Upcoming Events

Walk: The Curious Case of Greenway & Macquarie  

Saturday 29 February, 10:00am – 12:00pm  

Two hundred years ago, the Governor of NSW joined forces with a talented convict to transform the penal settlement of Sydney into a handsome colonial town. In a few short years, Australia's first major architectural achievements would rise up from the ground and Sydney's skyline would change forever. But behind the grand structures lay a very human story. One of dreams, defiance, and an unlikely partnership between two proud men.

This CBD tour with Max Burns-McRuvie will retrace the steps of the characters who shaped the colony's constructions and ambitions, highlighting what remains, what is lost and what was never realised.

Walk: Callan Park - Heritage Parkland  

Saturday 7 March, 9:30am – 12:00pm  

Join us for a walking tour with experienced guides from the Friends of Callan Park, where the beautiful park sweeps down to the foreshores of Iron Cove.  See the iconic walled sandstone 1885 asylum, ha-ha walls, two unique war memorials, WWII air raid shelters, Garry Owen House (now Writing NSW), Gardener's Cottage, c. 1900 cart shed and old stables, Farm Manager's cottage and more.

Enjoy the botanical riches of more tree species than New York's Central Park and learn about the ongoing initiatives to protect and govern the site for the future.

Be Connected: Computer Skills Workshop 

Tuesday 17 March, 12.00pm - 1.00pm

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.

Coffee Conversation: Carrawobitty - A Unique Interwar Homestead  

Tuesday 7 April, 10:30am- 12:00pm  

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.

Walk: Gladesville Hospital Histories

Saturday 30 May, 10:00am - 12.00pm  

On Presale - Members Only​

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. 

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

Sunday 5 July, 10:00am- 3:30pm  

Pre-sale allocation sold out. More tickets will be released in line with the publication of the Autumn newsletter.

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 18th century spiral staircase for an HHA exclusive viewing of the majestic central dome with impressive stained-glass inner and copper-sheath dome.

Coffee Conversation: Author Talk - Sydney's Art Deco  

Tuesday 3 March, 10:30am – 12:00pm  

Peter Sheridan discusses Sydney's Art Deco architecture and presents an overview of Deco styling around Sydney. His talk offers a unique insight into the lifestyle of Sydneysiders in the 1930s and 1940s through examples of fashion and furniture, and with reference to some of Australia's best artists who lived and painted in Sydney - from the paintings of Margaret Preston, Grace Cossington Smith, and Roland Wakelin, to photographers Harold Cazneaux and Max Dupain.

Peter's book, 'Sydney Art Deco', has been long-listed as a finalist in the Illustrated Non-Fiction section of the prestigious Indie Book Awards for 2020.

Walk: Expressions of Deco - Potts Point & Elizabeth Bay  

Saturday 14 March, 10:00am – 12:00pm 

Peter Sheridan, author of ‘Sydney Art Deco’, takes us on an Art Deco walking tour of Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay.

Throughout the walk Peter will shed light on a range of architectural gems from commercial buildings, pubs, and shops, including an extraordinary Spanish Mission house and a unique array of more than 100 Art Deco apartment blocks built between 1920 and 1950.

Across one square kilometre Peter will showcase some of the best expressions of Art Deco architecture reflecting an accumulation of decorative shapes and design.

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

Saturday 28 March, 9:30am – 12:30pm 

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.

Walk: Yaralla – An Edwardian Estate and Parklands  

Saturday 18 April, 10:00am- 12:00pm  

On Presale - Members Only

Visit Yaralla (the Dame Edith 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: All Aboard! The Dome and the Double Decker

Sunday 21 June, 10:00am- 3:30pm  

Pre-sale allocation sold out. More tickets will be released in line with the publication of the Autumn newsletter. 

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 18th century spiral staircase for an HHA exclusive viewing of the majestic central dome with impressive stained-glass inner and copper-sheath dome.

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.

Walk: Innovative Architecture - The UTS Campus  

Friday 6 March, 10:00am – 12:00pm  

After investing more than one billion dollars in the redevelopment of its city campus, the University of Technology Sydney is now home to some cutting-edge educational facilities, dramatic architecture, and stunning interior spaces.

We'll visit the aluminium-clad Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, the gently curving Vicki Sara Building, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (designed by Frank Gehry), and UTS Central - the recently completed glass-encased structure showcasing an elegant double-helix staircase. 

Join Beatrice Scheepers in discovering the marvels of this precinct.

Be Connected: Computer Skills Workshop 

Tuesday 17 March, 10.00am - 11.00am

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.

Open House: Art Deco Inspired - Elizabeth Bay  

Sunday 29 March, 10:00am – 12:00pm 

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.

Coffee Conversation: Terragong - A Gentleman's Country Residence  

Tuesday 5 May, 10:30am – 12:00pm 

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.

Walk: Watsons Bay - The First Eastern Suburb  

Saturday 27 June, 10:00am - 12:00pm  

On Presale - Members Only

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’.

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 
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