Wed 15 July, 7.30 pm:
THS Meeting, Drummond House.
3 September 10am-12.00 noon: Special Toodyay Public Library event - free talk by Richard Rennie & demonstration of a reconstructed Edison Phonograph. Hear about Professor Archibald's 1891 demonstration of the Edison Phonograph in the Newcastle Mechanics' Institute Sept 3 1891.
Richard Rennie is founder of The Light and Sound Discovery Centre and has written The Encyclopedia of Western Australian Wirelesses and Gramophones.
RSVP to Toodyay Public Library (limited places) 9574 2323.
Saturday 8 Sept, 3-5 pm: 'The Great Ride' a presentation on a World War I trek involving the 10th LIght Horse. Special event in Toodyay Memorial Hall, sponsored byToodyay Historical Society & Toodyay RSL. Cost: Adults $5.00, children free. For more information scroll down Home Page
Fri 7-Sun 9 September: Affiliated Societies of the Royal WA Historical Society's Annual Conference at Cervantes. Several THS members will be attending.
Wed 19 September: THS Meeting, Drummond House.
Nursing at Toodyay
The July meeting was enlivened by a real treat: Desrae Clarke's Oral History interview with former Toodyay nurse, Agnes Cook. Agnes described with great good humour the very basic living and nursing conditions which existed at Toodyay Hospital in earlier years, around the 1930s-1940s.
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.
E.L. Mitchell: the photographer who shaped Australia
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.