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.
Special Event: Edison Phonograph Toodyay Public Library 3 Sept 10am-12.00 noon RSVP Library Ph 95742323 (limited places)
FREE talk by Richard Rennie on Professor Archibald's demonstration of the Edison Phonograph in the Newcastle Mechanics' Institute on Sept 3 1891. Demonstration of a reconstructed Edison Phonograph.
The Great Ride
A presentation by Carmel Charlton on a World War I trek involving the 10th Light Horse
Saturday 8th Sept. 3-5pm
Special event in Toodyay Memorial Hall, sponsored by Toodyay Historical Society & Toodyay RSL. Cost: Adults $5.00, children free. Tickets available at door.
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Fri 7-Sun 9 September: Conference of Affiliated Societies of the Royal WA Historical Society at Cervantes. Several THS members will be attending.
Wed 19 September, 7 pm:
THS Meeting, Drummond House.
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