Summer Newsletter 12
Volunteer of the Month
Hi, I am Bev Mansfield, my job at the Yamba Museum is Roster Officer. Originally from Inverell/Tingha/Grafton and finally Yamba which I love.
Husband John, also from Inverell, loves Yamba and its great surfing beaches riding his long board.
We came to Yamba when Kevin Harris, original owner/developer of Yamba Marina, asked John to be the Engineer/Mechanic in his upcoming Marina opened in 1993. Some may remember me in the Marina Chandlery which was a big learning curve.
Joining the Yamba Chamber of Commerce in 1994 (and still there) to help businesses to make Yamba a great place to work and shop. l was also being involved in the Coldstream Festivals and Yamba River Markets, kept me busy. After retiring from the Marina and looking for something different to do, I became a member of the Yamba Museum.
Firstly as a front desk volunteer, then joining the Committee and becoming Roster Co-Ordinator, and now as Roster Officer. Our volunteers are wonderful and without them the museum would not be able to open.
I have worked at Yamba Cinema, this came about after retiring from the Marina as I was constantly at the Cinema seeing movies. NO WE DO NOT JUST WATCH MOVIES .... we make choc tops, popcorn, bag lollies, restock fridges, clean and welcome and meet locals and visitors. I retired from the Cinema at the end of July. I will miss the customers.
Today I play Tennis and Pickleball, walking (Museum walks included), having coffee with friends at our many great coffee shops in the Clarence Valley and generally enjoying my free time in beautiful Yamba.
Anyone wishing to join the front desk Roster volunteers, please contact me. No knowledge of Yamba is needed as you learn on the job...as I did. Amazing what I did learn and still am learning! Everyone is welcome and needed.
Welcome New Members
Julie Turner Nerida McLennan Graham Schubert Christopher Legg Jenny O'Hara Steven Farr Anita Cannon Gail Lindsay
Jane Mann June Ross Vicki McAlpine
Anne Dinham leads the Society's Historical Walking Group, 8:30-9:30am Thursday mornings, weather permitting. Participation for PYHS members is free, with a $2 donation to the museum by non-members and visiting walkers.
Contact Anne on 0408738116 or email: email@example.com for current departure point.
Optional after the walk is a cuppa at own expense.
THE WALKING GROUP WILL TAKE A BREAK OVER THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS AND RESUME IN FEBRUARY.
A small group of Committee members and John Marcus carried out a much-needed cleanout of the shed to make it easier to move around and access stored items.
YAMBA LIONS CLUB
Yamba Lions Club held a Charity Art Auction Friday 23rd September to Friday 7th October, in the Old Kirk. The Exhibition was organised and manned by Lions Club Members and our facility was chosen to host their event. Our thanks go to Yamba Lions Club for the presentation of $1,000 to the Society as part of the agreement
in hiring the Old Kirk for their inaugural charity art. The Lions Club team encouraged many local artists to display and sell their artworks in order to raise funds for Flood Relief.
Photo L-R: Ling Gazzard, Jan Hudson, Geoff Dickie, Lesley Pickering, Peter Hudson, Margaret Lawrence, Ian Lauder, Barrie Gazzard.
DR JOHN JACKSON'S NEW EXHIBITION AND WORKSHOP
"Scotland was indeed one of the countries that contributed most to the foundation of geological science, and provided some of the most notable founders, both in the field and as theoreticians. It is a small country, but one that is geologically both interesting and perplexing. If Scotland provided an environment highly propitious for the work of the 'founder of geology, James Hutton, the Moines have provided a region that still defies full elucidation." Oldroyd & Hamilton 2002
Workshop: 11am Wednesday 11th January, 2023.
All participants $10.
Limited seating please RSVP: Gai 0418195870
YAMBA LIBRARY DISPLAY
Next time you visit the library do check the display of a selection of dressing table items.
Gai Pritchett -Vice President
Lesley Pickering - President
Kerry Hulm -Treasurer
Anne Dinham - Secretary
Graham Young (Resigned October)
YOUR 2022-2023 PYHS COMMITTEE
Two committee members are Jan Angelo and Jude McBean who are absent from the photograph.
Based on a story in an old newspaper clipping from the Grafton Argus dated 14th September 1877 about a court case in the Police Court of Rocky Mouth (as Maclean was then called). Only the names have been changed to protect the guilty!
A long time ago, on the Clarence, two families worked on their block. The O'Rourke's were good Irish Catholics, the McDonalds were good Scottish stock. Although they were not over friendly, there was no enmity to detect, they were always polite to each other, and each showed the other respect.
Old Colin McDonald had three sturdy sons, each of them topped six foot high. But his heart was stolen by his only daughter, young Jenny, the pride of his eye. Young Michael O'Rourke from next-door, was a knockabout young Irish buck. Then Cupid shot two of his arrows and Michael and Jenny were struck.
Both families rejected this union, said McDonald "I'd rather be dead". While Michael met Jenny in secret, and they vowed to each other to wed. Now fate has its own sense of justice and so it transpired one day, young Jenny McDonald, to her family's horror was found in the family way.
When Michael next went to meet Jenny, he was met by her father instead. Old McDonald roared at him "You scoundrel, I'll make you wish that you were dead". He grabbed the young man by the collar as he called for his sons to assist, and while they held Michael defenceless, he pounded his face with his fist.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
by Bill Kearns
Carolyn and Bill Kearns
The old man then grabbed up a Tarpot containing a gallon of tar. He up-ended an armful of feathers and plastered them over the lad, then he booted him off down the roadway, tarred and feathered, he looked really bad.McDonald was hauled to the courthouse and was facing a charge of assault. Michael told how he'd been tarred and feathered, McDonald said "Wasn't my fault". McDonald pleaded provocation - his daughter's virginity lost. The Magistrate heeded his reasons, fined him twenty shillings and cost. When the dust had been finally settled after all the harsh words that were said, young Michael and Jenny were wed in the shadow of McDonald's shotgun. But it was a wonderful union, with ten children the couple were blessed and each son was born with a birthmark, like a feather upon their right breast.
The winners of the 6&7 Art Raffle, donated by Graham Mackie, were:
1st Prize- Tony McGinty, 'Through the Gate'
2nd Prize- Haley Talbot, 'Early Morning Gorge'
3rd Prize- Janet Salt, 'Motion Balance'
4th Prize- Gina Lopez, 'Rainbow Falls'
Congratulations to all the prize winners and thank you so much for supporting the Society.
Christmas lunch – Monday 5th December
We’d like to invite any member (and partner) to join Committee members for and end of year lunch at the Wobbly Chook in Coldstream Street (formerly Backpackers), following the last Committee meeting for the year on MONDAY 5th December, from 12.30pm.
Please email your RSVP by 5pm Sunday 4th December – firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to reserve a seat.
You can order from the usual menu – and pay for own food and drink.
Monday 5th – Committee Meeting 9am
Wobbly Chook from 12.30pm
Sunday 11th -Xmas High Tea 8am-2pm OK & FR
Tuesday 13th – Sunday 15th January – Dr John Jackson exhibition (set up Mon 12 Dec)
Launch 5.30pm 16th December
Monday 6th -Committee Mtg, 9am
Friday 10th -Annual Volunteer Information Day, 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuesday 14th - Coach Tour, M/Tea
Tuesday 21st - Museum Advisor Joan Kelly,1-4pm
Wednesday 11th - Workshop with Dr Jackson, 11am
Sunday 15th - Close Dr Jackson's Exhibit
Monday 16th - Committee Mtg, 9am
Thursday 26th - Australia Day Flag Raising, 9am
Wednesday 19th - 2nd Workshop Dr Jackson (if required)
Friday 3rd - Coach Tour, M/Tea, Town Tour
Monday 6th - Committee Mtg, 9am
Friday 10th - Chapter Mtg, 9:30am -3:30pm at Yamba Museum
Friday 24th - Members Meeting 9:30am