Smiley 1956 and Smiley Gets a Gun 1958

Smiley 1956

Featured Image: Advertisement for the showing of Smiley – The Scone Advocate, Friday 16 August, 1957

Acknowledgement:

Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society; ‘Moving Images and the Theatre’; The Shiralee; Filming in the Upper Hunter; Scone’s Civic Theatre: Heather Ashford assisted by Mary Woodlands: Federation Publication No 1 Scone and Upper Historical Society Incorporated, Scone NSW 2337 Australia. 1997. ISBN 0 949187 14 3. © Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society, Incorporated. Designed and printed by Pritchard’s Press Pty. Ltd. 206 Kelly Street, Scone NSW 2337.

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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Movie) 1978

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Movie) 1978

Featured Image: Tommy Lewis in the title role of the movie as Jimmie Blacksmith

‘The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith’ was partly filmed at Arthur and Kathleen Pring’s property ‘The Hawthornes’ at Kars Springs to the west of Scone. This is the same area frequented by teacher and later international author Havelock Ellis almost 100 years before. Ellis wrote with sympathetic eloquence about the country. It had probably changed but little in the intervening century? Fred Schepisi and his ‘location spotter’ team selected the mountainous terrain devoid of modern characteristics such as power poles and lines. The site needed to be isolated. Other sets were a bark hut at John Archibald’s neighbouring property ‘Dunwell’. A Bush Fire Water Truck was co-opted to provide rain on demand. Further shooting took place at Rouchel where Anne McMullin recalls the old slab cottage at ‘Bingeberry’ (1864) used as a prop.

The director of the movie was Fred Schepisi now an Oscar Winning Hollywood celebrity. The cast included such well known stars as Ray Barrett, Jack Thompson, Angela Punch and Ruth Cracknell. Tommy Lewis played the part of Jimmie Blacksmith. Local SCADS players co-opted for the scene at the ‘Hawthornes’ homestead were Fred Winter, Ruth Logan and Tom MacMurray. Three month old baby Blake Flaherty (daughter of Ros) was selected by Rhonda Schepisi to play the child born to the character Gilda Marshall who was portrayed by Angela Punch.

Nancy Gray wrote in the Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society’s Newsletter of September 1977:

“Historically the Sparkes Creek Valley is excellent, as Jimmie and Joe Governor, whose lives give Keneally the basis theme of ‘The Chant’, were familiar with the Liverpool Range that towers above the Creek, and walked its ridges and gullies with assurance.”

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Scone Moving Images and the Theatre

Scone Moving Images and the Theatre

Acknowledgement: Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society

Featured Image:

Front Cover ‘Moving Images and the Theatre’; The Shiralee; Filming in the Upper Hunter; Scone’s Civic Theatre: Heather Ashford assisted by Mary Woodlands: Federation Publication No 1 Scone and Upper Historical Society Incorporated, Scone NSW 2337 Australia. 1997. ISBN 0 949187 14 3. © Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society, Incorporated. Designed and printed by Pritchard’s Press Pty. Ltd. 206 Kelly Street, Scone NSW 2337.

Prologue

Scone and the Upper Hunter have generated an enthralling histoire of celebrated success in filming and movie production. It’s an engrossing, formidable and impressive list. Included are seminal productions ‘The Shiralee’, ‘Into the Straight’, ‘Smiley’, ‘Smiley Gets a Gun’, ‘The Picture Show Man’, ‘The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith’ and ‘Rats of Tobruk’. The list goes on. All are described in minute detail in this pivotal tome. Stars of the Shows include movie screen luminaries Helen Twelvetrees (Hollywood USA), Peter Finch, Dana Wilson, Rosemary Harris, Elizabeth Sellars and Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell.

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Farewell Friends of Strathearn Village

Farewell Friends of Strathearn Village

Postscript

This is the wrong way around but I wish to wholeheartedly commend Caitlin Reid’s excellent article in the Scone Advocate today Thursday 9th August 2018.

See: https://www.sconeadvocate.com.au/story/5566352/thank-you-friends-photos-video/?cs=1533

Featured Image: Past Friends of Strathearn Village Mavis Merrick, Barbara Lowrie, Joan Keevers, Judy Manning, Elaine Collison, Marie Tilse, Sandra Carter and Dorothy Wharton

‘Thank you, friends’: Legacy of the Friends of Strathearn to live on for years to come

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Hunter Living Histories I

Hunter Living Histories

From Scone to the Head Waters of the Hunter:  A Survey of Properties and People Following the Gundy Road 1896 – 1897

Featured Image: Waterfall near Moonan Flat; Postcard sent by Evelyn Simpson, Moonan Flat, to Mr F.R. (Francis Richard) Moore, Public School, Wyong, NSW, 7 Oct [1906]

Prologue

Today (Friday 6th July 2018) I decided to find out more about Gundy which I posted earlier on my blog. Gundy is actually much, much more than the pub and the shop. For the first time I discovered the Campbell Family cemetery. I resolved to investigate further via Dr Google. I uncovered an absolute treasure trove which I replicate here.

https://hunterlivinghistories.com/2016/09/08/bridge-1963/

Posted on September 8, 2016February 14, 2017 by ‘Hunter Living Histories’ by the University of Newcastle which I duly acknowledge.

Including descriptions of areas such as Gundy, Moonan Flat, Moonan Brook, Belltrees, Ellerston, Omadale Brook, Stewart’s Brook, Brushy Hill.

Written by Malcolm Henry (‘Mac’) Bridge of Muswellbrook in 1963
Transcribed and indexed by his granddaughter Margaret Ashford in 2016

The following recollections were written by Malcolm Henry (Mac) Bridge of Muswellbrook, dated 10/1/1963.

They have been transcribed by his granddaughter, Margaret Ashford, Lambton, in June 2016, from a photocopy of a handwritten document.

As the document is addressed to the Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society, it is assumed that they hold the original.

Some punctuation and paragraphing have been added for clarification purposes.

Explanatory notes or corrections have been added in italics inside square brackets.

The PDF contains scans of the original manuscript with transcription.

Digital version prepared by Gionni Di Gravio 2016.

DOWNLOAD
From Scone to the Head Waters of the Hunter.
A Survey of Properties and People Following the Gundy Road and Various Side-roads Along the Way 1896-1897
By M.H. (Mac) Bridge (20 MB PDF FILE)

https://coalriver.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/bridge-1963.pdf

New England Highway Draft Corridor Strategy

New England Highway Draft Corridor Strategy (NSW Transport)

https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/current-projects/new-england-highway-corridor-strategy

Prologue

The Scone Bypass has generated more heated often vindictive discussion than almost any other issue in my time. This continues today even as construction begins. It would appear that the overarching policy premise is contained within the New England Highway Draft Corridor Strategy purported by both the NSW Government (Transport) and Roads & Maritime Services. A bypass for scone is the policy of both. One of the overriding objectives is to provide a reliable transport corridor which delivers intra-regional, inter-regional and interstate transport linkages. I obtained my hard copy in 2017 which had been on display at the UHSC for the requisite three months. It can be downloaded as below:

http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/projects/hunter/new-england-highway/corridor-strategy/new-england-highway-draft-corridor-strategy-2016-10.pdf

Reviewed 16 Jun 2017

The New England Highway Draft Corridor Strategy aims to create an efficient road transport corridor that has the capacity for future growth.

Key benefits

  • Supports the user needs of regional industries, populations, commuters and tourists
  • Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the highway
  • Acknowledges community value and use of areas in and around the corridor

The New England Highway Corridor Strategy is a key priority in the NSW State Infrastructure Strategy 2014.

At 540km long, the highway runs between the western end of the Hunter expressway at Branxton, through the regional centres of Singleton, Muswellbrook, Tamworth and Armidale, and to the Queensland border.

The draft strategy has been developed under the Road Network and Corridor Planning program by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and Roads and Maritime (RM).

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Ben Hall (Bushranger) @ Murrurundi

Ben Hall (Bushranger) @ Murrurundi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Hall_(bushranger)

There must have been something about early Murrurundi which engendered free-spirited entrepreneurs with a proclivity for making acquisitions independent of reliable and/or proven original ownership? Maybe it was simply a sign of the times? It must have been tough. In the mid-1800s Murrurundi was the northern limit of settlement; genuine frontier territory. No wonder the likes of Edward Davies and others headed for Nowland’s Gap at the top of the range possibly believing themselves beyond reach of the law? Most were eventually disabused of this notion and paid the ultimate consequences. Ben Hall was such a person raised into this environment. He probably believed anything was worth the risk? Some of his relatives still survive around Murrurundi and are both prominent and most worthy citizens. You have to tread warily in any dialogue.

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