May 2019 Meeting
Topic: The Halverson Storey
In a way, we are all immigrants to this country seeking a better life for ourselves and our families. The Halvorsen family was typical in that it came with very little and worked very hard to build a better life. However, the Halvorsen family did more than that - they showed extraordinary commitment to boat building and excellent craftsmanship and boat design skills.
They also demonstrated outstanding seamanship by designing, building and sailing their yachts with great success in all the classic ocean racing events and closed water racing. They won back to back handicap honours three times in the Sydney Hobart race. They also built and raced the first Australian challenger for the America's Cup - Gretel for Sir Frank Packer.
The Halvorsen boat yard at RYDE produced over 250 boats of all types to support the WWII effort. Many of the Halvorsen cruisers were requisitioned by the government to become Patrol Boats protecting Sydney Harbour.
Numerous people enjoyed a holiday on a Halvorsen cruiser based at Bobbin Head. This was the largest hire fleet in the southern hemisphere with lots of celebrities enjoying the beautiful Hawkesbury River.
Guest Speaker: Noel Phelan
Noel has been a volunteer guide at the Maritime Museum for several years and enjoys showing visitors over HMAS Vampire, HMAS Advance, HMAS Onslow and Kay Cottee’s First Lady. Noel is also the team leader for the ANM Museum speakers.
He is a Past President of the Northbridge Rotary Club and is an active volunteer in retirement with Sailability and sailing captain of his sailing club. Noel also served as a director of Taldumande – the organisation that looks after homeless and at-risk young people north of the harbour.
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About the North Shore Historical Society
The Society, founded in 1958, aims to promote both public knowledge of and research into local history, including the way in which the histories of the City of Sydney and the NSW State have impacted on the development of the North Shore.
The Society accomplishes its objectives through regular monthly meetings, visits to historical sites, and walks exploring regional history. It also financially supports History Prizes for local school students.
The Society assists Council in many matters including the provision of plaques at historical sites.
The Society's archives and research files are available in the Heritage Centre (Stanton Library), plus advice and support can be sourced from others with particular interests or expertise, or you can view pages from the Historical Society journals online.
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Membership is open to everyone with an interest in regional history. Membership offers you the opportunity to meet other people with similar interests, to attend meetings with informative guest speakers, to attend outings to places of historical interest, and to receive our monthly Newsletter with details of meetings, speakers and other relevant historical matters.
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