Our next Speaker Evening for Tuesday 6 September 2022 at 5.30 pm at the Society Rooms - 3 Cathedral Street, Maitland

Speaker: Greg & Sylvia Ray

Topic:  Just looking at the pictures: adventures in collecting and researching old photos and ephemera

Greg is well known to Maitland readers of the Newcastle Herald. He was a journalist there from 1984 to 2015, covering many of the paper’s reporting rounds and winning numerous awards. He was twice a finalist in the national Walkley Awards and now operates the Phototimetunnel website.

Sylvia has a degree in fine arts from the University of Newcastle and a strong interest in various branches of the arts including photography, ceramics and print-making. She is a frequent contributor to exhibitions and is interested in Arts-Health.

The pair have collaborated on 13 books of collected historical photos of Newcastle and the Hunter. Copies of their books will be available for purchase after their talk.

The Society asks for a donation of $5 to cover the cost of light refreshments before and after the talk. Members of the Public are welcome.

We are currently trialing ZOOM (for members only) on speaker nights.


Speaker Evenings are held on the first Tuesday of the month (except January) at 5 30 pm.

(A small charge of $5 includes light refreshments provided before and after the speakers delivery.)

Future Guest Speakers:



  4 October 2022             Kay Sharp: My life helping to develop training opportunities for young people in Maitland and elsewhere

  1 November 2022          To be Advised

  6 December 2022          Ed Tonks: The history of the hotels of the Lake Macquarie Area

No dates set for: -


    Brian Walsh: The Changing Face of Farming in the Paterson and Woodville Areas, 1812-1920  







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