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31
Aug

Preparing for the AGM on 12 October 2019

   Posted by: Dorothea Preis Tags: ,

A note to all members and friends of the NSW Branch of the Richard III Society.

Nomination Forms for the committee and Subscription Renewal Forms have just been emailed to all members and friends of the NSW Branch who have supplied email addresses.

Should you not have received yours – or wish to join the NSW Branch – please contact the Membership Secretary and we will come back to you.

29
Aug

Classic Ricardian Convention

   Posted by: Julia Redlich

As promised, here is a full review of the recent Australasian Convention of the Richard III Society.

The biennial convention for the Australasian Branches of the Richard III Society was hosted in 2019 by the Victoria Branch of the Richard III Society. The venue was the Beau Monde International Hotel in Doncaster East and it was there that delegates convened on Friday, August 9, to enjoy an evening of reuniting with old friends and making new ones. Registration was accompanied by inspection of very desirable gift bags, a choice of drinks and canapes before most enjoyed dinner at the hotel.

Classic Ricardian Convention

Julia telling Shakespeare what he could have done better – quite emphatically!

Saturday began early with a welcome from Victoria Branch chairman Ron and a message from Society chairman Phil Stone. Then began the two-day programme of presentations that included David (Vic) on John Howard, Duke of Norfolk, Dorothea (NSW) on Hertford, its castle and charm and place in history, and Julia (NSW) with her thoughts that Shakespeare could have done better. In this context she mentioned The Final Act of Mr Shakespeare by Robert Winder, which she had reviewed for this website.

We were privileged to see a video of Professor Jane Evans of Leicester analysing the skeleton of Richard III to reveal much about him as a person. Then it was the turn of Dr Jenny Spinks from Melbourne University on renaissance men and books, metalwork and art in 15th century Nuremberg.

Classic Ricardian Convention

JOAS demonstration of medieval arms and armour

This was followed by members of the JOAS (Juvenis of Accendo Sarcalogos) Living History Society from Ballarat, who gave a splendid demonstration of medieval arms and armour – and after some of us tested the weight of some items, even “small” ones such as gloves, understood why war horses had to be so powerfully built.

Classic Ricardian Convention

Testing the weight of some pieces of armour

Anne (Vic) spoke on the medieval story “Ipomedon”, a copy that was found in in Richard III’s possession after his death with his signature and approving comment: tant le desire. Louise (WA) spoke on Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham – “the most untrue person living” and Helen and Denise (NSW and ACT) explained how study of the revised portrait and reconstruction of Richard’s head could give us an idea of how he would have sounded.

Classic Ricardian Convention

Getting ready for the banquet

Saturday evening and it was time for the banquet, with many in medieval costume posing for some cameras and enjoying some mulled wine and canapes. Then the traditional Candle Ceremony took place when representatives of all branches lit a candle on behalf of their members.

Michael and Yvonne (Vic) were responsible for the Subtlety – a massive and superbly iced and decorated confection. Loyal toasts were proposed to The Queen (Ron), King Richard III (Louise) and Friends of the Society (Rob, Australasian Vice President and NZ secretary).

Classic Ricardian Convention

The subtlety

Sunday morning started with a video from Mark (Qld), unable to attend, on his search for Richard III. Robert (Vic) followed with a worthy consideration of Polydore Vergil’s Memoir of Richard III. Rob (Australasian Vice President and NZ secretary) then conducted a business session in which Sue’s offer on behalf of the South Australia Branch to host the 2021 Convention was warmly welcomed.

After morning tea break Mercia spoke on medieval courts and the legal profession of the times, before a final offering from Ron and some of his Victoria branch associates, plus Rob (NZ) explaining how Richard got his hump. Unbelievable! But incredibly amusing.

Then it was wrap-up time: the raffle was drawn for a wide selection of prizes and the quiz answers given before delegates formed a circle of farewells and singing of Auld Lang Syne – until the next time (20-22 August 2021 in Adelaide).

16
Aug

Bosworth Service: 25 August 2019

   Posted by: Leslie McCawley Tags:

St James’ Church

Our annual service at Anglican Church of St James on King Street, commemorating the Battle of Bosworth, will be held this year on Sunday, 25 August 2019 at 11 am.  NSW branch members Rhonda and David will be reading the lessons.

Members will convene for lunch nearby afterwards.

We hope you will be there to honour Richard III.

15
Aug

Save the date!

   Posted by: Dorothea Preis Tags:

Over the last weekend, 9 to 11 August 2019, an Australasian Convention took place in Melbourne, as it was hosted by the Victoria Branch of the Richard III Society.  It was a great and enjoyable event.   The Victoria Branch has done an excellent job in organising this for the benefit of all members of the branches of the Richard III Society in Australia and New Zealand.  A full review will follow in due course, so I won’t give away any spoilers.

In two years, the next Australasian Convention will take place in Adelaide over the Bosworth Weekend, 20 to 22 August 2021.  We are very grateful to the South Australia Branch, who will be hosting this important event, for taking on all the work this involves. It would be great if the NSW Branch could show its appreciation by attending in great numbers.  So put the date into your diaries already!  More details will be available at a later stage.

As two years is a long time, there is also the prospect of another one-day conference in Albury in November 2020.  Our experienced Albury Conference Team has agreed to consider organising another of these enjoyable conferences.  Thank you, Helen and Denise!

Don’t miss out on these exciting events.  It’s never too early to start planning.  Therefore –

Save the date!

2
Aug

General Meeting: Saturday, 10 August

   Posted by: Leslie McCawley

Our next general meeting will be on Saturday, 10 August 2019, at 2pm at the Sydney Mechanics Institute, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.

We are fortunate to have as our speaker for this meeting the University of Sydney Honorary Research Associate in History, Judith Bonzol, who will speak on her chosen topic of “Cunning Folk: popular medicine and magic in the time of Richard III”.

Dr Bonzol is widely published in the academic press and has a long time interest in the medical attitude towards supposed demonic possession and supernatural illness in early modern England. This will be an outstanding program you should try not to miss!

1
Jun

Book Club in June

   Posted by: Leslie McCawley

The next meeting of the NSW Branch of the Richard III Society will take place on Saturday, 8 June 2019, at 2 pm at our usual venue, The Sydney Mechanics’ Institute of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.

The program for our branch meeting in June will be a book discussion!

Everyone who wishes to can actively participate. You can tell us about, or comment upon, a favourite Ricardian (or related) book you have read or a new find you are excited about.

There is so little time over afternoon tea to talk together, so the Executive Committee thought we could try having a meeting where we could discuss books with each other.

For those members undecided about which book to read we had suggested Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England, (or Isolde Martyn’s The Devil in Ermine which was sadly hard to find). But any book you want to share with us will be warmly welcomed!

Leslie & Doug McCawley will be facilitating the discussion, in a very casual, unstructured and unpressured setting. We hope you will come!

1
Apr

General Meeting 13 April 2019

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General Meeting 13 April 2019

Berkhamsted Castle

Our next General Meeting will be held on Saturday, 13 April 2019, at 2 pm at the Sydney Mechanics Institute, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.

Our featured speaker will be our own long-serving executive committee member Dorothea, who will take us on a visit to Richard III’s mum, Cecily, at her long-time residence of Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire. She will tell us about the town and the castle, starting from its pre-conquest origins to the present day.  The castle was very significant in the development of the town.  Along the way, you will meet some of its colourful residents.

Please join us for this most interesting sounding program!

You might also like to watch a YouTube video with an Animated Tour of Berkhamsted Castle here.

11
Mar

Kevin Herbert – Update

   Posted by: Michael

KEVIN HERBERT

Just a brief note to let all our members know that Marnie, Christopher and myself visited Kevin when he was first admitted to hospital at Manly before Christmas and he was quite depressed, wouldn’t eat and had lost a lot of weight. We stayed with him a while to cheer him up and when we left he was rather happy that we went to see him.

Later that month his niece Elizabeth had arranged to move him to “Hardi Aged Care” at Manly Vale. This is a lovely facility with lots of activities for the elderly who can’t look after themselves. The contact details for Kevin are:

Hardi Aged Care

Gordon Street Cnr, Condamine St, Manly Vale NSW 2093

Phone(02) 9949 1911

I have spoken to Kevin a few times now and each time he sounded a lot better and in high spirits. He told me he was eating a lot better and is starting to put on weight again.

If anyone in Sydney or close by would like to visit him, you would be most welcome.

The accompanying photograph shows Kevin with our own Judith Hughes and Jacquie Turner – the photo was taken by Don Hughes back in January.

By Mike Redstone-Webmaster.

28
Jan

February General Meeting

   Posted by: Leslie McCawley Tags: , , ,

Our first general meeting of the year will take place on Saturday, 9 February 2019, at 2 pm at our usual meeting rooms at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts.

Our featured speaker will be our long-serving executive committee member and treasurer, Judy Howard.

February General Meeting

The Siege of Constantinople in 1453 (Wikimedia Commons)

In her talk, “The Byzantine Empire from the end of the Fourth Crusade to defeat by the Ottomans in 1453”, she will be exploring this fascinating Christian civilization, the end of which had many social and political reverberations throughout Europe and Britain.

Please also remember that the next biennial Australasian Convention of the Richard III Society will be held Friday, 9 August, through Sunday, 11 August 2019.  This year it will be hosted by the Victorian Branch and will take place in Melbourne.  For more information is available from our publications officer, Dorothea.

5
Jan

Visit from Richard III member from Somerset branch

   Posted by: Rhonda Bentley

Louisa and her husband Alan, visiting from the UK, had lunch with a few members of the society in November. Louisa joined the society a few years ago and regularly attends their meetings and outings. Their meetings are held in Wells Town Hall – we would know it as the exterior of the Warleggan Bank from the current series of Poldark.

Wells Town Hall in Christmas spirit (Photo courtesy of Louisa Purcell)

Louisa is also part of the Richard III Society’s Somerset Branch research team working with Philippa Langley and the Missing Princes Project. This involves sourcing original documents from the period at Wells City archives, Wells Cathedral archives, the Somerset archives in Taunton as well as at Glastonbury Abbey, Longleat House and at The National Archives at Kew. The team is trying to find any information about the sons of Edward IV, particularly during the reign of Richard III. They are hoping to find new information in local records that have not been accessed before.

Philippa Langley highlighted a few lines of enquiry to be followed up, including researching Dr John Clement who married Sir Thomas More’s adopted daughter Margaret Giggs. This line of research relates to a theory that messages may have been hidden in a portrait of Sir Thomas More’s family by Hans Holbein, linking John Clement to Richard of Shrewsbury, the younger son of Edward IV. Two men called John Clement were located in the city of Bath (Somerset) in the first half of the sixteenth century, and the research group was tasked to see if there was a link to John Clement in London.

The team is also researching John Gunthorpe (d. 1498), who was the Dean of Wells, Keeper of the Privy Seal, and Dean of the Chapel Royal during Richard’s reign, and may have been in London during the suspected time of the princes’ disappearance. He certainly seemed to spend more time in London than in Wells.

Louisa is also involved in the Milles Register of PCC Wills (Prerogative Court of Canterbury) project, where researchers work in pairs to decipher, transcribe and where applicable translate wills from the period 1487 – 1491. Some wills are in English, some in Latin and some in both. The society had previously looked at York Wills and the Logge Register of PCC wills.

She mentioned a palaeography web tutorial as useful to learn how to read the old handwriting found in documents written in English between 1500 and 1800.

Louisa was so interesting to talk to and it was great to catch up with a fellow Ricardian. We are lucky that volunteers like Louisa are able to be involved in so many research projects.