PAST EVENTS

Talk: English Arts & Crafts Movement
5 November 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Dr James Broadbent will discuss what, arguably, is Britain’s most original contribution to European art.
Arising from the polemics of men like John Ruskin and William Morris, the movement takes its name from the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society founded in 1886 by a group of progressive artists, architects and craftsmen. It influenced greatly the decorative arts and architecture of Europe, America and the British colonies, profoundly influenced the Modern Movement and continues its influence into the twenty first century.

Cockatoo Island: Convict, Maritime, Industrial
2 November 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Our tour begins with a ferry ride from Circular Quay to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Convict Precinct of Cockatoo Island. Accompanied by an experienced guide from the Sydney Harbour Trust we explore the island’s heritage buildings and distinctive terrain to gain insights into the complex and layered history of this former convict penal establishment. The island also has strong continued ties to the First Nations, having served as a meeting place for the Eora People prior to colonisation. Drawing on many fascinating stories and anecdotes, your guide will paint a vivid picture of the island’s maritime, and industrial past - from being a naval ship dockyard, industrial school for girls and reformatory to rehabilitation of the site and adaptive reuse of the historic buildings. After the tour we enjoy a light lunch at the Marina Café and Bar before returning on the ferry to Circular Quay.

Walk: Trains, Tunnels & Tombstones  
26 October 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

For more than 164 years, Sydney’s Central Station precinct has been a prime arrivals and departures point for the living. In earlier times, however, it fulfilled a similar purpose for the deceased: Devonshire Street Cemetery was the arrivals point for coffins, and the departures point for the afterlife. The construction and various extensions of the current station complex was an enormous undertaking, requiring a large-scale refashioning of the landscape and the demolition of a great number of historic buildings. Join Beatrice Scheepers for an exploration of the many stories - some old, some new, and some surprising - associated with one of Sydney’s grandest public buildings.

Leuralla & the Majestic Blue Mountains
19 October 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Follow in the footsteps of royalty and join the upcoming HHA coach tour to Leuralla in the Blue Mountains. See one of the last remaining gems from the grand age of the Blue Mountains and wander through the stunning cool climate gardens, at their peak in the Spring.

Built just before the Great War, between 1910 and 1914, Leuralla is a fine example of an early 20th Century permanent residence for a wealthy family. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the glorious mountain gardens originally laid out at the turn of the 19th- 20th century. 

We have also arranged a visit to an exceptional house, modified and upgraded by Rick Lepastrier, one of Australia’s leading architects. The house is rarely visited and this is a special opportunity given by the owner who is a distinguished conservationist.

 

This wonderful tour includes a light lunch at Lindsay's Cafe at the Norman Lindsay Gallery and a Devonshire tea in the historic Salon Du Thé at the famous Hydro Majestic.

Talk: Mapping the Massacres
16 October 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Professor Lyndall Ryan AM FAHA is best known as a historian of the Australian colonial frontier. As a new way of making Australia’s frontier history visible she has developed a digital map of massacre sites across the Australian frontier to 1960 underpinned by a rigorous methodology to investigate and verify the evidence. In her talk, Lyndall will draw on examples of frontier massacres in New South Wales to show how the criteria operates for their inclusion on the map.

Open House: Abbotsford House
13 October 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Join the current owners of Abbotsford House for a tour of one of Sydney’s most magnificent two-storied Victorian Mansions. Built in 1877-78 for Arthur Renwick, a doctor, politician and philanthropist. The house was named in honour of Sir Walter Scott’s baronial mansion Abbotsford in Scotland. It later passed through various owners including Albert Edward Grace (one of the founders of Grace Brothers) and the Nestle company. Today the building retains many original features including spired cupolas, colonnaded verandahs and iron-lace balustrading within a park like setting down to the Parramatta River. Hear from the owners how they have restored this significant part of Sydney’s heritage while you view the details of the interior architecture and design. Visitors are invited to enjoy refreshments on site

Coffee Conversation: All Thanks to the Diarists! 
1 October 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

What was life like in the colonies in the 1830s? Barbara Appleton has recently published a biography of Rev. Thomas Sharpe, a colonial chaplain whose life stretched from the time of assignment of convict servants to the relative prosperity after the Gold Rush. While studying Sharpe’s life and times, Barbara researched a range of colonial diaries to unveil the histories of men and women of the time and reveal their personal lives and experiences.

Join Barbara to hear about the diaries of the Rev. Thomas Sharpe and his contemporaries and gain insights into European perspectives on life in the early colony. Her recently published book, Tracking Mr Sharpe: Hawkesbury to Bathurst in a changing colony will be on sale at the talk.

Walk: Chowder Bay, Hidden History on the Harbour
28 September 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Surroundings, Victorian heritage structures and a name that whets your appetite. The history of Chowder Bay could be described as one long Sydney picnic, but that would only be skimming the surface. Beneath the still blue waters lies a stranger story, a tale of changing tides. Of mysterious military operations, waterfront dancing pavilions and drunken larrikin riots.

On this tour join social historian and speaker Max Burns-McRuvie to explore the hidden past of ‘Chowder’ and bring to life its unique place in Sydney’s harbour-side history. From its Aboriginal walking tracks and American whaling stations, to its notorious Pleasure Grounds and secretive Sub-marine Mining Corps — this tour will uncover that there’s much more to this maritime reserve than the pretty view that remains today.

Open House: Combewood -
15 September 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Join the current owners of Combewood on a tour of this fine example of a Queen Anne style house, a rarity in the Penrith area. Built in 1890 for Francis Henry Woodriff on land granted to naval officer Captain Daniel Woodriff by Governor King it has been privately owned by eight generations of the original owner. Hear about the social history of Combewood, which exemplifies the lifestyle typical of wealthy families in the region.

Enjoy morning tea in the gardens and explore the remnants of an orchard and old stables. There are relics of an aviary and pergola located here, and plantings of olive, and stone fruits to the South of the Property. After the house tour, the Nepean Archeology Society will lead guests around the museum and extensive historical collection.

Walk: The Rocks, Rediscovering Relics & Rascals - 7 September 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

In 1879 the spotlight of the world fixed upon Sydney as it held the southern hemisphere’s first International Exhibition. Catering to the hordes of 19th Century ‘tourists’ arriving for the main event, a series of ‘Sydney Visitor Guides’ were published by the city and encouraged newcomers to discover the highlights of the metropolis.

On this tour with Max Burns-McRuvie we’ll reimagine Circular Quay & The Rocks as these early visitors once saw it — seeking out the many relics that survive today and filling in the many quirks and characters that the guide books chose to leave out. After all, this was an era where larrikin Push Gangs lurked in the laneways and an opium trade hid beneath the streets — so let’s bring the whole picture back to life!

Coffee Conversation: Chinese Market Gardens - 3 September 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Chinese market gardens have a very significant place in the history of Chinese settlement in Australia. Most Chinese Australian families of more than three generations have a market garden component in their family histories. They have been a feature of Chinese settlement in Australia since post gold rush times providing fresh food, especially vegetables, for an expanding urban population. For many years they were a feature in Sydney’s landscape but as the city grew, they were replaced by residential and other urban forms of land use. In this talk by Daphne Lowe Kelley, reference will be made to the heritage listed Chinese market gardens in La Perouse and the battle for their continuing existence.

Discover Bar Island - 31 August 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Join us for a tour of Bar Island and enjoy a morning tea as we cruise along the Hawkesbury River to the confluence of Marramarra and Berowra Creeks. Step ashore with local guides to learn how Bar Island was a focal point for the local communities who gathered to worship at St John’s Church during the 1880s and whose children later attended the school. Remains of an Aboriginal shell midden indicate long term usage by Dharug and Darkinjung people and marked gravestones reveal the names of local Pioneer settler families buried on the island. On the summit of the island hear the story of drowned instructors from the Outward Bound Camp at Fisherman’s Point and enjoy the panoramic views of the river. Back on board a Ploughman’s lunch is served as we motor back to Brooklyn.

Open House: Trades Hall - 17 August 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

The Trades Hall and Literary Institute was designed by Australia’s first locally born architect, John Smedley in 1895. Intended as a meeting place for trade unionists and to develop literacy and education for the workers of NSW it included union offices, meeting rooms and a wonderful library. Trades Hall was subsequently enlarged in stages and the four-storey Trades Hall building now forms a dominant presence in Haymarket with its crafted brick and sandstone facade and five-storey octagonal tower with copper roof and cupola.

Join an expert-led tour for a behind the scenes exploration of this architecturally significant heritage site and museum. Hear about the many progressive movements, such as the Union of Australian Women; Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad (APHEDA); and the May Day Committee hosted there and see Australia’s largest collection of trade union banners. Lean about the conservation and adaptive re-use in 2003 and the reinterpretation of the heritage collections.

Neale Towart, Trades Hall Heritage Officer and Librarian with many years of presenting and discussing labour history will conduct the tour.

Talk: Paddington, A History of the Terrace House -14 August 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Join Robert Griffin and Robert Brown in a talk about the history of the Paddington terrace house. Robert Griffin has over 25 years experience in heritage assessment, historic place management, and the conservation and interpretation of historic sites and interiors. Robert Brown is a founding director of Casey Brown Architects in Sydney and the first Australian to receive a SPAB Lethaby Travelling Scholarship in the United Kingdom. Both contributed to the award-winning book ‘Paddington: A History’ and co-authored an essay on ‘The Victorian Suburb’.

Drawing on their research for the book, the authors will trace the history of the terrace house and its architectural contribution to Paddington. With one of the largest and most intact concentrations of Victorian-era housing in the world we learn about the earliest developments to the latest contemporary examples. Drawings and illustrations designed by Robert Brown will be highlighted.

This talk is held in partnership with the Royal Australian Historical Society at History House, Macquarie Street.

Tour: Four Sites in Historic Parramatta with Judith Dunn OAM - 11 August 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Explore some of the gems of Parramatta with expert tour guide Judith Dunn OAM. Starting with morning tea at Lake Parramatta Reserve (Parramatta’s early water supply) we continue to the Female Factory for stories of the lifestyle of convict women. Was it a place of punishment or a place of idleness and gossip? This is the oldest convict women’s site in Australia. Hear of the many uses of the Governor’s Domain as we wend our way to a light lunch at Lachlan’s restaurant in the Old Government House complex, the oldest public building in Australia. We continue after lunch to tour delightful Elizabeth Farm, the oldest domestic dwelling in Australia. On again to the Female Orphan School for stories of the convict women’s children, who were removed so the bad behaviour of their mothers did not rub off on their children. This Palladian style building is also the earliest three storey brick building in Australia. Four sites to visit, each remarkable for its importance to history and heritage. Full commentary at each site and during coach travel.

Coffee Conversation: Houses of the Cooper Estate -
6 August 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

When the municipality of Woollahra was proclaimed in 1860, the 1,320-acre Cooper estate made up over half the area formed under the new administration. The countryside inspired men of means to build houses which capitalised on the qualities of their setting – whether picturesque, such as Rose Bay Cottage, or majestic, such as William Cooper’s Woollahra House.

As the Cooper estate developed it became home to a collection of notable colonials living in landmark houses. A high benchmark had been set by the first of these, Henrietta Villa, home to naval captain John Piper, and the scene of dazzling entertainments. Piper’s star burned brightly and waned rapidly, but the traditions he had established were carried on. Join us for a conversation about the houses of the Cooper estate.

Living Heritage Festival - 4 August 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

The Living Heritage Festival is hosted by the Historic Houses Association at Tempe House. This all-day festival is a celebration of the forgotten crafts of the past and the heritage skills of the tomorrow. See diverse craft specialists and producers; engage with pop-up history talks; join in hands-on craft workshops, and watch fascinating demonstrations. 

Traditional trade skills on display in the chapel include heritage stonework, paint, stenciling and wood graining techniques. Exhibition of rare colonial fashion gowns with demonstrations by a range of craft artisans. Learn the art of quilling and join a sewing circle.

 Across Discovery Point Park and Mt Olympus enjoy history pop-up and tours – hear from local historians about the stories of the people, house and life around Tempe House from the 1830s to today’s restoration. Chat to the experts about native bee keeping, heritage sustainability and learn about how life was lived on the banks of the Cooks River.

Walk: Historical Gems Of Enmore - 27 July 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

A walk around Enmore with Chrys Meader will reveal hidden & unknown gems. Remnants of a once magnificent mansion built in the 1840s, still cling to life. A change of use from a school, built in 1897, to apartments will demonstrate how a local protest movement won the battle against its demolition. One hundred year old churches, that were struggling a few years ago, are now flourishing with a change of congregation. It is a vibrant & changing area but its long history is still very important to its residents.

Enmore is often dismissed as simply a road route between Newtown & Marrickville & onwards. The walk around streets & lanes, that formed the village of Enmore, may change this view. The streets may be narrow but they are architecturally interesting & alive. The walk will end with a half hour tour of the iconic Enmore Theatre (1910 - ).

Open House: Welch House, St Ives - 21 July 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Designed in 1962, Welch House is is one of the finest and most intact examples of Mid-Century Modern residential architecture. The house has never been published, photographed or opened to view. From the street, there is little expectation of what lies beyond. The floating roof planes and the monumental stone chimney speak of Neville Gruzman and Bruce Rickard. The interior detailing is perhaps what one may dare to dream of in the grand Eastern Suburbs houses of Douglas Snelling. However, none of these architects can claim Welch House amongst their designs. Join us to discover an architect who's quiet dedication to design has created a legacy that sixty years later can be appreciated for the first time.

Walk: Uncovering The Greenwich Peninsula - 13 July 2019 

Mondays

4:30 pm

Named, like many Sydney riverfront suburbs, after London localities along the Thames, Greenwich peninsula began developing in the Nineteenth Century as a maritime village with waterfront industry. Today, the compact tip of the peninsula retains its wonderful waterfront views and some of its bushland, along with some remnants and character of the original village. It is now a very desirable mix of 19th to mid-20th century housing and has been home to some interesting people, including writers, artists and film stars.

Join Graham Spindler to discover this lesser known part of the Sydney riverfront.

Coffee Conversation: On the Edge of the City - 2 July 2019 

Mondays

4:30 pm

Davina Jackson (writer, editor and curator) presents the layered histories in the development of the North-West Shoreline of Old Sydney Town – from Gadigal spear fishing and the First Fleet’s cannon battery by scientist William Dawes to the 1900 rat plague, wharves renewal, bridge construction and the transformation of Walsh Bay in the 21st century. Using historical maps, street plans and colonial paintings, Davina traces the colourful history of the Port Jackson docks between Campbells Cove and Moore’s Wharf on the eastern shore of Barangaroo Park.

Walk: Hops, Hovels & Homicide in Chippendale - 30 June 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

In its early days Chippendale was hardly a suburb of choice: the housing was cramped, the vermin entrenched and the air foul with noisy fumes. As Robert Cooper’s 1840s distillery was faltering, the Tooth family’s brewery next door was flourishing, and in the nearby swamp ‘Pig Mary’ fossicked around for offal discarded by the slaughterhouse. But fortunes have changed and today Chippendale – despite having some notorious killings – is morphing into a popular residential precinct, with fertile soil, some of Sydney’s most beautiful buildings and an old warehouse fit for royalty. Join Beatrice Scheepers for a closer look at this long-neglected industrial ugly duckling of inner Sydney.

Walk: Pyrmont, Value or Vandalism - 22 June 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Join Janet Morice and Andrew Starr at Pyrmont, which was the hub of Sydney’s industry for more than a hundred years. The swamps were drained, the cliffs quarried, the islands flattened, to make way for wharves and smoke stacks. The workers swam in their beloved baths at the end of the point, often in the dark, after long hours working in back-breaking conditions. Today we search for evidence among brightly coloured high-rise apartments. It is a hunt that reveals hidden treasures.

Walk: South End of the Cook's River - 8 June 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Join Mark Matheson on a tour of the South End of the Cook’s River. Hear about a wealthy merchant named Alexander Spark who hired John Verge in 1833 for a small marine villa in an Arcadian setting of 100 acres he named Tempe. He wanted an ornamental lake for his romantic picnic parties and he got it. He wanted artists to record his family home and at least seventeen artists have painted here. This walk also examines the remnants of a quite different house, the semi-Gothick ‘The Warren’ by George Mansfield for that difficult man the former Colonial State Treasurer Thomas Holt.

Coffee Conversation: Architect John Verge - 4 June 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Historian Ross Berry of Tempe House discusses John Verge (1782-1861) the most fashionable architect of Sydney’s colonial period, specialising in Greek Revival and Regency style of architecture. Learn more about magnificent houses such as Elizabeth Bay House, Camden Park, Tusculum and Lyndhurst.

Ross introduces lesser known Verge designed houses such as Tempe, Wivenhoe and Aberglasslyn and highlights the nuances that Verge added to his designs to individualise these homes for their illustrious owners.

Hear also about a prefabricated house Verge designed in Sydney which today is one of the most famous houses in New Zealand.

Open House: Pettit + Sevitt MkV, Wahroonga - 2 June 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Explore the MkV, the largest and most expensive Pettit+Sevitt model available in the mid-1960s. Today, there are no more than fifteen surviving examples across NSW and ACT, and few of these houses offer so many of the key original features.

As Home Beautiful stated in 1965: 'If this house was designed as a “one-off” custom built house as an architect’s private commission it would take its place among Australia's best'

Completed in 1967 this house was designed by renowned architect Ken Woolley AM.

Talk: Darlinghurst Gaol - 22 May 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Richard Whitaker gives a fascinating talk on the Darlinghurst Gaol. Opening in 1841 it was Sydney’s main penitentiary until it finally closed, 73 years later in 1914.

Hear about the brutal and fascinating history of hard labour, floggings and numerous executions, with several famous and infamous citizens passing through the gates over the years. Including Henry Lawson, Jimmy Governor, Captain Moonlight and Louisa Collins, the last woman to be hanged in NSW and the only woman in Darlinghurst Gaol.

Walk: Potts Point - Maids, Mansions & Money - 11 May 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Join Janet Morice and Andrew Starr as they explore what was once known as

Wolloomooloo Heights, before climbing down steps to a secret garden at Elizabeth Bay. Governor Darling, who arrived in 1825 was determined to use the ridge as a ‘high status area which would serve as both example and chastisement to the debased populace of Sydney town’. We discover the mansions and also some of the locations that the populace of Sydney town claimed as their own in spite of Governor Darling’s patronising edict!

Coffee Conversation: Dancing for the Marquis - 7 May 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Author and HHA member Edith Ziegler discusses her new book Dancing for the Marquis.

Through fictional characters the improbable but true background story of the New Italy farming community is explored. Their mudbrick and shingle houses and other vernacular buildings are now gone but the settlers’ vibrant cultural legacy remains.

Join us to hear about a French marquis, a Utopian colony in Oceania, duped investors and tragic immigrants desperate for a better life.

Walk: Dulwich Hill - 28 April 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Join Mark Matheson on this exploration of Dulwich Hill visiting some fine Victorian homes and the location of six Protestant Churches. Learn about the largest church, the Anglican, which bears the brunt of being designed by three architects Walter Burley Griffin, John Burcham Clamp and Sir Charles Rosenthal.

Open House: Harbour Master's House, Dawes Point - 14 April 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Built in 1832 by Gov. Macquarie’s first Harbour Master, Captain John Nicholson RN, this four level townhouse is one of the earliest surviving residences in Dawes Point. Join owner Mary Sutton as she reflects on the distinct architectural, social and cultural characteristics and outlines the conservation challenges involved in transforming a convict-built house to a contemporary living space. View the cedar furnishings, c1860s Japanese inspired wallpaper and striking ceiling light ‘artwork’.  Enjoy a collection of archival photographs, early colonial paintings and maps of the area over a glass of wine.

Tour: Dangar Island - 13 April 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

David Reynolds, local historian and President of the Dangar Island Historical Society takes us around ‘Mullet Island’ on the Hawkesbury River.

Starting with a ferry ride to the island in a restored heritage boat, the tour explores the rich indigenous and colonial histories – from evidence of Guringai occupation to Governor Arthur Philip’s search for arable land in 1788.

Coffee Conversation: Tulkiyan - 2 April 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Join curator Robert Griffin for a special update on the State significant house Tulkiyan, Gordon. Since the HHA took on management of the property early last year a major restoration program has been underway, with the aim of re-opening the house to the public. This is an opportunity to hear what has been discovered about the house, its occupants and the rich collection of objects that remains within the house, as well as the HHA’s plans for its future.

Open House: (former) J Tuck House, Gordon - 30 March 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

On this tour join architectural conservation consultant Jyoti Somerville as she shares her experience of conserving and living in the (former) J Tuck House designed by Harry Seidler and completed in 1952. Tour participants will also have the opportunity to view copies of original Max Dupain photos of the house and of Seidler’s original plans.

Heritage & Tax with John Balazs - 20 March 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

State and Federal governments seem to do little to encourage investment in privately held heritage properties. However, some possibilities do exist for owners to use taxation rules to their benefit.

This workshop will consider a range of Federal and NSW taxes including: income tax; capital gains tax; GST; land tax and stamp duty, and how they apply in relation to heritage properties.
John Balazs, founding partner of Balazs Lazanas and Welch LLP, will be facilitating. Held at Farnham House, Randwick.

The People of Paddington with Jan Morice - 16 March 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Join Jan Morice and Andrew Starr as they introduce you to the people of Paddington: On many nights now Paddington is so quiet you can hear the foghorns of the ships on the harbour and the trains as they pass Rushcutters Bay. But in the 1850s the Redcoats from Devon, during their occupation of the Barracks in Oxford St, sang  boisterous songs on forays between bars and brothels. In the 1930s the Salvation Army marched the victims of the ‘six o’clock swill’ to their Temple in Glenmore Road, and in the 1950s the streets echoed with the sounds of the accordion as post war migrants moved into the area, along with artists and bohemians.

Coffee Conversation: Behind 'The Opal Dragonfly' - 5 March 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Best selling author Julian Leatherdale will give a special presentation on the research behind his latest novel. He will take you through Elizabeth Bay House and the grand villas of Woolloomooloo Hill and Darlinghurst, and introduce you to the personalities of the 1830s-50s. Enjoy a coffee and even pick up a copy of ‘The Opal Dragonfly’ on the day.  At the National Trust’s Lindesay, Darling Point.

Ewenton House, Balmain - 2 March 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Beginning life as a stone cottage with an attic in 1854, the beautiful Ewenton House was extended and gentrified before suffering a change of fortunes in the 1950s. It was left to deteriorate, was subject to vandalism, and in 1980 it caught fire. In 1991 it was purchased by the present owners who painstakingly restored the interiors and gardens. Join us for morning tea at this wonderful property.

Finding Islands of My Own: Phillip Parker King - 27 February 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Join Paul Brunton for a fascinating talk on the life of Phillip Parker King (1791-1856), a leading hydrographer and the first internationally renowned Australian. Held in partnership with the Royal Australian Historical Society at History House. 

Curtain Call: Architectural Tales of the Sydney Opera Centre - 20 February 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills has been the colourful headquarters of Opera Australia since 1984. Professional guides will lead you through the building and there will be a display of original deeds, plans and photographs. 

Petersham Walk with Mark Matheson - 16 February 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

This walking tour commences at the grand 1880s railway station and passes through the historic, Macquarie-era part of the suburb down to the much-admired municipal Petersham Park. We’ll see remnants of the house which Governor Macquarie visited in 1810. We’ll see Harold Cazneaux’s house, the first local memorial to ‘the vanishing Aborigines’, and a reminder of London’s grand Crystal Palace. We’ll hear about the people who founded the first Arbor Day and the concept of “Boulevarding” and also about the ill -fated Jubilee fountain, a woman pioneer, and a crime of passion. 

History - The Burwood Way - 9 February 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Taking in the Appian Way, this walking tour covers some of the finest streets of Federation houses in Australia. We will then visit the wonderful sandstone Gothic style St Paul’s Anglican Church (constructed 1871-1924). With the Burwood Historical Society.

Christmas Party - 8 December 2018

Mondays

4:30 pm

The HHA Christmas Party was held at Iona in Darlinghurst. We would like to express our gratitude to Tim and Salvatore for allowing us to hold our Christmas party at their beautiful home. 

 

It was a privilege to see inside the property and to enjoy the music, food, wine and good company in the stunning garden. Our members were also happy to share their fantastic knowledge of the history of Iona and of Lyndhurst, Tim and Salvatore's previous home.

 

They were wonderful and generous hosts, and a splendid time was had by all who attended.

Annual General Meeting - 4 December 2018

Mondays

4:30 pm

The HHA AGM was well attended and was held in the Annie Wyatt Room at the National Trust Centre. 

Mondays

4:30 pm

Join historian Jan Morice for a heritage tour of the fabulously multi-layered suburb of La Perouse. From stories of traditional owners to encounters with explorers and navigators, this tour will unearth new insights into the Botany Bay and La Perouse area.

History, Heritage and Housing Forum -  29 November 2018

Saturdays

11:30 am

Sydney's history is replete with stories of forced evictions, slum-clearing and gentrification, from The Rocks in the 20th Century, to Surry Hills in the mid-century, to Sirius in Millers Point today.

 

Join our panel of experts as they present a range of perspectives and disentangle the web of issues relating to heritage, development, conservation, sustainability and liveability.

 

Come along to Redfern Town Hall and share your own views on the future of our cities in our post panel Q&A session. The forum will be followed by a screening of Citizen Jane, Battle for the City (2016).

Harp in the Hills - 1 December 2018

Mondays

4:30 pm

Following Kate Mulvaney's acclaimed adaptation of Ruth Park's novel The Harp in the South (1948), celebrated historian Jan Morice and HHA present the suburb that inspired the story. Retrace the Darcy family's steps around the tiny cottages, boarding houses and factories of fascinating historical Surry Hills.

Rothwell Lodge, Glebe - 18 November 2018

Tuesdays

10:00 am

Similar to the villas of Darlinghurst that once graced the Potts Point escarpment, a few villas from the first half of the 19th century remain in Glebe Point. One such villa is Rothwell Lodge in Ferry Road. Over 90 acres of Glebe Point were developed in the 1830s by George Allen into the Toxteth Estate, with John Verge engaged to design a fine house for him. The remaining land on the point was owned by other speculators such as William Dumaresq and A. B. Spark.

 

Rothwell Lodge was built for the Reverend William Boyce and his family who through intermarriage was connected to the Allen's of Toxteth Park. The house is two storeys and attics in a simple Georgian Regency plan. Like many of Sydney's early houses it was slated for demolition in the 1980s but saved, restored and State Heritage listed. Its grand original setting can still be appreciated. Rothwell's custodians throw open its doors for a very special open house. You will also have the opportunity to explore a photographic and artistic history of Glebe, being compiled for a forthcoming exhibition on the area. 

Coffee Conversations: Varroville - 6 November 2018

Mondays

4:30 pm

Join the custodians of Varro Ville Homestead (1859) over coffee and hear the fascinating history of their home and their ongoing efforts to protect it and its landscape setting in Campbelltown’s Scenic Hills. 

Held at the National Trust's Lindesay, Darling Point

The Rocks Revealed - 1 September 2018

Mondays

4:30 pm

As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations HHA board member John Dunn will take us on his fabulous history walk, The Rocks Revealed. A long time resident of the area, John will share his investigations into Millers Point and The Rocks area through time. What traces of the past remain and who has lived here? Early last century, the government took over Millers Point to redevelop the wharves here. Along the way, many residents were displaced, whole streets were demolished, rows of modern terrace houses and flats were built for maritime workers, and the grand old houses of Millers Point and Dawes Point were converted into ‘residentials’ or boarding houses. More changes came, including the building of the Harbour Bridge, the Great Depression when many walked the Hungry Mile, and more recently the building of Barangaroo and government sell-off of its Millers Point properties.

Stanmore Mansions - 17 November 2018

Mondays

4:30 pm

Historian Mark Matheson, former editor with the Royal Australian Historical Society, presents Stanmore’s incredible mansions and their unlikely cast of characters! 

 

In the 1870s, Stanmore was considered equal to London’s genteel South Kensington. The music entrepreneur William Paling attracted Premier Alexander Stuart and at least six other MPs to the area which was considered both ‘healthy' as well as topographically and architecturally ‘superior’. This tour incorporates new documentary research from the municipal archives and takes in homes belonging to William Kemp, the Colonial Architect, the Newington boys, ‘Mr Clements Tonic’, a Modernist sculptor and the ‘proto-feminists’ from the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. We’ll see the fourth largest terrace in NSW, the final home of Mum Shirl; and a property belonging to the self-proclaimed ‘King of Newtown’.

Upstairs Downstairs in Old Chatswood - 8 September 2018

Mondays

4:30 pm

Join Paul Storm, President of the Willoughby District Historical Society for a ramble through the South Chatswood Conservation Area with surprises aplenty from the very get go.  See the grand 1888 mansion and wander through the surprising significant houses down to the Willoughby District Historical Museum for an inspection and refreshments. Then proceed through the garden suburb of designed by Richard Harnett in the 1880s, visiting several gardens and homes on the way. Be surprised by what old Chatswood has to offer!

Surry Hills: From Rags to Riches and Back Again - 30 August 2018

Mondays

4:30 pm

The development of Surry Hills has been a social roller coaster  that began in the 1820’s and 30’s with elegant estates and  magnificent mansions such as Durham Hall, Cleveland House and Albion House, but lack of regulation and explosive development from 1850 to 1890 saw a rapid transition into a crowded residential area.  The 1890’s depression devastated the area, and large tracts turned into a “slum”,  with high crime rates, poverty and poor quality housing conditions. For the residents there was a real stigma about living in Surry Hills. Wholesale housing resumptions followed in the 1920’s particularly around the Brisbane and Campbell street areas, as well as the infamous “Frog Hollow” in Albion street. Salvation for the area began to emerge in the post war Sydney of the 1940’s and 50’s triggered by a major influx of migrants into Surry Hills, with the Greeks, Italians and Lebanese buying up the old housing stock at cheap prices and renovating them. In our next joint talk with the RAHS, join meteorologist and historian Richard Whitaker for this fascinating talk on one of Sydney's most colourful districts.

Fishwick House - 22 September 2018

Mondays

4:30 pm

Designed by Walter Burley Griffin, Fishwick house was built in 1929 as part of Griffin’s Castlecrag project to develop an exclusive harbour front residential community. Fishwick House is a large and marvellous example of Griffen’s work and is considered one of the most complete of his visions for the project. 

Coffee Conversations: Cliffdale - 5 February 2019

Mondays

4:30 pm

Join Meredith Bowman, custodian of Cliffdale (1837), over coffee and hear about the trials and tribulations of falling in love with and renovating this historic farmhouse in Scone.

 

Held at the National Trust’s Lindesay, Darling Point.

Victoria Barracks - 23 August 2018

Mondays

4:30 pm

Victoria Barracks are widely considered to be one of the best examples of a military barracks in the world. Join Sergeant Peter Ryan, museum curator with the Australian Army History for this special tour of the Barracks, one of the best-known examples of military architecture in Australia. The Regency-style Victoria Barracks were designed by Lieutenant-Colonel George Barney, who also built Fort Denison and reconstructed Circular Quay. After a tour of the Barracks you will have morning tea in the cafe, then head off a self-guided tour of the museum in the original 25-cell District Military Prison constructed in 1847.

Linnwood House and Historic Granville - 18 August 2018

Mondays

4:30 pm

Join this day tour the historic houses of the Granville district in Western Sydney. First stop will be the Granville Historical Society for a presentation on the history of the Granville area. This will be followed by a two-hour bus tour of historic buildings with guide Kerima-Gae Topp.

 

Lunch will be at the Granville Historical Society before heading on to Linnwood House at Guildford, built in 1891, for a tour and afternoon tea. The bus will then return you to Granville station.  Arrive 9am sharp at Railway Parade side of Granville station, own transport, then short walk to GHS.

Waverton Peninsula's Heritage -  15 September 2018

Mondays

4:30 pm

For more than 150 years, Sydney's Waverton Peninsula combined maritime-based industry with bushland and natural beauty.  Now with the massive Green Roof project completed, and the transformation of the industrial sites into parkland, it is even more exceptional for its views, recreational space, and Aboriginal and European heritage. This half day walk will include visits to Carradah Park (former BP Terminal) and the former Coal Loader -  both now spectacular parks. At the Coal Loader site we access the Sustainability Centre, fascinating old tunnels, and view two ship restoration projects - the former lighthouse ship, MV Cape Don, and the former Manly ferry, Baragoola. We also visit Aboriginal sites and Balls Head Reserve with its superb views and Depression-era hut.

Rock Our Foundation - 1 September 2018

Mondays

4:30 pm

September 1 marks the exact date 30 years ago that we were incorporated as an Association so we're going to Rock Our Foundation with a commemorative day of activities in The Rocks, Sydney. HHA board member John Dunn will take us on his fabulous history walk The Rocks Revealed. Then we'll honour our Patron Jack Mundey with a presentation by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore and a special screening of the 1985 classic film Rocking the Foundations in which Jack famously starred. With music, drinks and canapes served up, you can be sure to celebrate in style.

Spirits in the Cellar - 7 September 2018

Mondays

4:30 pm

History Week 2018 culminates in a special HHA fundraiser, Spirits in the Cellar on September 7, where we will pay homage to all those who worked downstairs at the National Trust's Lindesay. Our very own butler will be on hand to welcome guests down below where they will be treated to a selection of fine whisky and cheese, and a presentation by dynamic young cheese monger Claudia McIntosh Bowman, and one of Australia's leading single malt whisky experts David Ligoff.

 

Whisky is a fitting drink for Lindesay as the house was built by Scotsman Campbell Drummond Riddell in 1834. Riddell was the Colonial Treasurer of New South Wales and we'll raise a glass to him and other old ghosts of Lindesay past.

Up Close and Legal: Queen's Square - 17 August 2018

Mondays

4:30 pm

Discover the quirks and intricacies of the superior courts (civil and criminal) at Queens Square and view the recent refurbishments to the Law Courts building. Historian Beatrice Scheepers guides us as we visit the Supreme Court and the Federal Court and sit in on a trial, sentence and/or appellate proceedings. 

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