History Symposium

A new Commemorative History Symposium will be held in September to recognise the great work of Dr Rex Stubbs OAM, a highly esteemed Mayor of Hawkesbury who was elected to Hawkesbury City Council in 1983 and held office for nearly 27 years which made him the Hawkesbury's longest serving Councillor.

Having served 10 terms as Mayor of Hawkesbury and one term as Deputy Mayor, Dr Stubbs was a truly dedicated member of the Hawkesbury community who worked tirelessly to ensure that the Hawkesbury established a major cultural centre in Windsor, now called the Deerubbin Centre.

The Centre incorporates Hawkesbury Regional Gallery and Hawkesbury Library as well as the restored old Hawkesbury Hospital. Extending beyond the Centre and yet close by the cultural hub is the Hawkesbury Regional Museum in Howe Street, Windsor.

Council is funding and organising the Symposium to acknowledge Dr Stubbs' wonderful contribution and to also promote the study and appreciation of local history.

Following the passing of Dr Stubbs in 2010, Council resolved to remember his contribution by funding an annual cultural activity named after him to promote the study and appreciation of local history.

Members of all Hawkesbury historical societies and heritage related groups, as well as those in the immediate local area will be invited to attend, to network, share ideas, learn and enjoy in a day of talks and presentations, while Dolla Merrillees, Director of the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (formerly The Powerhouse Museum) will deliver the keynote address on the day. Other talks will include ‘Oral histories as the base for new projects and new audiences’, by Tim Carroll, and ‘Every migrant has a story’, by Judith Dunn OAM.

For more information contact Hawkesbury Central Library on (02) 4560 4460 or email kwhiteley@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

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