Cathie’s Column: Myall Creek Massacre Commemorated

THE only massacre during the Frontier Wars across Australia where white men were arrested, charged with murder and hung for their crimes will be commemorated at this year’s Gai-mariagal Festival.

Myall Creek is symbolic in that it was the first and only massacre of Aboriginal people where the perpetrators were convicted of a crime.

Accompanied by film clips, Graeme and Sallie Cordiner will speak about the significance of Myall Creek and their own involvement on Saturday June 23 in Ryde Library,
Wallumetta Room from 11am to 12.30pm. Gold coin contribution. This is part of the InFocus series of talks. Refreshments provided. Bookings essential: or 9952-8352.


Welcome cake for new patron Laura

NEWLY elected Brush Park Women’s Bowling Club patron Laura Oakman pictured with President Emma Leermakers cutting the welcome cake. Laura, who has a long history of lawn bowling, travels all the way from Waitara to Brush Park Bowling Club each Tuesday.


Uniting Church Market Day

Eastwood Uniting Church will hold its annual Market Day this Saturday June 16 at 14 Lakeside Road Eastwood from 8am to 1pm.

Stalls include books, new toys and gifts, records, CDs and DVDs, trash and treasure, clothing, white elephant and sewing and craft supplies.

Come and try the delicious devonshire teas and barbecue. All proceeds in aid of Bill Crews’ Exodus Foundation. Enquiries Robert Dive 9807-6728.


Computer Tutors needed for seniors

Computer Pals for Seniors at West Ryde need new tutors for its classes in the rooms of St Columbs church in West Ryde.

They’d like to hear from anyone who has some knowledge about using computers, has a sense of humour, and can spare an hour or so per week. Each class has a maximum of four students – Beginners, Beginners Refresh, Internet, Ipad-Iphone-Android, Photo Organisation and Windows 10.

For more information, view new website:

If interested to volunteer as a tutor or to join the club, contact Margaret 9874 2645 or Warren 0417 221 603.


Teachers required for English classes

Volunteer teachers and helpers are needed for English classes at Eastwood Uniting Church, corner Lakeside & Hillview roads, Eastwood – close to railway station.

The classes are for newcomers to the community who need assistance with understanding and speaking English and to offer them a welcoming place to meet others.

Greatest need is for classes held on Monday mornings from 9.30am to 11am. They have large numbers of students of varying levels of English competence with several classes, each led by a team of teachers and helpers. Classes are also held on Tuesday evenings, 7.30 to 9pm. For further details contact Marion Gledhill 9874 2088 or 0423 355 759.


Wildflower Walks

Spring is the season we normally associate with new life and colour in the natural world, but wildflowers in the Field of Mars Reserve are usually at their spectacular best in July.

Ryde Hunters Hill Flora & Fauna Preservation Society have organised Wildflower walks on Saturday July 14. Meet at the Visitor Centre in the Reserve.

Walks depart hourly with first walk beginning 11am and last walk leaving 2pm.

Barbecue lunch provided with donations welcome to cover costs.

Prior registration is essential as numbers are limited to 12 for each walk.

Children aged 5-12 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Bring water, closed shoes and a hat. Further information and registration: or leave a message for Alfred on 9879 6067.


Epping goes Vivid

St Alban’s Anglican Church Epping is lighting up for Vivid.

It may not be the Opera House but the crowds won’t stop you from seeing this suburban light show.

The changing colours in the tower and front of the Epping landmark are attracting passers-by who slow down to be stunned by the vibrancy of the stain glassed windows.

The lights go on at 6pm for the first commuter rush and continue until 10pm for late night walkers.

A gift to the community from St Alban’s Anglican Church, installed and digitally programmed by Tony Moffatt, the lights will burn until this Saturday June 16. Inquiries Ross Nicholson 0407 916 603.


Your Chamber of Commerce Meets

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

EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. Next meeting July 9. Enquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221.

GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting June 19. Enquiries secretary Maria Zappia o401 158 307 or email:

WEST RYDE: Enquiries President Nora Etmekdjian 0417 699 955.

DRUMMOYNE: Meet first Wednesday each month. Next meeting July 4. Enquiries Secretary Alex Elliott 0438 774 323 or Vice President Paul Harcombe 0438 089 900.


Hardacre and Stock take out 2018 Gwen Carpenter Shield

SKIP Sue Hardacre and Chris Stock took out the 2018 Gwen Carpenter Shield at Gladesville Women’s Bowling Club.

The dynamic duo are pictured receiving their trophy from Gladesville WBC president Lyn Macdonald after defeating Joy Bennett andFaye Bosward.

The Gwen Carpenter Shield honours Club Patron and Foundation Member Gwen Carpenter OAM.