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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

'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

Faces from Greta Migrant Camp

20-23 March

It's Harmony Week a time when we celebrate Australia's successful multiculturalism.

This year we are focusing on celebrating the Greta Migrant Camp and the people who called it home.
Images of camp residents will be projected in the foyer of Cessnock Library a kaleidoscope of images.

Accessible whenever the Library is open.

For information about the event contact Kimberly O'Sullivan (02) 4993 4383 or Kimberly.osullivan@cessnock.nsw.gov.au

'Tell us your story'

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Army Camp and the 70th anniversary of the Migrant Camp, Greta Museum is asking for YOUR STORY, in the year 2019.

  • Only one page is required, so it needs to be summarised. Please also provide a photograph (old or new). The title will be 'My Story of Coming to Greta Camp, by ...'
  • All the stories will be stored in the Greta Museum for future generations to learn about the past, in a specific place and filed under whichever name/s you prefer
  • Please include your contact details in case we need permission to publish your story later in a newspaper

Send, or bring in, to Neridah at Greta Museum, 96 High Street Greta NSW 2334.
Open Wed. & Sat. 11am-3pm or email to gretamuseum@gmail.com

For any queries please call 0427657150

 

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 (SOLD OUT)

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

4 May -23 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.

Greta 70 exhibition

Launch on 1 June

Open Saturday and Sunday every weekend throughout June 10.00am - 4.00pm.

Hunter Multicultural Communities Inc., 2A Platt St, Waratah Phone: (02) 4960 8248

'Back to Greta' (SOLD OUT)

Friday, 7 June 2019

‘Back to Greta’ is an all-day event. It begins at 9.30am with morning tea with the Mayor at Cessnock Library. Free all-day parking is available at the back of the Library building in Charlton Street.

A bus will then take participants from Cessnock Library to the Greta Army and Migrant Camp site where there will be an interpretive tour of the site from approximately 11.30am.

After this the bus will take participants back to Greta township where there are many lunch options. Participants will make their own lunch arrangements.

After the lunch break, at approximately 1.30pm, there will be a tour of Greta Museum. The Museum will be opening especially for us that day (their normal opening days are Wednesday and Saturday).

The bus will leave to come back to Cessnock Library at approximately 3.30pm.

There are multiple components to the day. You can take part in all of them, some of them, or just the visit to the camp site.

To make the day run as smoothly as possible and for the morning tea catering, bus transport and managing access on the site bookings are essential. A set number of tickets are available and this event will book out.

Bookings are done via Eventbrite ticketing system and then go step by step through the procedure. Tickets will be emailed to you.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. NO BOOKING = NO ACCESS TO THE SITE. Rover Motors are a partner in this event and we appreciate their generous support.

If you have any further questions, or have problems booking for the event For more information about the event contact the event organiser, Kimberly O’Sullivan (02) 4993 4383 or Kimberly.osullivan@cessnock.nsw.gov.au.

 

Talk and film showing 'Silver City'

Saturday 29 June

Talk and film showing, buffet dinner afterwards on site.

Hunter Multicultural Communities Inc., 2A Platt St, Waratah Phone: (02) 4960 8248   

'Diversity Wall - youth art project'

September

(This event is dependent on funding)

Organiser: Hunter Multicultural Communities Inc.
Phone: 4960 8248

Greta Camp Family Get-Together

12 October 2019
11am - 3pm 

Greta Arts & Sports Community Hall, 1 Water Street, Greta

Families and individuals connected to the Greta Migrant Camp are invited to this informal gathering.

Please bring a plate to share.

Musicians - bring your instruments and play us an ethnic tune - best performance, as voted by the audience, will win a prize.

This event is free, with tea and coffee provided.

We will draw a raffle at the end of the day. 

Contact: Neridah Kentwell, Greta Museum, email: gretamuseum@gmail.com or phone: Phone: 042 657 150 or call into the Museum, Wednesday and Saturday 11.00am-3.00pm.

'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 255 666 or 4960 8248