Last Sunday the Society launched “A Self Guided Walking Tour of Central Hampton” at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Thomas St ( which is also a feature in our book). Our appreciation goes to Reverend Ross Duncan for hosting the event at his church.
We were delighted that the event was attended by Mayor Cr Michael Heffernan and Mrs Heffernan, and two former Mayors Felicity Frederico OAM and Graeme Disney OAM, JP, Rev Ross Duncan, Marie Arendsen from the Rotary Club of Hampton, Sandra Yeowart from the Hampton Traders, as well as over 50 people who packed the event.
Felicity was our guest speaker and launched the book after an informative account of her love of Hampton’s history. Graeme Disney was MC and entertained the participants sitting in the pews with his interesting stories of growing up in Hampton.
We moved outside for a beautiful afternoon tea, prepared and organised by Margaret Tripp.
After we were replete with good food and wine Lorraine led the guided tour of Stages 1 and 2 of the walk with 20 participants and Sally led another 20 participants on Stage 3 of the walk and Graeme led an alternative ‘walk and talk’ around the stunning stained glass windows inside the church.
Thanks go to several members of the Society who contributed to the success of the book and they in include:
Graeme Disney, Margaret Tripp, Dr Olivia Abbay and Jan Withers who prepared preliminary lists of important historical places and events in the area.
Di McDonald who mapped out the route, researched and wrote the history of as many places as possible from the preliminary lists.
Lorraine Huddle, who wrote the architectural descriptions and editing.
Graeme and Olivia also proof read several versions of the draft.
Ebrahim Samirali who took the beautiful photographs.
Erin West who did the brilliant graphic design which, together with the photographs, gave the book a very professional finish.
We are particularly grateful for the support of the Rotary Club of Hampton who provided a Community Grant towards printing costs.
The committee decided that the self guided walk book and launch event, would be held in place of our usual exhibition this year due to Bayside Council relocating us twice in 8 months and access to our collection being temporarily restricted.
How can you get a copy ?
The book is a 54 page full colour A5 publication which is an ideal size to carry with you as you learn about the beginnings of Hampton.
The book is available :
- in hard copy for $10,
- as a downloadable PDF for $5 and as an
- audio tour for $1.99.
How to buy the walk?
In person at our Resource Centre at 62 Bay Road Sandringham on Friday and Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm
from our online shop on this web page !