle in the presence of a large admiring crowd of Friends, family, printers and well-wishers. As has already been reported, The District Council of Peterborough have been extremely supportive and provided funding for the interpretation centre at the back of the Print Shop and also restored power to the two Heidelberg machines. I would like to acknowledge the generous bequest of the former Peterborough and District Ambulance Association. It has been of great assistance to us in this project. And to also acknowledge the work of former members Kevin Ball, Sue Pickering and Adrian Powell. We were delighted that our Patron Graham Gunn and Member for Stuart, Dan Van Holst Pellekaan, and his wife Rebecca were with us on this special day. Also members of the Bennett and Doney families who were here to share the moment. Reg Wilson, master printer has been a great support over the last two years – he and his wife Vi were honoured guests. Graphic designer Mark Thomson has created professional museum space in the new Interpretive Room and Times Print shop. This significant and unique collection is being shown to its best advantage because of Mark’s innovation, guidance and commitment to this project. Working with Mark has been a great experience. His insistence on design excellence and good visual communication has created a working museum to be proud of. We can’t thank him enough. Some more of the many “Thank You’s” To  Adrian Polomka (aided by Roma) for his significant construction work (the big picture, cabinet work, print shop doors conversion, metal frames for the 2 outdoor signs, cementing the floor with Alby Kloester, to name a few). Colin Workman for his contribution who both with his team from Steamtown and John Ayliffe has constructed the iron supports for the information signs, and the safety bollards around the Heidelberg Platen. He has repaired the backdoor/fly wire) and helped Owen paint the cement floor of the new room. The dark room curtains made by Tricia. The Malycha family for the donation of floor boards. Peter for adapting 2 small tables to support the printers slate work stations, restoring the Station bench from the former Petersburg Railway Station, and mending the wooden floor. To Danny, Brian and Owen who sanded, painted, cleaned and sorted all and everything they were asked to do. Exhibitions and Activities We collaborated with the Peterborough RSL to present an exhibition honouring WW1 servicemen from Peterborough and District on screens at the back of the Town Hall for the ANZAC Day Breakfast. Tricia presented a WW1 display from her own collection in the window of the History Rooms. Our contribution to the Cultural Festival in March were Tours of the Print Shop. Petersburg to Peterborough” upstairs in the YMCA continues to attract visitors and enthusiastic comments. Our collection grows with donations from a generous public.  Thank you to Lancia for your work here, cleaning, arranging the displays and presenting exhibitions of photographs. Friends Morning Tea in May was an opportunity to again recognise our friends and supporters. A highlight was a visit to the Times Printing Office to see the current progress of the museum. Money from sales of Bob the Railway Dog’s postcards at the Tourist Carriage and Steamtown continue to fill a “community chest” for worthy local causes and benefits. We received a KESAB award in the “Heritage and Culture “category and an SA Great award  Grants, Gifts and Purchases The late Lionel Noble -Judy sent letter of condolence on our behalf to be read at Lionel’s funeral. We have been given his wonderful collection of files on Peterborough identities and societies-which has already been invaluable for family and social research. At Lionel’s family’s request, donations to the History Group were given instead of flowers at his funeral. Our Secretary Judy successfully obtained for us a significant Commonwealth Heritage Grant from the National Library. This will be used to record and store the Times Job Dockets from the Peterborough Printing Works. An earlier successful Commonwealth grant to advise on best Preservation and Procedures for the Printing Works saw two Staff members from Art Lab spend two days here in February to show us how to care for the Collection. Judy also secured a Grant from History SA for Storage and Shelving. Staff from History SA came for a two day work shop to teach our members how to handle delicate ephemera. Thank you Sharon Parker who has freely given advice and time to ensure best practice bookkeeping by the History Group The gifts of time and talent given by all of our volunteers are beyond measure! Future exhibitions and Projects We plan to have a dedication of the memorial garden for Irene Cummings in the Autumn of next year when the garden should be in bloom. Kath and Dennis Giles have donated 3 heritage rose bushes, Peter has organised a peach tree, and Wendy, Lancia, Tricia and Peter have been planting and building garden beds. We have become the legal trustees of the Parnaroo Hall and its easement. We plan to stabilise the Hall and provide story boards and picnic furniture. Thank you Peter Malycha for all your help. Our programme of scanning and committing the items in our collection to Mosaic Record continues and is progressing well, thanks to the expertise and dedication of Wendy. Documenting the Times Job Dockets is an ongoing task requiring volunteers and organisation    Family research requests from travellers (and local people) are an important part of what we do. Thanks to Tricia for maintaining and updating the archival records and assisting with family research. The History Group’s growing collection of family memorabilia is proving a valuable resource as is the Town Library’s collection with member Kath following up many requests for help. Evie Oras is continuing her valuable research into WW1 service men and women from this district and will assist Judy who has a Grant to present this in booklet form.  Thanks to Secretary Judy for her monthly reports on our activities to the Informer. Fundraising Rogaining Group – another most successful event. Congratulations to Judy for her organisation and catering and to the History Group and friends who helped. The profit will pay for our annual insurance and assist with the Print Shop expenses. Peterborough Family History Paver Project. The latest order 4 of the Family Paver Project has arrived (including corrections from previous orders). They will be placed soon. The new cost of $50 reflects the price of postage and handling. Thank you Peter for laying the stage 3 pavers. Stall at monthly markets, Serving BBQs at the Annual Rodeo, Cultural Festival  A Cabaret with the Judy Lewis Whyte Yarcowie Vaudeville Troupe Donation tins at the History Rooms, YMCA and Printing Museum Wendy has coordinated 2 major raffles and raised a substantial amount of money to help with our projects Tours of the Times Printing Museum The $10 annual Friends Membership maintained by Lancia, Friends Coordinator. We are grateful to Council for continuing to assist us by maintaining a modest rental for the History Rooms and for financial and in-kind support. Thank you all! Heather Parker, Chair, Peterborough History Group

PETERBOROUGH HISTORY GROUP WINS COMMUNITY HERITAGE GRANT

The Peterborough History Group SA Inc. has been awarded a $14,300.00 Federal Community Heritage Grant to fund Digitisation and Archival Storage for the preservation of the Times Printing Office Collection contents The grant was announced at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on 27 October, 2015. This year, grants worth $438,710 have been distributed to 75 community groups and organisations from around Australia to assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections. In addition, Judy Evans from the Peterborough History Group attended a three-day intensive preservation and collection management workshop, in 2013, held at the National Library, the National Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra. Chairperson, Heather Parker, said the grant was important in supporting the effort to preserve the Peterborough Times Printing Office Collection at the grassroots level. “While the grant provides the funds, the workshop offers the expertise to help us protect our collection and make it accessible while it remains in the local context,” she said. “In addition, members and volunteers had undertaken training conducted by History SA in Archival Recording and Storage last August in preparation for the mammoth task of scanning and photographing in excess of 25,000 paper records in the form of job dockets and their contents from the Peterborough Times Office. The grant money will be used to purchase archival materials in which to store these precious documents representing the rich history of our community. Many volunteers will be needed to complete the first big push within the next 12 months.” Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, said the CHG program showed the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, in encouraging communities to care for the nation’s heritage, be it in small country towns or capital cities. CHG is managed by the National Library. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; the National Museum of Australia and the National Library. Media contacts: Judy Evans 0408 220 248 / judyevans@bigpond.com

History

Group’s - News

& Reports

Our Peterborough

South Australia

© 2016 - Peterborough Festival Inc. All photographs copyright by their respective owners. Web design by Ian Redpath

News from the

Peterborough History

Group

Opening of the Peterborough

Times Print Room and Interpretive

Centre

As you will read in our Chairperson Heather’s report, below this article, there have been many people to acknowledge, all of whom have helped this project come to fruition.  There is however a need to thank Heather and acknowledge her leadership throughout the entire project.  She has kept her hand firmly on the rudder and steered it to success by keeping the many strands of diverse activities under control. Thank you sincerely Heather from the volunteers and all on the committee. Thank you to all the people from Peterborough who supported us by coming to the opening of the Printing Shop.  It was wonderful to see the familiar faces of former residents, some of whom had worked in the premises including members of the Bennett family - Terry Omond (formerly Sullivan), Sue Dodman (nee Bennett) John Trower as former Letterpress Operator and The Doney Family, Jan, Claire, Craig.  Gavin Goudie who worked with John Doney for a short time, also came.  Terry (the oldest Bennett family member to attend) said she remembered when Uncle Harry (Bennett) let the girls print their own stationary on the small Heidelberg machine, which is still being used today. We are now open for business in the form of tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.00am to 1.00pm and at other times by appointment.  See details at the Tourist Information Centre, on our leaflets or on the windows of the History Rooms. The entry fee is $5.00 and if you subsequently bring your visitors along your entry will be free of charge. School groups welcome to book in, with the opportunity for students to take part in a small printing experience. Why not arrange to bring your employees along as a group after work. Service Clubs welcome also – we have an outdoor barbeque area where you could have an informal BYO tea afterwards. All other clubs and groups welcome Individuals and small numbers of people also welcome We look forward to seeing you and your friends and families.

PETERBOROUGH HISTORY

GROUP WINS COMMUNITY

HERITAGE GRANT

The Peterborough History Group SA Inc. has been awarded a $14,300.00 Federal Community Heritage Grant to fund Digitisation and Archival Storage for the preservation of the Times Printing Office Collection contents The grant was announced at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on 27 October, 2015. This year, grants worth $438,710 have been distributed to 75 community groups and organisations from around Australia to assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections. In addition, Judy Evans from the Peterborough History Group attended a three-day intensive preservation and collection management workshop, in 2013, held at the National Library, the National Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra. Chairperson, Heather Parker, said the grant was important in supporting the effort to preserve the Peterborough Times Printing Office Collection at the grassroots level. “While the grant provides the funds, the workshop offers the expertise to help us protect our collection and make it accessible while it remains in the local context,” she said. “In addition, members and volunteers had undertaken training conducted by History SA in Archival Recording and Storage last August in preparation for the mammoth task of scanning and photographing in excess of 25,000 paper records in the form of job dockets and their contents from the Peterborough Times Office. The grant money will be used to purchase archival materials in which to store these precious documents representing the rich history of our community. Many volunteers will be needed to complete the first big push within the next 12 months.” Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, said the CHG program showed the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, in encouraging communities to care for the nation’s heritage, be it in small country towns or capital cities. CHG is managed by the National Library. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; the National Museum of Australia and the National Library. Media contacts: Judy Evans 0408 220 248 / judyevans@bigpond.com