Upcoming Events

We must apologise as due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to cancel our Tulkiyan Open House events. We apologise for any inconvenience. 


History High Tales


Launching a new style of event with historical storytelling, music and performance in a hidden heritage courtyard bar (Since I Left You) at 338 Kent Street serving freshly shaken cocktails, local wines, craft beers and bar food.

Throughout 2021, on the third Tuesday of the month, join us to hear historical tales associated with the Kent Street storehouses and the Western Corridor of the CBD including the underbelly and alternative histories. Hear from architectural scholars, raconteurs and, during the winter months, see lost photographs from Sydney’s busiest trading spot in the 1880s projected onto the material fabric of the buildings.

Historical gastronomy will be featured on the menu along with musical interludes inspired by the era and the courtyard ambience.


Walk: Hidden Secrets of Marrickville 

12 Jun 2021, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

This walk explores several eras of Marrickville history from the 1922 town hall in Marrickville Road, through to the original 1878 town hall in Illawarra Road. It will wind through streets with their own often overlooked histories and hidden secrets. It is a fascinating fusion of over 3 centuries - 19th, 20th, 21st.

The walk is led by Chrys Meader who is a founding and life member of the Marrickville Heritage Society and has been a Marrickville local all her life.


Walk: Callan Park - Heritage Parkland 

15 May 2021, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Members Only


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.


Tour & Dine: Daceyville — Best Kept Secrets 

3 Jul 2021, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

One of Sydney’s best kept secrets, Daceyville is NSW’s first, and arguably best, public housing experiments. It is our first government-planned garden suburb, first stirrings of the Californian bungalow, and even our first planned cul-de-sac. Regenerated in the 1980s, it is a tiny suburb no-one wants to leave. Join Graham Spindler to explore this often overlooked suburb and hear about the changing attitudes to town planning, public housing and heritage.



Round off your tour with a light lunch at De Nero's Cafe and talk more with your guide and fellow attendees about these fascinating firsts.


Walk: The Village of Gladesville 

5 Jun 2021, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Gladesville is one of the earliest European settlements along the Parramatta River, with land grants from 1795. Our walk will include the earliest buildings along Victoria Road which, as the Great North Road, from 1832 was the main route to the Hunter Valley settlements. We will also walk down Wharf Road to the site of the first post office and ferry wharf past some of the original gentleman's villas which were built in the 1860s on William Billyard's subdivision of John Glades original land grant.

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.

Temporarily Postponed Events


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. 

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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.

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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' followed by a walking tour that takes in a range of properties.

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.