23rd March 2019. Talk by Tony Butz on Governor MacQuarie, in his continuing interesting talks on Early Governors. (See Members Talks Page}
25th May 2019. Talk by Sandra McCarthy OAM, Emeritus Mayor, Fellow UOW.
Sandra gave an illustrated talk highlighting her association with Gerringong: her family's long association with the Illawarra, and with Gerringong in particular.
On the same day, at the AGM, Sandra agreed to be the first Patron of the Gerringong & District Historical Society. In making the announcement, President Helen McDermott said Sandra's patronage would add a rich dimension to the identity and profile of the Society. Tribute was also paid to retiring Committee Members Margaret Sharpe and Matt Dalton, who have both served the Society for a number of years.
22nd June 2019. Talk by Frank Tynan about his research on the old schoolhouse
at Mt Pleasant overlooking Werri Beach. and his stories of the Omega Retreat
National School which closed in 1946 but which served many local families for many
decades.(See Members Talks Page}
The talk was followed by afternoon tea and then the monthly meeting.
27th July 2019. Talk by Andrejs Medenis, long time Gerringong Vet., talking on birds and wildlife, followed by afternoon tea and then the monthly meeting.
24th August 2019. Talk by Sandra McEwen, curator of the new museum, followed by afternoon tea then the monthly meeting.
30th August 2019. The 'turning of the first sod' for the new Gerringong Library and Museum (GLaM) was held at 10.00am outside the School of Arts building. Attended by representatives of Kiama Council, the Federal Government, members of GDHS, Auntie Joyce representing the local aboringinal community, and members of the construction company.
22nd September 2019. 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Unfortunately, due to the recent heavy rain, this event was cancelled.
Visit to open house "Strathmore", 65 Willowvale Road, Willow Vale hosted by the owner, Joyce Sharpe. Entry fee of $15.00 includes afternoon tea in a delightful garden setting with musical entertainment. No fee for children who must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Strathmore is the next turn left off Willowvale Road after the Crooked River Winery. We will hold a raffle for a dozen bottles of wine donated by Crooked River Winery.
Why not treat yourself to a relaxing lunch and a glass of wine at the winery before opening the door of this home which is over 100 years old.
12th October 2019. 2.00pm .
Launch of the update and reprint of the book, The launch took place at the RSL Hall in
A Vision Splendid, first published in 1984, Gerringong
by John Mc Cauley Shortis Click on the image for more information on the book.
The price of the book is $30.00, plus P & P.
26th October 2019. 1.00pm.
Talk by Sue Blanchfield, member of GDHS Management Committee, followed by afternoon tea, then the monthly
Sue brought us an interesting account of the journey of her family from her great great grandparents, Rosina and Henry Thomas.
She wanted to bring the story of the female experience through difficult times, stealing to survive, followed by transportation on a convict ship to a penal colony, marriages, 9 children, and all the trials and tribulations suffered by Rosina from London to The Royal Hotel in Terara. The story goes on, and we’ll look forward to hearing more in the future.