Sun 6 May: Moondyne Festival - THS stall and display in front of Drummond House, adjoining Bendigo Bank.
Wed 16 May, 7.30 pm: THS Meeting, Drummond House
Sun 27 May, 2.30pm: Members' Visit to Old Toodyay Hospital NOTE CHANGE OF DATE - Please bring a plate of afternoon tea to share (tea and coffee provided). Park off Duke St, behind the house, in the car park for the old Chiropractic Practice building.
Wed 18 June, 7.30 pm: THS Meeting, Drummond House
A very cheery group of members enjoyed the recent Historical Society visit to York, which included a fascinating tour of the Residency Museum. After a picnic lunch in the museum grounds we explored the wonderful new ANZAC display in the York Town Hall.
This year's Moondyne Festival in Tooday was a great success, in spite of the changeable weather. Our Historical Society stall was popular. Many visitors enjoyed studying inour display to learn about Moondyne Joe. Others were keen to make inquiries about their own Toodyay ancestors.
E.L. Mitchell: the photographer who shaped Australia
Joanna Sassoon, special guest at our AGM in April, gave a fascinating talk on her recent book about E.L.Mitchell, the boy from Yorkshire who became a commercial photographer, much in demand.
convicts and shearing sheds
Historical Society members were treated to a special viewing of the new exhibition at the Newcastle Gaol Museum at the final event for 2017. Thank you to Museum Curator, Margaret Eberle, for arranging this. THS member Beth Frayne, also one of the museum volunteers, played quite a role in research and preparations for this excellent exhibition, 'Toodyay Convict Hiring Depot'.
The evening continued with a convivial shared feast over the road in the Old Wicklow Shearing Shed which is becoming a popular events venue.
Part 2 of this fascinating series, presented at the October meeting, covered events up to and including Mabo. As President Robyn Taylor reported in the Herald: “It has been salutary to listen to historical accounts revealing the declaration of ‘terra nullius’ was not universally accepted, and that people holding to the belief in a just system of law knew there should have been treaties with the rightful owners.”
Four THS members attended this most successful conference. Speakers were inspiring, including members of long-established families involved in local industries, such as market gardening and lime- burning kilns. Those attending were particularly impressed by the City of Wanneroo venues and smooth running of the event.