Annual Report for 2014
The President's Annual Report for 2014
Hobart Town (1804) First Settlers Association Inc
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my privilege to present the Annual Report of Hobart Town (1804) First Settlers Association for the financial year ending 31 December, 2013.
Firstly I wish to pay tribute to our Past President, Historian and Life member Mrs Freda Gray who sadly passed away on 31 October 2013.
Our Patron: Lord Miles Hobart. The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Buckinghamshire is kept informed of our activities. He will be coming to Australia on a private visit in January, and a report on his visit will be included in our Newsletter.
Meetings and Membership: We have had an average attendance of 25 people and on two occasions we had 32 members. We are grateful to St. George’s Church for the use of their hall for our meetings and for agreeing to install heavy lined curtains. These enable window light into the room to be blocked out, which is a great help seeing slides clearly when guest speakers provide presentations. We had eleven new members join the Association however some elder members have not renewed.
Executive Committee: AGM took place on 5th March. Without any opposition committee members were elected and our updated Constitution was accepted. The Annual Return was lodged with Consumer Affairs.
It is with our committees dedicated commitment that our meetings, activities
and events are conducted. Stephany Fehre, although unable to attend on
the day, later again took on the busy role of Secretary, arranging guest
speakers, contributing to the Newsletter and she keeps our Scrap book
up to date. Mavis Richards as Treasurer, looks diligently after finances
where our bank balance is strong. Mavis also collects the mail and she
arranged the successful visit to Claremont House.
Behind the scenes Margaret Lewis compiles Newsletter items, arranges printing and mailing while Greta Reason is always industrious with kitchen requirements for morning tea. We are grateful to Alastair Douglas OAM for updating our website as necessary and Guy McDougall for our Face book page which has brought positive remarks and enquiries, and Michael Seabrook our Public Officer.
Each year our Life member and auditor Mr. David Baulch examines our books and we are grateful to him for this ongoing commitment and helpful comments.
Matt Lindus from Hobart City Council also attended and updated us on Franklin Square Development.
March-Collette McAlpine ‘Female Convict Research Centre’;
April- Graeme Broxam ‘Abandoning Norfolk Island’. May- Ray
Madden ‘Tasmanian Shipwrecks’, June-Prof. Richard Davis ‘William
Smith O’Brien in VDL and World Travels’; July-Ross Latham ‘Work
of State Archivist, Tas Archives & Heritage’. August-Bill & Margaret
Chestnut ‘Invarawe Native Gardens’; Sep-Nicholas Brodie ‘Researching
History of St. Mary’s Cathedral’. Oct-Members brought Mystery
Objects; Nov- Andrea Gerrard ‘Soldiers Walk on Queen’s Domain’;
Dec-Slide show of Buildings from Gov. Macquarie’s time.
Norfolk Plains Descendants’ Day, Longford, 1-3 March. We were one of a group of 23 tables set up with information and displays hosted by the Northern Midlands Council. Alastair Douglas OAM provided access to our webpage enabling visitors to view First & Early settler names. Beverley Richardson, Mavis Richards and myself manned the site and talked to many interested attendees and handed out information and sold some publications at this popular event.
‘The Risdon Cove (Tasmania) site; birth of a State or site of a massacre; bone of contention or future site of reconciliation’ Prof. Michael Asten, School of Geosciences, (Research) Monash University met with committee members and other interested parties and made a presentation covering all recorded information about this site. We were able to provide information which was incorporated into his paper that has now been accepted for publication by Tasmanian Historical Studies.
In conclusion all members are thanked for acknowledging our history with respect, sensitivity and understanding. Thank you to members who have attended meetings for your participation, questions and suggestions and members who were able to attend the successful excursions. For members afar who are unable to attend I thank you for your positive comments and membership.
In 2014 Hobart Town (1804) First Settlers Association will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of our Association in 1974 and I wish the incoming committee a successful year.
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