Feature Speaker: Beth Frayne will present an illustrated history of the Toodyay CWA, including a number of entertaining anecdotes that didn’t make it into her excellent booklet commemorating the 90th Anniversary of theToodyay CWA.
The Gaol Museum will be open for members to view the latest exhibition, 'Toodyay Convict Hiring Depot'. 'Bring-a-plate' shared finger food feast. BYO drinks, crockery, cutlery. Tea, coffee & hot water provided.
THS Old-time Christmas display in Drummond House.
University Lecturer Rick Mason will speak on his research project surrounding the historical photographs of Toodyay c 1915, known locally as 'The Faust Collection'. We believe the glass plate photographs were taken by Toodyay Club Steward Robert Faust during his time in Toodyay.
Fri 26 January: Australia Day Celebrations, Duidgee Park
Planning Meeting (Date to be decided)
THS members spent a relaxed evening in the truly special ambience of the multi-level Mill. There was ample time to renew our acquaintance with the very detailed displays and discuss ideas and plans for future special events, particularly for the Mill's upcoming sesqui-centenary in 2020.
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.
Several members attended this morning tea and greatly enjoyed the talk by Bob Dixon,in particular his extensive knowledge of wheat belt native plants.
Did you know that filming was carried out in Toodyay for three commercial movies during the 1980s?
At the recent Toodyay movie nostalgia night, an appreciative audience watched some very entertaining trailers and short excerpts from Shame, Zombie Brigade and Black Medicine, identifying many Toodyay settings and locals who were 'extras'.
There were also historical local home movies and short talks on the picture shows in Toodyay and the careers of our member Beth's father and grandfather in the WA film industry.
Did you miss it? Then visit Donegan's Cottage at the Toodyay Agricultural Show in October. There will be a display of photographs and film of Film and Picture Shows in Toodyay.
A small group of members was lucky enough to be able to visit historic Egoline Homestead prior to the departure of its most recent owners.
The property was taken up by Richard Hinds (1837), then by John Sewell (1854), the Wilkerson family (1870), the Sharman Family (1986-1992). has There are three sections to the main homestead building, dating from the 1850s, 1870 and 1917. A small cottage was added in the 1930s.
At the July meeting, Wayne Clarke presented a fascinating talk on the history of the River Training Scheme implemented by five councils from Brookton to Toodyay. This scheme changed the river forever. We were also treated to a short film relating to this scheme.
Jenny led this informative tour for our June excursion. We started with the site of the old railway station (present-day Medical Centre) in Toodyay and ended at St. Philip’s Anglican Church graveyard, Culham, for afternoon tea.
In between, we visited the remains of the Avon River railway bridge, railway embankments along Toodyay West Road and other railway sites along the Toodyay-Bindi Bindi Road were visited. One of the highlights was viewing what Jenny believes must be the location of Charles Yock Lunn’s homestead and Lunn’s Landing at Coondle.