Chapter Annual Christmas Luncheon

Robert Griffin Presenting The Horden Houses

Fellowship of First Fleeters Southern Highlands Chapter celebrating the 11th Anniversary of the establishment of the Chapter.

The luncheon Venue was the brand new Alexandra Room at the Mittagong RSL.

Alexandra Room - Mittagong RSL

Tables were identified by the ports of call during the First Fleet voyage.
Portsmouth was the port of departure from England.

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands which are located off the North African Coast in the Atlantic Ocean south of Spain.
The first Fleet called there to take on fresh supplies of food.

The second port of call on the voyage, Rio de Janeiro was Portuguese territory, another opportunity to rest and stock-up before the leg to Cape Town.

Cape Town at the Cape of Good Hope on the southern tip of the African continent was the last opportunity for the fleet to take on supplies before heading into the southern ocean and sailing into the unknown.

Botany Bay was the intended destination for the First Fleet, but with a poor harbour and no fresh water it proved to be unsuitable for a permanent settlement.

After exploring Port Jackson Governor Arthur Phillip selected Sydney Cove as the location for the first European settlement in Australia. The fleet moved there from Botany Bay on 26 January 1788.

Left to Right: Carole Schillert, Trish Scott-Wandmaker and Helen Anderson

Hampers assembled using items donated by FFF Southern Highlands Chapter members.

Left to Right: Chapter Secretary Wendy Selman, Treasurer John Kirkby and Rosemary Kirkby

Chapter members and guests arriving at the luncheon.

Left to Right: Chapter Librarian Glenda Miskelly, Chapter committee member Paul Miskelly and Chapter President Pamela Cormick.

Left to Right: Gaye White, John Cooper and Derek White.

Ken and Margaret Smith.

Chapter committee member Trish Scott-Wandmaker and Neville Usher.

Bob and Helen Leech.

Katherine Kerr and Richard Leech.

Member Valerie Davey.

Chapter Founding President Patircia Robinson and FFF member Bill Coupland.

Left to Right: Mavis Baird, Ron Baird and Gaye White.

Members at the Tenerife table

Chapter President Pamela Cormick and husband Richard at the Portsmouth table.

Left to Right: Betty Ruthven and Kathy Manning on the Cape Town table.

Chapter Secretary Wendy Selman did an admirable job as the luncheon Master of Ceremonies.
Wendy has been the Secretary since the Chapter was established in 2004.

Chapter Secretary Wendy Selman Welcoming members and guests to the Chapter 11th Anniversary Christmas Luncheon.

The Tenerife table in the foreground.

Members and guests at the Portsmouth table in the foreground.

Ladies of the Cape Town Table, Left to Right: Helen Anderson, Carole Schillert, Gwen Herbert, Kathy Manning and Betty Ruthven (hidden).

Mavis and Ron Baird at the Rio de Janeiro table.

Members at the Rio de Janeiro table.

Colin and Wendy Selman at the Portsmouth table.

Secretary Wendy Selman and President Pamela Cormick welcoming new FFF members and thanking members who have given long service to the Chapter.

New member Josephine Meincke receiving her certificate from Chapter President Pamela Cormick.
New member Christine Roberts was not able to attend.

Founding President Patricia Robinson receiving a gift for her long service to the Chapter. Patricia was president from 2004 to 2012.

Past committee member, librarian and Chapter representative at the london celebrations of the Centenary of the death of Admiral Arthur Phillip, Glenda Miskelly, receiving a gift from Chapter President Pamela Cormick.

Chapter Treasurer John Kirkby and his wife Rosemary.

Guest Speaker, Robert Griffin, announcing the winners of the draw for the lucky door prize and for the hampers, Carole Schillert checking the numbers.

Robert Schillert presented with the lucky door prize, by Chapter President Pamela Cormick. The book was Cook by Rob Mundle.

Hamper winner Valerie Davey with Chapter President Pamela Cormick.

Hamper winner Richard Leech.

Hamper winner Derek White.

Guest speaker Robert Griffin is the well-known and respected heritage consultant and was a curator with the Historic Houses Trust for many years, His presentation to the Chapter was on the Horden Houses.

An attentive audience.

Guest Speaker, Robert Griffin is presented with a gift of appreciation by Chapter President Pamela Cormick, "media manager" John Kirby looking on.

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11th Anniversary Christmas Luncheon


Wednesday, 9th December, 2015

Venue Mittagong RSL – 11.45am- Alexandra Room

— Guest Speaker —

Robert Griffin ~  The Hordern Houses

On his 6th trip down from Sydney to visit to Our Chapter!


Retford Park and Milton Park are nearby, so Robert decided to speak on ‘The Hordern Houses’. He will include Retford Park & Milton Park but also the many other houses associated with the Hordern family. While the Anthony Horderns stores became landmarks, the many Sydney and country houses of their family are less well-known and many were designed by leading architects of the day.So after lunch Robert will explore the history of the Horderns and their houses.