Schools of Arts, Mechanics’ Institutes
AMISA invites you to participate in an information session led by members of the School of Arts Project Team, NSW Department of Industry, Crown Lands and Water Division
Thursday, 8 February 2018
10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
(From 10:00 AM – Coffee / tea on arrival)
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
(Bookings Close Monday, 5 February 2018)
The AMISA Annual General Meeting for 2016 will be held as follows:
||Thursday 5 May 2016
||Sydney Mechanics School of Arts
Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Agenda for the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Mechanics’ Institutes and Schools of Arts NSW (AMISA NSW):
- Welcome and Apologies for Non-Attendance
- Adoption of the Minutes of the Twelfth AGM held Tuesday 25 February 2014
- Any Business arising from the minutes not taken up elsewhere on this agenda
- President’s Report
- Secretary’s Report
- Treasurer’s Report including the Presentation and Adoption of Financial Reports for the year ending 31 December 2015
- Election of Office Bearers: President, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and the Committee
- General Business
Please advise the Secretary via email
- If you will attend as we plan to have morning tea on arrival and a light lunch after the Meeting
- If you will not attend so we can note your apology for non-attendance.
Dr Roger Morris AM, President
Phil Reed, Secretary
AMISA plan to build a directory of Schools of Arts / Mechanics’ Institutes on our website with information about member schools. Once completed, the directory will help the local community find your services and assist with networking with other Schools of Arts.
To assist us, we’d appreciate your sending us information the via web form.
You can also complete the hardcopy form that was included in the AMISA Vol 3, Issue 1 newsletter.
In August 2014, the world marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. By the end of the First World War there were very few people in the countries that took part, who remained unaffected. The war reached out and touched almost everyone’s life in some way or other.
As you will have noted from the media there will be a number of events associated with the anniversary over the period from 2014 to 2019 to mark Australia’s involvement in this great European war. There will also be a number of publications presenting new perspectives on the events of 100years ago.
Significance to Schools of Arts
By the time of the First World War, the School/Institutes movement in NSW was at its peak both in terms of number of schools/institutes and their level of activity.
During war, soldiers were farewelled and welcomed back home in the local School or Institute Hall, patriotic and fundraising events, and groups meeting to knit socks, to knot camouflage nets or to pack “comfort” parcels for soldiers serving overseas and prisoners of war all used the School’s facilities.
In many localities, the School or Institute was the only public building beside the local public school [the other common site of WWI memorials]. Therefore, many of the local War Memorials or Rolls of Honour were located in and/or co-located with the local School or Institute.
Moreover, because of an outpouring of patriotic fervor some Schools or Institutes were renamed as the Soldiers’ Hall and the some new Schools of this period were built as Soldiers’ Memorial Schools of Arts; for example Campbelltown, Guildford, Liverpool and Sutherland to name but a few.
Progress of Project
At the AMISA 2013 AGM, Roger Morris “tabled a proposal for the collection, collation and the publication (on our new website and possibly in booklet form) the illustrated details of local WWI memorials that are in and/or co-located with a School of Arts or a Mechanics Institute.”
Letters were sent to some 80 schools and institutes believed to have such memorials. Submissions have been received and, over 2014, the materials will be collated, written up and formatted for publication in 2015.
Robert Parkinson and Roger Morris are the Principal Researchers and are coordinating a team of AMISA volunteers who will work on this project.
NB: Submissions have closed for this project.
Anticipated Launch Date
The obvious and most appropriate date for the launch of the publication would be around ANZAC Day 2015 – the 100th Anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli.
Image Credit: Bellingen Literary Institute – Memorial Hall stained glass window, photo courtesy of the management-committee)