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    MONDAY 9 July 2018

    Wallsend LHS at ST. LUKE'S CHURCH at 7:00pm.


    Laurel and Hardy - Freda Thompson
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    Visitors from America retrace the life of their famous Wallsend Ancestor

    Claire Cormier the great granddaughter of former Wallsend Mayor John O’Hanlon visited
    Segedunum and Wallsend in April this year to follow in the footsteps of her
    illustrious ancestor. John O’ Hanlon was Mayor of Wallsend from 1913 to 1914 at
    the time when the First World War was commencing and five years after the famous
    ship Mauretania was built at Swan Hunters shipyard where he worked as a
    driller. He was the first ‘working man’ to be elected as a councillor on
    Wallsend District Council in 1894 and as a second generation Irish immigrant he
    was the recognised leader of the Irish Party in Wallsend. In 1901 he was
    elected as an Alderman on the newly established Wallsend Borough Council, he
    was Mayor from 1913-1914 and was admitted as a Freeman of Wallsend Borough in 1917.

    Claire lives in California and travelled to Wallsend with her family, husband Kevin and son
    William (who is studying in Ireland), after making contact with Wallsend Local
    History Society through its website. Ken Hutchinson who is Chairman of Wallsend
    L.H.S. as well as Friends of Segedunum, together with website manager Elaine
    Borthwick (also a Friend of Segedunum) met the family at Segedunum and gave
    them a brief tour of the museum and had photos taken in front of Sentius
    Tectonicus and the Hadrian’s Wall reconstruction. They were very impressed with
    the museum and how it overlooks the berth where Mauretania was built and where
    their ancestor worked. They had even watched episodes of Vera in America not knowing that 
    Swan's office is the Police station in the series. Elaine and Ken took them on a tour of Wallsend including
    visiting Wallsend Town Hall, St Columba’s Church, Woodbine Avenue (where he
    lived), O’Hanlon Crescent (named after him) before a lunch stop at the Rising
    Sun Countryside Centre. After lunch they visited Wallsend Hall to view the
    portrait of Mayor John O’Hanlon that was donated to Wallsend Borough Council in
    1931 by his family. In addition the present day ceremonial Mayor or Chairman of
    North Tyneside Council, Councillor Cath Davies met the family at Wallsend Hall
    for tea and cakes.

    As they were stopping in Newcastle, Ken & Elaine took them back to Newcastle and gave
    them a tour of the Quayside including the Baltic, Sage and the Castle area before
    leaving them at their hotel for a rest before heading to Edinburgh the next day.

    Ken
    Hutchinson



    William Cormier, Kevin Cormier, Elaine Borthwick, Claire
    Cormier at Segedunum



    Ken Hutchinson, Claire, William & Kevin Cormier at
    Hadrian’s Wall reconstruction



    Great Granddaughter Claire Cormier in front of her Great
    Grandfather Mayor John O’Hanlon



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    11 June 2018

    Professor John Derry gave another excellent and factual talk to the society on the American Civil War - "The Blue and the Gray".
    The two sides are often referred to by the colour of their official uniforms, blue for the Union and gray for the Confederates.  The Civil War was fought between the USA and the Confederate States of America, a collection of eleven southern states that left the Union in 1860/61 and formed their own country in order to protect the institution of slavery.  Abraham Lincoln played a big part as he wanted to keep the United States as one country, and refused to recognise the southern states as one nation.  At the beginning of the Civil War, 22m people lived in the north and 9m in the south (4m of whom were slaves).  The bloodiest battle of the civil war was the battle of Gettysburg in 1863.  Confederate General, Robert E Lee, launched an attack on the north.  He was defeated by the Union in a three day battle.  After the battle, President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg addess, which became one of the most famous speeches in American history.  The war ended in 1865 with the surrender of the Confederate armies to the United States, and slavery was abolished nation-wide.

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    14 May 2018

    Derek Goodacre took us on a magical journey with his Magic Lantern show. The magic lantern was an early type of image projector before the arrival of TV and computer games.  It was one of the greatest devices instigating social change in Victorian Britain.  Derek's slides included a Victorian melodrama, illustrations of some well-known authors, and sketches of Victorian humour.  Derek has been collecting and studying magic lantern material for many years, and sharing his knowledge and collection with people.
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    9 April 2018

    Elizabeth Finch gave an excellent overview on the National Trust in Northumberland, which also included Gibside Chapel in Tyne and Wear and Ormsby Hall in North Yorkshire  She explained as well as the big historic country houses, the Trust also looks after coastline, beaches, forests, woods, archaeological remains and nature reserves.  The talk covered Cragside, Wallington Hall, Seaton Delaval Hall, Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Farne Islands, Housesteads on the Roman Wall and Allenbanks.  As well as providing a brief history on the places she highlighted, Elizabeth gave an update on Lindisfarne castle's conservation project;  Wallington Hall's walled garden is being redeveloped, and facilities and cafe at Seaton Delaval Hall are to be improved, and some 'puffins' have already arrived on the Farnes!
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    12 March 2018

    Malcolm Byrne gave a well-researched and informed talk to the society on WW2 European Theatre, which was well received by Members and visitors. He described the causes of the war going back to the assassination of Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo in 1914, which led to the First World War, through to the Treaty of Versailles and its reparations that affected Germany’s economic stability.  He also covered pre-war events that led to the rise of Fascism in Europe, and the rise of Hitler and the National Socialist party in Germany.  The main events throughout the war were highlighted leading up to the allied victory in 1945.

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    12 February 2018

    Dominique Bell, Project Co-ordinator for the Willington Waggonway Research Programme at Tyne and Wear Museums, gave a most interesting and informative talk to Wallsend Local History Society on Willington Waggonway.  The remains of a section of a wooden waggonway were discovered underneath the former Neptune Shipyard not far from Segedunum Roman Fort in the summer of 2013.  The site was investigated by archeologists due to its close proximity to Segedunum.  The Willington Waggonway was the collective name for a series of waggonways which were used by horse-drawn waggons to transport coal from collieries at Willington Quay and Bigges Main on the edge of Wallsend to the river Tyne for shipment.  This discovery was of international significance as it was the most complete and best preserved section of an early wooden railway, which was built to what became known as the standard gauge (4'-8 1/2" or 1435m) linking the waggonway to Stephenson and the development of modern railways.

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    Friends of Segedunum Lectures at Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum, Wallsend - 2018

    Saturday 10 February:
    Alex Croom, Keeper of Archeology at Tyne and Wear Museums.
      Roman coins and how emperors were depicted.  This coincides with the opening of the "Striking the Emperor" exhibition at Segedunum, which she curated.

    Saturday 17 March:  John O'Rourke - "Creator of Sentius Tectonicus"

    Saturday 14 April:    AGM

    Saturday 19 May:      Down by the Riverside - Freda Thompson

    Saturday 21 July:    Coach Trip - The Sill and the Roman Army Museum

    August (date and details to be confirmed) Special Friends Event at Segedunum 

    Saturday 8 September:  Geordie Shore Part Two - The Northumbria Riviera - Dr Dan Jackson

    Saturday 20 October:    Caesar and the Gallic Wars - Alan Beale

    Saturday 24 November:  WW1 - The Aftermath - Professor John Derry - followed by Xmas lunch.

    All meetings start at 11 am with coffee, etc., available from 1030 am.  Free to Friends, visitors always welcome - £2 - refunded if you join the Friends on the day.  

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    Lucy Winskill, OBE DL, gave an excellent talk to Wallsend Local History Society on 8 February 2016 on the role of the High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear.

               


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    PAST EVENTS

    The committee members of Wallsend
    Local History Society were invited to a private viewing  at the
     Amber Cinema, based at the Side in Newcastle to view some of the archive
    films and still photos they have at their gallery.

    They were shown a 10 minute film titled
    'THE LAUNCH',   of the World Unicorn supertanker.  The film was about Swan Hunters shipyard and
    the men and women of different trades building the ship. Afterwards there
    followed a discussion about the film, and Amber explained that they are in the
    process of digitalising all their stock, which will, of course, take some
    time.

    Amber were invited to give a presentation to the Wallsend Local History
    Society on 10 February 2014. Although they have film archive, they would like
    to find out from local people more about the type of trades and skills that
    were required by the workforce to build a supertanker. 







    A THANK YOU TO BILL BAXTER

     


    After many sterling (literally) years as Treasurer for the
    Wallsend Local History Society, Bill Baxter has retired and handed the
    responsibility of this important position to fellow committee member, Liz
    Liddle.

    At the AGM held on 14 January 2013, Bill was presented with a bottle of his favourite
    tipple, Scotch whisky, by Chairman, Edmund Hall.

    The society and members wish Bill a happy retirement, and
    thank him for all his efforts in looking after our cash.  Well done Bill.
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    Exhibition at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery
    Until 9th. March 2013

    WHEN WORLDS MEET:
    The intruiging story of  Ayuba Suleiman Diallo


    Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (Job ben Solomon) (1701-1773)
    by William Hoare


    This portrait, painted by William Hoare, lives at the national potrait gallery in london.
    This is the earliest known British oil portrait of a freed slave and the first to honour an African subject as an individual and an equal.

    The National Portrait Gallery has sent out the first known British oil portrait of a Black African Muslim and freed slave  on a British tour. 

    The 1733 oil portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, by William Hoare of Bath, is on loan from the Orientalist Museum, Dohar, Qatar since January 2011. 

    It began its tour with an opening at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool on June 29 before heading to South Shields Museum and Art Gallery and New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester. 

    Diallo’s story is one of the more intriguing escapades from the dark history of the international slave trade. Born into a devout aristocratic Muslim family in 1711 in Senegal West Africa, he was captured by Mandingo warriors whilst on a trading mission and sold into slavery. Ironically, Diallo’s business concerns included the trade in slaves. 

    Transported to America, he was sold to a plantation owner, escaped, was re-captured and then discovered in gaol by an enlightened American lawyer who helped secure his passage to Britain. 

    In London, on account of his education, bearing and aristocratic connections, he became a celebrated member of high society and an invaluable translator of Arabic texts. 

    Painted by the artist William Hoare of Bath in 1733, Diallo chose to be depicted in his traditional clothing, with a Quran written in his own hand tied around his neck. 

    In 1734 he returned to his homeland, where he died in 1773. Diallo's memoirs were one of the earliest slave narratives and offered some valuable insights into the transatlantic slave trade. 

    The portrait, which had initially been thought to be lost, resurfaced some years ago and was purchased by the Qatar Museums Authority who loaned it to the National Portrait Gallery for a period of five years.

    Each venue will use the portrait in a different way, exploring issues of faith and identity and the experience of those affected by the transatlantic slave trade.


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