The 2012 Hunter Heritage Network seminar was held in historic Murrurundi in the upper Hunter valley.
We have to say – Murrurundi is gob-smackingly beautiful – it pulls all the punches – museums, historic homesteads, generations of families on the land, horse breeders, restaurants, outrageously gorgeous landscapes, burning mountains! - and, people who run as wolves – local heroes – local people – shepherding their town, their existence – from the ravages of mining and unfettered speculation.
We featured a range of interesting talent from the Upper Hunter, who shared their knowledge and their experiences with our Network. They included:
Welcome to the Upper Hunter from Mayor Lee Watts
Pride of Place: Murrurundi – Peter Carlin, Murrurundi Chamber Of Commerce Representative
Pros & Cons of Bickham Mine on Heritage - Peter Haydon Chairman of Bickham Coal Action Group & Owner Haydon Horse Stud
“A Peak in the Past” All about Community, Radio Presentation – Mandy Archibald
Preservation and change in historical documents with the advent of the computer age – Des Dugan from the Murrurundi Historical Society
LUNCH WITH THE “MURRATONES”
State Heritage Update – Cameron White from the NSW Heritage Office.
Heritage Landscapes Under Threat; Stroud Gloucester Valley and the Vale of Gloucester - Garry Smith, Historian and Environmental Consultant
Merriwa Historical Society: Merriwa Railway Station Restoration – Bryan Baker
Celebrating Murrurundi: Heritage Brochures, Local tours/ Murrurundi Museum Exhibitions/ walks/ site visits – Upper Hunter Shire Council Heritage Advisor Lillian Cullen