Wed 16th January, 7pm:
THS Meeting, Drummond House - first meeting of the new year, please join us.
Sunday 3rd February, 2pm:
THS Planning meeting for our 2019 Calendar of Events, Drummond House, followed by a Sundowner. Please bring a plate to share.
The old Wicklow Shearing Shed was a popular venue for the THS 2018 wind-up - thank you to Margie Eberle and the Shire of Toodyay.
The night included a delicious feast, background music supplied by Joe Edgecombe, the launch of Beth Frayne's new volume in theToodyay Chronology series and a tricky quiz devised by Bob Frayne.
Historic Connor's Mill
In October, members viewed the new Coorinja Winery display, shared a sumptuous spread, caught up with friends and listened to Beth's lively stories of the building when it was the Powerhouse generating Toodyay's electricity in the first half of the 20th Century.
The Edison Phonograph returns to Toodyay
In September, Richard Rennie entertained a capacity crowd in the Toodyay Library. We heard about Professor Archibald's remarkable demonstration of the Edison Phonograph in the Newcastle Mechanics' Institute on Sept 3 1891. We were also able to listen to a genuine cylinder being played on an Edison Phonograph.
The Great Ride
Carmel Charlton charmed the crowd in the Toodyay Memorial Hall in September, with her presentation on an epic WWI trek involving the 10th LIght Horse.
Dr Robyn Taylor presented a fascinating talk at the June THS meeting on the fundi
ng, building and ongoing history of the Butterly Cottages for local retirees in Toodyay. Very few Australian towns can boast such accommodation run by an independent volunteer body. The Committee's fundraising and organisational success over the years has been phenomenal.
Lost Images of Toodyay Rediscovered
At the movie afternoon in June, an enthusiastic crowd thoroughly enjoyed the introductory feature, a short film from the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society. 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 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.
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.
Mitchell moved to W.A. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His work was often published in Western Mail features and the Battye Library holds large numbers of his works, which have tremendous value now for historians.
He was a superb photographer. Toodyay Historical Society has obtained copies of 19 wonderful images of Toodyay and surrounds, c.1920, believed to be the work of Mitchell.
Jenny Edgecombe showed copies of these Toodyay images at the April general meeting. These included iconic local buildings such as Masonic Lodge, Gaol and St Stephen's,St Philip's Church and rare shots of what were probably Yock Lunn's orchard and Coondle School.