Henry Lawson centre
The Gulgong Henry Lawson Centre has received a very special gift from Mrs Joyce McNeil an awarded wood carver from Toowoomba Queensland. The gift was a carved wooden bust of Henry Lawson which was carved by Mrs McNeil and had won first prize at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2005 and also the Standard Excellence Award the same year.
When asked 'why Henry Lawson' she said she had read many books on Henry and became fascinated with the man. She said getting to know the man made it easier to carve the expression on his face. The bust was carved in two pieces. The face and neck are made out of Brazilian Mahogany and the hat is carved out of Southern Myrtle.
When presenting the bust to the members of the Henry Lawson Gulgong Committee Mrs. McNeil said she had wanted to find a permanent home for the bust and couldn't think of a better place than the Henry Lawson Centre in Gulgong so she and her husband Bob made the trip from Queensland to Gulgong to deliver the bust in person.
A week of dance is in full swing at the 39th Gulgong Prince of Wales Eisteddfod! Dance week at the Gulgong Prince of Wales Eisteddfod for 2019 being held at the Gulgong Memorial Hall was a great success with 988 performances over 21 sessions and seven days.
Group and solo performers have graced the stage in many genres including jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, hip hop and musical theatre.
"The Eisteddfod is a great way to initiate community engagement in a positive family environment whilst boosting our Gulgong economy," says Publicity Officer Louise Butlin.
"On average the Eisteddfod brings 6,000 people to our little town of Gulgong during the month of May each year.
Not only does the Eisteddfod bring visitors to town, it gives the community the opportunity to come together whilst providing a platform for our youth to shine boosting their confidence and self-esteem."
Louise also said, "This would not be possible without the support of our sponsors.
The Eisteddfod Committee would also like to thank our all our sponsors with special mention of our major sponsors Mid-Western Regional Council and Gulgong Timber and Hardware for their support in 2019."
Many of our local dancers were successful in placing during the Eisteddfod taking out some of the major awards.
Some of the local award winners include Step Up Dance Academy won Best Senior Group Encouragement Award, Saya Getting Most Promising six years and Under Dancer, Abbey Rowland-Jones Most Promising nine and ten year Old Dancer. Bridie Hanrahan Most Promising 11 and 12 Year old Dancer. Lily Woods Most Promising 13 and 14 Years Dancer. Eva Hurrell Best Restricted Dancer. Madison O'Brien Encouragement Award for Mid-Western Regional Dancer and Lola Purcell Girlie Honeysett Award.
The Eisteddfod runs throughout the month of May. The next section to commence is speech with two schools days at the Memorial Hall Gulgong beginning May 23 followed by music.
To celebrate all the talent showcased throughout the Eisteddfod there is a Gala Concert on Friday, May 31 from 7pm at the Gulgong Prince of Wales Opera House followed by the Roger Woodward Play off. For a copy of the speech and music programmes or to learn more about our gala concert visit www.gulgongeisteddfod.com.
by Louise Butlin
At this week's Chamber of Commerce Meeting President Bill Murphy presented Jan and Kevin Robson with the Gulgong Chamber of Commerce President's Challenge Coin for their contribution to the Chamber and the town.