Du­ral and Dis­trict His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Inc.

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

With the death of Celia Van Til­burg, our So­ci­ety lost a val­ued mem­ber who worked dili­gently be­hind the scenes.

On the 22nd of May, ten mem­bers toured No. 3 Quar­an­tine Ceme­tery on North Head. It was a beau­ti­ful day, with Syd­ney Har­bour stretched out be­fore us. Our guide was Don Nap­per and mem­bers re­mem­bered the var­i­ous talks he had given them over the years. His com­men­tary was en­light­en­ing and en­joy­able. His vast gen­eral and spe­cial­ist knowl­edge made ev­ery memo­rial an in­ter­est­ing les­son. After lunch we vis­ited the for­mer St Pa­trick’s sem­i­nary in Manly and were kindly shown through part of this mag­nif­i­cent build­ing.

The re­search on WW1 sol­diers from our dis­trict is near­ing its end and a book is to be pub­lished. The So­ci­ety would be pleased to hear from read­ers who have mem­o­ra­bilia that could be in­cluded. Please con­tact me on 96531365.

Our guest speak­ers for the June meet­ing were Effie Alexarkis and Leonard Janiszevski, lo­cals from Fid­dle­town and so­cial his­tory re­searchers from Mac­quarie Univer­sity. What an in­ter­est­ing af­ter­noon that was! It was es­pe­cially pleas­ing to have so many vis­i­tors of Greek ori­gin come along and they were able to give Effie and Leonard more re­search ma­te­rial.

In July, Ce­leste Rad­cliffe will speak on her ex­pe­ri­ences as a psy­chi­atric nurse in the 1960's. This will be a thought- pro­vok­ing talk, which may give us an in­sight into a mod­ern is­sue.

The June Rough­ley Memo­rial Lec­ture, on the 11th Au­gust, will be on the Colo­nial Ir­ish Dis­tillers. Smug­glers Ridge, Still Creek and cop­per pipes in aban­doned wells, give a fair in­di­ca­tion that our dis­trict had a con­nec­tion with the sub­ject of the talk. A re­cent dis­cov­ery, to be dis­played on the day, will add to the ev­i­dence. Please ad­ver­tise this event among your ac­quain­tances. In the evening of that day there will be a com­mu­nity din­ner and our So­ci­ety will have a ta­ble or two. Please let me know if you would like to be in­cluded.

Our next tour will be on the 17th July to North Syd­ney. We will be guided by Ian Hoskins of North Syd­ney Coun­cil, as we visit the colo­nial home of Berry and Woll­stonecraft and St Thomas Ceme­tery. Please give Pauline or me your name if you in­tend to come. The price is $35.oo

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