Our Next Meeting

Next Regular Meeting: Wed September 25th, 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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  • 21Jul
    Minie News July 2017
    posted by ACWRTA

    Welcome to the July 2017 edition of MN. Without hitting you over the cranium with the proverbial sledge hammer we can only hint at the bald fact that this edition of MN is number 500 in the illustrious history of the ACWRTA Inc. Your current editors, Ross and Warren can only be blamed for the last twenty five years worth of MN.

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  • 17Jun
    Mini News June 2017
    posted by ACWRTA

    Memorial Day (some ordinary weather) turned out to be wonderful day at the Shrine of Remembrance. The ceremony was very well presented with due solemnity. There was a good showing from the ACWRTA membership and the Shenandoah crew who provided a period colour guard. Coffee, sandwiches and cakes were much appreciated following the service and this is evidenced in some of the little corporal’s photographs. This MN will be arriving a week earlier than usual because of our extra-ordinary meeting next Tuesday prior to our normal monthly meeting. So Keith Wilson please be aware of this anomaly and do not turn
    up at the Retreat next Wednesday because you will be a week early!

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  • 21May
    Minie News May 2017
    posted by ACWRTA

    This month, the distaff side of the organization, in the guise of Dr. Juliette Peers will be speaking on the role of the Vivandieres (…or Cantiniere is a French name for women attached to military regiments as sutlers or canteen keepers). Women and the CW 101 should prove to be an intriguing aspect of the CW, one we very seldom hear much about. Your editors are looking forward to Juliette’s take on this gender topic.

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  • 21Apr
    Minie News April 2017
    posted by ACWRTA

    Without sounding repetitive the “cognoscenti” refer to the month of April as the Civil War month because it encapsulates the commencement and the conclusion of the four year conflict that we know as the American Civil War. Byard Sheppard will be presenting at the April meeting and will hopefully get us all involved in the surrender of New Orleans. Did Mansfield Lovell make the correct decision?

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  • 20Mar
    Minie News March 2017
    posted by ACWRTA

    Included in this MN is a book review of a strange confection dealing with Abraham Lincoln and his reaction to the tragic death of his son Willie during his Presidency. Not a book for the masses but the novel has been universally well-received and it should be worthwhile reading for its creative insight into the mind of Abraham Lincoln, “the Presidential celebrity”.

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