A Lesson in History
Let us introduce you to Trish, a well known volunteer and President at The Wollondilly Heritage Centre & Museum. Find out about the Museum as well as Trish's extensive knowledge of Wollondilly and why she loves to call the region home.
First things first, tell us a little bit about yourself
I have been a volunteer at the Wollondilly Heritage Centre & Museum for a long time. The Oaks Historical Society manage the Centre and currently my role is President, I’m also part of the team that produces our monthly newsletter and meet with visiting groups. I’m involved in several other community organisations.
What about the Wollondilly Heritage Centre & Museum, how did it all begin?
The Oaks Historical Society began all the way back in 1979 where we would meet at our local community pre-school. Nine years later we were successful in gaining funding and the Centre officially opened in 1988. As time progressed we developed the program that we have today which includes our schools education program along with group bookings. We have an amazing team of volunteers which enable us to do all the things we do.
So what’s the Museum like?
The Centre is made up of a total of 7 buildings, landscaped grounds and a BBQ area. The museum depicts the history of Wollondilly through historic exhibitions and our collection includes archives, an extensive photograph collection, family history, reference library and an extensive object collection.
How long have you been a local?
I have always lived in Wollondilly and my ancestors, both convict and free were among some of the pioneer settlers of this area!
In your opinion, what is the best thing about the Dilly?
Wollondilly provides a great environment and lifestyle for families. It is a very diverse area still with a rural charm and appeal and lots of opportunities and things to see and do. We always love to see new volunteers join our team!
Let’s get back to a little more about you, who has been your greatest influence in life?
Having been very close, I would have to say my Grandmother was my greatest influence. She was born in 1885 and passed away in 1981 and spent all of her life in Wollondilly. Of tiny stature- all of about 5’1, she began life pre motorised vehicles and electricity and raised 12 children. She could also wield a lump of 3x2 and handle a four-ten (firearm) admirably!
What do you love about your customers?
All of our visitors are special whether they are part of a group, just visiting or searching for some aspect of their history.
Last one, can you give us a sneak peek into what’s next on the agenda for the Museum?
Our displays change from time to time and planned changes include an upgrade and extension to the Indigenous exhibition and a new dairy exhibition in the Agricultural Building.