Upcoming Events

Walk: Randwick Ramble

Saturday 23 November, 10.00am - 12.00pm

Randwick: racecourse, hospital, university – yes - but also the product of the vision of one man determined to reinvent his English birthplace (Randwick in Gloucestershire, England) with himself now at the top of its social order. Simeon Henry Pearce (1821-1886), six time Mayor of Randwick, succeeded in enticing the more affluent members of society to his leafy suburb and, what was previously home to modest market garden plots, became the site of bustling boulevards and some of the grandest houses of the Victorian era.

Join Graham Spindler to explore Randwick’s unique story through its streets, churches, fine houses and public buildings.

Walk: Literary Lindfield

Saturday 7 December, 10.00am - 12.00pm

Join Jennifer Farrer on a walking tour through the leafy streets of Lindfield to enjoy beautiful gardens, historic houses and natural bushland. The first part of the walk views distinctly Federation era houses for which this suburb is famous. One of the houses was the residence of Billy Hughes for much of his Federal parliamentary career. We visit Swain Gardens, a little paradise created over many years by Sydney bookseller Mick Swain. The tour takes in State heritage listed Woodlands, the home where Ethel Turner wrote the children's book Seven Little Australians. We will also see the home of the family who inspired the story.

Get Involved: Volunteer Workshop Evening Session 

Tuesday 21 January, 5:30pm – 7:30pm 

Our current volunteers and all those interested in helping our work are invited to our Volunteers Workshop on 21 Jan 2020. Join us to hear about the exciting volunteer opportunities available with the HHA, workshop your interests, and receive an update on all our policies and procedures for the new year.

Free event held at Lindesay, a National Trust property in Darling Point, NSW.

Open House: Pettit + Sevitt MkII, St Ives

Sunday 1 December, 10.00am - 12.00pm

On 15 May 1964, Robert Askin officially opened the new Pettit+Sevitt display centre in St Ives, along Mona Vale Road and Richmond Avenue. Brian Pettit described the project as 'An absolute spectacular success. In fact, so successful that the local government authority brought in laws that meant exhibition centres could no longer be built on main roads because of the incredible traffic jams we used to cause on Sunday afternoons on Mona Vale Road.'

Join us to walk through the iconic Split Level Mark II, one of the original four houses of the display centre that literally changed the rule book.

Tulkiyan Christmas Garden Party

Saturday 14 December, 4:00pm – 7:00pm  

We are delighted that the HHA Christmas Party will be held in the beautifully revived gardens at Tulkiyan where camellias flank the entrance gate, the entrance pathway beds are lined with roses and Mona lavender scents the air below the side verandah. 

Enjoy food, wine and music in this glorious setting before a guided preview of all the work we have done, both inside and out, at this wonderful Arts & Crafts style suburban villa designed in 1913 by architect B.J. Waterhouse (1876-1965).

Coffee Conversation: Glebe - From Village to City Suburb 

Tuesday 4 February, 10:30am – 12:00  

In 1790 Governor Phillip granted Richard Johnson, chaplain with the First Fleet 400 acres of land south / west of Blackwattle Bay to provide a farming income to support the church work. But Johnson was not provided with enough convicts to clear the land. The Glebe remained untouched until 1828 when the Church. financially crippled, decided to subdivide and sell. With easy access to Sydney the lots sold quickly.

Join Robert Hannan as he explains how a village far removed from the hustle and bustle of Sydney is now an inner city suburb. We will explore the church land, the grand villas with their pleasure grounds. The cycle of boom to bust and the impact this had on the character of Glebe. We will touch on the architectural styles the people, the battles to protect the suburb and its future.

This talk will be presented with many images and maps of the area that have rarely been seen.

Talk: Dharawal, the First Contact People

Tuesday 3 December, 10.30am - 12.00pm

In 1770 the first encounter between British and Aboriginal people on the east coast of Australia occurred at Botany Bay. For the British it heralded the beginning of endless possibility for Empire. For Aboriginal people it marked the beginning of the decimation of an ancient culture. The traditional country of these people, the Dharawal were the coastal lands from Botany Bay to the Shoalhaven district and some distance inland.

Local historian Bruce Watt offers an interpretation of the first contact between the Dharawal people and the white settlers including the area now known as Sutherland Shire.

Held at History House, Macquarie Street.

Get Involved: Volunteer Workshop Daytime Session 

Tuesday 21 January, 10:00am – 1:00pm 

Our current volunteers and all those interested in helping our work are invited to our Volunteers Workshop on 21 Jan 2020. Join us to hear about the exciting volunteer opportunities available with the HHA, workshop your interests, and receive an update on all our policies and procedures for the new year.

Free event held at Lindesay, a National Trust property in Darling Point, NSW.

Sydney Harbour in the Waratah

Sunday 30 August 2020, 12.00pm - 3.00pm

The HHA are once again voyaging around the heritage sites of Sydney Harbour – this time aboard the Waratah. Lovingly restored by Sydney Heritage Fleet, the Waratah is a 117 year-old coal burning steam tug, the oldest tug in working order in Australia. Harking back to the age of steam enjoy the gentle 'phut phut' of the coal fired vessel as you cruise past important and interesting heritage sites with a commentary provided by an historian of the Sydney Heritage Fleet. Along the way chat to one of the engineers about the principles of the vessel and the history of the tug’s restoration. 
Lunch provided on board.

Pre-Sale tickets: a limited number of pre-sale tickets may be released for certain events. The final allocation will be released to coincide with the publication of the quarterly newsletter.

Tickets are not refundable. You have the right to a refund if the event to which you purchased a ticket is cancelled, rescheduled (and you cannot attend the rescheduled event) or significantly relocated. We are unable to offer refunds under any other circumstances including changing your mind, sickness or holidays.

 

Tickets are transferable. Please advise the office if you wish for someone else to attend using your ticket. Tickets are not transferable between events.

Contact Us

Historic Houses Association of Australia Limited
1A Carthona Avenue, Darling Point,

NSW, 2027 
enquiries@hha.net.au     02 9252 5554

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