Past events

Hunters Hill Trust 2017 Christmas party

Host:  Elizabeth Dossetor (Prof Elizabeth Elliott)

HHT President: Alister Sharp (images Karen Presland)


Elizabeth and David Dossetor kindly hosted our annual Christmas party at their historic Jeanneret house.  Their gracious family home is filled with Australian art and set in a beautiful garden.

The house is said to have been a wedding present for CE Jeanneret’s youngest daughter Florence Hull.  It shows the transition towards the Federation style with geometric woodwork trims and shingles.

Hunters Hill Trust AGM 2017

When:  Tuesday 6.45 pm for 7:00pm, Tuesday May 30th, 2017

Where:  RSL Hall, corner of Ady and Alexandra Streets, Hunters Hill

AGM business:   reports from the outgoing President and Treasurer and the election of office bearers and committee members for the new year.

Nominations are called for the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and 5 (maximum) committee members.  If you would like to nominate, please complete and lodge this form with the Secretary at least 7 days before the meeting.   Nominees for positions and their nominators need to be financial members of The Trust.  After AGM business there will be a general meeting and then our AGM talk:

AGM Talk:  Researching the History of your House

Speaker:  Angela Phippen, Local Studies and Family History Librarian, Ryde Library.

Angela Phippen has vast expertise in researching house histories and will provide guidance on how you can find out more about your house and its previous occupants.

Wine, cheese and biscuits will be provided.  All welcome.

Cruise around Hunters Hill

Lithgow ferry, built 1927

Come on a guided boat trip around Hunters Hill.  A light morning tea will be provided.

When:  Sunday 2nd April 10:30-12:30

Where:  meet at the Lithgow ferry, Alexandra Street wharf

Bookings and enquiries:

Events are intended for Trust members and their friends and family.  New members are welcome to join us

HHT’s 2016 Christmas party


Trust members Barbara and Nick Dorsch kindly hosted our annual event at Avon, their historic home in Woolwich. Avon was built in 1890 on land that was once owned by Wilberforce S. Gale. The house was left to St John’s Church in 1920 that owned it until 1970.

christmas bellsWhen:    Friday 16th December at 6.30pm

Where:   ‘Avon’ 7 Gale Street, Hunters Hill

Cost:       $55 per person


HHT Annual General Meeting 2016

logoWhen:  7.00 pm, Thursday April 28, 2016

Where:  RSL Hall, corner of Ady and Alexandra Streets, Hunters Hill

AGM business:   reports from the outgoing President and Treasurer and the election of office bearers and committee members for the new year.

Nominations are called for the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and 5 (maximum) committee members.  If you would like to nominate, please complete and lodge this form with the Secretary at least 7 days before the meeting.   Nominees for positions and their nominators need to be financial members of The Trust. 

After AGM business there will be a general meeting and then our AGM talk:

ANZAC Memorial

ANZAC Memorial

Talk:  Anzac Memorial Centenary Project, Hyde Park:  completing architect Bruce Dellits’ original vision of a water cascade to the south and new plans to build education and interpretation spaces.

Caroline Mackaness

Caroline Mackaness

Speaker:  Caroline Mackaness, Director, Veterans’ Affairs, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.  Caroline has extensive experience in the development, management and operation of State Significant Heritage and Cultural Facilities, including capital works and heritage conservation.

She is an historian and author of ‘Bridging Sydney’ for the 75th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, ‘Sydney Then & Now’ and ‘An Edwardian Summer’.

Wine, cheese and biscuits will be provided after the talk.


HHT Christmas Party 2015


Waiwera, circa 1878

christmas bellsHunters Hill Trust members Alf and Julie Cocco have kindly agreed to host our annual party at Waiwera, their historic sandstone home.

Charles Edward Jeanneret built Waiwera as an attached pair of houses with a tower in 1878.  It was originally the home of Dr Frederick Norton Manning who was Superintendent of the Insane at Gladesville Hospital.

Speakers:       Julie Cocco and Beverley Sherry

When:            Thursday 26 November at 6.30pm

Where:           ‘Waiwera’ 9 Woolwich Road, Hunters Hill

Cost:               $50 per person



Climate Change:  full of hot air?

People are invited to join a seminar by Dr Andrew Wallace as part of the Soundings Seminar series

When:  3:30pm for 4pm, Sunday August 9th

Where:  All Saints Church Hall, Ambrose Street, Hunters Hill

Further details:  Soundings Climate Change


Hunters Hill Trust’s 2015 Annual General Meeting

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When:  Thursday, May 14th at 7:30pm

Where:   RSL Hall, 56 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill

Speaker:  Tony Coote, Sydney architect and HHT President

Refreshments will be provided. 

Topic:  Japan: Australian Perspectives


Kodoji, designed by Tony Coote

Tony Coote has been invited by curator Mark Stiles to be part of an exhibition called Japan: Australian Perspectives to be held at the Willoughby Incinerator Art Space at 2 Small St Willoughby from 6 May to 24 May (open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-4pm).

Tony’s particular interest in things Japanese comes through his association with the Sydney Zen Centre and the building of its retreat centre, Kodoji, in the Macdonald valley near St Albans.  Construction of the complex started in 1984 and has been built mostly by volunteer labour.  It is an ongoing project and will feature in the exhbition.  Tony will talk a little about Kodoji and the influence of Japanese Architecture on Western architectural forms as well as the influence of some Japanese ideas on his own work.

Guided tour of Gladesville Hospital

from North East

from North East

Gladesville Hospital site includes many important and interesting heritage buildings, some of which date back to 1838.

A guided tour will be led by Peter Colthorpe, Friends of Gladesville Hospital.

Bookings: or 0434673101

Meet at the carpark opposite Banjo Paterson restaurant.

Cost:  $0.

Tour dates:  4pm, 18th April and 1pm, 10th May

Aboriginal Astronomy and Cultural Heritage sky

Vienna Cottage Committee has organised a talk and documentary screening on Indigenous Astronomy and an exhibition on Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Sat 11  April 2-4pm  &  Sun 26 April 2-4pm.  $10  Vienna Cottage, 38 Alexandra St Hunters Hill

Exhibition admission Free

Enquiries John Birch 9816 1794

Launch of The Community Charter :  Good Planning for NSW

Come to the launch of the Community Charter and hear what the local candidates for the seat of Lane Cove have to say about planning and development issues.


telescopeSt Andrews Uniting Church, 47A Kenneth Street, Longueville.

Light supper will be served, donation at the door.

MC: Genia McCaffery, former long-serving Mayor of North Sydney.  Speakers:

  • Rod Simpson, Associate Professor,  Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Sydney
  • Kylie Bryden-Smith: the experience with the developments of the Mowbray Road Precinct.

Candidates for the seat of Lane Cove have been invited to attend and speak on planning and development issues.

Co-Hosted by the Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society, Stringybark Creek Residents Association and Hunters Hill Trust.

2014 Christmas party

The venue for this year’s Christmas Party is special. It is a house that has risen from the ashes of an infamous deliberately lit fire in the kitchen of what was then a restaurant. It has been wonderfully restored by the owners, Peter and Bridget Hawthorne, and is now their home. The National Trust honoured their work this year with a Built Heritage Award that includes the following commendation:

“This project involved total reconstruction of a house on the edge of destruction showing an extraordinary amount of passion and commitment by its owners who clearly love it.”

Hawthorne houseWhen: Thursday November 27, 2014 at 6.30 pm

Where: Bridget and Peter Hawthorne’s house at 5 Alexandra Street

Cost: $50 per person

RSVP: Maureen Flowers:

Post your cheque to:  The Secretary, Hunters Hill Trust, PO Box 85 Hunters Hill 2110

or Direct deposit (with your name)  HHT Westpac Gladesville, BSB 032 185  Account No 500410


Restoration of 5 Alexandra St. Hunters Hill:  an illustrated talk by Bridget Hawthorne

Sunday 7 September at 2.30pm at Hunters Hill RSL Hall, 56 Alexandra St Hunters Hill.

The original house and small shop called Alexandra House was built by John Cuneo in 1867. In 1882 Frederick Nelson replaced it with a ten room stone house, store and shop.  In the 1980s, it opened as a restaurant. On the night of 28 December 2004, fire swept through the building, gutting the interior and destroying the roof.  Investigations revealed that the blaze was deliberately started. One person was convicted of arson, and another escaped overseas.

After being boarded up for seven years with major concerns in the community that it could be demolished, Peter and Bridget Hawthorne bought the house in 2012.  Over the following two years they have lovingly restored it.  As owner builders, the couple oversaw every piece of detailed work on the site.

Enquiries National Trust Vienna Committee:  9816 1794

(Hunters Hill Trust’s 2014 Christmas party will be held at 5 Alexandra Street on November 27th).


Hunters Hill Trust A G M  2014

Guest speaker: The Hon Justice Michael Pembroke, Supreme Court of NSW and author of ‘Phillip  Sailor, Mercenary,Governor, Spy’.

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When:  Thursday 15th May, 7:15pm for 7:30pm

Where:  RSL Hall Alexandra Street Hunters Hill

All welcome.  Refreshments will be provided.

Exhibition and Illustrated Talk on World Heritage and Cultural Tourism

Illustrated talk by John Birch AM,  Sunday 13 April, 2.30pm,  Hunters Hill RSL Hall, 36 Alexandra St.

World Heritage Sites that will be discussed include Angkor, Cartagena, Borobudur,  Prambanan, Hoi An, My Son, rice terraces of Bali, Lavaux Vineyard terraces.

Traditions and living expressions inherited from our ancestors (Intangible Cultural Heritage) help maintain cultural diversity in the face of growing globalisation.

Admission $10 including refreshments.  enquiries 9816 1794

Coal Seam Gas and the Sydney Water Catchment:  Movie  7th April 6:30pm

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William Weaver’s contribution to the style of  marine villas in 1850’s subdivisions in Hunters Hill

lllustrated talk by Ros Maguire, historian

Sunday 16 March at 2.30 pm     Hunters Hill RSL Hall, 58 Alexandra St

From 1854, five or six years before Hunters Hill formed itself into a municipality, an assortment of villas, cottages and a chapel schoolhouse were constructed.  The selection reveals a consistent and distinctive, contemporary architectural style, in form and detail.

With a new Ferry Street wharf providing access, many of the ‘marine villas’ were positioned within an easy distance, and had views over the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers.

The colonial architect William Weaver lived on the corner of Alexandra St and Stanley Rd. Between 1856 and 1860 some twelve 1850 sandstone villas built in Hunters Hill display Weaver like design details. The presence and professional guidance of an engineer/ architect, help us to understand both the design consistency and investor enthusiasm. Photographs which document the early period of development will be shown.

Admission $10   Refreshments served    Enquiries 9816 1794 or

National Trust Vienna Committee and Hunters Hill Trust Forum on the new NSW Planning Legislation.

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Sunday 16 February 2.30 pm at Hunters Hill RSL Hall, 38 Alexandra Street.


Speakers :

  • Robyn Christie, National Trust Board Member & President Hunters Hill Trust
  • Phil Jenkyn OAM, conservationist activist & co-convenor Save Hunters Hill Municipality Coalition.

Free Admission. Refreshments will be served.  Enquiries   John Birch 98161794



Hunters Hill Trust Christmas Party

6:30 pm, Friday 29 November 2013

at Gladesville Hospital Superintendent’s Building, 1878 christmas bells

Speaker:  Jocelyn Jackson, architect responsible for the 1988 restoration of the building.

RSVP:      $50 per person.

Post your cheque to The Secretary, Hunters Hill Trust, PO Box 85 Hunters Hill 2110 OR Direct deposit (with your name) HHT Westpac Gladesville, BSB 032 185 Account No 500410.

 OPEN and print the directions and map to find the Christmas party

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For more photos of this beautiful building:

More information on the site:  Gladesville Hospital.


Jacaranda Time in Hunters Hill

here is the Jacaranda Festival program 26 October- 17 November 2013.


Walking tour of Cockatoo Island

Thursday May 16th 2pm-4pm. 

Tour Leader:  Nick Hollo, from Sydney Harbour Federation.  Nick is an Architect, Artists and Urban Designer and will explain the island’s layered history from indigenous site to convict penal settlement, to ship building complex and dockyard, to venue for contemporary cultural events.

The ferry to Cockatoo Island leaves Circular Quay at 1:10, Thames St Balmain 1:22, Birchgrove 1:28, Greenwich 1:31 and Woolwich 1:34pm.   Bring comfortable walking shoes and a hat.

Cost:  $30, including afternoon tea & pastry

Enquiries:  David Gaunt, Secretary Hunters Hill Trust


2013 AGM

Speaker:  Corinne Fisher, The Better Planning Network

When: 6:30 pm Thursday 18th April

Where: RSL Hall, Alexandra Street Hunters Hill

Members are encouraged to nominate to join the Executive Committee

2012 Christmas Cocktail Party

This year we’re very fortunate to again be holding our event at another wonderful heritage home, that of Martin & Sue Tattersall, Vineta, 2 View Street, Woolwich, who have kindly agreed to open their house to us for the evening.

Our speaker will be John Richardson, a partner of Cox Richardson Architects, former President of the RAIA (NSW Chapter), current Board member of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and VP of the Paddington Society.  He is passionate about challenging the continuing threats to our heritage.

Come and join us for another lovely evening of good food, good wine and great company!

When:  Wednesday 12th December at 6.00pm

Where:   2 View Street. Woolwich

Cost:  $45 per person

RSVP by email:  or post your cheque or notification of bank transfer to: The Secretary, PO Box 85, Hunters Hill, 2110

Bank transfer(please include your name):  Westpac Gladesville   BSB 032 185 – Account No. 500410

2012 AGM

Trust Members and guests are warmly invited to the 2012 AGM on Wednesday 13 June 2012 at 7.30 pm.  The meeting will now at All Saints Hall, on the corner of Ferry and Ambrose Streets, Hunters Hill.

Bob Clark from Sydney Harbour Federation Trust will provide a presentation on The Museum of Contemporary Art:  Context at the Quay.

Hunters Hill Trust Foreshores Cruises

Explore the beautiful foreshores of Hunters Hill with commentary from local historians Graham Percival and Phil Jenkyn.  Board the historic Rosman ferry, Lithgow at Alexandra  Street Wharf, Hunters Hill.

2pm-5pm Wednesday April 18th limit 36 passengers

Bookings:  Brigid Dowsett phone 9816 3168

Lithgow ferry, built 1927

State of Siege:  a significant documentary for our community

Join us to see Dennis Grosvenor’s outstanding documentary State of Siege which shows how community action protected us in the past, and underlines how we need to be pro-active to get the right sort of changes made to State planning regulations.   Changes are in the pipeline now.

7:30pm September 15th,  RSL Hall, Alexandra Street Hunters Hill.

FREE.  Refreshments will be provided.

There will be a brief Special General Meeting shortly before the screening when will be putting a motion to adopt the minutes of the June meeting.

Trace the history of your house      

Have you ever wondered whether your house had a name?  Not sure when it was built?  Would you like  to know who lived in it?

Come to a ‘hands on’ workshop in the Local Studies Collection at Ryde Library. You will learn about the resources that will help you to undertake your own house history search.  2-hour sessions will be held during library hours Monday – Friday at  Ryde Hunters Hill Library Service.  Phone Angela on 9952 8353 to arrange a time.

Kirsty Ruddock to address 2011 AGM

7:30 pm Wednesday June 22nd, Fairland Hall, 14 Church Street, Hunters Hill

Speaker:  Kirsty Ruddock is the Principal Solicitor for NSW Environmental Defenders Office (EDO).  EDO is a not-for-profit organisation that helps individuals and community groups who are working to protect the natural and built environment. Kirsty specialises in public interest environmental law and will address some of the controversies about planning systems in NSW including the Barangaroo development.

Hunters Hill Trust is always keen to have input from new people.  Please download and complete this form if you would like to join our committee:   Nomination form

Hunters Hill Foreshore Cruise

Rosman Regal 11

Sunday April 3rd,  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join a leisurely cruise aboard the Rosman Ferry ‘Regal II’. Local guides Graham Percival and Phil Jenkyn will point out the many places of interest. Meet at Alexandra Street Wharf, Alexandra St. Hunters Hill.Cost: $25, including refreshments.Bookings essential: Sally Gaunt 9816-4047.

The French Village Walk

Sunday April 3rd, 10:00am – 12:30pm

Led by local guides Graham Percival and Phil Jenkyn features the Town Hall precinct and includes inspections of the National Trust’s Vienna Cottage, Congregational Church, All Saints Church and Historical Society Museum. Meet at Vienna Cottage, 38 Alexandra St. Hunters Hill. By donation.

Lane Cove River Cruise

Wednesday April 13th, 2pm – 5 pm

Travel on the Sydney Heritage Fleet’s historic vessel ‘Protex’ (c.1908) up the Lane Cove River and through the National Park. Commentary, afternoon tea and optional bushwalk.  Bookings are essential as numbers are limited to 18.  Phone Sally Gaunt 9816-4047.