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9
Aug

Bosworth Service on 19 August 2018

   Posted by: Leslie McCawley

St James’ Church

Every year the Anglican Church of St James at 173 King Street in Sydney holds a service in which it briefly commemorates the Battle of Bosworth, and many of our members attend whether or not they are usually church-goers. It is a lovely historic building and offers the beautiful ‘high church’ Anglo-Catholic tradition of worship with incense and processing of the clergy. The service starts at 11:00 am, after which those who wish to usually go for lunch somewhere nearby.

The congregation has always been very welcoming to Richard III Society members, and we feel grateful that they are able to recognise Richard III in this way. All welcome.

(The above photo of St James’ Church is by Whiteghost.ink via Wikimedia Commons.)

2
Aug

The August General Meeting

   Posted by: Leslie McCawley

Our next General Meeting will take place on Saturday, 11 August 2018 at 2:00 PM.

The highly anticipated speaker for our next meeting will be long time member and raconteur par excellence, Kevin, presenting an array of amazing facts about Richard III and quizzing members on their own knowledge of our favourite monarch. Please join us on Level 1 at 280 Pitt Street, at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts for what promises to be an enjoyable program.

22
Jul

Richard III at Albury 2018

   Posted by: Julia Redlich

Now is the time to come to the party! Registration and payment deposit for the Ricardian conference at Albury on Friday November 9 is due on July 30.

The tireless conference organisers for the NSW Branch, Helen Portus and Denise Rawling, sent full details to all NSW Members and Friends earlier this year, as well as information and registration forms (with costs)  in recent Affinity issues and on our website. Secretaries of the other Australasian Branches of the Richard III Society were also informed and there has been a gratifying response. So act now if you want to enjoy a memorable time with fellow Ricardians.

 

What you need to know:

Place: Albury Manor Hotel, 593 Young St, Albury, NSW.

Accommodation: phone: 02 6041 1777; email: alburymanorhouse’AT’bigpond.com;  www.alburymanor.com.au

Arrival: Thursday, November 8.  Registration and afternoon tea from 3.30 pm.  Pre-dinner drinks at 6pm; dinner in the restaurant at own cost, followed by evening entertainment.

Conference: Friday, November 9. Many informative presentations; raffle, sales table, and morning and afternoon tea and lunch is provided; a special quiz with results and prizes at the medieval banquet in the evening (costume optional).

NSW Branch Sales table: donations are welcome, but they must be relevant to Richard III and medieval times. This is not a time to de-clutter your home regardless! Any items unsold on Friday must be removed by donor (there’s an opshop nearby).

Saturday, November 10. An excursion involving historic buildings, great wines, morning and afternoon teas and lunch, plus a drive around the Albury/Murray area is being negotiated. Many details, such as costs, are still under way.    If delegates do not have to return home on Saturday and would like to explore the area more fully and are interested in this tour and did not mention this on your registration form, please advise Denise on richardiiialbury2018’AT’gmail.com as soon as possible.

When confirmed the details will be sent to all interested delegates and the date by which the cost per person must be paid.

Travel: There is ample car parking at the hotel; the airport is within easy distance, as is the railway station. For information about train travel from Sydney, contact Kevin Herbert (for his details, please contact the Branch Secretary or Publications Manager).

 

Further queries can be addressed at richardiiialbury2018’AT’gmail.com

 

Helen, Denise and helpers Julia, Kevin and Mark

are looking forward to seeing you in Albury.

3
Jun

The Clock Is Ticking

   Posted by: Leslie McCawley

Our next meeting will take place at our regular venue, the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, on Saturday, 9 June 2018, at 2 pm.  This meeting will feature popular guest speaker Rob Shipton, an expert on the topic of antique clocks and the science of timekeeping throughout the ages. Rob is a retired lecturer in design at the University of Technology in Sydney.

Prague Astronomical Clock detail

We will also be discussing the details of the upcoming mini-conference being held in Albury in November that have been provided by organisers Helen and Denise. It is time to start making our plans!

Some Sydney-based members are planning to travel together by train timed to arrive for check-in at the Albury Manor Hotel on the afternoon of Thursday 8 November 2018. An evening activity has been planned for those arriving then. The full program starts the next day Friday 9 November 2018 and will include many interesting speakers, am & pm teas, and a banquet dinner (“costume optional”). More detailed information and registration materials can be found here.

 

31
Mar

April General Meeting of the NSW Branch

   Posted by: Leslie McCawley

The next general meeting of the NSW Branch of the Richard III Society will be on Saturday, 14 April 2018, at 2pm at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000.

Our featured speakers for April will be Branch members Helen and Denise. Helen and Denise met in kindergarten and, instantly recognizing a mutual interest in history and fairness, forged a strong crusading bond. Reading Josephine Tey’s novel, Daughter of Time, in primary school fired up their fervour for a king maligned by history, but it was many years before they became aware of an actual group of people who held similar views.

Helen saw an article in the Sydney Morning Herald in the quincentenary year of the battle of Bosworth (1985) that mentioned a UK society with a branch in Sydney.  She has been a member ever since.  Denise has been less reliable but always in touch. Denise has lived for many years around and in Canberra.  Helen was able to attend meetings for some years while she lived in Mosman but with a move to the Southern Highlands found it hard to stay in touch with regular branch activities.

In recent times, they have both been able to attend quite a few Australasian conferences. They also organised a very successful mini-conference in Albury in 2016 and are busy organising another one to take place later this year.   A recent highlight for them was travelling to Leicester for the reinterment in 2015. The name of their talk is: A New Kingdom – Richard III in the Digital Age. It will be based on their presentation at the Perth Australasian Convention of October 2017, with reference to their presentation at the 2016 Albury mini-conference. They will look at various aspects of the King’s reputation in the new age of technology and social media.

4
Feb

Next General Meeting 10 Feb. 2018

   Posted by: Leslie McCawley Tags: , ,

We would like to invite you to our first meeting of the new year, on 10 Feb. 2018 at 2pm at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts.

Our speaker will be our own Dorothea, who has spoken to us often on many different Ricardian topics. Her chosen topic will be “William & Alice de la Pole’s God’s House at Ewelme”.

The cloister of God’s House at Ewelme

As many of us know, Dorothea came originally from Germany. After living for 5 years in the UK, she came to Australia in 1998. Dorothea joined the Richard III Society in 2004 and has since served in a variety of positions on the committee of the NSW Branch, at present as Membership Secretary. In addition, she is a member of the Bulletin Committee of the Society as a whole.

Dorothea has always been fascinated by things relating to Richard’s time in our world today, be it places or items or even ideas. Another area of interest is the lives of medieval people. Therefore, God’s House was an obvious choice: it is a place you can visit today, it hasn’t changed much since the 15th century and it involves the de la Pole family, who were anything but boring.

Dorothea decided to be a bit like the story of ‘Muhammad and the mountain’, if we can’t pop over to Oxfordshire to the real God’s House, God’s House will have to come here. We look forward to hearing her presentation!

1
Dec

The next meeting of the NSW Branch

   Posted by: Leslie McCawley

meetingThe last general meeting of the year will take place on Saturday, 9 December 2017, at 2:00 PM.

We are very pleased to welcome back long-time member Julia as featured speaker, to bring us her insight on the topic of “Midsummer Murders”, her well-received presentation at the Albury mini-conference last year. Julia has been a passionate presenter about Richard III at civic and educational groups for many years.

Julia was Secretary of the New South Wales Branch for nine years, until she retired to far-flung Fingal Bay in 2013. A repeat offender attending all the conventions of the Australasian Richard III Society Branches since 1997, she has also been dogsbody for two NSW Branch conventions and three mini conferences (four if you count Albury in 2016). Her interest in Richard III started, aged 10 – before the publication of “The Daughter of Time”! – at a performance of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Black Arrow” at London’s Old Vic, when she discovered that the history books were wrong. On stage there was no Wicked Uncle. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, was brave, kindly and decisive, rewarding the young hero Dick Sheldon who had saved his life, with a knighthood, and enabling Dick’s marriage with his true love. Instant conversion!

A family and absorbing career finally let her join the NSW Branch in l984 and she was on the committee in various guises before an emergency led to volunteering to be Secretary in 2004. She was presented with the Robert Hamblin Award in 2009, still framed and close to a map of historic York and the portrait of the last Plantagenet king in her study. Although distance and uncooperative timetables stop her from attending meetings in Sydney, interest in Richard is still found on the mid-north coast.  Her talk on “What happened to the Princes?” still holds the attendance record at a local library.  It could be the coffee and biscuits provided, but one group revealed they had missed their bridge club meeting that morning so as to specifically find out more about Richard III. Ricardians of course never stop doing this.

We hope that many of you will be able to join Julia and other members on 9 December, not only to find out more about “Midsummer Murders”, but also to meet up with friends and make new friends, who share your interest.

4
Aug

General Meeting 12 August 2017

   Posted by: Leslie McCawley

meeting

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at our next general meeting on 12 August. Our speaker will be HSC student, and Society member, Christopher, who will be presenting his research on Richard III, entitled “The Changing Perceptions of Richard III over Time.”

We will also have a ‘Bring and Buy’ table to pass on Ricardian related books, memorabilia and other interesting items. Please be sure to take home what does not sell, as we have no storage space onsite.

There will also be a Scrabble letter draw by those members willing to prepare and give a presentation on an apt topic at the first meeting of 2018.

As per usual, the meeting will be held at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, CBD, at 2 pm.

17
Jun

Farewell to John Shaw

   Posted by: Julia Redlich

Members of the New South Wales branch of the Richard III Society will be sad to hear of the passing of John Shaw, the husband of long-time member Margaret Shaw.

John Eric Shaw was an Antarctic Researcher and a scientist with CSIRO. He was not a member of our Society, but a welcome attendee at many of our occasions celebrating events in the life and times of Richard III. John’s knowledge and humour made his company such a pleasure. How we missed him when his health prevented him from joining us.

Many of us have partners, family, and friends who, even when if not members of the Richard III Society, give us interested support that is beyond value. Our love and thoughts are with Margaret (“Maggie”) and her and John’s large and loving family.

Julia Redlich

 

Tuesday November 1, 2016, is a significant day for local Ricardians for the conference that  New South Wales Branch organises between biennial Australasian conventions. Longtime members Helen, Denise and Kevin made initial plans that gained ground with other Branches at the convention in New Zealand last year, and they have been the efficient organisers for the event at the Albury Manor House in the city sitting comfortably on the borders of New South Wales and Victoria.

Delegates are travelling from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and New Zealand on Tuesday to enjoy a Melbourne Cup high tea and an evening of reunion and Ricardian discussion before the next day’s programme of presentations of a great array of subjects of medieval interest with Richard III naturally taking centre stage. There is a challenging quiz, a rewarding raffle and a special sales table to empty pockets – and maybe find gifts for unexpected guests at Christmas time! The day ends with the traditional banquet when delegates are invited to come dressed as a medieval personality if they wish.

Here’s to another welcome reunion of old and new friends and fellow Ricardians.