In 1980 the Toodyay Tourist Centre arranged a seminar to discuss the Historic Precincts aspects of the Toodyay Town Planning.
There was considerable community interest:
On 30th October 1980 an informal gathering was held at ‘Glen Avon’ for those interested in forming a society for the preservation and restoration of Toodyay’s historic buildings and character, and in promoting knowledge and practice of old arts and crafts.
The gathering resolved to proceed with the formation of a society. The inaugural meeting of The Toodyay Society was held at the home of Les & Moya Hammill home in Telegraph Road, Toodyay on 25th November 1980, with thirty-seven members in attendance.
The Toodyay Historical Society, established in 1980, is a knowledgeable, friendly and active organisation within the town.
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