NSW Heritage Week is celebrated throughout the State in April/May each year.
Willandra Open Day 2021 – Sunday 18 April from 11 am to 4 pm.
Ryde District Historical Society is trying to remember and respect
those people from the District who served in World War II. We are also trying
to build a comprehensive list of our service people, with details of their
service, their families, their homes and their place in the community.
The Open day is a chance for people to bring along memorabilia and
photographs reflecting their family’s service. These will be scanned (on the
day) and incorporated into the RDHS archive. There will be displays showing the
district’s involvement in World War II.
Visit Willandra to see a display of memorabilia from Ryde’s history, and tours of the house, St Anne’s churchyard and Ryde Village. Images of Ryde’s origins and history will also be on display.
Willandra is an 1840’s Georgian home built by James Devlin on land granted to John Small in 1794.
The house was saved from demolition by the community in the 1970’s, Willandra had been a house, and from 1951 until 1976, a service station. A private buyer proposed to demolish, remove and rebuild the house in the Hunter Valley, however, community agitation led by the Ryde District Historical Society resulted in Federal and State government grants enabling the purchase of the house by Ryde Municipal Council.
The restored building was opened in 1980 and is home to the Ryde District Historical Society and the City of Ryde Arts Society. During the Open Day, you can explore the house and its views of the Parramatta River, watch a continual digital display of images of Ryde- then and now- see what’s in our Archives, relax and enjoy a Devonshire Tea, and purchase RDHS publications.
A tour of St Anne’s churchyard and Ryde Village will be held, leaving Willandra at 2pm.