Local artist Paula Whiteway, seen here with actor Dan Wylie on the film set of ‘The Passengers’ (Writer/Director Simon Portus, photo courtesy of Maddie Whitford), will be one of fourteen artists exhibiting in the new @ the Art Space Urunga exhibition opening Saturday May 13th. The new exhibition reflects the breadth of styles and talent in the region.Paula has amassed an extraordinary number of creative achievements. An architect by training, Paula has worked predominately as a set designer in the Australian film industry, where she is recognised as one of the few ‘hand draftees’ left. “I’m an incredible luddite by nature” confesses Paula. Achievements in this field include set designing for ‘The Railway Man’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean- Dead Men Tell No Tales’ and ‘King Kong- Skull Island’, all feature films.
How we miss you, Aunt Mary.. and your selfless caring for all the family, especially your mother.I miss our long chats, our laughter, and the walking out to Nona’s, sometimes picking wildflowers along the way. I loved calling in to your place after school, even for piano practice.The hardest part of leaving my home town was leaving you, something I know my parents felt as well. You were my confidante, my go between when I was a teenager railing against my Dad’s strict rules. It was you who taught me to cook all manner of things, and to crochet… wish I’d had more lessons for that.
As part of the 100 year commemoration of the ANZAC Day landings, the Gallipoli 100 Surfboat Race (G100) will be held in Turkey in 2015. The G100 is a surf boat race with crews from all three nations (Australia, New Zealand and Turkey) will race from the Dardanelles to the beach at Gaba Tepe, just south of ANZAC Cove. The race will commence on 23 April 2015 and will finish on Friday 24 April 2015. The Gallipoli 100 is named for this race – 100 boats, the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC landings. Urunga Surf Club (NSW far north coast) has nominated a boat and team to be a part of this exciting, historical event. There were many lifesavers and future lifesavers that fought at Gallipoli, including a number of pre-war lifesavers who did not return to Australia and this will be a fitting tribute to them.
“Sculpture-in-the-Park” was first initiated in 2013 by a Bellingen Shire Community Arts and Cultural Committee (BSCACC) committee member, David Southgate, as part of the 2013 Bellingen Shire ARTS Week, with the intention of drawing people to a cultural attraction in Urunga that could develop as an annual event.
While BSCACC is no longer involved, the Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce (UMCC) – through its Arts Coordinator member David Southgate (yep, same David) – has taken on the event and making it part of UMCC’s ART Urunga, which has been organised in January over previous summer holidays.
Attention all Sculptors and Artists – Urunga Sculpture in the Park
The Urunga “Sculpture in the Park” event has been moved to January 2015. It will be held in the park by the river opposite the Ocean View Hotel on Thursday 18 January.
The theme is RECYCLED MATERIALS as mediums to be used to construct your works of art.
Mind you, it takes some doing to get a view of the Ocean . I think I would have to go upstairs now and take a look from the verandah up there. Its a grand verandah, wide and deep with rooms opening onto it via French Doors. I think that would give a view across the Caravan Park and River, past North Beach and out to the Ocean. Downstairs is where most of the drinking and eating go on. The hotel is still delightful and the food is good. One can buy brains there. Crumbed brains with $3 buying an extra brain. The OVH has a beer garden and , bars, an old telephone box, statuettes and eating inside and out. Dale Wrd came visiting from Sydney the other day with her Blues PLaying man, ROSS S WARD of WARD’S EXPRESS. We took our lunch out the front where we had a breeze on a hot day. Terrific pub meals and the Visitors Guide to the Bellingen Valley and Waterfall Way.
We are somewhat short of Eateries that are right on the water in Bellingen Shire. ANCHOR’S WHARF in Urunga is one. Friday Nights they have TAPAS with Local Musos playing. Well worth a look. Specially with the River right there. I surely wish the Boathouses from Chinatown weren’t being demolished – one at a miserable time. When I first started coming to Urunga and then when I moved here to live in the early 70s, we had boathouses and jetties and boats for hire and plenty of deep water swimming round at the Lido near the Caravan Park.
Anyways – nowadays we still have Anchor’s.
The Highway has been very busy again this year. I haven’t seen it like it for a long time. Stuart Watson, the Fiddler who came down from Gladstone for the Raleigh Rumble said that he thought the road trip might be back on people’s agendas. We also have the loony 50 kph speed limit through town which banks it up. The Lions did a fine job of putting the boats back up. Its signs like the one there that still light warning lights inside of me. Everything looks a little tatty. A little neglected. They paint out one thing in a blue that doesn’t match and then leave it like that. Interesting times in which we live.
Round here at the corner of the Old Highway and Valery Road is a large hole where the Feb 2013 floods washed the road away and there is not so much aas a warning sign. Just rotting red and white crime scene tape.
Congrats to all the people , under Buster Barnett’s tireless ‘whiphand’, who have worked and worked and brought the Museum back into existence better than ever before.
Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889-1915), Saturday 22 April 1893
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Thursday 25 September 1930
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Saturday 4 July 1936
SMH OCTOBER 1940
I went to Crazy Day on Saturday and I LOVED it. Back to roots size festival. Got me thinking once more of the small fund raisers and the small festivals like my beloved AZALEA Festival and the URUNGS SPORTS WEEK.
Then I figured there must be even older celebrations and fund raisers in my equally beloved HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS ONLINE from the NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA so I am going for a hunt this morning and see what other ideas we can come up with for raising money for the BELLO HOSPITAL and other worthy causes. See what Ideas we can come up with for simple pure FUN.
FUN IS NOT A FOUR LETTER WORD.
Okay then, Back into the bowels of the NLA Historic Newspapers and lets see what ideas we can reclaim from the past.
IDEAS FOR FUN AND/OR FUND RAISING IN THE BELLINGEN SHIRE.
|A steamer ride to the North Beach|
|A Cricket Match with Deep Creek.|
|A day at the Races|
|Novelty Flower Show.|
|A Scottish Fair|
|Belgian Day on the Bellinger|
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Wednesday 18 April 1900,
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Friday 22 September 1950,
Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889-1915), Saturday 20 May 1911,
Lorraine Hood This green was named after my father Fred Spinks in recognition of 26 hard years of being on the committee of the UBC. His family really hope that the plaque honoring his services, which is mounted at the green, is replaced somewhere. Those 26 years of service cut into a big part of our family life and left us fatherless for many hours during our childhood!!!
I found some snippets re a revolutionary invention in the early 1950s. It was right here in the Bellingen Shire and has vanished into the Ether.
U.S. Bid For Invention. (1951, July 19). Barrier Miner
World Salvation Seen In New Invention. (1951, July 17). Morning Bulletin
Electricity plan investigated. (1951, July 17). The Courier-Mail
CHEAP POWER PLANT CLAIM.
Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888-1954), Tuesday 17 July 1951,
With my recent wondering about URUNGA and what looks like neglect to me, followed by the SEA LIDO RALLY I am taking a retro look at the Papers to see what its been like – previously. Surely some of the good can be brought into the present. A seaside town with no swimming. Get a Grip ! WHY do people say “ ah well the effluent flows into the lagoon from the Sewage Treatment works” . What sort of explanation is that ? Hello ! Its 2011.
After a good bit of coastal travel between Brisbane and Bateman’s Bay – I am left wondering. Why take away all that was good about the past to treat the uncared for present and create a future without history. Many of these other little towns have reclaimed their heritage and brought it back to life as well as incorporating it in modern developments.
There are some excellent URUNGA tales which are simply being lost. Lets dig ‘em out and see what they are. Check the PEGUMS’ new PILOT HOUSE book “ Crossing the Bar” at the Library in Urunga or Museum in Bello. We have a fascinating history.
PS. I do not apologise for any duplication of data from earlier posts.
Back to other times :
URUNGA : THE LITTLE TOWN THAT TIME FORGOT. TOWN OF SWIMMERS. LET US SWIM !
|The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843-1893), Thursday 17 November 1870
|"SWIMMING." The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954) 29 Dec 1926: 11
|The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Wednesday 13 July 1927,
|The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Saturday 10 December 1932,
|The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Thursday 25 May 1939,
|The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Saturday 13 September 1952,
Took the Baby to the Library today in Urunga and bought the first Xmas present ever for her. I am home with the 7Mate HD TV shows. In the afternoon, that means a run of series from the 70s and 80s. Nostalgic and rather odd.
Its raining a little and the temperature is soothing. I wonder when and where libraries first came to the Valley.
From the NLA NEWSPAPERS:
The Sydney Morning Herald. Tuesday 7 February 1911
At the ninth annual meeting of the Raleigh School of Arts, Mr. R. Scott was re-elected president, Messrs. J. Sullivan and A. Craig; vice-presidents, and Mr. R. Napier secretary,| treasurer, and librarian. During the year a new library and reading-room were erected, the main ball lined and ceiled, and a stage erected.
The Raleigh School of Arts is just down the way in the now tiny village of Raleigh on the Bellinger River. The actual area covered is quite large but the heart of settlement is gone now. The School of Arts is just called the Hall and still stands as does the church nearby but the railway station is not used and many houses are gone. No timbermills are left or wharves.
The Norco Factory is still operating and the School. The truckstop is gone but there is a Winery, Wilair Building Supplies, Harfield’s 2nd hand goods and round the back on Shortcut Road is the Industrial Estate inc the Council Depot.
Urunga Library is hexagonal. So is the PreSchool behind it – methinks. AND the Information Centre up on the Highway. They were all built in the same era so there must be a common theme or a common architect of the time.