My next article for the Lambton and New Lambton Local (coming in May) is on the Lambton Courthouse, erected 1879, and demolished in 1937. In researching the article I discovered that in neighbouring Waratah, where they had missed out on a having the courthouse constructed, that court sessions were being held in the Council chambers.
I was aware of three different council chambers/town halls in Waratah, and wondered which one was used for court sittings. It was none of the ones I knew of, and the more I looked the more places I found where Waratah Council had met. Read all the details on my Waratah Municipal Council page.
In a nice coincidence, as I finished writing that page this evening, I realised that it is 146 years to the day since the first ordinary meeting of the Waratah Municipal Council on 21st April 1871.
Waratah Courthouse, originally the Waratah Municipal Council Chambers. University of Newcastle, Cultural Collections.
Occasionally I open up one of the e-mails that Google files away in my Spam folder, just to see what’s on offer. This one made me laugh, several times.
Firstly with its claim that “Your Name And Your Contact Details Was Given To This Office”, yet the e-mail is addressed to “Dear Customer” and then goes on to ask me to supply them with my name and contact details and identification documents!
But the biggest laugh is the assertion that my $7.5m USD is sitting unclaimed “Because Of Your Unbelief Of The Reality Of Your Genuine Payment”. Its funny because its true.
The Clyde St rail crossing between Hamilton North and Islington was closed all last weekend. I was hoping that was for the purpose of fixing the horrendously bumpy road surface across the tracks, which was a real pain to cycle over.
My wish came true.
New road surface at the Clyde St rail crossing, Hamilton North.
But the hypocrisy of the NRL is almost excruciating, as it remains silent on its own gambling addiction.
Consulting the website of each of the 16 NRL teams in 2017 shows that 13 of them are sponsored by gambling or betting corporations, the only three clubs not directly sponsored by gambling being the Newcastle Knights, Penrith Panthers, and Canterbury Bulldogs.
Manly Sea Eagles
North Queensland Cowboys
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Crown Resorts (Casino), Luxbet
Crown Resorts (Casino)
New Zealand Warriors
SkyCity Casino, TAB NZ
St George Illawarra Dragons
Ainsworth Game Technology, South Coast Gaming Machines
In 1992 the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act was passed to ban the tobacco industry from sponsoring sport. It’s time that similar legislation is enacted to rid our sporting landscape of the scourge of gambling advertising.