Wednesday, January 14, 2015

General Meeting Reminder

Author Vashti Farrer will be the guest speaker at our General Meeting this Saturday, 17th January at 2:00pm in The Gordon Library Meeting Rooms.

She will discuss her latest book : Ellen Thomson: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt? which examines a controversial 1887 murder case in Northern Queensland which still raises doubts as to whether the accused woman was given a fair trial.

Afternoon tea will be served after the meeting.

Visitors are most welcome.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Technology Special Interest Group Meeting

The Group will reconvene for our first meeting of 2015 this Thursday, 15 January, at 1:30pm  in the Society Rooms at Gordon.

The focus for our gathering will be on new software, gadgets and gear acquired over the
holiday season. Please come along with any questions about your new aquisitions ready for a show and tell of your new items or perhaps you have a new website to share.

All are welcome to join in this informal get together.

Please email Jill Ball with your enquiries:

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Trove Tuesday - A First for Wahroonga

Wahroonga leads the way in 1935.

1935 'AIR-CONDITIONED RESIDENCE.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 19 February, p. 3, viewed 6 January, 2015,


The residence of Mr., W. B. Clark, in PacificHighway, Wahroonga, has been air-con-ditioned to ensure coolness in summer, warmth in winter, and pure air all the year round.It is claimed that this is the first private residence to be so treated in Sydney. The installation was carried out by the Australian Gas Light Company to suit Australian con-ditions after experience gained abroad by engineers of the company. The principlea dopted is that the air is heated by gas. This is under thermostatic control, which auto-matically regulates the heat desired in all parts of the home, In summer a fan and motor are operated independent of the heater,and are so arranged that the air in every room can be changed 12 times within an hour.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Trove Tuesday - Out Lindfield Way

This poem from The Sydney Morning Herald in December 1929 may describe the suburb of Lindfield or some other place of the same name.

1929 'OUT LINDFIELD WAY.', The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 - 1954), 28 December, p. 7, viewed 22 October, 2014,

Of the author, Gertrude Moffitt, Trove indicates that she published several books of poems.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Trove Tuesday - Death of Film Censor

The death of  Mr Walter Cresssswell O'Reilly of Pymble was reported in the Goulburn Evening Post in December 1951.

1954 'OBITUARY.', Goulburn Evening Post (NSW : 1940 - 1954), 22 December, p. 2 Edition: Daily and Evening, viewed 10 October, 2014,
A biography for Mr O'Reilly can be found online in The Australian Dictionary of Biography:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Trove Tuesday - New Rector

Reported in the Sydeny Morning Herald in 1937 is the appointment of a new rector to St Andrew's Wahroonga.

1937 'THE CHURCHES.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 18 December, p. 9, viewed 10 October, 2014,