Wed 18 July, 7.30 pm:
THS Meeting, Drummond House. Special talk by Robyn Taylor & Beth Frayne on the Butterly Cottages Association
Saturday, 28 July, 2pm at Coorinja Winery for a tour of historical features around the Winery and the remains of the famous Ringa Railway Bridge. Members are advised to wear stout walking shoes! A Bring & Share afternoon tea will follow the tour.
In June, an enthusiastic crowd thoroughly enjoyed the introductory feature, a short film from the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society, supplied by member Colin. It told the fascinating story of the completion of the Trans Australian railway, with many wonderful images.
The main feature was a film made by Rick Mason, who was involved in the exciting rescue and identification of a wonderful recently-discovered collection of Toodyay-related glass negatives in the collection of Robert Faust, who was manager of the Toodyay CLub 1911-1931. Members were able to view a display of copies of some of the prints from these negatives during afternoon tea.
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 atToodyay 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.
This year's Moondyne Festival in Tooday was a great success, in spite of the changeable weather. Our Historical Society stall was popular. Visitors enjoyed studying our display on 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.”