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Letters to the EDITOR
To the Editor of Doryanthes,
As the (following) subject matter indicates we are seeking information regarding early settlement in Coronation Bay, in particular prior to 1950, with particular interest (in houses built) prior to 1920, (and specifically) in relation to our property (at) 40 Green Point Rd. Oyster Bay ( lot 32).
We purchased this property July 1961 from a Mr. Albert Edward Miller, at which time the title deed (which is in our possession) showed 5 houses and 1 boatshed existing on the property.
One of these houses was sited near the boatshed and the boatshed, naturally, was on the waterline.
The Society may not have specific information however we would appreciate guidance as to where we might search for record of habitation, i.e. local school records of pioneer families, early photographs, local government records etc.
Our friend Jan spoke with you a little while ago about this and we hope you can help us.
Thank you in anticipation
Uwe & Inge Hahn.
“Sue’s Gleanings” –
With Sue Duyker
Free Public Lectures
4–6 February 2009 University of Melbourne Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning www.abp.unimelb.edu.au/past-public
Jolyon Leslie (Aga Khan Cultural Trust, Afghanistan) "Cultural Space in Contemporary Afghanistan" Wednesday 4 Feb @ 6.00 (Sisalkraft Theatre, Arch Building)
John Allen (Avanti Architects,UK) "Private Privilege - Public Duty: Examples of English experience in Modern Conservation" Thursday 5 Feb @ 6.00 (Sisalkraft Theatre, Arch Building)
China Australian connections at Government House & Eryldene
Saturday 7 February 2009 10am - 5.30pm. Australian visionary architect, artist and educator, William Hardy Wilson, left a remarkable legacy on Australian architectural history through his love and knowledge of Chinese culture. Government House ballroom plays hosts to speakers examining Hardy Wilson’s work and contemporary architecture in China today. Then travel by coach to Eryldene. Following lunch specialist scholars will lead tours of the house, teahouse and garden and discuss Hardy Wilson’s and Waterhouse’s passion for Chinese art, architecture, philosophy and plants. Speakers: Howard Tanner, Anne Warr, Dr James Broadhurst and Dr Zeny Edwards. Cost: $75, Concession & National Trust members $65. Bookings essential: (02) 8239 2211
Opera in the Garden
Sunday 8 February, Old Government House, Parramatta, 6-9pm
Bring your rugs or low ground seats to enjoy a performance by The Very Small opera Company with highlights from Carmen and popular arias from other operas.
Premium tickets available including a three course dinner, tea and coffee provided by Lachlan's Restaurant. BYO wine and champagne only.
Tea, coffee and cold drinks will be sold.
Cost: $30, children (5-16 years) $15, Premium tickets including three course dinner $89 - due 14 days in advance. (02) 9635 8149 or 0415 187 402. Bookings www.friendsofogh.com or send cheques to Friends of OGH, PO Box 431 Parramatta 2124
Genji - The world of the Shining Prince
Until 15 February 2009 This exhibition marks the 1000th anniversary of Japan’s oldest novel, The Tale of Genji. Featuring about 70 works, this exhibition shows the imaginative power of Japanese artists to adapt and translate this timeless and popular tale.
Art Gallery of NSW http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au
The Pacific Connection—trade, travel & technology transfer
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING & PLANNING, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
19–21 February 2009
A three day conference exploring connections in the built environment between the Australia, the United States, and the Pacific region.
Timeless: The art of Cressida Campbell
Until 22 February 2009, National Trust S.H. ERVIN GALLERY, Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney
Bondi Jitterbug: George Caddy and his Camera
Until 22 February 2009 State Library of NSW, Galleries, Mitchell Wing. The work of amateur photographer, champion jitterbug dancer and Bondi local George Caddy is displayed for the first time in this exhibition of 60 photographs. These distinctive photographs document Bondi Beach during the late 1930s and early 1940s and feature parading lifesavers, leisure seekers wearing the latest beach fashions and the astonishing gymnastic feats known as ‘beachobatics’.
Until 15 March 2009 Art Gallery of NSW. Horace Trenerry was a remarkably adventurous South Australian painter. It is his late work that provides the most significant evidence of his genius; chalky, boldly designed images that place him on a par with the finest modern Australian landscape painters of his time.
Degas Master of French Art
Australia’s first ever exhibition of works by French artist Edgar Degas (1834–1917) is showing at the National Gallery of Australia until 22 March 2009, and is exclusive to Canberra.
The Magic Pudding: Watercolours by Norman Lindsay
Until 29 March 2009 State Library of NSW, The Picture Gallery.
The much-loved characters of Norman Lindsay’s classic The Magic Pudding star in this exhibition featuring his 1959 watercolour paintings. These works inspired the Marionette Theatre Company’s Tintookie puppets, which bring Lindsay’s characters to life.
Shell-Shocked: Australia after Armisice
Until 27 April 2009 National Archives, Gallery Two, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes, Canberra.
At 5am on 11 November 1918, on a train outside Paris, the armistice to end World War I was signed. It marked the end of a conflict that left 200,000 Australians dead, injured or maimed, and a generation in shell shock. Ninety years later, the National Archives is commemorating the Armistice and the impact of World War I on Australian society.
Australia ICOMOS conference ‘(Un)loved Modern’
The 2009 Australia ICOMOS conference titled (Un)loved Modern is to be held in Sydney 7–10 July 2009. The theme of the conference is the identification, management and conservation of 20th Century Heritage places. The conference focuses on six broad sub-themes and includes a technical stream.
International Congress of Rock Art
Global Rock Art will take place from 29 June–3 July 2009 at Serra da Capivara National Park, São Raimundo Nonato, Piauí, Brazil.
At Global Rock Art scientists, students and people interested in the research, conservation and promotion of rock manifestations will meet and present their papers and information from all continents thus showing that rock art is a worldwide cultural phenomenon.
Different methods of investigation, interpretation and new discoveries, scientific development and the dynamics of cultural creation and distribution can be related and compared at the meeting.
The congress will try to demonstrate that globalization is not a present-day occurrence, it started when man left his home in Africa and spread over all the continents. The congress is international and will show that Homo sapiens genetically carries a pattern of answers to problems created by the environment and by his Psyche. For this reason the congress is called
Global RockArt. For further information, visit
The 3rd Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference
November 2009, in Dunedin, New Zealand.
An aim of this conference is to tell more about engineers, engineering achievements and their impacts on communities and people’s lives. The themes and topics below are an indication of the proposed programme and the basis of a call for papers and invitations to keynote speakers.
Conference dates: Sunday 22nd November 2009 through Wednesday 25th November 2009.
Contact: Lloyd Smith, Chairman IPENZ Engineering Heritage Otago Chapter
PO Box 5114, Dunedin, New Zealand EHConference09@ipenz.org.nz
Men of Science Series—Darwin
Sunday 22 February 3pm– 5.30pm Elizabeth Bay House Discover the scientific world of William Sharp Macleay, at whose urging Charles Darwin was to publish the Zoology of the Beagle, precursor to On the Origin of Species. Discover the Australian links to Darwin’s famous voyage, then walk the estate’s lost gardens to reveal its scientific past. www.hht.net.au/whats_on/event/lectures/men_of_science_series_darwin
A hint - don't paint too much direct
from nature. Art is an abstraction!
Study nature then brood on it and
treasure the creation which will
result, which is the only way to ascend towards God - to create like our Divine Master.
Do you have any information?
Pioneers of the Shire - Jack and Amelia Hespe
On the 22nd October, 1952 Mr. J.H. Compagnoni, Managing Trustee, at Captain Cook’s Landing Place, Kurnell from the Department of Lands wrote to Mrs. M.(sic) Hespe of Sans Souci, inviting her to plant a memorial tree in the Reserve in memory of her late husband, Jack Hespe, the first caretaker of the Captain Cook Landing Place Reserve.
Mr. Compagnoni noted that two former caretakers: Mr Bob Grant and Mr. R.S.Fielding had planted two memorial Norfolk Island pines in September, 1952. During that ceremony Bob Grant had mentioned that Mrs. Hespe was living in Sans Souci should they wish to invite her to plant a tree in memory of her husband also. This he hastened to do, requesting her to identify a suitable week day, early in November, 1952 for the occasion. He said that Bob Grant had offered to meet her and help her get across to Kurnell, and most likely he and some other representatives of the Trust might accompany her. Denise Power, nee Hespe, Jack and Amelia’s granddaughter, of Ingleburn, was only a small child at the time, and cannot remember much about that day. She wrote on 19th November, 1990 to the National Parks & Wildlife Service asking them if they had any information regarding her grandparents. She noted that Jack Hespe was the caretaker around 30th August, 1899 but did not know the ensuing period of employment.
She had seen an article in the Daily Telegraph and wrote to the Curator of the Museum at the Captain Cook’s Landing Place, NP&WS. She noted that her grandparents were the first caretakers of Kurnell and the Museum itself was their home when they were in office. Sadly NP&WS wrote back that they had not heard of them!
Denise treasures a card issued by the New South Wales Police, stating that Mr. John F. Hespe, No. 1434 had been appointed and sworn in as a Special Constable for the Metropolitan Police District Guard by (Earnest?) Fisher (?) J.P., Inspector General of Police, and George (Mead?) on 30th August 1899. It was noted that :”This card is not transferable and must be carefully preserved by the Special Constable, and returned when his appointment ceases. Any person finding this Warrant is requested to hand it over at once to the Police Authorities.”
Denise Power does not know what the circumstances were, that precluded the card from being handed in at the termination of her grandfather’s tenure of office, but is delighted that the family were able to keep it .
As Jack and Amelia Hespe’s granddaughter, she would love any photos, old newspapers, or records that she could access, as she is tracing her grandparents’ history and their origins. She said her father was their only son and he died in 1958 when she was only 15years old. Denise expected that there would be a commemoration ceremony in August, 1899 but there was no invitation to attend, so she wrote again on 14th January, 1999 in case they had missed the anniversary and might hold it later in that year.
However no one contacted her to let her know if that had indeed been the case. This year, 2009, would be the 110th anniversary and again she queries if there are any thoughts of a special commemoration ceremony.
Denise would also like to know where the tree is, which her grandmother: Amelia Hespe planted, and also the Norfolk Pines planted by Mr. Bob Grant and Mr. R.S. Fielding. She has been advised by residents that many of the trees planted by VIP’s have now been chopped down, in an effort to return it to bushland, the same as when Cook came to our shores. This has alarmed her, as she cannot believe that these special commemorative trees could have been removed.
She is now very keen to find the tree planted in November, 1952 by her grandmother and those of the other caretakers. She has been to Kurnell previously but can find no plaques, and suggests that this would be an excellent commemoration project for the 110th anniversary, of the first National Park claimed to have been first gazetted in the world.
Can anyone assist Mrs. Denise Power with any of her queries?
The black cockatoos June 07
Horizontal winter light injects a film of dew
coating the floating mosaic, sparkling litter of flowers:
lobelias, fuscias, Darwinia flowering red and white, single
stems of wattle blooming large pale orbs; geebungs,
drumsticks, hakeas, grass trees and ti-trees wait their turn.
Manic acrobats thrash the air flashing New Holland gold
but they’re all frantic - topsy-turvey silvereyes, spinning
honeyeaters (tawny-crowned), flitting spinebills and wattle birds
shaking branches, mallee forms of bloodwood or stringybark
except for the one tree in which a raven sits preening its chest.
We glimpse a bird in a bush, slate blue hoisting a thin erect tail,
an emu-wren! First time seen here, a particular pleasure
not for the collecting but for the knowing there’s more. There is
a difference between the banksia annexing our garden,
papering over the letterbox and water-meter with squabbling
wattle birds and rainbow lorikeets, and these burnished shrubs
(ericafolia, same species) glinting fire from leafy shadow
(requiring fire); this fresh intimate natural landscape
laced with 10-80 is a visual cue for the story of Gaia,
a narrative lodged in our bones, resident in our breath.
Icing on the pink stalks of coral heath scattered across
the heath beneath the soft floundering architecture of cloud.
The track skirts Colbee Knob, you clamber the rocky outcrop
to find a lizard basking, marks of the Dharawal or a view.
I document scat smooth fox-brown, probably possum but no trees,
nothing above my eyeline, as if we had descended without fear
of lions or leopards, merely anxious to build walls around rich
alluvial pickings, but unsure how high. Pools of turf-thick moss
fill stone basins, to the north mist somersaults from valleys in
slow-motion, a sump of greasy cloud seeped overhead burns away,
the mirage of gleaming towers is submerged in a pool of smog
marking the heart of Sydney Basin slipping into a resinous sea.
Trees grow below the stone shoulder, tall banksias
and eucalypts crowd the track as it dips towards rich green folds
shaped by Crystal Pools and the Hacking River westward
where the lyrebirds nest in the cliffs, far side.
This is the source of tumultuous calls from a wave of glyphs
heading this way; cuneiform shapes displace sky,
boisterous noise unravels from ribbons of flight, 80, 90,
well over a hundred black cockatoos in a lazy procession, almost
stalling on their elastic wings. Stragglers puff out yellow cheeks
growling musique concrète. Song sings until breath fades.
The language that named each ridgetop, stream and gully
has expired along with the platypus and emu; tiger quolls are following.
70% of native vegetation has been destroyed in daylight;
who will write the obituary?