Welcome to the Southern Highlands Chapter
of the Fellowship of First Fleeters

Members at the Fellowship of First Fleeters 2017 Australia Day Luncheon.
Left to Right: Rob and Gail Huckstepp, Pamela Cormick, Wendy Selman and Trish Scott-Wandmaker.

lyn_fergusson_2The first Chapter meeting 2017
8th February

 Guest Speaker:
Lyn Fergusson

When Lyn visited our Chapter in June 2014 she inspired us with her presentation on Admiral Arthur Phillip; on this, her second visit, she will present her second book:
FitzRoy – Beyond the Rumours.

She will examine the issue of whether or not Governor FitzRoy was the man popular history would have us believe?



graham_rutledge_1April 2017 Guest Speaker

Graham John Rutledge Wilcox

 Graham John Rutledge Wilcox is an amateur genealogist and family historian. After more than twenty years research of his ancestors, and having written several books about their lives he decided it was time to write a biography of his great-grandfather Sir Arthur Rutledge.

Graham’s research into the life of Sir Arthur revealed that his life was more than that of an interesting ancestor but a great Australian whose important story had never been told. This led to the book being written not as a biography but a story of federation from the view of one of its great supporters.

Graham lives with Johanna, his wife of fifty-three years, at Pitt Town on the Hawkesbury River of New South Wales. Their home is close to the area where several of his ancestors settled on the bank of the river 215 years before him.

For more information follow the link from here.

Waverley Cemetery

A Letter received from Dr Siobhan Lavelle AOM, Manager, Listings, Heritage Division, Office of Environment & Heritage, on behalf of the Heritage council of NSW, said in part;

Listing on the State Heritage Register; Waverley Cemetery, St Thomas Street, Bronte Notice pursuant to 37(1)(a) of the Heritage Act 1977 (NSW)

I advise that the Minister for Heritage has, on the recommendation of the heritage Council of NSW, directed the listing of the above-mentioned heritage item on the State Heritage Register. The listing, a copy of which is attached, was published on 28 October 2016 in Government Gazette No. 87.”

Click on the Waverley Cemetery button for background information regarding the struggle to “save” this cemetery. One should not be pessimistic but, Heritage Listing does not guarantee the cemetery will be looked after as it should be. St John’s Cemetery in Parramatta, one of the most historic cemeteries in the country, is a prime example of the neglect that can occur even though a site is Heritage listed. One can only hope that the newly formed Friends of St John’s Cemetery and the Campaign Organizers – Save Waverley Cemetery can keep the pressure on government bodies and local authorities to ensure these sites are protected from commercial development and maintained and treasured into the future.

Our Event in the 2016
was with the National Trust
Heritage Festival

“Discovery & Rediscoveries”!

harpers_mansion_front_3The Harper’s Mansion (Berrima) Committee kindly invited our Chapter to mount an exhibition including books, documents, charts, maps and memorabilia related to the First Fleeters who arrived on the 26th January 1788 to establish the first European settlement in Australia in the display room at Harper’s Mansion. It was an invitation that we were delighted to accept. We are now a registered festival event.

The official opening on 16th April was a great success with with FFF Southern Highlands Chapter members joined by National Trust members for drinks and refreshments before the display and the Heritage Festival was official opened by Eric Savage on behalf of the National Trust with Wendy Selman responding on behalf of the  FFF Southern Highlands Chapter.

The display finished on the 29th May. The mansion guides all reported positive feedback and interest. One couple returned as they didn’t have time to read it all on their first visit. So, all in all, a very successful venture & positive relations established, hopefully looking to further ventures in the future.