Thursday, June 10, 2021

Calling all old Aberfeldyans!

Help us to catalogue a new collection of historical material from Aberfeldy Preparatory School, Turramurra!

Ku-ring-gai Historical Society is fortunate to have received an extensive collection of memorabilia from the estate of the late Margaret Kennett.  

Margaret was first a teacher, then Principal, at Aberfeldy from 1974-1997. Originally employed by the redoubtable Mrs Rollinson, Margaret saw the transition through to Pittwater House schools in 1978.

Margaret wrote a history of Aberfeldy, “They Came to Aberfeldy” in 2002, and her research notes and ‘behind the lines’ insights for her book are part of the collection.

The collection also includes a testimonial book presented to Margaret at her retirement dinner in 1997.  The many letters from parents, students and staff speak volumes of her inspiration and devotion to Aberfeldy, and the deep regard and respect they held for her.

The collection also includes newsletters, plus hundreds of photos of students and events spanning her 23 years.

Unfortunately many of the photos are not accompanied by names or events – so… we are hereby putting out the call to any old Aberfeldy students and staff to assist us by filling in the blanks!

Here we present a sampling of the photos in the collection, and as we scan more, we'll add a few more here as well.

Do you recognise anyone, or any of the events? If so, then do let us know, either in the Comments below, or by email or via the Contact Us form on our website!

You can also help by coming into our Research Centre at Gordon, where you can look through them to see if you recognise anyone – please contact us to arrange a suitable time.

So get sleuthing – and help us to keep the memories of this historic local institution alive!

Margaret Kennett wrote on this one 'My first class at Aberfeldy' (c1973)



1989 - Hills District Eisteddfod (won fourth place)

1989 - Some of Year 2 Sports Day



Margaret wrote on this 1997 photo 'My last Year 2 class' with 'the Boss' (Rex Morgan)


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

June 2021 General Meeting

 Come along to our General Meeting

Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 2pm
(January - November)

Our next General Meeting is
Saturday 19th June 2021

Following our meetings we present our Speakers Program. Non-members are most welcome to come along to join us for our short meeting - or if preferred, just for the speaker's presentation, which normally starts around 2.20pm, followed by afternoon tea.

This month's General Meeting guest speaker will be

John Brooks

John will tell us all about...

"The Hassall Family in Australia"

Fleeing to Sydney in 1798 from hostile Tahitians – who seemed more interested in muskets than the Gospel – missionary Rowland Hassall thrived in his calling in the infant colony.

With his wife Elizabeth, the Hassalls went on to prosper and multiply, counting the City of Sydney Historical Society’s John Brooks among their many descendants.

John is a retired engineer, and a direct descendant of Jonathan Hassall, the third son of Rowland Hassall.

Currently, John is Treasurer of the City of Sydney Historical Association and has been a member of the Committee for fifteen years. He is also Treasurer of the Hassall Family History Association, whose objectives are to research and foster interest in the pioneering work of the family.

John is also Convenor of the Blackwattle Cove Coalition, which was formed to work in consultation with the Wentworth Park Sporting Complex Trust, the City of Sydney, and the various State Government Departments involved in planning the future of Wentworth Park and the Blackwattle Bay foreshores.

Read more about the Hassall family in our June Newsletter – then come along and hear John’s fascinating story!

See our Events page for further information.

Visitors welcome – afternoon tea will be available

No need to book – just turn up!

The venue is Gordon Library Meeting Room No. 1, in the Old Gordon Public School, which adjoins the Gordon Library, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon (corner Pacific Highway and Park Avenue).

It’s just a 5-minute walk from Gordon Station.

For a map and parking information, see our Contact page.

Monday, May 24, 2021

June 2021 Family History Group Meeting

Come along to our Family History Group Meeting
Held on the 1st Saturday of each month at 2pm
(February – December)

Our next Family History Group Meeting is
Saturday 5th June 2021

Following our meetings we present our Speakers Program. Non-members are most welcome to come along to join us for our short meeting - or if preferred, just for the speaker's presentation, which normally starts around 2.20pm, followed by afternoon tea.

This month's Family History Group guest speaker will be

Ralph Hawkins

Ralph is the former Archives Officer at the Society of Australian Genealogists, and he'll be presenting...

"The Early History of Millers Point"

Ralph was Archivist at SAG from 1993–2008 and was awarded a Fellowship of the Society of Australian Genealogists. After many years of interest in Australian History, Ralph has used his knowledge to teach others via audio, video and internet platforms, as well as through his many publications.

Ralph is a guide at Parramatta Park, and conducts heritage walking tours around Millers Point. We are hopeful that the Society’s Tour Group may also organise one of these, led by Ralph, at a future date!

See our Events page for further information.

Visitors welcome – afternoon tea will be available

No need to book – just turn up!

The venue is Gordon Library Meeting Room No. 1, in the Old Gordon Public School, which adjoins the Gordon Library, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon (corner Pacific Highway and Park Avenue).

It’s just a 5-minute walk from Gordon Station.

For a map and parking information, see our Contact page.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Come along to our next monthly General Meeting

Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 2pm
(January-November)

Our next General Meeting is Saturday, 15th May 2021.

Following our General Meetings, held at 2pm on the 3rd Saturday of the month, we present our Speakers' Program.

Members of the general public are most welcome to come along to join us for the Society's short meeting - or if preferred, just for the speaker's presentation which normally starts at approximately 2.20pm, followed by afternoon tea.

This month's special guest speaker will be TV weather presenter Dick Whitaker, Chief Meteorologist on The Weather Channel.

Having joined the Bureau of Meteorology in 1971, this year Dick celebrates 50 years of working in weather! But today, he'll be wearing a different hat, as Dick will be presenting...

"The Infamous Eveleigh Payroll Robbery of 1914"

Dick Whitaker has captivated us in the past with his fascinating presentations, and this month he returns to enthral us with the tale of the infamous Eveleigh Payroll Robbery of 1914 – a bizarre story from the inner-city underworld that shocked Sydney in its day: the first robbery where an automobile was used as a “getaway” vehicle. It was carried out in broad daylight, too!

Visitors welcome  Afternoon Tea will be available

No need to book – just turn up!

The venue is Ku-ring-gai Library Meeting Room No. 1, in the Old Gordon Public School, which adjoins the Gordon Library, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon (corner Pacific Highway and Park Avenue).

It’s just a 5-minute walk from Gordon Station.

For a map and parking information, see our Contact page.


Saturday, June 9, 2018

July Family History Meeting


Saturday 7th July Family History Meeting (free, visitors welcome)

11am:  WWI Records - Lorraine Henshaw

We will be looking at how to navigate a number of websites, both Australian and overseas.




2pm:  WWII - Memories Forum

Many of us lived through World War II and some of us must have amazing stories of life at home and overseas.  For others of us who have no such recollections, it is important that the stories be told.  If you have any stories you would like to share with us, pleas come along to the forum.



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Award for KHS World War I Writers Group

 An Australian award winner

Ku-ring-gai Historical Society has received the prestigious Mander Jones 2015 Award (Category 2A ) for Volume II of Rallying the Troops: a World War I Commemoration. 

The Category 2A award is made annually by the Australian Society of Archivists for the best publication that uses, features or interprets Australian archives, written by or on behalf of a corporate body. The award is made in the honour and memory of the life and work of librarian and archivist, Phyllis Mander Jones (and who was a Wahroonga resident educated at Abbotsleigh and University of Sydney).
David Wilkins accepts the award on behalf of the KHS World War I Writers Group

The citation for the award says:

“World War I Writers Group, Ku-Ring-Gai Historical Society, Rallying the Troops: A World War I Commemoration, Volume II:

A remarkable work bringing together so much information from a multitude of sources into a coherent local, yet universal, work of sound research. It utilises a range of resources from both government and private archival collections, from Australia and overseas, to create a great local and general history of WW1. The writing, layout, photography and captions were all high quality. We look forward to Vol 3 in 2017!”

Sunday, August 21, 2016

An Invitation form Liverpool


YOU ARE INVITED

                                      
                                      
TO THE WARD AND OLIVE HAVARD 50TH MEMORIAL LECTURE

on  27th August 2016
12 noon  for  12.30 pm START


GUEST SPEAKER

PETER FITZSIMONS
 JOURNALIST, AUTHOR, CHAIR AUSTRALIAN REPUBLICAN MOVEMENT

TITLE OF LECTURE:   Lawrence Hargrave, The Father of Aviation
                             
                             
LIVERPOOL LIBRARY,  GEORGE STREET, LIVERPOOL- PINK AND PURPLE ROOMS
LEVEL 1 – LIFT AVAILABLE

                                                                                       
   RSVP by  Monday 22/8/16 to make a reservation               
                                                                         
                  The Secretary                                                          President  
                  P.O. Box. 90                                                            Glen op den Brouw
                  Liverpool. NSW  BC. 1871                                      0403 107 496