Friday, August 28, 2015

Free events in the city

We have been notified by The Sydney Mechanics School of Arts. (SMSA) of a series of free public events they are hosting in the city dduring September. Full details can be found here on their website.  
Of particular interest to WW1 researchers will be Ross McMullin speaking on Pompey Eliott on Wednesday, 16 September 2015, 12:30pm.

Ross McMullin Pompey Elliott
‘Australian who don’t read this book are short-changing themselves.’
— Peter Ryan, The Australian
‘May be the best Australian military biography yet to appear.’
— Stephen Loosley, Sunday Telegraph

Guest Speaker

Dr Ross McMullin is a historian and biographer. He wrote the ALP centenary history The Light on the Hill, and another political history So Monstrous a Travesty: Chris Watson and the World’s First National Labour Government. His biography Will Dyson: Australia’s Radical Genius was shortlisted for the National Biography Award. His most recent book Farewell, Dear People: Biographies of Australia’s Lost Generation was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History and the National Cultural Award.
Ross will be speaking about his award-winning biography of Pompey Elliott, the famous World War I commander. This book received awards for biography and literature, and was instrumental in Pompey’s prominence in the acclaimed ABC TV series The War That Changed Us.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Trove Tuesday - Killara Subdivision Plans

Due to copyright restrictions we are unable to reproduce and publish copies of the six subdivision plans that the State Library of NSW has digitised on its site and that can be found via a Trove search.

However if you point your browser to this link you will be able to view these very clear images:

You can find similar plans for other localities by doing a search on Trove .

Monday, August 17, 2015

Annual Election of Office Bearers

At the Annusl General Meeting held on Saturday last, 15th August, the following people were elected as Office Bearers of the Society for the next 12 months.

President                              Graham Lewis 
Vice-Presidents                    Jo Harris
                                              Jenny Joyce
Secretary                              Elizabeth Dokulil 
Treasurer                             Annet Latham 
Immediate Past President  Jennifer Harvey 

Committee : Morrison Hammond, Lorraine Henshaw, Margaret Holland ,Jennifer Thredgold, John Wilson

Congratulations all and best wishes for your term of office.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers will be held in The Old Gordon School  Meeting Room 1 on Saturday 15 August at 2pm. Members must be financial to be eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting. If you are renewing on the day, please bring your invoice and arrive at least 15 minutes early.

The AGM and General Meeting will  followed by Guest Speaker David Wilkins, KHS Rallying the Troops researcher and writer, who will speak on "THE CENTENARY OF THE GALLIPOLI AUGUST OFFENSIVE’:  the last major Allied attempt to break the stalemate on Gallipoli Peninsula.

* No Bookings Required   * Afternoon Tea Available  * Visitors Welcome

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Trove Tuesday - Citrus Growing at St Ives

The Sydney Morning Herald in 1913 reported on Mr Cunningham's orchard at St Ives.

1913 'CITRUS-GROWING AT ST. IVES.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 28 July, p. 6, viewed 12 January, 2015,

A transcription of the article follows.


The picturesque district of St. Ives is well known as one of the most successful centresaround Sydney in the cultivation of citrus fruits. The orchards are at present looking well, and if the excessive rains which have fallen of late do not unduly affect the treesby causing "wet feet," there is every pros-pect of a heavy crop.

Mr. James Cunningham, of Margaret-street,who cultivates a citrus orchard of 10 acres,has shown us some splendid samples of Jaffaoranges and Parker's Special mandarins grownon his property. The Jaffa oranges are bcautifully coloured, tender, and juicy, measuring11 1/4 in circumference, and weighing nearly14oz. The Parker's Special is also a largesize, measuring 10in in circumference, and ofperfect shape. The trees from which this fruitwas picked are grown on soil consisting forthe most part of loam and ironstone gravel,and the only manure supplied consisted ofbush rakings. The trees attain a symmetricalshape, and are covered with dense foliage.The fruit hangs well on till Christmas.

Saturday, July 4, 2015


We have an entertaining and interseting topic for our July General Meeting. Guests are invited to join members at this event at 2:00pm, 18th July 2015 in Ku-ring-gai Library Meeting Rooms, The Old Gordon Public School (adjacent to the Gordon Library, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon; Corner Pacific Highway and Park Avenue).

Historian Dr Richard White (Univ. of Sydney) returns with a talk on the social and cultural history of the coo-ee bush call, from its adoption from the Aborigines, its rise as a way of demonstrating nationality, to its decline to the point where it has almost faded from our lives.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Help needed at Parramatta

The Society received this message in an emaill from the National Trust:

We would LOVE you to help...

Old Government House is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to assist with the upcomingLove, Desire & Riches: The Fashion of Weddings exhibition.  We need to fill a range of exhibition roles including visitor services, exhibition security, retail sales and ticketing and more...

Commitment to a regular weekly or fortnightly shift is required, and training will be provided prior to the exhibition.

If you would like to join our fantastic team, please contact
Old Government House on 9635 8149 or