Ryde Goes to War 1914–1918 Book Launch

Ryde MP Victor Dominello officially launched Ryde District Historical Society’s Anzac centenary book “Ryde Goes to War 1914-1918” at historic Willandra last Saturday.


He is pictured above at the book launch with, l to r, immediate past president of Ryde District Historical Society Janice Eastment, current President Betty Willis holding a copy of the book with Victor Dominello, Bennelong MP John Alexander OAM, Society co-founder and Patron John F Booth AM managing editor of The Weekly Times, book project co-ordinator Kim Phillips, and Ryde RSL sub-Branch President Bernie Cox. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO.

The  Ryde Goes to War project started in 2011 to identify the over 2000 men and women of Ryde who enlisted and served in World War 1.

Project co-ordinator Kim Phillips by 2012 had collated a large list of names from various war memorials, honour boards, service records and other sources while Richard Wright researched local newspapers. Individual files were then created for each sailor, soldier or nurse.

A society committee was formed and members researched individual service personnel resulting in over 200 detailed stories written, many with photos.

The book funding has been supported by the Australian Government Anzac Centenary Program and Royal Australian Historical Society through the NSW Government.

The book is available at the subsidised cost of $30 from the Ryde District Historical Society and at The Weekly Times office 826 Victoria Road Ryde.

Ryde District Historical Society meets on the second Tuesday every month at 7pm in the society rooms at historic “Willandra”, 770 Victoria Road, Ryde and visitors and new members welcome. Tel Inquiries 9807 7137 Fridays only 10am – 3pm or leave a message.

Society Family History Group meets at Willandra on the second Saturday each month at 10am.


Ryde District Historical Society members and guests attended the official book launch by Ryde MP Victor Dominello in the grounds of historic “Willandra” the home of the Society on Saturday. Open Days were celebrated both Saturday and Sunday for the book launch. Society President Betty Willis unfortunately had an accident just before the book launch and was bandaged for the occasion. Her daughter Libby Helinski and granddaughters Jess and Lucy travelled from Bar Beach near Newcastle for the occasion, pictured below, with Marta Myhill and son Beau from Rydalmere and City of Ryde Local Studies and Family History Librarian Angela Phippen who was guest speaker at last week’s society meeting. TWT on-the-spot PHOTOS.



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Ryde Goes to War Book

Three TWT readers can win copies of Ryde Goes to War 1914-1918 published this week by Ryde District Historical Society.

The book is an amazing 345 page fact based book and liberally illustrated. Should be a must in every home, school and library.

TO WIN a copy simply write your name and address on the back of an envelope and send to:  TWT Ryde Goes to War, PO Box 123 Ryde 1680 or email: [email protected]

Entries close June 1 and winners published June 3.

Copies can be purchased from Ryde District Historical Society or at The Weekly Times office at 826 Victoria Road Ryde during office hours.

The book has a Foreword by Ryde RSL sub-Branch President Bernie Cox who says the authors have turned many hours of painstaking research into a most interesting narrative that brings these heroes of Ryde back to life to attain their rightful pre-eminent position in our community’s history.

I will be eternally grateful to the magnificent, selfless volunteers of the Ryde District Historical Society.