Our Next Meeting

Next Regular Meeting: Wed August 28th, 2019

 

Meeting to be held at the Swan Hotel, 425 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121. Drinks and congenial talk at the bar with meals 6.30 to 8.00. Formal proceedings kick off at around 7.30pm sharp (approx) thereabouts! Our meetings are scheduled for the 4th Wednesday of each month except December.

Latest News

  • 22Aug
    Minie News August 2019
    posted by ACWRTA

    Congratulations to Juliette Peers who on all reports introduced a topic at the July meeting that very few members had considered. Unfortunately your editors could not attend the meeting and so missed an excellent presentation. Editor Warren had the similar misfortune to miss the left of centre presentation on The Red Badge of Courage and Stephen Crane by that excellent raconteur Chris Hookey. So Paul you had better bring your “A” game with you when you cross the border into Victoria next week!

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  • 18Jul
    Minie News July 2019
    posted by ACWRTA

    Our congratulations extend to Dr. Dale Blair for his unheralded presentation dealing with “Little Billy” – Confederate General William Mahone and his war record including the battle of the Crater at Petersburg (thanks, Baz). Dale always presents well and now that he has found the transitions key in the powerpoint program, life will never be the same again! Attendees found it all most enjoyable.

    At the July meeting the inimitable Dr. Juliette Peers will be presenting her lecture entitled Suffer the Little Children:notes on the civilian and military experience of childhood in the American Civil War. Sometimes you forget about the influence war has on families and children in particular.

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  • 20Jun
    Minie News June 2019
    posted by ACWRTA

    It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Tony Horwitz. Editor Warren met Tony when he was doing a talk and book signing in Readings Bookshop in Carlton a few years ago on the release of his book tracing the travels of James Cook, “Blue Latitudes” (2002). He was friendly and engaging and had a wonderful sense of humour, if a bit black with his reference to the demise of Saddam Hussain! Tony is well known for his wonderful book “Confederates in the Attic” and has an Australian connection because his wife is none other than Pulitzer winning author Geraldine Brooks. Geraldine Brooks is Australian to her bootstraps!

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  • 16May
    Minie News May 2019
    posted by ACWRTA

    Well we managed to make through or 500th meeting full of joie de vivre and as part of the celebration we followed Marie Antoinette’s admonition (probably false) and ate cake. The photo of the cake is featured twice in this MN because the marvelous concoction and decoration was crafted by none other than our president Byard Sheppard. A fantastic gesture Byard and tasty to boot! We can’t imagine many other presidents around the world baking cakes for their constituents. The exception maybe the Country Women’s Association.

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  • 18Apr
    Minie News April 2019
    posted by ACWRTA

    Three enormous cheers on the 500th meeting of the ACWRTA Inc. Your editors can’t claim to be there on the ground floor when the whole shebang kicked off (because we are not old enough!), but we have been pumping out the MN since the early 1990s and have seen the organization prosper and grow with a good number of welcoming members who have become the backbone of the ACWRTA. One of the founding members, Barry Crompton is still front and centre and could be referred to as the “Godfather” of the organization.

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  • 22Mar
    Minie News March 2019
    posted by ACWRTA

    Who would have thunk! Here we are two thirds they way through March and we are back in the football season. It seems to be starting earlier each year. Our ears are only just returning to normal after the Formula One shenanigans at Albert Park The sound just barrelled across Port Philip Bay and straight into the ear holes of your editors.
    Our last meeting involved a succinct AGM and no member asked for a Spanish Inquisition or a Royal Commission into the running of the organization. Committee members all breathed a sigh of relief!

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  • 21Feb
    Minie News February 2019
    posted by ACWRTA

    Meeting two for the year comprises our brief AGM where the legalities and responsibilities are sheeted home to someone in the organization. At this time of the year it is always good to know that as a Club we are fully incorporated! phew.
    This month Barry Cromption is going to engage the attendees in quiz format to suit all calibres of CW knowledge and understanding. It should be a lot of fun.

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