Upcoming Events


It is with great regret that we have made the difficult decision to postpone upcoming events until further notice.

We hope to reschedule all of our advertised events. Please register for the event 'waitlist' to receive priority notification of any new date. 

Be Connected: Computer Skills Workshop 


The HHA is a Network Partner of Be Connected. Be Connected is an Australian government initiative committed to increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians.

Through the HHA you can improve your computer skills and get online. This will help you to keep up to date with what's happening at the HHA, find out the latest heritage news, and engage with like-minded communities both in Australia and around the world.

Hannah Clayton Atkin (Manager Communication, Membership and Development at the HHA) will support you through the first steps to using computers and the internet, and improving your digital skills.

Free workshop held at Customs House, Sydney.

Walk: Yaralla – An Edwardian Estate and Parklands  


Visit Yaralla (the Dame Eadith Walker Estate) one of the last of the large nineteenth century estates in metropolitan Sydney. Starting with morning tea in the City of Canada Bay Museum, hear about the history of the Italianate style Yaralla Mansion designed for the Walker family by Edmund Blackett in the 1860s. Enjoy a guided tour of the Yaralla grounds and outbuildings including the squash courts, stables, parkland gardens along with a display of archival photographs.

NB. You will need your own transport from the City of Canada Bay Museum to Yaralla. 

Day Tour: Adaptive Re-use - Urban Sanctuary, Parklands and Monuments  


Starting out at the Grounds of Alexandria, a former warehouse transformed into a successful restaurant and event space, we walk across Sydney Park to hear about its built heritage and recent post industrial development from rubbish dump to parklands and urban wetlands.

We visit Heritage Stoneworks - one of the last few stoneworks yards that restores and repairs Sydney's sandstone facades and monuments to gain an insight into how the precious Pyrmont yellowblock is recycled, reused and quarried for maintaining public buildings around the CBD.

Coffee Conversation: Terragong - A Gentleman's Country Residence  


Join Terragong co-owner Simon Milner to hear about the extensive restoration work undertaken on this wonderful example of Colonial Georgian architecture. Built in 1858 as a gentleman’s county residence, Simon highlights the varied histories of the site – from the original slab hut (still standing today), through ownership by seven generations of the Marks family to its recreation by the current owners as a bespoke bed and breakfast with a focus on environmental sustainability.

NB. The venue for the Coffee Conversation is Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney, 2000.

Day Tour: All Aboard! The Dome and the Double Decker


Our tour starts at the site of the original Sydney Markets – now the Queen Victoria Building. Step aboard a double decker heritage bus for a bus ride to the 100-year-old Leichhardt Tramshed and explore the extensive collection of bus and transport memorabilia. We return to the QVB for a grand tour of this Victorian-Federation era wonder, saved from becoming a car park by public outcry. Learn about the history of the building from design and conception and the changes along the way including the Art Deco 'remodelling' that occurred during the 1930s. From the ground floor to level 2 we will climb up the spiral staircase for an HHA exclusive viewing of the majestic stained-glass inner and copper-sheath of the central dome.

Study: Stucco, Stone and Shingles - The Architecture of B J Waterhouse  


Regarded as one of the most outstanding residential architects working in Sydney in the early 20th century, Bertrand James Waterhouse (1876-1965) was initially influenced by the Arts & Crafts Movement and later the textures and stucco walls of the Mediterranean.

In this in-depth examination of Waterhouse's architectural career, led by architectural historian Robert Griffin, we begin with a lecture and morning tea at 'Nutcote'. The walking tour takes in a range of properties, including two of his own houses in Neutral Bay and his important early commissions, 'Brent Knowle' and 'Ailsa'. A number of these houses will be opened exclusively for the HHA.

The Vice-Regal Retreat: Southern Highlands Tour


This unique guided tour of the beautiful Southern Highlands, showcases its destination as a summer holiday resort during the 19th century. Once the NSW Governors came here for their holidays, the elite of Sydney followed, joining early grantees to form the idyllic lifestyle of summer hunts and hunt balls.


Judith Dunn OAM leads the tour and takes you into houses not usually open to the public (including Hopewood House, Throsby Park and Golden Vale Homestead). You will follow the ridge line of the Mittagong Range stud farms known as 'the nursery slopes of NSW’, enjoy exclusive fine dining experiences and curated tours including Joadja ghost town and Hillview. Other highlights: the rare surviving summer residence of 16 Governors and a beautiful vice-regal church.

Coffee Conversation: Carrawobitty - A Unique Interwar Homestead  


Constructed fully of concrete, in a very unique interwar architecture; Carrawobitty Homestead has a fascinating history of wealth and decline. Join Monica Wren, one of the current owners, and hear the story of the property; starting with the documented links to the First Australians, through colonisation, wealthy pastoralists, NSW Government, Soldier Settlements, and the long process of restoration.

Monica and her husband Ken had one goal in purchasing Carrawobitty - to restore her for the benefit of all and to ensure she has a vibrant and sustainable place in our future.   

NB. The venue for the Coffee Conversation is Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney, 2000.

Stay Tour : The Forgotten Valley of the Hawkesbury


Too much to see for just a day tour!
Explore Wisemans Ferry and St Albans – the river communities of inns and pioneer homes. There are many fascinating sites on the itinerary providing bespoke experiences especially for the HHA. Hear from private owners and local historians as they take us on exclusive tours of historic properties and landscapes and tell the story of this remarkable hidden valley.
Highlights include Price Morris Cottage (1835 wattle and daub timber cottage), the Industrious Settler (former inn with 1820s slab cottage, outbuildings & Walters family settler graves); the delightful Settler’s Arms Inn (1840s two storey stone Georgian Inn) and St Joseph’s Church (restored 1839 sandstone Gothic Catholic church & cemetery and winner of the NSW National Trust 2013 Best Heritage Restoration Award). We will also have time on this two-day tour to visit Cobham Hall, the original home of Solomon Wiseman and other significant historic bridges, churches, houses and graveyards along the way.

Walk: Watsons Bay - The First Eastern Suburb  


For all its now upmarket edges, Watsons Bay retains a sense of its past as a small, isolated marine village of pilots, lighthouse keepers and fisherfolk. This is overlayed by an extensive history of soldiers, sailors, scientists, shipwrecks, suicides, submarine attack, coastal artillery, trams and fish and chips - all crammed into the narrow confines of one of Sydney’s most spectacular scenic settings. Join Graham Spindler to wander Watson’s beaches, cliffs, parkland and byways and explore some of the rich legacy of Sydney’s first ‘eastern suburb’.

Members Only Day Tour: Glebe - The Lodge and The Estate  


The custodians of Rothwell Lodge will take HHA members on a tour through the history of the Glebe estate and open the doors to their beautiful home, one of the few remaining villas from the first half of the 19th century.

We follow the old church lands of Bishopthorpe and St Phillip to map sites designed by John Verge, Edmund Blacket, George Mansfield and others - discovering the wonderful array of restored, remnant and adapted heritage, along with traces of historical gardens and plantings. Robert and Peter will then show you around Rothwell Lodge where archival maps, paintings and photographs will be available for viewing and you can enjoy a glass of wine and light refreshments.

Open House: Art Deco Inspired - Elizabeth Bay  


Dr Peter Sheridan AM and Jan Hatch are long term collectors of Art Deco inspired furniture, sculpture, ceramics and glass. Join them in their Elizabeth Bay home to hear how a unique and extensive private collection developed over time. View the furniture of Maurice Adams, Dominique, Eames, Wegner, Epstein, Hille and Halalballa. Enjoy designs by Lalique, Brandt, and Schneider along with artwork by Margaret Preston, Rover Thomas, Cressida Campbell and others. Bakelite and Catalin radios from the 1930s and 1940s will also be on display.

Walk: Double Bay & Darling Point - A Celebrated Gardening Family    


Father and son Michael and William Guilfoyle had a huge influence on Australian horticulture. In this walk heritage landscape specialist Stuart Read outlines the story of the Guilfoyle family of nurserymen, horticulturists and landscape designers.

Concentrating on eastern Double Bay and sections of Darling Point, learn about the house of the key patron, Thomas Sutcliffe Mort’s mansion, Greenoakes (later, Bishopscourt) and glimpse remnant plantings from Guilfoyle’s Exotic Nursery, Sir John Hay’s experimental garden and Guilfoyle Park.

Walk: Gladesville Hospital Histories


Join Jennifer Farrar for a walk through the grounds of Australia's first purpose built mental health hospital designed by Mortimer Lewis in 1838. See the gardens planted to calm troubled minds and many of the elegant buildings built to reflect the new style of mental health treatment pioneered in Sydney by Dr Frederick Manning, the Gladesville Hospital's first Superintendent. 

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.

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1A Carthona Avenue, Darling Point,

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

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