Moonan Mummers & Upper Hunter Arts Festival 1992
Featured Image: Courtesy of ‘The Way We Were’; A Pictorial History of the Scone District 1901 – 2001 by Anne McMullin, Kath Farrell and Audrey Entwisle; Federation Publication No. 4; Published by Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society Inc. 2001
It’s often a great leveller and somewhat diminishing to cast back and acknowledge highly significant individuals (and events) who contribute in so many positive ways to the communities they ‘inhabit’. There can be few such exemplars as cogent as the ‘Moonan Mummers’ and the Upper Hunter Arts Festival? Roger Humphries BDS delivered highly skilled dental services in Scone as well as co-authoring a tripartite tome ‘The Inn, The Dentists and The School’ with Mace Bain and Gillian Blandford Hayes. He and his spouse Mary were also ardent supporters of ADFAS in Scone. Anita and Alex Cullen, like Roger (Leeds, England), were overseas ‘imports’; in their case from the outer isles of Scotland. It would be difficult to enumerate the total Cullen contributions. Both the Scott (x 2) and Mailer families are icons of the area. Although never my genre Peter Scott’s ‘Jazz by the River’ in Moonan was another ‘cultural must’. I could go on ad infinitum but I think I’ll leave it there?