Our new exhibition at Willoughby Museum for the National Trust Heritage Festival, Artistic Voices, will be opened by Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney on Sunday 23 April at 2pm.

Curated by Terry Fogarty, it will showcase some 100 individuals who have contributed to the long and rich heritage of artistic endeavours that reflect the cultural diversity of Willoughby City. Their contributions cover a variety of artistic fields, as artists, architects, actors, writers, playwrights, poets, singers, dancers, musicians, photographers, sculptors, puppeteers, film producers or radio or television personalities. The exhibition will tell the stories of these notables through large panels and smaller profiles of their key achievements, backed by artefacts from our museum collection, both in the main exhibition room and elsewhere at the museum. We look forward to your next visit to the museum to take in this extensive exhibition with the assistance of our guides.

The museum will be open from 1pm to 4pm on Thursdays and Sundays for this exhibition from 23 April to the end of May and Sunday afternoons thereafter.

General Meeting & Talk, Saturday 8 April, Chatswood Library, 2 PM. 

William Dawes by Parramatta historian John Brock. 

John has delivered talks on a wide range of subjects to groups such as ours over the years and his topic will be William Dawes who arrived in the colony with the First Fleet. A skilled surveyor and astronomer, Dawes was surveying the new buildings and roads for the expanding settlement. It is a story that encompasses many aspect of our early history.

Sunday 4 December:  WDHS Christmas Function 

This year our Christmas function for members will be held at Paul Storm’s residence, 15 Johnson Street, Chatswood, from 2-4pm. Weather permitting, this will offer a garden setting with afternoon refreshment and entertainment, together with a hamper raffle. Bring a plate and enjoy they event. Further details in the December issue of the newsletter.

WordOnTheStreetExhibition continues

Developed by local artist Catherine Martin. This exhibition will utilise the names formed in concrete on the footpaths of streets, avenues and roads in Willoughby City to create new artistic forms. Council officers are assisting in demonstrating the processing of indenting the letters into freshly-poured concrete and the provision of objects for the exhibition.

Open to the public from 1pm to 4pm on Sundays.

Adults $5, concession $4, children $2; family $10.


Saturday 8 October 2016 – General Meeting. 2 PM, Chatswood Library

Edward Wolf as guest speaker on the Postal contribution to Australian Airmail. Based on taathe speaker’s interest in aviation, philately and history, this illustrated presentation will cover the first four decades of aviation airmail services. This was the early period of Australian aviation with companies such at Western Australian Airlines, QANTAS, Australian Aerial Services and Australian National Airways all competing for a limited market. Well-known pioneer aviators of the period 1921 to 1934 will be covered and the presentation concludes with the leap into international air services.

Saturday 3 September, 58 Johnson St, Chatswood – Special Exhibition

‘Meccano Day’ at the Museum


Our friends at the Meccano Club will be back in action with their creations based on the new-era Meccano sets now availanlre.

Adults $5, concession $4, children $2; family $10.

Saturday 8 October, General Meeting, the Willoughby Room, Chatswood Library

Commencing at 2.00pm on the second Saturday of even months (except December).

Saturday 13 August, Willoughby Library – General Meeting, Free

Henry ParkesHenry Parkes 

The Man Behind the Beard

Ian Thom, Great Great Grandson of Sir Henry Parkes and Chairman of the Henry Parkes Foundation will be telling us about the early life and struggle his famous ancestor had to overcome on his way from poor beginnings in Coventry to becoming five times Premier of NSW.

Ian will bring some personal items of Henry’s to display including a lock of his famous white hair.

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