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Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram for community news and info • Issue No. 56 • A community newspaper for Newcastle’s suburbs • December 2018 •

Santa seen over suburbs Santa Claus has been seen fine tuning his Christmas Eve delivery route with brazen daylight flyovers of some local suburbs. In an exclusive interview with The Local the big red man wanted to remind everyone, kids especially, to be on their best behaviour in the lead up to the big day. “There are some very good boys and girls who live in the Newcastle area, and I hope they remember to

keep their rooms tidy right through December,” he told The Local. “So many of them have put in a great effort both at school and home this year. It would be a shame if right at the end of the year we had to reconsider who’s on the ‘nice’ list” Santa said his elves have been working overtime in their workshop and had made some building blocks for Ben in

Adamstown and a science set for Abbey in Hamilton South. “I do have some information that Harry in North Lambton has been forgetting to do his jobs, but there’s still plenty of time for him to turn that around and get back on the good list,” Santa said. “I’m confident that I’ll be stopping at every home in the local area on Christmas Eve. If everyone’s asleep that is.”






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with Mark Brooker Publisher of The Local

Thanks again

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating, and repeating often. If not for the support of local businesses The Local would not exist. Without their investment in advertising on these pages we could not pay for production, printing and distribution of The Local each month. I thank our advertisers directly whenever I get the chance but I would also like to thank them publicly here. Of course if they didn’t see a return on that investment they would, soon or later, cease advertising. The return on that investment is you dear reader. Well, what I mean is, your custom is that return. By going to their store for your milk, meat or magazines, by engaging their professional services to sell a home or make a Will, or by grabbing $10 of tickets in their weekly raffle you are repaying their support of The Local. But of course buying locally is bigger than just supporting your favourite little community newspaper (important as that is). By spending locally you are supporting local people’s businesses and local people’s jobs. Whether it’s at Orchardtown or Alma, Elder or Regent, Beaumont or Brunker, each of the commercial precincts in the suburbs we serve needs that support to remain alive and vibrant. This Christmas please be conscious of spending locally wherever and whenever you can. Hardworking local businesses will appreciate your efforts. Thanks again to our readers, our writers, our contributors, our advertisers and our letterbox deliverers for a great year. We look forward to working with you all again in 2019. You can expect the January issue in your letterbox either late December or early in the new year. Wishing a happy and safe Christmas to all.

Clear library fines to support needy Newcastle Region Library members have a chance to clear more than $70,000 in unpaid library overdue fines while supporting people in need across Newcastle this Christmas. Library members with outstanding fees can clear $5 for every nonperishable food item and $10 for every toiletry item they donate, from their overdue fine ledger. Food for Five, Toiletries for Ten, which is being used effectively by libraries across Australia and around the world, runs until Monday 10 December 2018. All items collected under Food for Five, Toiletries for Ten will be donated to local emergency relief agencies OzHarvest, Got Your Back Sista and Baptist Care, who will package up the goods for needy families in the lead-up to the festive season. Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said now is a great time for members to return to the Library. “If it’s been a while since you visited one of our libraries or maybe your fines have been outstanding for ages, come on back. “Now is the perfect chance to get those fines reduced, do some good for the community and

check out the library’s fabulous new resources and programs for everyone in the family.” Newcastle Region Library aims to significantly reduce the total amount of outstanding overdue fines, more than $70,000, from the past 12 months, through this initiative. City of Newcastle’s Manager Libraries Suzie Gately encourages people to contact the library if they’re uncertain whether they have overdue fines or to what amount. “Simply ring us at 4974 5342 with your library card handy to give us your member number, and we can easily look up your fines,” she

said. “Last year in Newcastle alone, more than $13,000 in fines were cleared, resulting in donations of 1400 food items and 1320 toiletry items for community distribution. “This is the third year that Newcastle Region Library has participated and, given the overwhelming response in previous years, we anticipate another successful campaign.” There is no limit to the amount of fines that can be paid off with food and toiletry donations, but they will only be accepted to clear overdue charges. Payment for lost or damaged library items must be paid with cash or EFTPOS.

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Catching the Christmas Bus

The Christmas Bus, in all its tinselled glory, is coming to a bus stop near you


Newcastle’s most tinseled transport is back for the festive season, with Christmas Bus services kicking off on 2 December. When Newcastle Buses driver Margaret Pannell decorated her bus with a bit of tinsel and played a cassette of Christmas carols while working during 1997 she was just trying to bring some joy to her passengers. Fast forward 21 years and the Christmas Bus has delighted many thousands of passengers and raised much needed funds for local charities. The idea has grown to be an annual institution, much loved by the young and not so young. Many local families make a point of finding out when the Christmas Bus will be running on their local route and make an outing of riding it, while other unsuspecting passengers can’t help but smile when a bus that has been fully decorated inside and out swings around the corner and takes them on their journey. The bus will again run on a number of local routes throughout December, however a timetable was not available at the time of going to print. For information, visit The Christmas Bus (Newcastle Buses) on Facebook.

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Uni hosts UN vigil for women A public vigil will be held in Civic Park to remember the women who have been killed by violence this year. Hosted by the University of Newcastle’s Gender Research Network, the vigil is part of a series of events taking place during the 16 Days of Activism campaign to end violence against women and girls. The campaign is organised by the United Nations and is known as UNiTE, running from 25 November to 10 December. Globally, iconic buildings will turn orange to call for a violence-free future including the Newcastle City Hall clock tower. Newcastle Library will also hold an exhibition during the campaign featuring white memorial dresses to commemorate the lost women.

“As part of this vigil we will remember the horrific number of women already killed by violence this year in Australia by reading out their names and ages,” Gender Research Network member Associate Professor Trisha Pender said. “We encourage the community to get involved in these events and stop and think about just how many women are affected by violence every day. “For far too long, impunity, silence and stigma have allowed violence against women to escalate to pandemic proportions. “The time for change is here and now.” The vigil will be held in Civic Park on Sunday 9 December from 4 to 4:30pm.

Newcastle City Hall clock tower will turn orange for the vigil remembering women killed by violence

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One of Newcastle’s best-known exercise routes, the Fernleigh Track, is now giving outdoor enthusiasts another way to keep fit thanks to a new workout station built just north of the City Road tunnel at Adamstown Heights. The open-air exercise station, funded by the City of Newcastle with the support of State MP Jodie Harrison, is the first of six to be built in the next few years as part the Outdoor Exercise Facility Plan to help keep locals in shape.




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Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the provision of new exercise parks would help meet the City’s population growth targets and reduce obesity and health risks. “It’s a priority of this council to provide quality parkland and recreation facilities that are diverse, accessible and responsive to these changing needs,” the Lord Mayor said. “By building these new parks we are also increasing our commitment to supporting the community to be physically active, contributing to improved health outcomes and lowering obesity levels. Research has found that exercise outdoors is considered to be refreshing, give a sense of wellbeing and reduces tension and depression. “I’m pleased that we’ve been able to identify park sites for outdoor exercise facilities in locations right across the City of Newcastle, with new equipment proposed for each of the four wards of the Newcastle Local Government Area.” The facilities will be funded through a partnership between Council and local and state grant providers.



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The Big Quiz...

Congratulations to last month’s quiz winner Christie Question 6 On what building would you find the mural pictured Allen. We will be in contact regarding your prize. This month’s quiz questions are below. You’ll find below? the answers, except for the mystery photo, within the pages of this issue. Question 1 How much was the grant that St John Ambulance recently received from the NSW Government? Question 2 In which country did Christop Gremm grow up? Question 3 What date will Carols in Lambton Park be held? Question 4 By what other name is Physical Culture known?

Send your quiz answers by email to admin@ hunterlocal.com.au with ‘The Local Quiz’ in the subject line or post them to PO Box 130, Lambton Question 5 What is Ben from Adamstown receiving from Santa 2299 by Thursday 13 December for a chance to win a $50 open order to spend at any one local business this year? advertising in this issue.


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Is your letterbox feeling lucky?

If one of the letterboxes pictured above is yours, you’ve won a $30 shopping voucher from one of three great local retailers. All you have to do is phone us at The Local on 0455 210 000 to confirm your address and then choose your prize. There’s one $30 voucher for

Jarrett’s Quality Meats at Lambton, one $30 voucher for Q’s Books at Hamilton and one $30 voucher for Spar Express Lambton. First in best dressed with choice of vouchers. You had better hurry though. The vouchers must be claimed by Friday 14 December and then

redeemed at the retailer before the end of the month. Only one of the three lucky letterboxes was claimed last month. Congratulations to the residents of 10 Railway Rd, New Lambton for spotting their letterbox

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Christmas Carols in Lambton Park

Lambton Park will come alive with the sounds, smells, and sights of Christmas on Sunday 16 December. In it’s 6th year, Christmas Carols in Lambton Park is a free community event for families with local food vendors, activities and rides, a special performance for the kids, all your favourite Christmas carols, and a much anticipated firework finale. “Christmas is a great time of

year to celebrate together. Each year the volunteers from Hunter Bible Church are excited to bring Christmas Carols in Lambton Park to our community, because the story of Christmas is about hope, sure hope, grounded in history and that’s worth celebrating.” Pete Witt, Pastor HBC. Christmas Carols in Lambton Park is made possible by the hard work of the team at Hunter Bible Church, with the assistance of local


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community-minded businesses. Christmas Carols in Lambton Park kicks off at 5pm with activities and local food trucks and more. Carols begin from the main stage at 7pm. The night will end with a spectacular fireworks display at 9pm. For more information visit lambtoncarols.com.au or facebook.com/LambtonCarols

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New vehicle for St John Ambulance St John Ambulance volunteers will arrive at callouts in Newcastle sooner in a new emergency response vehicle thanks to a $56,200 grant from the NSW Government. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the grant will enable the purchase and fit-out of a new emergency response vehicle which will better equip St John Ambulance volunteers. The vehicle will be stationed at the St John Ambulance training facilities in Adamstown. “The new vehicle will store all the necessary equipment for easy access in an emergency, and will help volunteers respond to off-road incidents in harder-to-reach areas,” Mr MacDonald said. “This is particularly important in the case of bushfires and extreme weather conditions as have been experienced in recent years. “The new vehicle will be an innovative approach to expanding the emergency response capability across the region.” St John Ambulance Australia NSW is a not for profit organisation in Australia and has been providing trusted first aid services for over 130 years. St John

Scot MacDonald MLC Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter with St John Ambulance volunteers at their Adamstown facility NSW is a self-funding, first aid service charitable organisation dedicated to helping people in sickness, distress, suffering or danger. The project was funded through the Clubgrants program.

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The Local invited some leaders of local Churches to give us their thoughts on Christmas 2018…

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When I was a kid I really looked forward to Christmas. December was a time when everything wrapped up for the year and I couldn’t wait for the end of school and the start of a long lazy summer. I was full of expectation and excitement, and every moment seemed more intense and memorable. The last day of school, hearing the first carols played in the shops – carols only started in December in those days! – opening the mail filled with cards from around the world and hearing the story of Christmas told in a dusty wooden church surrounded by sheep paddocks. These days the preparation for Christmas is busier and more stressful. Adult responsibilities and social expectations weigh heavily on many of us. Because of the pressure that we feel, taking time out to reflect and recharge is more important than ever. Moments when we focus and are mindful, when we meditate or pray… taking stock and remembering what is really important is, well, important. Of course, taking time to reflect can be scary because, in the silence, we are forced to confront the difficult questions of life. But, in the end, taking regular time out for reflection enriches our lives. At New Lambton Uniting Church we will be taking time out this December to think about our lives and look forward to the hope and purpose that Jesus gives to us. All are welcome to join us as we prepare for Christmas and make space for new life and new possibilities this year. Our Christmas Eve Family Service is at 6pm at Trinity on Regent Street. Our Christmas Morning services are at 7:30am at Grinsell Street and 9am at Trinity. More information at fb.com/ newlambtonunitingchurch. Niall McKay Minister, New Lambton Uniting Church

As the sun sunk below the western hills the man and his wife wearily approached the door. “Surely,” the man thought, “the owner will make room for us—we’ve travelled far and my wife is heavily pregnant”. This was their last chance to find shelter for the night. The door opened in response to their knocking but the news was grim. “No room,” the owner said. After some frantic negotiations a place was eventually found: a few square metres in a draughty stable. The bare earth would be their bed. Their roommates: mules and donkeys. A short time later, in that dark and squalid stable, the young woman gave birth to a son. Too tired to hold him any longer, the new parents wrapped him in a few rags, laid him in a feeding trough and fell asleep. So goes the story of Christmas, the birth of Jesus. You can read more in the Bible, including how Joseph and Mary’s night was disturbed by unexpected visitors (Luke 2:8-20), and why they needed to flee as refugees to Egypt (Matthew 2:1-18). It was not an easy life for the couple and their son. Now, in 2018, as we come to the end of the year, the attitude of our world to Jesus is still a lot like the hotel owner: “No room”. Jesus, as represented by his stories and teaching and even his name, is not particularly welcome in our society. Even at Christmas he is sent to the metaphorical stables. But Jesus, that helpless baby, was not just a social outcast. He was, and is, the saviour of humanity. His life, death and resurrection have brought hope to millions of people. Could you be one of them? Maybe this Christmas, in your heart, it’s time to “make room” for Jesus? Richard Sweatman Pastor, Hunter Bible Church

I can’t wait for the big day when all my family unwraps the presents I have carefully purchased for them. My mum will get a goat, each of my three children a pig, and for my partner a whole bunch of chickens! Not that they will ever get the chance to cuddle them as they are being delivered to destinations in Africa and the Pacific! I hope that they will be delighted with my thoughtfulness although I wonder if they will miss that extra pair of socks or that bottle of bubble bath like they got last year. This Christmas I wanted to do something for the world, something good and not just add to the pile of stuff that is polluting the world. China is no longer taking our household garbage so where is all the Christmas wrapping going? But I do already feel a hint of guilt that my gifts don’t add up to the expectations my family have of me and they will think I am just a cheapskate. Giving presents gets so competitive, it’s all about the flash on my credit card, rather than an expression of love and care. Love cant just be expressed in consumer goods, otherwise I would leave the receipt taped to the gift! I would never look for a discount or bargain again! But no, it’s gifts for those who don’t have much. But for each member of my family I have made it personal as I have tucked in a voucher for them to use my time. For my mother I am giving the gift of a personal tour of a local art gallery with lunch on the side. For my adult children a voucher for a visit to their favourite coffee shop and a walk to wear off the cake. And for my partner a voucher that will ensure I do that difficult bit of weeding and watering I never seem to have the time to do! Giving and receiving should bring us closer together and loosen the burden of excess in our Lives! What matters most, is what really matters most at Christmas. Rev Dr Rod Pattenden Minister, Adamstown Uniting Church

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Hamilton chamber is your business...

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is a membershipbased organisation that promotes opportunities for people to live, work, dine, shop and play in the suburb. We represent the rich multicultural heritage of our community while helping to showcase the modern flavour of cosmopolitan Hamilton. As a part of the City of Newcastle, the Chamber advocates on behalf of our suburb to make our streetscapes beautiful, safe, accessible and a desirable destination for living and investment. With other chambers and government, we work to create innovative ways to enjoy the inner-city suburbs of Newcastle, including community events such as Beaumont Street Carnivale, Christmas in Hamilton and China Week Festival. For just $25 you can become a member of Newcastle’s most progressive and active Chamber. Member benefits include: • Have a voice in what’s happening • Access priority benefits at major events • Be part of local marketing activities • Receive discounts on monthly and special events

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Chat by Nathan Errington

President of Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

‘Tis the season

There is a lot happening in cosmopolitan Hamilton this festive season. The chamber has celebrated the festive season early this year at their Christmas party in November. We are very grateful to all the businesses along Beaumont Street that supported the day by purchasing tables, donating prizes and providing their services. A special thanks to Janice Musumeci from July Jones Style Studio, Deanne Hobday and Touch of Tuscany. It was a day filled with lots of laughter and fun as the local business owners and their employees mingled and got to know the businesses that surround them. Christmas in Hamilton is back this year with shops staying open late on Wednesday 5 December and having a one day sale. There will be a visit from Santa and local carollers will also be wandering Beaumont Street. Make sure you bring along the family and stop by Beaumont Street on 5 December to join in the festivities and support your local businesses. Hamilton was the host for the Newcastle 500 Supercars event with all 26 drivers in Gregson Park to meet the fans before the big race. Hamilton Chamber hosted this event with the support of Newcastle City Council but I want to make special mention of the team at Purser Communication who spent endless hours of time and resources making sure the event was a great success for Hamilton. Thanks also to the Newcastle Restored Vintage Club and Jennings Print. Arrangements for Carnivale 2019 are full steam ahead, please make sure that Sunday 10 March is in your diary as the day that Hamilton celebrates is unique cosmopolitan lifestyle. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your constant support of Hamilton and wish you a very happy and safe festive season and I look forward to meeting you in cosmopolitan Hamilton. Nathan Errington - president, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce







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chipping, with giveaways and food and market stalls also available. Don’t forget your costume – the best dressed dog will receive a prize. The free microchipping is available to Newcastle-based residents only, and proof of address is required.

Litters of pups and breeding dogs are not eligible. Pups in the Park will be held from 8am to 3pm on Saturday 8 December. For more information visit www.newcastle. nsw.gov.au or call 4974 2000.

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It’s coming up to that most delicious time of year, and Adamstown Pudding Kitchen recently marked the start of their busy season with a new product offering. Since 1971 Adamstown Pudding Kitchen has been producing superb gourmet puddings famous for their moist consistency and full flavour. Puddings are produced to an old family recipe in a modern

Pudding Season Launch

commercial kitchen, using only the finest natural Australian ingredients, where possible. As a result their puddings have been recognised as some of Australia’s finest gourmet offerings. The not-for-profit recently launched a range of bite-sized delights – Sticky Date Cups, and pudding bites available in Apricot and White Chocolate, and

Traditional and Ruby Chocolate. Most excitingly, Ruby Chocolate is a new variety of chocolate that has only been available to consumers this year. It doesn’t taste like traditional chocolate, having a more of a berry flavour with a hint of sour notes. The launch served as a fundraiser for the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation.

At Adamstown Pudding Kitchen’s Season Launch recently were, above left: Bev Dunbar of Lambton, Amanda Hall-Griffin of Kotara; above right: Maggie O’Rourke, Sharon O’Rourke, Reverend Dr Rod Pattenden, all of Adamstown; below left: Robyn Bint of Warabrook, Maryanne Little of Charlestown and Lyn Budden of Merewether. Bottom right: Rosalie Taggart of Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation

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Art Bazaar at Lambton Park Hunter Arts Network (HAN) held its Art Bazaar at Lambton Park last month. This was the fourth consecutive year that Lambton Park was the venue for the popular preChristmas market. More than 70 stallholders from Newcastle, the Hunter region and surrounding areas displayed and sold a dazzling array of high quality original art including fine art, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and much more. Among the exhibitors at Art Bazaar were, top of page: Molly Rollings and Debra Gluszek of Mini Eclectic Interiors; middle: Margo Humphries of Kasarn Designs, Kim Martin of KD’s Artworks, Dianne Lorimer of KD’s Artworks and Leanne Triggs of Heartfelt Fancy Bottom left: Miranda Cameron and Mark Dempsey both of Minmi enjoyed the idyllic setting of Lambton Park. Bottom right: Wanda Ritchie of New Lambton with Henryka and Allen Bradley of Garden Suburb.

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Families Supporting Families

Families Supporting Families has celebrated Carers Week in style, holding a dinner at Noah’s on the Beach which coincided with the charity’s 15th anniversary. Families Supporting Families was established in Newcastle in 2003 by parents of children with additional needs who recognised the benefits of connecting regularly, sharing knowledge and supporting each other. It was born from almost accidental contact between parents in specialist’s waiting rooms, early intervention programs and in hospital wards when sitting beside their children’s beds. These parents quickly realised that they understood each other; that they could problem solve for each other purely based on first hand experiences. They host regular coffee mornings, educational seminars and holiday activities. The Carers Week function was supported by Tomago Aluminium, Carers NSW, Noah’s on the Beach and Grill’d, The Junction. Entertainment was provided Ben Davis, who has high functioning autism and enjoys nothing more than singing and playing his guitar. To find out more about the group visit www. familiessupportingfamilies.com. To book Ben for a small function call 0412 170 505. Photos on this page: Clockwise from top, Bernadette and Lynda from Medowie; Jen and Matt from Charlestown; Musician Ben Davis; and Co-ordinator of Families Supporting Families Eilis Corrigan

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Humans of Newcastle by Melissah Comber

Christoph Gremm was a high school student in East Germany when the Berlin Wall came down

Christoph Gremm

New Lambton’s Christoph Gremm had a childhood experience very different to the locally-born experience of most of us. Growing up in a Catholic family in East Germany behind the Iron Curtain, he was always surrounded by spies and had to be careful what he said. “We knew that the people living above us were secret service to spy on us, and we found out after the wall had come down that people in the flat below were secret service too,” Christoph explained. “In our house we’d never talk in a normal voice when we talked about politics – we always whispered because we knew we were being listened to.” The wall came down during his Page 26 > The Local > December 2018

final year of high school which Christoph considers exceptionally good timing, as he was at the right age to understand and enjoy a concept of freedom that is closer to what we often take for granted. “When people ask why we came to Australia one of the things that I say is that, in my experience, Australians have as much headspace to think about things as they’ve got space in the country,” he said. “I think it’s an important thing that makes up your psyche because in Australia if you don’t want to see anyone you just move to Woop Woop. “In Germany you can’t do that – there’s no place where there is no one.” Christoph, a web and graphic designer, his wife Franka and now 14-year-old twin boys moved to New Lambton 10 years ago. Both Christoph and Franka had already

lived abroad and decided they didn’t want to raise their children in Germany. Franka, a pharmacist, had completed some of her training in Sydney and wanted to return. A job came up at the Mater and the family hasn’t looked back. They have thrown themselves into the Uniting Church, school P & Cs and Newcastle hockey, where Christoph coordinates the umpires for the boys competition. The twins have also played for NSW. “We just love it – we wouldn’t move away,” he said. “You’re never more than 20 minutes away from the beach, it’s big enough to have all the things that you need but small enough that you get to know people. “It’s not as hectic or stressful.” ----------------------------------------If you know a ‘Human of Newcastle’ whose story we should tell you can email mel@ hunterlocal.com.au

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In 1865 John Stoker opened the Gold Miners’ Arms on the north east corner, and in 1868 Michael Doyle opened the Rose, Thistle & Shamrock Inn on the south east corner. In 1888 the Commercial Hotel opened on the south west corner in a newly erected building. The name was familiar to locals as there had been a previous but unrelated hotel of the same name somewhere on the northern side of Elder Street for a brief period around with 1880. The new Commercial Hotel building was Lachlan Wetherall designed by local architects Bennett and Yeomans, who were also the architects for the Lambton Park Rotunda. The hotel was commissioned by Mr G Buckley and constructed by Mr J Frogley. The newspaper reported that: “The building is of brick, containing fifteen rooms, with large cellar 20 x 16, bathroom and water tank, wardrobe, large yard, stables and out-offices. The main building contains a large hall, used by the Masonic Order, 36 x 18, with ante-room attached; billiard-room, 26 x 26, high and lofty, fitted with fire-place, large-sized table, and eleven ventilators, making it cosy in winter and cool in the summer.” The first publican was Mr W Brown, followed by John Sample in 1889. Another notable publican was The intersection of Elder and Grainger Streets was at George Smith, who held the license from 1901 to one time the hotel hub of Lambton, with three of its 1912. four corners hosting a licenced establishment.

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The Snake Gully Hotel earlier this year. The building will be demolished soon to make way for a residential apartment development After 84 years of trading as the Commercial Hotel, in 1972 it was renamed the Snake Gully Hotel. In 1979 it became the Hotel Amos, then reverted to Snake Gully Hotel in 1982. In 2002 it was renamed Bar 121, and then renamed back to Snake Gully Hotel again in 2016. The hotel closed in August this year bringing to an end over 150 years of continuous hotel operations at the Elder/Grainger St intersection. You can view these photos and more details at www. lachlanwetherall.com/then-and-now

John Sample’s Commercial Hotel 1893. Photo by Ralph Snowball, University of Newcastle, Cultural Collections.

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GETTING TO KNOW YOUR PIGGOTT’S PHARMACIST KATE TRUSCOTT Kate’s Kat te’s e’ sm smile milile le ha has not has not o changed cha hange nge g d as ge as sh sshe’s he’s he’ g gro grown wn

Kate has been the Managing Pharmacist at Piggott’s Pharmacy on Glebe since July 2017. Growing up in Wagga Wagga, in Southern NSW, Kate attended both Primary and Secondary School in Wagga Wagga and completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree there, at the Charles Sturt University. Her family still live in Wagga, so Kate still enjoys travelling to the Riverina when she can, and she looks forward to returning there for a family Christmas. Kate moved to Newcastle in January 2015 to pursue her career as a Pharmacist. Since the age of fifteen years she has worked in Pharmacy. Starting as a junior, working after school at a family friends’ Pharmacy, this is where she first gained an interest in the profession. It is the only career Kate has known but she would not have it any other way. The

ability in which Pharmacy enables Kate to make a difference to health outcomes in the community is what drives her as a Pharmacist. When Kate is not at the Pharmacy, she enjoys travel, going for walks at Merewether beach and tasting her way through Newcastle eateries. Kate loves ‘Takeaway Friday’ every Friday with her wonderful work team. Make sure you introduce yourself to Kate next time you visit Piggott’s Pharmacy on Glebe Road.

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CHAMBER WELCOMES NEW COMMITTEE New Lambton Village held its 2018 Annual General Meeting at the Duke Hotel recently and gained some new committee members for the next year. I am thrilled to welcome to the committee print broker Paul Newey as Vice President, Niall McKay from New Lambton Uniting Church and Stephanie Jordan from Dalton Partners Real estate. They join pharmacist Mike Strachan and The Local publisher Mark Brooker. We are also inviting others who might be interested help position our suburb as a vital part of the City of Newcastle. At the AGM we also recognised the work of Laurel Leddy who is retiring from her full time management role at Waketts. Laurel has been a driving force for the business and a strong advocate for New Lambton. We also took the opportunity to recognise the tremendous contributions of Alma Tate OAM and spoke with her on video - which you can view by visiting our Facebook page. It’s also time for members to renew their membership and get involved. For just $10 a year you can take advantage of; ● Help us advocate for our local businesses and community by creating a collective voice ● Contribute to creating a vibrant, diverse and sustainable future ● Connect with and support other local businesses ● Have the opportunity to promote your business to other members of your local community ● Tax deductible membership fees ● Have the chamber liaises with Council and media outlets on behalf of New Lambton businesses As a member, you are able to attend networking events. You can also host, cater or contribute to these events to promote your business, products and services. As a Chamber we want to thank all of the people who have helped and supported us this year, whether it has been by attending events or popping into our shops and giving us feedback. I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very safe and happy festive season. We look forward to seeing you in the village this Christmas.

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Matters by Ronnie Wall

of Wall Legal, New Lambton

Why do you need a Will?

Having a valid Will ensures that your wishes are adhered to and your loved ones are cared for. You can decide how and when your estate assets are to be divided, no matter how big or small your estate may be. Should you pass away without a valid Will, there is no guarantee that your wishes will be carried out. Instead, the laws of intestacy will determine who will inherit your estate and this may not be to your liking! The cost involved in administration of an estate in intestacy will, in all likelihood, far outweigh the cost of administration of an estate with a valid Will. Passing away without a Will may negatively impact

the financial gifts you leave to your loved ones. When you have a Will, you can also decide who is to be your Executor. The Executor will wind up your estate affairs, and should be someone trustworthy and organised. This does not necessarily have to be family member. Not having a Will can also place unnecessary stress on your loved ones left behind at an already emotional time. Many of us are unwilling to face our own mortality and as a result, many procrastinate until it is too late, such as when we die suddenly or lose capacity. There are not many certainties in life. One certainty is that you’re not wasting money writing a Will because we all have to meet our maker one day. Now a slight twist of humour on this morbid topic:An elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor and the doctor fitted him for a set of hearing aids that restored his hearing to 100%. The elderly gentleman went back to the doctor a month later. The doctor said: “Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.” The gentleman replied, “Oh, I haven’t told my family, I just sit around and listen to their conversations. I’ve changed my Will three times!”

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with Cheryl Shaw of Dogoverboard

Christmas gifts for your loved dog

Our pets are part of our family and many of us include them on our Christmas gift list placing something special under the tree. Your dog can be spoilt with so many presents but not all of these are safe for your pet. Toys and special treats are very popular but care must be taken when selecting a play toy or a treat so that it will be safe for your dog. Treats are a very popular Christmas gift but take care to make the right selections. Many treats are processed rawhide and are often imported from overseas. These treats are

potentially dangerous. Rawhide has no nutritional value and is usually the by-product from tanning processes. They are chemically treated and bleached white. Some treats are dyed in festive colours and often glued together. These treats can also contain harmful chemicals. So be very wary about selecting processed treats as they can cause residual chemical poisoning, a choking hazard and intestinal blockages. Be very careful selecting toys for your dog. Do not purchase soft toys that are designed for children. Many of these soft toys have hard eyes and weak outer coverings. Dogs love to concentrate on removing hard eyes and also enjoy removing the stuffing from inside toys. Both are serious hazards to your dog’s health and safety. Always select quality toys that have been designed for dogs. It is very easy for your dog to expose the squeaker and stuffing in cheap dog toys. Again this is a choking hazard. Maybe your dog deserves a new soft comfy bed, a designer collar with matching lead with a new decorative designed id tag. Gift vouchers for dog grooming are a very popular present particularly for a family member, neighbour or close friend. These can be used during the year to pamper the lucky dog. Christmas can be fun and rewarding for you and your pet. Make sure you do not spend it at the emergency Vet. Wishing you and your pet a Merry Christmas from Dogoverboard.

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so they are labelled with your name and dose. Pack important medicines in your hand luggage. • Buy travel insurance, including health insurance. • Prepare a first aid/medical kit for the trip. • Get and wear an alert bracelet or necklace if you have a serious health condition or allergy. While away by Anthony Piggott • Protect your skin from biting and stinging insects. Use of Piggott’s Pharmacies Blackbutt, Lambton, insect repellant and protective nets and clothing. Hamilton and Glebe Road • Do not swim in water that may be contaminated. Wear thongs when showering. On returning Long distance and overseas travel pose health risks for Get medical advice if you develop: people of all ages. Planning and preparation can help • fever or flu-like symptoms you have a safe and healthy trip. Some of the most • diarrhoea that won’t go away common health risks linked to travel are DVT, jet lag, • skin problems (e.g. rash) travellers’ diarrhoea and malaria.



Enjoy your travels

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein in the leg. It can move through the bloodstream to other organs, causing serious problems. Sitting or lying still for a long time while travelling can increase the risk of DVT. Jet lag is the time it takes for the body ‘clock’ to get used to the local time in a new place. The degree of jet lag depends on the number of time zones crossed and direction of travel (it is worse when you travel eastward). Jet lag usually lasts for a few days. Travellers’ diarrhoea (also called gastroenteritis) is very common. It is usually caused by eating or drinking food, water or ice containing micro- organisms (e.g. bacteria, viruses). Malaria is a serious infection spread by infected mosquitoes. Symptoms include: • fever, chills, sweating • headaches, muscle and joint pain • nausea, vomiting • diarrhoea Malaria can cause coma or death. Before travelling • Visit a doctor and ask your Pharmacist to ensure immunisations are up-to-date at least 8 weeks before travelling, check if any special vaccinations are needed. • For ‘adventure’ holidays, get advice about relevant health issues (e.g. altitude sickness, fitness). • Carry a letter from your doctor that lists your medicines and doses. Leave medicines in original packaging,

• any unusual symptoms. Note that some travel-related illnesses can take several months to develop. Piggott’s Pharmacies are your travel vaccine supply specialists. Ask Piggott’s.




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VET Chat by Dr Fiona Wallace of New Lambton Veterinary Clinic

Wild dog management on Nauru

This month’s column is coming a little out of left field – from Nauru, at a wild dog management desexing programme that was conducted there last month. Nauru has never had its own vet, and so until this week there has never been a cat or dog desexing performed there. The result is a huge overpopulation of dogs on the 21km2 area of island, estimated in the thousands. Luckily there is no rabies on Nauru! Wherever you drive there are dogs just hanging out, lying under trees, walking along the road, angling for food or attention and generally being companionable.

It’s harder to know how many cats are around, as they are more furtive and generally less well thought of. The dogs are well fed and have become a problem in recent years because of their sheer numbers, good health, and occasional bad behaviour. They chase cars, walk into homes looking for food, and sometimes “pack up” and attack passers by out of boredom, territorialism or I guess sometimes a pack hunting instinct. Many dogs, just like here, are loved members of the family, and individual families may own one or two, but tolerate four or five more that live in their yard as well. Our desexing clinic was run in a sheltered outdoor area attached to a local medical centre. After a few community education meetings people brought their pets in in twos and threes for desexing. There were no surgical lights, no anaesthetic machines and no fancy monitoring devices, just a surgeon (one was me!) an injectable anaesthetic, and keyhole surgery to minimise risk of wound breakdown and/or infection. All 61 dogs desexed recovered well, and the plan is to return until a magic number of 70% of island dogs are neutered, which from experience elsewhere will keep the dog population stable. It was great to be part of a mission to improve animal and human welfare on Nauru!

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Matters with Sara Knight of The Gut Clinic

Burnout to balance For some people, this time of year can lead to burnout:

a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion resulting from chronic or high stress. Maybe it is the demands of this time of year; parties, functions, shopping, family gatherings; or maybe it has been a challenging year and you are simply worn out. Regardless, such a state requires extra support and positive change.


To counter the physical effects and associated negative emotions of high stress and burnout, we need to: 1. Evaluate our to-do lists. What absolutely needs to be done, what can be delegated (and be ruthless, you can’t and don’t need to do everything. I am directing this mainly to the working parents as we are notorious for doing too much) and what can simply wait. 2. Nourish our bodies to help withstand demanding times. We need extra B vitamins for energy and stress support, vitamin C to support our stress response, and magnesium for relaxation. Green smoothies are one of my favourites – veggies, the more colourful the better; frozen fruit for vitamin c; ground nuts for healthy fats, a protein for mood and lots of water. Smoothies are such a powerhouse of nutrients to soothe your stressed body and mind.

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Limiting the alcohol, caffeine and refined sugar as well as increasing simple whole foods will provide muchneeded nutrients to help your body heal and recover. Making extra time to rest and recover is important – get outside in the fresh air and go for a walk, curl up and read a good book, sleep in when you can. All of these will help your body support you better during highstress periods. This time of year can be one of celebration, relaxation and peace – create the space and nourish your body to make the most of this holiday season. From my family to yours, we wish you a safe and peaceful holiday!


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AGE Matters with Joseph McCarthy CEO of NovaCare Community Services

Are you a carer? Around 2.7 million Australians, or 11 per cent of the population, care for family and friends, but nearly 80 per cent don’t identify themselves as a carer. You might describe yourself as a daughter looking after mum but never see yourself as a ‘carer’. Carers Australia has described this group as the nations largest unpaid workforce. Many carers are unaware there is financial support available to them if they meet the government guidelines for a Carers Allowance or Carers Payment. Another way to practically support carers is to access

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regularly planned respite either provided in your own home or in another setting like NovaCare’s architecturally designed four bedroom respite cottage at Hamilton. The ability to have a break is essential for carers to care for themselves and can enable you to return to be, for example, mum’s daughter for a while. Recently I became aware of “Our Care Journal” which is a newly released mobile app designed to be a helping hand for carers. You can create a personalised care plan which can be shared with up to six family members. At a time when many siblings and grandchildren are living in other cities or sharing parts of the caring role this is a great communication tool. When you add information into the app this group can see the updates. This free app was designed with input from carers, the “Our Care Journal” lets you record medications, appointments, and contacts: monitor wellbeing and health such as blood pressure and appetite: create an emergency care plan and jot down other details including habits, likes and dislikes. Another great feature of this app is that it has a separate dashboard that lets users connect with other carers through email. This provides a way to find others who understand your situation. Carers, I encourage you to have a look at this free app it could be a useful tool if you need a helping hand.


Matters by Dr Stuart Edser

Principal Psychologist at Newcastle Psychology & Health

Final thoughts for the year

So many people come to see a psychologist like me to work through their issues. Modern city life is challenging. We have the confusion of Australian politics and ever increasing polemical debate. We have the advent of the internet, the World Wide Web birthed only in 1990, a phenomenon we’re still learning how to use sensibly and in our service. Since then we have had the explosive use of social media, which seems to be both a boon and a burden. We have world politics in a confused and somewhat unstable state. Added to that, we have the normal work, family and financial pressures of city life. People can also be challenged by mental illness, addiction, relationship

problems and personal crisis. In anyone’s book, it’s a challenge. In all this background noise, how do we stay sane? How do we look after ourselves? I’m finishing my Column this December, so I’d like to offer you a few simple steps that go to having a better life. These are a few basics that I like to focus on. They are things we all know about, but don’t always put the necessary energy into. When they are attended to, life is usually healthier, happier and runs more smoothly. When they are violated, we tend to struggle. 1.Sleep Try to aim for around eight hours a night. Get a good sleep routine going. Have your room cool, dark and quiet. Talk to your doctor if you are struggling with this. 2.Nutrition Try to aim for nutritious food, fresh, unprocessed. Cut down on the fast food and have it only occasionally. 3.Something to do. We all need meaningful activity. Work can help here, but it shouldn’t be the only thing. Meaningful activity negates boredom and purposelessness. 4.Something to love We need to look after our relationships. Put some energy into them. Our partner. Our family, Our friends. Our pets. 5.Something to look forward to It’s great to always have something on the go that you can look forward to. Anticipatory joy is a real thing. Tick those five boxes and you’ll see the difference. Thank you to my readers for staying with me over the last four years. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the New Year – Dr Stuart Edser

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FITNESS Matters with Ali & Dan Marshall of Corefit Newcastle

Are you sliding to the right?

Everyone starts off somewhere different on the fitness spectrum. Far left is overweight, unhealthy, sick or lacking confidence. On the far right of the spectrum is hitting our goals and getting to where we want to be. You may currently be close to the right weight or somewhere in the middle or maybe your over towards the left of the spectrum and you have a way to go towards achieving your goal.

The fact is we don’t care where you are on this spectrum. But what we do care about is which direction you are headed? That’s the most important thing and it’s all you need to focus on. Ask yourself this, am I moving to the left everyday or am I moving to the right? In terms of exercise, nutrition and lifestyle all you have to do is learn to slide right everyday. The spectrum can’t go on forever so if you slide right just a little bit every single day then some simple maths tells us that you’re going to hit your goal. The cool thing is, that by following this principle once you hit that goal, it’s so much easier to maintain, you’re going to keep it for a long time. So think about it each day you wake up. Are you going to slide left or are you going to slide right? We need to be realistic, and the reality is that you’re going to slip up, sometimes you’re going to miss a workout, sometimes you’re eating might not be ideal or you might get sick so as a result you may slide a little bit to the left, particularly over the Christmas period. But that’s OK! You’ve just got to think OK, I know I have slipped backwards a little, now I’ve got to ensure I get to my workout in the morning and put in because now I need to tighten the reins and slide right again.

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Matters by Lee Clements of Sensom Health & Wellbeing

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree As December arrives one thing is sure - you won’t be short of advice from all manner of sources (radio, TV, internet, social media) on how to avoid stress and anxiety during the ‘festive’ season. Just as it is the time for shopping centres to rollout the Pogues, Bing Crosby, Mariah Carey et al over the loud speakers so is it the time, so it seems, for all manner of ‘experts’ to tell us how we can survive the ‘Christmas experience’. Yes this time of year can be stressful – but so can

any number of ‘experiences’ in our lives that occur naturally throughout the year. How boring would it be if we didn’t have a little bit of stress and anxiety at times – indeed it has been known for a long time that some stress can actually be good for us. A Hungarian endocrinologist Hans Selye created the term ‘eustress’ in the 1970s to describe positive cognitive responses to stress that are healthy and that provide positive feelings. So watching a scary movie, making a bungee jump, completing a fun challenge of some sort or even going on that first date are all in their unique way examples of ‘good stress’ - of eustress. Not having this ‘good stress’ as part of our lives could actually lead to negative feelings such as nonfulfilment, boredom, lack of motivation, and in some extreme cases, to depression. The important thing is to recognise and understand those things that cause us stress. When we do that we can begin to manage the ‘bad stress’. So for example instead of seeing things as ‘threats’ and therefore stressful why not view them as ‘challenges’ and view them as exciting. Just a simple change in the mind-set can create some excitement and enjoyment in accomplishment. After all we all feel good when we have achieved a goal we have set for ourselves. Just a simple change of focus can do wonders to our state of mind – and get us ‘Rockin’ around the Christmas tree!”

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Do you really need a multivitamin?

Multivitamins are big business; chemist shelves are packed with hundreds of varieties. Even the choice within brands can be bewildering. While it’s tempting to take multivitamins as a nutrition insurance policy, it’s far more beneficial to your health to improve your diet. Real food has several big advantages over supplements. Unlike multivitamins, whole foods contain a number of substances that help the body absorb vitamins and minerals and do their job inside cells. They also often contain vitamins and minerals in different forms.

Taking supplements may not have any benefit, in fact, it can be harmful. There’s a strong believe vitamin supplements can never harm you, but as for much of nutrition, the story is more complicated than that. Taking large doses of some vitamin supplements has been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer. High levels of iron supplements prescribed to pregnant and lactating women may decrease zinc absorption. And if you’re taking vitamin or mineral supplements or natural or herbal remedies along with prescribed medicine, it’s important to be aware of possible interactive effects. For example, Taking St John’s Wort is not recommended in combination with antidepressants. That said - there are a few groups of people who may need a supplement. Pregnant women and those trying to conceive should take folate one month prior to conception and three months after. People on a strict vegan diet and the frail or aged who may be eating poorly and/or absorbing less from their food may benefit from a vitamin B12 supplement. While those on restrictive diets including those with eating disorders, food allergies or intolerances may also benefit from specific supplements. For more information on whether a multivitamin supplement is for you, or how you can improve your diet, consult one of Ethos’ Accredited Practising Dietitians.







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Matters with Lisa Macklin of Dalton Partners Real Estate, New Lambton

Make the most of the Christmas season Can you believe that historically, the summer “silly” season is the time that both Real Estate.com and Domain.com receive the most amount of hits for property searches? Our data and experience has shown the next few months are generally the busiest time of year for the real estate professional. From November through to January there is often a rush by home buyers and renters wanting to get

accommodation organised for a fresh start in the following calendar year due to changes in schooling, family or business matters. This may mean finalising a purchase, putting a property up for sale or going to open homes in the hunt for the perfect place to lease. Our records show a peak in enquiries over this period from people relocating to our region, and these people are eager for information and the need to know “what’s coming up” in terms of new rentals and homes entering the marketplace. This said, now is the ideal time to get ahead of the game and raise your awareness around what your home is currently worth by booking a property appraisal and listing your home in anticipation of the 2018 rush. At Daltons New Lambton, we have prepared simple strategies that will enable you to take full advantage of the Christmas break, help you get all those odd jobs completed and have your home ready to hit the property market in the New Year. In return, you will be rewarded by selling or renting your home at a premium time and achieving maximum results.

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Chat by Dr Ben Seckold of Hamilton Doctors

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia. Its incidence is increasing – with 1 in 8 Australian women and 1 in 700 Men expected to be diagnosed in their lifetime. The disease develops when cells within the breast grow abnormally and multiply to form a tumour. Thanks to medical research, breast cancer that is contained within the breast is now largely treatable. Since 1994, the fiveyear breast cancer survival rates have improved from 76% to 90%. If a breast cancer spreads (metastasizes) to another part of the body, treatments are far less effective. Eight Australian women still lose their life to the disease every single day. Early detection of breast cancer provides the best chance of survival. It is important to be informed, aware and proactive. While there are many risk factors we have no control

over, there are others which can be influenced. Making healthy lifestyle choices is the best way to reduce your chance of breast cancer and many other diseases. These include reducing your alcohol intake, maintaining a healthy weight, being active and eating well, have children early and breastfeed if you can, don’t smoke, and avoid long-term use of hormone replacement Therapy (HRT). Screening for Breast cancer All women should be ‘breast aware’ and keep a lookout for any symptoms of breast cancer. • Clinical examination – A clinical breast examination involves a thorough physical examination of the whole breast area, including both breasts, nipples, armpits and collarbone • Mammograms – A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. Women over 40 years of age are eligible for free mammograms. • MRI- Women under 50 years of age who are high risk of breast cancer are eligible for routine screenings with MRI under medicare. They must be referred by their GP or specialist. • Ultrasound – An ultrasound does not replace the need for a mammogram, but is often used to check abnormal results from a mammogram. • Biopsy – Removal of small sample of tissue for examination under a microscope. This will confirm the diagnosis. If you find a lump, you should see your doctor straight away.

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Local news from another time...

From The Leader (Orange), Thursday 25 December 1913:

From The Newcastle December 1941:




From Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Wednesday 17 December 1879:

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TRAVEL Matters by Ian and Sue Roberts

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Catch a train to the clouds If you’re looking for an extraordinary experience on a trip to Europe, make your way to the shores of the pristine Wolfgangsee lake, in the Austrian Alps. Overshadowing the picture-postcard alpine town of Sant Wolfgang am Wolfgangsee is Schafberg Mountain, a towering peak in the Salzkammergut Range.

Schafberg Mountain is rather special because, since 1893, it has been the site of one of the steepest steampowered cog-railways anywhere in Europe. Schafbergbahn railway carries visitors to the summit of the mountain 1,783 metres above the surrounding countryside. The railway is almost 6 kilometres long and winds out of the village, through the treeline, above the clouds and into the snow zone. Once at the summit, visitors are treated to incomparable 360 degree views across the Alps and their many lakes. If you want to soak up more of the views and watch the sun set between rugged mountain peaks, the summit boasts a hotel called Schafbergspitze commonly known as the ‘hotel in the clouds’ - which has operated through the summer months since 1862. Schafberg Mountain with its steam train and hotel is located at Wolfgangsee lake in the Austrian Alps. It is about an hour’s drive from the city of Salzberg. Follow Ian and Sue’s travels on www. memorabledestination.com or on Instagram at @ memorable_destination, @memorable_travels or @ memorable-hotels.

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Little Locals... Let’s get Physie!


Physical Culture, affectionately known as ‘Physie’, is a dance sport that has been around for over 125 years. Girls from Newcastle travelled to Sydney recently to compete in the annual teams competition. A Physie team consists of eight girls performing the same dance in sync. The goal is to keep in perfect time with each other. It can be likened to synchronised swimming on land. Waratah Physie competed in A Grade where their 7 & 8 year team got 3rd place. Merewether Physie competed in B Grade where a 7 & 8 year team came 3rd, a 9 & 10 year team came 2nd, and the 11 & 12 year team won their section. Congratulations girls! Photos on this page, clockwise from top right: Holly, Remi and Macy from Merewether Physical Culture Club; Waratah Physical Culture Club 9 & 10 years team; Merewether 7 & 8 years team; and Waratah 7 & 8 years team.

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Little Locals...


Merewether Physical Culture Club 11 & 12 years team won their section at the annual teams competition

The Merewether 9 & 10 years team came second in their section If you would like to see your junior sports team featured in ‘Little Locals’ next month ask your coach or team manager to get in touch with Mark at The Local on 0455 210 000 or by email at mark@hunterlocal.com.au The Local > December 2018 > Page 53

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Local & Live entertainment this month The Duke

Sat 1 Fri 7 Sat 8 Fri 14 Sat 15 Fri 21 Sat 22 Fri 28 Sat 29

The Levymen Roxy Prestige Inc. Matt Scullion City Beats Jamie Martens Frickn Orson Greg Bryce Duo Phonic Duo

Gallipoli Legion Sun 2 Sun 9 Sun 16 Sun 23

Shivoo Marriah Mustang Pam & Les Gully + John Bond

Hamilton Station Hotel Thu 1 Party Animals 2018 Fri 2 Squid Fishing Wed 5 Tennyson King Tue 11 HEXIS Thu 13 Days N Daze Fri 14 RED BEE + Special Guests Sat 15 Bastardizer And Friends Mon 17 Jeff Rosenstock (USA) Wed 19 Bin Lids Throw a Christmas Party Fri 21 Dande And The Lion Sat 29 The Deadwalk!

Hotel Jesmond Fri 7

Chad Shuttleworth Duo

Fri 17 Fri 21 Fri 28

Crawfish Stew Shivoo Michael Mills

Sun 9

Richard Clapton

Lambton Park Hotel Sun 2 Austin Mackay Fri 7 Little Cents Sat 8 Mick Jones Fri 14 TK Vibez Sat 15 Grant Walmsley & Friends Sun 16 Jason Bone Fri 21 Mick & Josh Sun 23 Tim Rossington Sun 30 Kaitlyn Simms

Wed 12 Pivot Dance Studio Showcase Thu 13 Choirboys Fri 15 The Black Sorrows Sat 16 The Black Sorrows

Lizotte’s Sat 1

Sun 2 Sun 2 Tue 4 Wed 5 Thu 6 Fri 7 Sat 8 Sun 9


Bella Voce Lior Jimmy Barnes Jimmy Barnes Beccy Cole Abbasback Richard Clapton The D Majors (lunch)

Sun 17 Aspiring Voices - The Voice Studio Junior Showcase (lunch) Sun 18 Aspiring Voices - The Voice Studio Senior Showcase (dinner) Wed 19 Live N Local Thu 20 Don’t Change Ultimate INXS Fri 21 Don’t Change Ultimate INXS Sat 22 Don’t Change Ultimate INXS Sun 23 A Big Band Christmas (lunch)

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Local & Live entertainment this month Mon 31 Steve Edmonds Band Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

Northern Star Hotel Sat 1 Fri 7 Sat 8

Allon, Craig Thomson Tim Rossington, Aaron Hood, Tamam Shud (ticket event) Sarah Christine, Michael Peter

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Rubber Bullet

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Wed 12 Morton Choppers Thu 13 Dinner Show with Brien McVernon Fri 14

Hurricane Falls Christmas Show

Sat 15

Back to The Wicko

Thu 20 Ben Leece Album Launch

Elisa Kate, Gordan Tan

Fri 28 Josh Callaway, TK Vibez

Sun 9

Wed 19 The Donkey Browns + The Nots Nots

Sat 15 Codi Kaye, Alex Johnson Sat 22 John Larder, Rooney West


Sat 8 Sunhill Drive, Band of Burbs

Sun 16 Greg Bryce, Ezra Lee and James Thomas

Fri 14 Madelyn, Brien McVernon

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Fri 7

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Sat 22

Love That Hat

Fri 28

The Smarts

Sat 29

Dr Zoom Duo

Sat 29 Kaitlyn Simms, Prahlad Little

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Sat 22 Grant Walmsley & Friends, Them Wild Oats

Mon 31 Greg McKew

Northumberland Hotel Fri 7

Pap + That

Fri 14

Greg McKew

Fri 21

Michael Peter

Fri 28


Wickham Park Hotel Sat 1

Sneaky Freakers, The Ride Ons

Sun 2

Helena, Steve Edmonds

Sun 23 John Larder, Fish Fry Fri 28

Rose Carleo Band

Sun 30 Witchlock Mon 31

New Year’s Eve 80’s Dress Up Party Feat. The Cassettes & DJ Pucko

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Local Community Group Notices CHILDREN & FAMILIES PLAYGROUP MULTICULTURAL NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE Operates in partnership with KU Childrens Services, Northern Settlement Services and Mission Australia. A playgroup that is held for children aged 0-5 years accompanied by a parent or guardian each Tuesday during school term. A second playgroup is held on Fridays. Both operate from 10am to 12 noon and places are currently available. Each playgroup follows normal playgroup practices with a range of childrens activities including craft, painting, storeytelling, singing and free play. The playgroups are nondenominational and appreciate cultural diversity. Come along and enjoy the Playgroup experience in a safe and friendly environment- no cost. Ph 4965 5291 for more information. MAINLY MUSIC Mainly Music is a music program for 0-5 yr olds and their caregivers. It runs Wednesdays 9:3011:30 am during school terms at the Anglican Church Hall, cnr Oxford & Cromwell Street, New Lambton Cost is $5 per family. Call Beck Bishop 0416149633 for more info. HOME-START FAMILY SERVICES Home-Start is a voluntary service offering support, friendship and practical help to families with at least one child under 5 where the parents are experiencing difficulty in their parenting roles or are under stress. For information about volunteering or Home-Start services ph 4952 9488 or go to: www.homestartaustralia.org/

ATTENTION COMMUNITY GROUPS Please email your notice to: admin@ hunterlocal.com.au or post it to PO Box 130, Lambton by 15th of the month. Note that submissions may be edited or omitted to fit available space. Page 58 > The Local > December 2018

CHURCH NOTICES REACH CHURCH We would like to invite you to a brand new church called Reach Church. Reach Church is a contemporary bible believing church. We have a heart to serve in our community. We exist to reach people with God’s love. We meet in the Elermore Vale Community Centre, 129 Croudace Rd, Elermore Vale 10am on Sundays. Everyone is welcome. Email: info@reachchurch.org.au Facebook: @ReachChurchAU

COMMUNITY GROUPS COMMUNITY GARDEN MULTICULTURAL NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE Members of the Community Garden grow a range of plants in the garden bed they manage. We have several garden beds looking for members of the community to nurture and care for them. Membership of the community garden is available for a nominal fee and a willingness to support the garden through adherence to our garden agreement policy and membership document. We also have monthly meetings and several working bees. Come along grow and enjoy. To join please call 4965 5291. LAMBTON RESIDENTS GROUP All residents of Lambton area are welcome to come along to our monthly meeting. You too can be a part of some exciting and worthwhile initiatives and projects for our local area. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month commencing at 5.30pm at Lambton Bowling Club. No RSVP needed. For more information email: lambtonresidents@gmail. com or call Nicola on 0402 949 854. GRANDMOTHERS AGAINST THE DETENTION OF REFUGEE CHILDREN Join our vigil every Thursday 5pm. Civic Park. Help us free the children. Bring them here.

Local Community Group Notices HOBBIES & INTERESTS NEWCASTLE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY INC. Members and friends will get together on Tuesday 4th December for their last general meeting for the year, joining in Christmas celebrations including the traditional Trivia Quiz conducted by John Mulhearn. Please note an earlier start time at 7pm, at the Society’s rooms, Mechanics Institute, 68 Elder Street Lambton. Members will visit Miss Porters House on Friday 7th December. Last Library and Research Day will be Thursday 13th December. More info http://www.nfhs.org. au/ or the Facebook page or ph: 4957 8296.

JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY HUNTER meets every two months for talks by members and guests, discussion and special events. Next meeting Wednesday 20 February 2019. Ethnic Communities Council John Gebhardt Centre, 2a Platt St Waratah. Entry $5, afternoon tea included. For details about our exciting program for 2019, register for our newsletter. Find us on Facebook, contact 4929 1353 or margste@wix. com.au

CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS ROTARY CLUB OF WARATAH Our Rotary Club is keen to welcome all new members and visitors, and encourages “Service above Self” – our Rotary motto. Our primary focus is through service to the local community and our youth. Join us for dinner and meet our active members. Meetings are held each Monday from 6:15pm to 8pm at Memories Function Centre, Harris Street, Wallsend. Contact President Madeleine Atkins on 0447 523 221 or email madeleineatkins@bigpond.com for more information.

CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS HUNTER M.G. CAR CLUB Enjoy your sports car more and join our car club. The Hunter M.G. Car Club located at 37 Elder Street Lambton, in the Mechanics Institute Building, was established in 1987. Currently enjoying a membership of around 150 Hunter car enthusiasts, members meet at the Clubroom on the second Tuesday evening each month at 7.30 p.m. A guest speaker is often present at the meeting. Although most members own and drive a range of M.G.s, including the ever popular M.G.B. owners of other make sports cars are welcome and encouraged to join. We are after all a social Car Club. Hunter M.G. Car Club has many activities including monthly Sunday and mid week car runs as well as an annual show n shine in Lambton Park (opposite the Clubroom). If you are keen to enjoy your sports car more with like minded friends, you are invited to attend a monthly meeting as our guest. Please contact Ian Ashton on 0429 592 823 for further information or visit www.huntermg.com EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD NSW INC. NEWCASTLE BRANCH Meets each Monday at New Lambton Community Centre, Cnr Alma Road and Cromwell Street. 9.30am –-9pm. Visitors and beginners very welcome. Email : newcastleembroiderersguild@ gmail.com NEW LAMBTON/HONEYSUCKLE PROBUS CLUB Is a mixed club enjoying monthly meetings with a Guest Speaker and regular monthly outings. The aim of Probus is for retired or semi retired people looking for friendship, fellowship and fun. We meet at Kotara Bowling Club at 10am on the 4th Friday of each month. Please contact the Secretary, Andrew Wilson, on 0412 016 515

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Local Community Group Notices SENIORS GROUPS


RSL COFFEE POT DAY CLUB MEREWETHER Looking for something to do on a Friday? RSL Coffee Pot Day Club Merewether meets at St Augustine’s Church Hall, Windor St Merewether between 10am and 2pm. We offer morning tea, luncheon, guest speakers, games, entertainment, light exercise, mental stimulation, bus trips and a general all round good time. Transport can be arranged if needed. For further information contact Bev Bennett on 4963 7540 or Carole Seymour on 4957 8495. All welcome.

COMPUTERPALS FOR SENIORS NEWCASTLE Located at 15 Hubbard Street, Islington ComputerPals Newcastle offers lessons and activities to help seniors with their mobile phones, tablets and computers in a friendly environment. Free classes are available through the ‘Be Connected’ network at our clubroom. Ph: 4961 6576 (during business hours). Email contact@ computerpals.org.au or web computerpals.org.au

LAMBTON SENIORS GROUP Offering friendship and support for over 55’s. Meet at the Anglican Church Hall, Morehead St, Lambton every Thursday 9 am for canasta, or other card and board games to 12.30 pm. Ph Don on 4952 8590 or Nola on 4952 3685 for further details. New people always welcome.

LAMBTON PARK TENNIS CLUB It is easy to book and pay for a court at our club. 1. Just Google “lambton park tennis” and click on “Lambton Park Tennis Club-NSW-Australia” (www.tennis.com.au/lambtonpark). 2. Fill in the date and time you want to book. 3. Click on “Register”, fill in your details and create an account. 4. Click on “Sign up”. 5. Book and pay for your court - and you are all set. Next time you book it will be just a few keystrokes.We even have complimentary racquets and balls which any hirer can use if you don’t have your own. Any problems phone 0401 193 411.

ACTIVEMOVES Friendly group exercise classes for seniors in Adamstown Uniting Church, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am to 10.15am. The classes are designed to improve strength, cardio health and focus on falls prevention. Run by accredited exercise professionals trained in managing safe, low impact programs. Exercises are modified to suit the individual who can excercise at own pace in a social environment. Everyone welcome. More information at www. activemoves.com.au or phone Jess 0402 931 226. NEW LAMBTON SENIOR CITIZENS & PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION Make new friends while enjoying a warm and caring fellowship as well as to partake in the fun games of bingo and chats over a cuppa. Where? The New Lambton Seniors Assocation, located at the New Lambton Community Centre, 14 Alma Road, New Lambton. Handy to bus stops! Contact Ph 4963 4631. Page 60 > The Local > December 2018


NEWCASTLE PETANQUE CLUB Do you have a set of Boules and rarely play with them? Then come along to Newcastle Petanque Club and enjoy the game under expert tuition. Come and try days are held on second Sunday of each month at the Club based in Nesca Park Cooks Hill (Corner Brooks St & Nesca Parade) commencing 9.30am and running for 2-3 hours. Newcomers and experienced players welcome. Other playing days are Wednesday afternoon from midday and Saturday afternoon from midday. Contact Jim for further details 4960 0945. Community groups, not-for-profit organisations can submit notices for free publication. Email your notice to: admin@hunterlocal.com.au or post to PO Box 130, Lambton by 15th of month

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MASSAGE & HEATED CHAIR Aldi brand, as new condition $145. Peter Ph 0401 438 811.


PORTABLE COT Good condition Ph 4952 2030 ROYAL ALBERT CHINA Bone china coffee set. Reasonable offer. Ph 4952 9646 VANITY UNIT Very good condition, 1200 x 800 x 500, white with cream top, taps etc included, 2 doors with 3 drawers. $100 o.n.o. Ph 4969 4034 after 4pm

WEDDING GOWN Custom made with veil, French Lace overlay. Size 20-24. Paid $3000. Sell$250Ph 0402 782 305 HAVE YOU TRIED LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS? They are just like the classifieds in other publications except they are free and they work!

garden pots, bird baths, edging tiles, sandstone, and things of interest, for my garden area. Cash paid. Jake Ph 0432 397 321

NOTICES DAY COACH TRIPS Sun 2nd Dec trip Paddy’s Market Sydney 8th & 22nd Jan 2019, Cruise on Lake Macquarie. For details phone Don 4952 8590

Something to sell or to tell? Try FREE Local Community Classifieds. They work!

Name _____________________________ Address ________________________________ _____________________________________________ Phone ________________________ Email_______________________________________________________________________ Write the wording of your advertisement below. (Max. 25 words please) Text: _______________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Classification ( ie For Sales, Notices, Garage Sales, Wanted etc):__________________ Complete this form and post it to: ‘Local Classifieds’ PO Box 130, Lambton 2299 or email: admin@ hunterlocal.com.au by 15th of the month. We reserve the right to not publish advertising considered inappropriate or not in the spirit of the free classifieds offer. Private party ads only. For business classifieds advertising please email admin@hunterlocal.com.au Page 62 > The Local > December 2018

Local Classifieds... NOTICES

ED TONKS BOOK Congratulations to the winner of last month’s book giveaway Kathy Mungoven of Hamilton HALLS FOR HIRE AT LAMBTON Morehead Street Lambton, Main Hall and smaller hall called the Green Room, which has separate entrance, kitchen and toilets, off street parking. Available for permanent and casual bookings. Very reasonable rates. Contact Rev Maree Armstrong at St John’s Anglican Church, Lambton. Ph 4957 1073 HOUSE CLEANING Reasonable rates with insurance. Reliable and Eco friendly products used. Weekly, fortnightly, monthly or one off jobs Ph Shannon 0404 087 475 IRONING Need help getting ironing under control. $25.00 a basket. Drop off my house New Lambton in morning pick it up in afternoon. Call Lyn 0432 174 618 JILL’S PET SITTING SERVICE Live in (your home) or daily visits. Mature, non-smoking reliable lady, police clearances and references. Full time business (6 years) with 30 years experience. Ph 0418 246 384

KELLIE’S AT HOME BEAUTY SERVICES ADAMSTOWN Females only please. Massages 30 mins $25. 60 mins $50, facials 30 min $25 - 60 mins $50. Other services available. for appointment Ph 0439 448 588. THEATRE TRIPS 2018/19 Jersey Boys Sydney 2018. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory from Jan 2019. Ph Don 4952 8590




Eric Loi


Tutor, soloist and experienced band performer

AAllll sstyles & levels

VACANCIES FOR OR 2019 OR 2019 20 201 Studio lessons $27 each acch ch Home visits $30 each

Studio in New Lambton

Learn the correct techniques ueeess and music theory taught if required. Patience is assured with beginners. Working with Children Check:: WWC1233165E

• NEW LAMBTON STUDIO • For enrolments & all enquiries

PHONE 0432 485 487

YOGA OPTIONS FOR EVERYONE! For ladies, for gents, for those restricted in movement after injury or illness, new to yoga or simply seeking a healthier life choice. Chair Classes, Beginners Classes & General Balanced Classes, focussing on optimal alignment with gentle stretching, strengthening, breath awareness, relaxation & more! Diploma qualified teacher (IYTA). Express your interest for upcoming classes in your local area. I invite you to experience the benefits of regular yoga practice & feel the difference. Gift vouchers available - a worthwhile gift for someone you love. Phone Michelle Pirie 0400 790 479

Phone: 00419 642 096 Email: ericloimusic@bigpond.com PEST CONTROL Guaranteed. Average home $150, units/town houses $80, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Hunter Valley areas. German Cockroaches a specialty. Ph 0418 637 990 RELAX AND MEDITATE For everyone over 15. New Lambton Community Centre, 14 Alma Road New Lambton. Every Sunday from 8.30 to 9.30am. Sessions are free of charge, sessions. Not run on Public Holidays. Ph 0416 193 005 Solution to crossword on page 55 C R A































































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Travelling overseas? Need a vaccine?

Piggott’s Pharmacy are your vaccine supply specialists, with a large list of vaccinations in each store and quick access to any obscure vaccines, Piggott’s Pharmacy will keep you and your family healthy while YOU enjoy your holiday.

Avaxim (Hepatitis A) $50 Engerix-B (Hepatitis B) $20 Gardasil 9 $160 Jespect (Japanese Encephalitis) $70 Rabipur (Rabies) $95

Twinrix jnr 360/10 Twinrix adult 720/20 Typhim VI Vivaxim Zostavax

$45 $60 $39 $120 $180

Anthony Piggott and all his team would like wish the Newcastle Community a very Merry Christmas and to thank you for allowing Piggott’s Pharmacy to care for your families.

To keep healthy over Christmas, PIGGOTT’S BLACKBUTT PHARMACY 58 Orchardtown Rd, New Lambton Phone: 4957 2474

PIGGOTT’S PHARMACY HAMILTON 83 Beaumont Street, Hamilton Phone: 4961 3179

PIGGOTT’S PHARMACY ON GLEBE 400 Glebe Road, Hamilton South Phone: 4969 1978

PIGGOTT’S PHARMACY LAMBTON 117 Elder Street, Lambton Phone: 4957 3630

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The Local - December 2018  

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The Local - December 2018  

The Local is a monthly community newspaper letterbox delivered free of charge to more than 21,000 homes across Adamstown, Adamstown Heights...