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Left: Donegan’s Cottage, headquarters of Toodyay Historical Society
1901 James advertised a cottage in North Newcastle, occupied by his son, William James Donegan (Bill).
Bill and Margaret Reardon (Maggie) had married in 1890. Their first child, Douglas William, died at birth in 1892.
They raised their five surviving children in Donegan’s Cottage:
1910 Lot 19 and part of Lot 23 were transferred to the Crown, probably for the new Bolgart railway line across part of the Showgrounds behind Donegan’s Cottage. The remainder of Lot 23 containing the cottage was transferred to James Donegan’s son Bill.
Bill was the caretaker of the Showgrounds until his death in 1954. The cottage and part of Lot 24 were left to his son Harold, an employee of Industrial Extracts Ltd, who had married Blanche Leeder in 1941.
There were further alterations to lot numbers over the years, and in 1977, the front part of Lot 23 became Lot 201.
1981 The Toodyay Shire Council bought Donegan’s Cottage to extend the Showgrounds. Harold Donegan was granted tenancy until his death in 1993. Blanche had died six months before him.
Fri-Sun November 2-4:
Bush Poetry Festival
Free event, lots of fun.
Members please help out with the roster for THS stall in the Memorial Hall Foyer, Sat & Sun 9am-4pm.
Wed 21 November, 7 pm:
THS Meeting, Drummond House.
Sundowner in 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 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.
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