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Greta Army and Migrant Camp Anniversaries 2019

2019 sees the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Greta Army Camp and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Greta Migrant Camp. There are a range of wonderful celebrations throughout the year to commemorate these events.

This page brings together the activities from a wide range of organisations and community groups in one place so that you won’t miss anything. It will continually be added to as new events are organised – so keep checking back!

If you have any questions about these anniversaries please contact Council’s Local Studies Librarian, Kimberly O’Sullivan (02) 4993 4383 or Kimberly.osullivan@cessnock.nsw.gov.au

Events

‘Friday arvo at the flicks’

15 Feburary 2019, 1pm - 3pm Screening of the film ‘Eureka’.
Cessnock Library.

Come along and enjoy a traditional afternoon at the movies - complete with complementary popcorn! We’ll be showing the classic Australian movie ‘Eureka’ (1949) which has local relevance. Scenes in the film were shot around Greta and in the Hunter River Reserve. Members of the military from the Greta Army Camp provided assistance at the film shoot. Local Studies Librarian, Kimberly O’Sullivan will be unlocking the fascinating stories behind the making of the movie and an extra special guest, Val Randall, will tell us about her moment of cinematic fame as an extra in the film.

RSVP essential as numbers are limited: 4993 4399.

 

'Snowy' TV series (rated M)

Saturdays from 9 March to Saturday 1 June 2019
2.00pm-3.00pm
Greta Museum, 96 High Street, Greta (in the former Greta Council Chambers).

Each Saturday one episode will be shown of this 13-part TV series, which is a fictional story based on the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Many of the men from Greta Migrant Camp worked on the Snowy scheme. Come to one episode, or all of them.

Bookings for the first episode are necessary. Jaffas provided!

Free event.

Contact: Neridah 0427 657 150; gretamuseum@gmail.com

 

Exhibitions on the history of the Greta Army Camp and the history of the Greta Migrant Camp

1 April - 31 May 2019
Cessnock Library.

Two exhibitions in the Cessnock Library foyer on the history of the Greta Army Camp and the history of the Greta Migrant Camp. Accessible whenever the Library is open.

For information about the event contact Kimberly O’Sullivan (see above for details).

 

An evening with author Christopher Keating

11 April 2019, 5pm - 7pm
Cessnock Library.

An evening with the author of the definitive history of the two camps, Christopher Keating. He will be speaking about researching his book, negotiating the conflicting histories of the camps and bringing all the stories together. His book will be available for sale at the event.

For information about the event contact Kimberly O’Sullivan (see above for details).  To RSVP for the event call the Library directly: (02) 4993 4399.

 

An evening with researcher Alek Schulha

9 May 2019, 5pm - 7pm
Cessnock Library

An evening with researcher Alek Schulha who has been collecting stories from Greta Migrant Camp residents for decades. His research has even taken him back to Europe. Hear the voices of the people who called the camp home.

For information about the event contact Kimberly O’Sullivan (see above for details).   To RSVP for the event call the Library directly: (02) 4993 4399.

Old Worlds-New Beginnings the 70th anniversary of Greta Migrant Camp exhibition

May-June 2019

Maitland Regional Museum Brough House, 73 Church St., Maitland (next to Pender Place)

Open Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 3.00pm; at other times by appointment Phone: 4933 4450 or 0474 012 179.

'Back to Greta’

7 June 2019

'Back to Greta’ is an all-day event. Includes: morning tea with the Mayor at the Library, a trip to the camp site and a visit to Greta Museum.

For information about the event contact Kimberly O’Sullivan (see above for details). To RSVP for the event call the Library directly: (02) 4993 4399.

 

'Photograph exhibition history of the Greta Migrant Camp'

July

Guest speaker(s) and canapés

Organiser: Hunter Multicultural Communities Inc.
Phone: 4960 8248

  

'Multicultural movie night'

August

Screening of the movie Silver City which was part filmed in Greta

Organiser: Hunter Multicultural Communities Inc.
Phone: 4960 8248

 

'Diversity Waltz - youth art project'

September

(This event is dependent on funding)

Organiser: Hunter Multicultural Communities Inc.
Phone: 4960 8248

 

'Greta Anniversary Ball'

October

Formal function which will jointly commemorate the founding of the Greta Army Camp and the Greta Migrant Camp. Event includes Buy-A-Brick fundraiser to establish a physical monument on the site made from Greta Camp bricks.

Organiser: Hunter Multicultural Communities Inc.
Phone: 4960 8248

 

'Silky Oak Festival and the opening of the Greta-Branxton Memorial Cycleway'

9-10 November

An all-day open air festival in the main street of Greta which celebrates the founding of the Army Camp and Migrant Camp in Greta. Food, stalls, parades, entertainment - something for everyone.

Organisers: Central Hunter Business Chamber, Branxton Greta Memorial Cycleway Limited, Hunter Multicultural Communities Inc.

Contact: president@branxtongreta.com.au; phone: 0488 2555 666 or 4960 8248