Cathie’s Column: Canada Bay Museum memorabilia


Range of memorabilia at Canada Bay Museum

LOCAL history buffs will have plenty of interesting items to view when they visit the City of Canada Bay Museum at 1 Bent Street Concord.

The Museum features a collection that has been  sourced from all over the City and ranges from 1915 to the 1970s.

Included in the collection are items that uniquely represent the history of the City of Canada Bay, such as Arnott’s and Bushells memorabilia.

Many items can be found at the Museum including an extensive collection of toys, material from World War I and II, fashion, household and office  items, silver and china collections, sports memorabilia, local industry items such as the Victor mower and the brass fire fighter’s helmet.

The museum is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

Admission is FREE (donations welcome). Group visits by arrangment. For more information contact the Museum on 9744 8528 or visit the Concord Heritage Society.


Macquarie Singers seeks new members

As Macquarie Singers begins a 51st year, the much-loved community choir is entering a new phase.

Formerly known as Macquarie University Singers, Macquarie Singers was established in 1967 – the year Macquarie University first opened to students.

Throughout its 50 year history, the choir provided the soundtrack to many university events and gave university students, staff, alumni, and general community the chance to sing a range of choral music which spanned centuries and all musical styles.

Now, Macquarie Singers is inviting singers of all ages and backgrounds to help start a new chapter for the choir as one of the region’s largest community ensembles.

“There is no age limit and no audition,” says Principal Conductor Sarah Penicka-Smith.

“If you love to sing, come along to a rehearsal.”

While all voice types are welcome, tenors will be especially cherished, according to long-term choir member Bryan Cox.

Macquarie Singers specialise in traditional choral repertoire and starts 2018 with a concert of Romantic jewels on Saturday June 30 in Turramurra Uniting Church at 4pm including music from Beethoven, Brahms, Faure, Puccini, and Schubert.

Choristers will learn to sing in three languages as well as working with a professional string orchestra and soloists for the June performance.

Rehearsals are on Monday nights in the Trinity Chapel, Robert Menzies College at 136 Herring Road North Ryde from 7pm to 9.30pm.

New members welcome from February 26. Inquiries Megan Dunn: email or check website:


Ryde Lantern Club goes on

Ryde Lantern Club will hold its monthly meeting next Monday February 19 at St Anne’s Centre, Church Street, Ryde at 9.30am.

Morning tea served before a quick business meeting followed by a light lunch. Members and visitors are requested to bring along a personal baby or youth photo for a Guessing Competition.

President Rosemary would like all Op Shop customers and supporters to know that there is life after the closure of the very popular Op Shop.

The Club will continue to raise much needed funds for the Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children at North Rocks.

First of the fund raisers is a Crazy Whist Day to be held March 19 in St Anne’s Centre.

All welcome. Further information contact president Rosemary 9809 4979 or publicity officer Judy 9808 1016.


Support group for parents

PFLAG (Support Group for Parents/Family/Friends of Lesbian & Gay Children) meet on the fourth Saturday each month at “175” (formerly Wesley Lodge Motel), 175 Hawkesbury Road Westmead at 2pm.

Next meet February 24. Offstreet parking available. For further information phone Judy 0439 466 125 or check website:


Living with Less Workshop

Need help to reduce the clutter in your office? Want to be more organised, create more desk space and don’t know what to do with unwanted items?

Learn proven techniques from the experts at Living with Less to get, and stay, organised in your home at a FREE workshop on Thursday February 15 in the Terrace Function Room, Lane Cove Community Hub at 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove from 6pm.


Your Chamber of Commerce Meets

EPPING: Chamber inquiries President Tony Hackett 9869-8900; 0418 413 226 or secretary Betty Ockerlander 8876-5888.

EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. Next meeting March 12. Inquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221.

GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting February 20 at the Hunters Hill Club, 12-20 Madeline Street, Hunters Hill at 6pm. Inquiries secretary Maria Zappia o401 158 307 or email:

RIVERSIDE BUSINESS: Meet first Monday each month. Inquiries Marcella Letteri 9952-8498.

WEST RYDE: Inquiries President Nora Etmekdjian 0417 699 955.

DRUMMOYNE: Meet first Wednesday each month. Next meeting March 7. Inquiries Secretary Alex Elliott 0438 774 323 or Vice President Paul Harcombe 0438 089 900.


Biographical Database

Lane Cove Historical Society meet Tuesday February 27 in Lane Cove Library at 7pm.

This month’s guest speaker is Malcom Sainty AM.

Malcolm was instrumental in creating the online ‘Biographical Database Australia’ (BDA).

The BDA houses Australian historical records which are easily accessible from your home computer.

Find out what it’s all about, how you can use it and why.

For more information phone 0418 276 365 or check website:


Enhance your retirement

Probus Club of Hunters Hill meets on the first Tuesday each month at the Hunters Hill Club, Madeleine Street, Hunters Hill at 9.30am.

On March 6 come along and meet new friends and enjoy morning tea; April 3: Guest speaker is Monte Dwyer – former Today Show and ABC weatherman turned freelance journalist, author, videographer, singer and songwriter now travelling the country in search of Australian stories; May 1 speaker is retired Mounted Police Commissioner Don Eyb.

Inquiries 9817-5434.


Pensioners & Superannuants

Gladesville-Hunters Hill Ryde branch of NSW Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association will hold its first meeting for 2018 next Monday February 19 at Gladesville RSL Community Club at 10.30am.

Speaker is Ryde Hunters Hill Community Transport manager Virginia Coy.

All new members welcome. Inquiries Ron Gee 9809-3066.


Learn to play Bridge

LOOKING for an inexpensive way to keep mentally fit, have fun and make friends?

Hunters Hill Bridge Club have organised Beginner bridge lessons commencing Thursday March 8 for six weeks at the Bridge Club in Henley Community Centre, Crown Street, Henley from 1pm to 3.15pm.

Cost $120 for six lessons includes workbook and light refreshments.

Bridge is a great social game with opportunities to play locally and also to travel.

Annual events such as bridge congress, bridge tours and even cruises to destinations both in Australia  and overseas offer opportunities for all standard of players.

Carol Sheldrake is an ABF accredited bridge teacher and will guide you through understanding the basics of bridge.

To register contact Carol Sheldrake by email: or phone 0438 619 780.


Diamond Anniversary for Ron and Patricia

FORMER Gladesville Sporties director Ron Collyer and wife Patricia of Ryde will reach a milestone this month when they celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary.

The popular couple are pictured after their marriage on February 24, 1958 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Waterloo and have spent the past six decades residing in North Ryde, Lake Macquarie and Ryde.

Ron was a talented fullback with Gladesville-Ryde Football Club in the NSW Soccer Association, Northside United and Polonia before joining the Gladesville Ravens in 1961.

He was also an accomplished sailor and former Abbotsford 12ft Skiffs Sailing Club champion in 1964 and 1965 on his boat Waratah.

Ron, a NSW representative, also won a Masters Coastal Championship in 1988 and a Grand Masters title in 1991 in the laser class and in 1972 was chosen on the Australian team to compete at the 12ft Skiffs Interdominion series in New Zealand.

Both Ron and Patricia are also keen lawn bowlers with Gladesville Mens and Women’s Bowling Clubs. They have two daughters Louise and Elizabeth and two grandsons Thomas and Daniel.

They’ll celebrate the occasion with family and friends.