University of Tasmania
'Tasmania, Australia and Cornwall: Historical Connections'
14th and 15th March 2014
Connections with Cornwall have had a decisive influence on Australian life. A disproportionate number of Australian leaders - from Governor Arthur to Bob Hawke - have been of Cornish descent. Three interconnected themes will be explored in this conference - the survival of Cornish identity and language; the Cornish in Tasmania and the Cornish impact on Australian mining.
In 1804 Van Diemen's Land was divided into the two counties of Cornwall and Buckinghamshire. Hosting this conference in Launceston (with many other place names deriving from that county) considers these connections 210 years later.
For further details, please see the conference program PDF.
From the Falmouth Packet:
Penzance readies for St Piran Day festival
Penzance is gearing up for one of Cornwall's largest St Piran Day festivals, with hundreds of children dressed in white and black set to dance through the streets on March 5.
The St Piran's Parade will start at the top of Causewayhead at 10.15am with the procession being led by the Golowan Band. The dance is a typical Cornish Furry with music written specially for Penzance.
From Causewayhead the dancers make their way along part of Market Jew Street before heading down Chapel Street and through to Morrab Gardens where a play is performed about the life of St Piran.
The young dancers return to St John's Hall to enjoy a saffron bun and hear a short talk from the Grand Bard and all join in with a spirited version of Trelawny.
Penzance will also hold a Grand Concert in St John's Hall as part of the annual St Piran festivities. Traditional Cornish songs are at the heart of this celebration of Cornwall which always stars the St Piran Children's Choir and a guest choir, which this year is the Humphry Davy Transitional Choir. This will take place on St Piran's Eve, March 4, starting at 7pm. The Grand Bard will be present.
Tickets £3.50 adults, free entrance for children
St Piran's Day Penzance Parade - Wednesday, 5th March
The traditional St. Columb hurling takes place on Shrove Tuesday and the second Saturday following.
1. Shrove Tuesday - Tuesday 4th March 2014 - start time 4.30pm
2. Saturday 15th March 2014 - start time 4pm
The game starts with the throw-up in Market Square at 4:30 pm, usually followed by a large scrum. The objective of the game is to control its possession with deliberate passing, throwing, snatching and tackling. Game play in the town normally lasts no longer than one hour. During this period the two teams are irrelevant: townsmen 'deal' the ball to countrymen and vice versa. Play often stops for spectators to touch the ball, said to bring luck or fertility, or slows to allow younger players to participate.
After about an hour the ball is hurled towards respective goals that are set about two miles (3 km) apart, at either end of the town. Very often, however, hurlers carry the ball through the roads and fields that surround the town, with the aim of taking the ball across the Parish boundary. In this latter stage of the match the two sides strive for possession, and the actual "Town against Country" hurling takes place. Sometimes hurls are won by a team effort, but occasionally a single hurler may attain the ball in the town and manage to run all the way to the goal or boundary without being caught by any of the opposition.
The 'winner of the ball' (that is, the hurler that goals the ball or carries it over the boundary) is carried on the shoulders of two team-mates back to Market Square, to strains of the hurling song. Here he calls up the ball, declaring "Town Ball" or "Country Ball", depending on the side to which he belongs.
At 8:00 pm, the winner returns to Market Square to call up the ball again. This is followed by a visit to each of the public houses of the town, where the ball is immersed in gallon jugs filled with beer. Each gallon will be called up and the 'silver beer' (as it is known), is shared amongst all those present.
From the Cornish Guardian:
PUPILS from Newquay schools will tour the town on March 5, to mark St Piran's Day.
Organised by the town council, the procession starts at the Killacourt bandstand at 1.30pm and ends at the Lighthouse Cinema for drinks and cake.
Pupils' artwork, inspired by St Piran's journey by sea to Perranporth and his adoption by Cornish tin-miners, is to be exhibited at the cinema from Tuesday, February 11, until Thursday, March 6.
Schools taking part are Trenance Learning Academy, St Columb Minor Academy, The Bishops', Newquay Junior Academy, Treviglas Community College and Newquay Tretherras Academy, and everyone is welcome to join the celebratory walk behind the school groups.
From the Cornish Guardian
Heritage project set to close after its restoration mission is accomplished
A HERITAGE project launched in Caradon Hill will leave behind a lasting legacy as its work to conserve the landscape comes to an end.
The Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project (CHAHP), funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as the South West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall Council and other local partners officially concludes next month.
It has worked as a community-focused support organisation for 42 heritage projects in the Caradon Hill area, to recognise, conserve and enhance the area's special character.
It worked on environment and historic heritage projects, repaired mine buildings, set up training and educational initiatives with schools and landscape enhancements.
Iain Rowe, the retiring CHAHP project officer, said: "The response we have had from landowners and local people has been fantastic – it's been a really good community project. "The work we have done with the schoolchildren has been the most influential; they have learned a lot.
"The main thing is to keep the people active to appreciate the area.
"All the buildings that were set out to be restored have all been saved."
The CHAHP took seven years to plan and has been running for three and a half years. It covers 25 square miles, from Liskeard in the south to Golitha Falls and Siblyback Lake in the west, Sharp Tor and Bearah Tor in the north and Rilla Mill and Bicton Woods near Pensilva in the east. This area includes parts of the Bodmin Moor Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and one of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Sites.
South Caradon Mine was picked to be restored by a public vote as part of BBC Two's Restoration programme. Working closely with English Heritage and Natural England, the mining restoration work included the research and repair of 24 structures at Caradon Mines within the World Heritage Site. Tens of miles of walls and fencing were put up to protect County Wildlife Sites, and landowners were trained in a variety of skills to maintain them.
Hundreds of adult education courses were provided at Upton Cross and at the Liskerrett Centre in Liskeard in first aid, food hygiene and walk leading among others.
Mr Rowe said more than 200 walks and talks were provided, including partnership projects at Golitha National Nature Reserve with Natural England which improved access and interpretation at one of the most visited locations in the area.
The Caradon Heritage Partnership (CHP), made up of local groups and project partners, has been set up to carry on certain aspects of CHAHP.
The closure of the project is being marked on March 7 and 8 in Liskeard by the launch of projects that CHAHP is leaving behind as a lasting legacy for the area. For a full timetable of the events visit www.caradonhill.org.uk/news-and-events/latest-news
Read more: http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Heritage-project-set-close-restoration-mission/story-20705916-detail/story.html#ixzz2uRkS7frM
St Piran’s Day Event at Tremough
Wednesday 5th March at 2pm in the Green Seminar Room at the Exchange Building, Penryn Campus
Activities from 2pm onwards include:
Ø Award of the annual Richard Angove Bursary to the winners for 2013-14 by Angela Angove on behalf of Cornish Quest
Ø Launch of the Institute’s pilot education project for schools in conjunction with Cornwall Heritage Trust
Ø Opportunities to participate in the work of Cornish Story, the Institute’s outreach programme and online resource
Ø Cornish music for St Piran’s Day. You are welcome to come along and join in!
This is part of a Cornish Day in the Exchange hosted by Academic & Student Services at the Penryn Campus. From 11 until 2 there will be stalls and taster sessions by the Archives and Cornish Studies Service, Cornish Foodbox Company, Institute of Cornish Studies, MAGA (Cornish Language Partnership), Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and the FXU High Tea Society.
Places are limited so if you would be interested in attending please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (01326 371 888).
From The Cornishman:
Geological society celebrates its first 200 years in Penzance
THE 200th anniversary of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall (RGSC) was celebrated at the Union Hotel, Penzance last week with a dinner for members and friends.
The president, Neil Plummer, related historical events such as the formation of the RGSC in 1814, the Royal Institution of Cornwall in 1818, the Royal Polytechnic Society in 1832 and Camborne School of Mines in 1888.
The formation of the RGSC saw learned papers and transactions published and this led the society to be the oldest geological society publishing papers in the world.
The president announced plans to publish a Bicentennial Transaction to be launched at the society’s next geological event at Penwith College on Saturday, April 12. The Transaction contains a paper on the life of geologist and scientist, Elizabeth Carne, of Penzance by Dr Melissa Hardie and also The Ecology of Metalliferous Mine Sites in Cornwall by Dr Adrian Spalding.
This geological weekend in April will also feature visits to various sites, spread over the three days with evening lectures including a key note lecture by Professor Ian Stewart of Plymouth University, well known for his television programmes on Geology .
There will also be the premier of an Alan Kent play, written to celebrate the bicentenary of the RGSC.
The dinner culminated in a fascinating lecture by Professor Colin Bristow with illustrations drawn from his life’s work around the world.
The president introduced Professor Bristow by outlining his achievements and announced the award of the William Bolitho Gold Medal, the highest award the society can present for Geological Study and achievement.
The medal was instigated by William Bolitho of Ponsandane in 1895 and was presented at the dinner by Lady Elizabeth Bolitho.
From the Daily Mining Gazette, Michigan, USA:
Spreading the word about Cornwall: Student to visit
"One of the many ethnicities to come to the Calumet area to work in the copper mines of the 19th century were the Cornish and their migration is the subject of research being conducted by a Cornish university student who will visit Calumet.
Jean Ellis, vice president of the Calumet-based Keweenaw Kernewek (Cornish-language word for Cornish), said student Robert Herron will be at the Keweenaw Heritage Center on the corner of Fifth and Scott Streets at 6 p.m. March 6.
In a letter to club members, Herron stated he's studying press and editorial photography at Falmouth University in England. His research is for a photographic study of Cornish Americans and the migration of Cornish people to various communities, including the Calumet area, during the 19th century.
Ellis said there was significant migration from Cornwall to the Calumet area. "So many people from Cornwall, during difficult economic times, emigrated to various places," she said. "The reasons for the emigration from Cornwall were due to closing of many of the tin and copper mines in the area and the same potato blight which affected Ireland.
Ellis said it was mostly men who came to Calumet first, and after getting settled, they sent for their families.
The Cornish people who came to Calumet liked to do things for themselves, Ellis said. "They were extremely independent," she said.
Ellis said Kernewek members are looking forward to Herron's visit because they would like to be better informed about the migration from Cornwall to Calumet.
"There isn't a lot of formal information about Cornish migration here," she said. "This is an area that affected a lot of Cornish people."
In order to talk with Herron, Ellis said people need to call Kernewek member Carol Treganowan at 337-1392 to reserve a spot.
The cost is $10 and that includes a meal.
From Cornwall Council:
Cornwall Council have just updated the Cornish Lines Directory.
The Cornish Lines Directory is a listing of Made in Cornwall members and the products they produce.
The directory is listed in alphabetical order, and can easily be searched for keywords using the find function when browsing the directory.
Only members who have opted to have their details included in the directory are listed. If you are looking for a specific member or item and it is not listed please contact the Made in Cornwall office, and one of the team will be happy to look through our records to help you.
Any member that wishes to have their details added can do so by filling out the Cornish Lines Listing Form and sending it back to Made in Cornwall either by post, fax or email. You may also add up to 2 pictures to the listing, and you can email these to us in JPEG format using the email address on the right hand side of the page.
If you wish to contact members of the Made in Cornwall scheme with a business opportunity, please contact the Made in Cornwall office (telephone 01872 327955 or email email@example.com) and we will help decide the best way to make contact with the members.
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