Season’s Greetings

CSU Regional Archives will close for the Christmas holidays from 12:30 pm on Wednesday 24th December and reopen at 9:00 am on Monday 5th January 2015.

The Archives staff would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. In keeping with the spirit of the season we have included some images of Christmas past in Wagga.

One of the more popular   locations to view Christmas lights in the 1960's was at the Grinton residence in Kincaid Street.

One of the more popular locations to view Christmas lights in the 1960’s was at the Grinton residence in Kincaid Street. [Tom Lennon collection RW1574/346]

 

 

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The true meaning of Christmas. A mother and child view the nativity scene at the Victory Memorial Gardens in 1962. [Tom Lennon collection RW1574/346].

 

 

Labour intensive Christmas decorations 1954 style.

Labour intensive Christmas decorations 1954 style. [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

 

 

Well behaved and well dressed children waiting to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas.

Well behaved and well dressed children waiting to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas. [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

 

 

We thought that these might have been hams or turkeys flown in for Christmas lunch. Any ideas? [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

We thought that these might have been hams or turkeys flown in for Christmas lunch. Any ideas? [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

 

 

Father Christmas arriving at Huthwaites in 1954. [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

Father Christmas arriving at Huthwaites in 1954. [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

 

 

Dreaming of winning. Children marvel at all the goodies crammed into the Calvary Hospital Christmas stocking. [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

Dreaming of winning. Children marvel at all the goodies crammed into the Calvary Hospital Christmas stocking. [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

 

 

Enjoying their stockings at a children's Christmas party in Kincaid Street - 1954. [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

Enjoying their stockings at a children’s Christmas party in Kincaid Street – 1954. [Evening News collection RW1574/253].

“Like a kid in a candy store”

This wonderful photograph was taken inside David Copland’s store in Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga, possibly around the 1930s.  It shows two “Departments” inside the store, the most interesting one being the Biscuit and Confectionery Department.  Lollies galore!!

The Biscuit and Confectionery Department of David Copland and Co., c.1930s (from the Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society collection, RW2893/362)

The Biscuit and Confectionery Department of David Copland and Co., c.1930s (from the Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society collection, RW2893/362)

It’s one of those images where, the more you look at it, the more you see.  Click on the image to zoom in and see it all up close.

You’ll be able to see the Arnott’s Biscuits barrel:

The Arnotts Biscuit barrel at David Coplands

A box of Smith’s Potato Crisps:

Copland800 - Smiths

 

Wrigley’s Chewing Sweet and Lifesavers:

Copland800 - Wrigleys, Lifesavers

 

And the row of Tip Top Toffee, Mac Robertson Milk Kisses and Fruit Bon Bons, Jester Toffee, Talky Toffee and (my personal favourite) Minties:

David Copland - Tins of lollies

 

David Copland and Co. were located next to Hunter Bros. (across from the Wagga Court House) and was one of Wagga’s premier general stores for many years.  If you’re interested in reading more about the business, check out our “At the Archives” stories on David Copland and Co. and the Copland Family over on our website.

Fitzmaurice Street, c.1900, showing David Copland and Co. store front.

The corner of Fitzmaurice Street and Sturt Street (then, Little Gurwood Street), showing David Copland and Co, c.1900.

 

A Friday afternoon treat….

The following animal-themed images were all taken by the photographers of the Wagga Evening News, a short-lived newspaper started up by Frank Packer in 1954.  The photographers included Wal Blake, Phil Merchant, Keith Barlow, Murray Attiwell, and Wagga’s own Michael Pym.

Rules, schmules! July 1955 Photographer: Michael Pym [Wagga Evening News, RW1574/258]

Rules, schmules!
July 1955
Photographer: Michael Pym
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/258]

Someone's got to do the work! July 1955 Photographer: Michael Pym [Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/258]

Someone’s got to do the work!
July 1955
Photographer: Michael Pym
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/258]

On such a wet spring day, what's a dog to do but just sit and wait for rescue! 1 September 1955 Photographer: Phil Merchant [Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/259]

On such a wet spring day, what’s a dog to do but just sit and wait for rescue!
1 September 1955
Photographer: Phil Merchant
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/259]

Even dogs can go to Mardi Gras! 28 December 1954 [Wagga Evening News Collection, RW1574/253]

Even dogs can go to Mardi Gras!
28 December 1954
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/253]

This little fellow looks particularly sad at the sight of all the rubbish on the river bank. 1 January 1955 [Wagga Evening News Collection, RW1574/257]

This little fellow looks particularly sad at the sight of all the rubbish on the river bank.
1 January 1955
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/257]

A boy and his pony at a local Pony Club Gymkhana. 21 May 1955 Photographer: Murray Attiwell [Wagga Evening News Collection, RW1574/257]

A boy and his pony at a local Pony Club Gymkhana.
21 May 1955
Photographer: Murray Attiwell
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/257]

A cocker spaniel visiting Moran and Cato's. 10 August 1955  Photographer: Michael Pym [Wagga Evening News, RW1574/258]

Moran and Cato – a good place to find afternoon snacks.
10 August 1955
Photographer: Michael Pym
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/258]

A German Shepherd and their owner outside a Wagga butcher's shop - plus one teasing butcher! 19 July 1955  Photographer: Michael Pym [Wagga Evening News, RW1574/258]

A German Shepherd and their owner outside a Wagga butcher’s shop – plus one very teasing butcher!
19 July 1955
Photographer: Michael Pym
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/258]

Billy Graham and his cocker spaniel looking very interested in something... 1 August 1955 Photographer: Phil Merchant [Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/258]

Billy Graham and his dog looking very interested in something…
1 August 1955
Photographer: Phil Merchant
[Wagga Evening News collection, RW1574/258]

Summer Scholars 2013-2014

Last week, our 2013-2014 Summer Research Scholars presented their final reports at a combined event with State Records NSW.

Hannah Hogg, a CSU Bachelor of Arts Honours student of Literature, investigated the contradictions and complexities in the life and poetry of Dame Mary Gilmore. Gilmore’s treasured connections to the Riverina are well documented and CSU Regional Archives holds a small collection of letters from Gilmore to George Blakemore, the first Principal of the Wagga Wagga Teachers’ College [CSURA, RW114] written between 1953 and 1958.

  • To read Hannah’s report, Mary Gilmore: harmony in contradiction and the preservation of Australian history, please visit our Summer Scholarships webpage.

Liam Lander, our other scholarship recipient, is currently a Bachelor of Arts Honours student of History.  His research over the summer was concerned with the position the Country Labor Party has held within the Riverina, especially over the last twenty years and why they have been unable to threaten the domination of the Coalition in local electorates.

We would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Charles Sturt University Faculty of Arts and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in supporting these scholarships.

The application period for the Summer Research Scholarships 2014-2015 is now open.  Please visit our Summer Scholarships webpage for more information on the three scholarships on offer this year.

Event at CSU Regional Archives

The second page of the illuminated address given to Lord and Lady Carrington by the people of Wagga Wagga in 1890 (source: State Records NSW)

The second page of the illuminated address given to Lord and Lady Carrington by the people of Wagga Wagga in 1890 (source: State Records NSW)

On Thursday, October 30, the CSU Regional Archives will be hosting free presentations by State Records NSW staff and our Summer Research Scholars. We will commence at 12 noon with a sandwich lunch in the Archives foyer [*see below].

Staff from State Records NSW will be talking about the Carrington Albums, a series of 13 albums containing illuminated addresses given to Lord Carrington, Governor of NSW from 1885 to 1890.  They will also be bringing with them one of the albums containing addresses originating in our local area. For more information on the Carrington albums, please have a look at the State Records NSW’s Digital Gallery.

Following the presentation by State Records NSW, the CSU Regional Archives Summer Research Scholars from 2013-2014 will be presenting their reports:

  •  Mary Gilmore: harmony in contradiction and the preservation of Australian history, by Hannah Hogg.
  • Strange Culture: The Country Labor Party in the Riverina, by Liam Lander.

We hope you can join us on the day.

For catering purposes, please RSVP to 02 6933 4590 or email wdoubleday@csu.edu.au by 5pm on Monday, October 27.

*UPDATE:

Due to an planned power outage on Thursday, we’ve had to change the venue for this event.  The lunch and presentations will now be held in James Hagan Court on the main University Campus.  If you’ve sent your RSVP to Wayne, you should have received an email with maps and directions.

Masonic Hall Foundation Stone

Freemasonry, being one of the oldest of the world’s fraternal organisations, has had a long history in Wagga Wagga, dating back to 1860 when the first known letter relative to the formation of a Lodge in this town was written on 22 May 1860. Wagga’s first Masonic Lodge was founded on 24 June 1861, as Lodge Harmony 410 SC.

Some of the oldest original correspondence held by the CSU Regional Archives can be found in the Freemasonry Collection [RW2463], the very oldest being a letter written on 11 April 1846 at 35 Bloomsbury Street, London. The material in this collection was largely gathered over a long period by Wor Bro P.A. Mills and was kept in a safe at the Lodge-room. The collection has been transferred in several instalments to the CSU Regional Archives for preservation since 2002.

The site of the first Masonic Hall that was to be built in Wagga was on the allotment of the “Waterview” estate. The contractor was James Markey. James Calder from Sydney was the Architect and the Superintendent of Works, Thomas Hodson.

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Laying the foundation stone, 6 October 1870 (from the Freemasonry Collection, CSURA RW2463/816)

The gala event which was the laying of the foundation stone of the Hall, held on Thursday 6 October 1870, had been something the Wagga Masons had been looking forward to for many years. The headquarters of Lodge Harmony had been the Commercial Hotel (which we now know as Romano’s) and for this occasion the Hotel reportedly looked quite majestic with decorations.

The ceremony was to have begun at 3pm; however, the Wagga Wagga Advertiser reported that well beforehand, “…the streets were gay with people come to witness the scene; and what with the smart dresses of the ladies, the handsome “regalia” of the Oddfellows and the lively uniform of the Town Band, the main street of Wagga never looked so brilliant.” The Oddfellows had offered their assistance for the occasion and joined the Masons as they marched from their Lodge at the Commercial, led by Worshipful Master A.J. Hooke Esq.

Mr. Murray, the oldest Mason in the district and the last remaining founding member of Lodge Harmony, presented the ceremonial silver trowel to the Right Worshipful Master, Bro Alfred John Hooke, who officially “laid” the foundation stone. Local newspapers and the Sydney Morning Herald, as well as some coins of the day, were placed in a cavity and the stone was lowered to solemn music played by the band, followed by prayer. A mixture of corn, wine and oil was poured over the stone after which the band played ‘Rule Britannia.’

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(right to left) The Commercial Hotel, the Criterion Hotel, and the Masonic Hall in Fitzmaurice Street, 1891 (from the Gormly Collection, RW98/25)

When completed, the Hall became quite an asset for the people of Wagga. It was used for a wide variety of entertainment, as it had a stage, a gallery, supper and dressing rooms and a good floor for dancing.
On the evening of the October 15, 1880 there was a terrible fire that destroyed the Masonic Hall, the Masons’ Arms, the Criterion Hotel and a number of other buildings. The roof of the Masonic Hall, being shingles, caught on fire and could not be contained. Mr. Edney, a draper, and Mrs. McGregor, the fancy goods and tobacconist, who occupied the shops under the front of the Hall, lost considerable stock.

The Hall was rebuilt soon afterwards in Fitzmaurice Street and was later owned by the Loyal Southern Star IOOF Manchester Unity Friendly Society (the Oddfellows) and was also the Oxford Theatre, the Oxford Furnishing Company and Jeremy Brown Pty. Ltd until it was torn down in the 1960s.

Everything but the kitchen sink

Retired smelter worker Bob Hall and his dog Toby  were pictured on the outskirts of Wagga during 1954. Hall, who was 75 at the time, had travelled down the east coast from Bundaberg on his custom made tricycle. The journey had taken 5 years, but Hall considered “these new fangled cars too dangerous” after all the smashes that he had seen on the trip. The tricycle carried all the acoutrements necessary for the hard life on the road, including a bell made from a frying pan, which was also used for cooking meals. Additional enhancements to the tricycle included trailer brakes for going downhill and a built-in jack for the rear wheels.

 

On the road again. Bob Hall and Toby head off on the next leg of their odyssey (from the Tom Lennon collection, RW1574/253).

On the road again. Bob Hall and Toby head off on the next leg of their odyssey (from the Tom Lennon collection, RW1574/253).

 

 

Best mates on a long journey (from the Tom Lennon collection, RW1574/253).

Best mates on a long journey (from the Tom Lennon collection, RW1574/253).

 

 

Taking a break by the side of the road near Wagga are Bob Hall and his companion Toby (from the Tom Lennon collection, RW1574/253).

Taking a break by the side of the road near Wagga are Bob Hall and his companion Toby (from the Tom Lennon collection, RW1574/253).