Please feel free to download and read our DUIDGEEANA newsletter. Here are four recent issues. Some earlier issues will be progressively uploaded. Current issues are sent to THS members and after an interval they will also be added here.
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Feature article: New stories about the Old Gaol, by Beth Frayne
Feature article: 150th Anniversary of the Old Gaol: the Toodyay Lockup, by Dr Robyn Taylor
Feature article: Camels at Culham revisited: the Ernest Giles visit, by Greg Warburton
Feature article:The history of the Land Conservation District Committee (1989-2015), by Wayne Clarke
Feature article: Searching for Moondyne, by Milton A. Baxter
Fri 26 January: Australia Day Activities, Duidgee Park
2018 Planning Meeting (Date to be notified)
Historical Society members were treated to a special viewing of the new exhibition at the Newcastle Gaol Museum at the final event for the year. 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.
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.