Du­ral and District His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - History - By Michael Bell, Pres­i­dent.

What an in­ter­est­ing and en­thu­si­as­tic guest speaker the many mem­bers heard at our 10th March meet­ing! Rhonda Davis, cu­ra­tor of the Mac­quarie Univer­sity Art Gallery, spoke about the na­tion­ally known artist, Mar­garet Pre­ston and her life while liv­ing in Berowra. Mem­bers were able to add to the Univer­sity’s knowl­edge of Mrs Pre­ston and even ex­hibit a piece of mem­o­ra­bilia, made by her.

The guest speak­ers for our meet­ing on the 14th April were Marie and Barry Palmer from the Syd­ney Har­bour Fed­er­a­tion Trust. They spoke on the his­tory of North Head. This talk was a prepa­ra­tion for our tour to the Quar­an­tine Ceme­tery and the Manly area on the 22nd May. There is still time for mem­bers and friends, who would like to take part, to give their names to Michael Bell on 96531365.

Mem­bers are look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Gal­ston High School staff as they re­build the lo­cal his­tory sec­tion of the library, ear­lier lost in the fire. It is for­tu­nate that the So­ci­ety ex­ists and is able to as­sist the school.

The So­ci­ety’s AN­ZAC dis­play at the Cot­tage was pre­pared for the lo­cal ser­vice on the 22nd April. As usual this is an out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of the re­search car­ried out by our Vice Pres­i­dent, Ken Bradley. The per­son of in­ter­est this year is Ma­jor Kin­nish. The dis­play will re­main for a month and is a “must see”.

For your diary: 12th May “The Trav­els of Gov. and Mrs Mac­quarie” with guest speaker Pa­trick Dodd. 22nd May Tour of the Quar­an­tine Ceme­tery. 9th June talk, “Greek Cafés and Milk Bars” by re­searchers and au­thors, Leonard Janiszewski and Effie Alex­akis.

WHAT IS THIS? Come find it at His­tory Cot­tage.

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