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As I write this on Anzac Day I remember, as many would do, my relatives who served in wars across the centuries. One side of my family has a long military history and we have been talking about military resources in the Family History Group which meets on the first Monday of the month. My paternal grandfather brought home with him an album of photos from Gallipoli and the time he spent in Europe, some of his photos are with the Australian War Memorial. This one was taken as his battalion was sailing from Malta to Alexandria in 1916.


I just love Autumn - perfect weather for getting out! Even if it’s raining there will be a group heading to the Biennale at the White Bay Power Station on Thursday 2nd May. This is a great opportunity to explore the newly restored venue and to view some of the Biennale - see below for more details.


As we come into May many from the Hub will be heading off on holidays. Japan is very popular with many travellers at the moment. Dorothy and David Bate sent us this photo at Cherry Blossom time in Hiroshima. If you would like to send us a photo of a highlights of your trip is always great to see holiday photos - you can send them to the Hub’s WhatsApp group or post them on the Hub’s Members Group Facebook page.


Many of us are frequent visitors to the Coal Loader, so if you haven’t already heard the coffee shop is open again under new management. The hours are 7 am to 3.30pm.





Carol's grandfather as his battalion was sailing from

Malta to Alexandria in 1916.


Dorothy and David in Japan



What Made You?


'What made me' is the theme for the Seniors Stories competition 2024. If you love to write or have always thought you would like to write down your story for your children, or grandchildren - or just for history, this is a great incentive.


Stories are limited to 1000 words or less (this could be a challenge in itself!) and entry is free. If you are a NSW Seniors Card and Senior Savers Card holder you can enter. You need to complete an entry form and attach your story in a Word document. The competition closes at 5.00 pm on 2nd June.


The top 100 stories will be featured in Senior’s Stories Volume 10 and launched in November 2024 by the NSW Seniors Card, coordinated with the Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW Inc.


For full terms and conditions visit the website.


If your story is chosen don’t forget to tell us at the Hub! We would love to be able to let other Hub members know that they can read about ‘What Made You’!  




North Sydney Community Awards 2024

Mayor Zoë Baker said: “The North Sydney Community Awards acknowledge the many local heroes who help make North Sydney a kinder, better connected and more sustainable place. The contributions of all the nominees for this year’s awards will inspire and delight our community.”


This year the Eco Warrior Award went to both (Hub member) Vera Yee and Michael Stevens


Vera has led the Streets Alive group in Waverton for the past decade, doing weekly physical maintenance of street gardens, integrating native plants, and always looking for new opportunities to ensure our suburbs remain sustainably green. The Peace Garden which is beside the path from Bay Rd to McKay St is one of Vera's initiatives.



Coal Loader Tour Guides

Congratulations to the volunteer Heritage Tour guides, who were nominated for the North Sydney Council Community Awards 2024!


Jill Charters, Linda Foulsham (Hub member - second from the left), Jill Howes, Susan Barisic (pictured) and Sunil Lodhia are the guides at the Coal Loader, giving up their time to lead tours around the site.  Delving into the hidden secrets, rich history and amazing heritage of the site they know so well, they provide experiences not to be forgotten for all who come along.  For six years now this fabulous group have volunteered hundreds of hours leading free tours of the site on the first and third Saturdays of the month, as well as private tours for groups of 10 or more. 


They are all thanked for their dedication to the Coal Loader and for making it the exceptional example of placemaking that it is.

CLICK HERE .. to book a tour yourself.



Congratulations to both Vera and Linda and thanks for your contribution to the Waverton Community.







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Monday Local Walks
April 29, 2024, 7:30 am to April 29, 2024, 9:30 am

Meet at Waverton at 7.30am. Bring your Opal Card.

Click here.. to see details of this walk and photos from last week.


Monday Out of Area Walk
April 29, 2024, 9:30 am to April 29, 2024, 2:00 pm

Meet at Waverton at 9:30am. Bring your Opal Card and Mask.

A walk may start earlier if it is a long one. This will be advised by email a few days prior. 

These walks are weather dependent and may not occur if the day is forecast to be hot or very wet.


Sydney Biennle 2024
May 2, 2024, 9:30 am to May 2, 2024, 2:00 pm

On Thursday 2nd May we will be heading to the Biennale at the renovated White Bay Power Station. This is an impromptu Thursday outing  All are welcome to join. Carol Fallows will lead the outing.

We will be leaving Waverton Station at 9.30 and catching the bus from the QVB to the White Bay Power Station. If we were travelling on the weekend we would be catching a vintage bus, but during the weekend there are two buses (441 or 442) we can catch. For information on the Biennale and White Bay Power station follow this link.

Watch this YouTube video on the Powerhouse for more information.


1st Thursday Book Club
May 2, 2024, 4:00 pm to May 2, 2024, 6:00 pm


This is the First Thursday Book club, the Book Club

The book being discussed this month is  Wifedom by Anna Funder

CLICK HERE .. for the full list for this year.

Venue and details will be advised by email early next week.



Hub Community Music (HUM)
May 2, 2024, 5:00 pm to May 2, 2024, 6:30 pm

HUM Singalong Group:
  • An informal group who meet once a month to sing / play music together  
  • Everyone is welcome
  • No requirement to be able to read music. 
  • The choice of music is up to those who come along

We meet on the first Thursday of the month, from 5 - 6.30 pm in the Function Room at Wondakiah

Please contact Nick  if you'd like to come along or for more information.






Tai Chi / Qui Jong every Mon, Tue & Wed 8am in Brennan Park,  

The Coffee Catchup Tuesday 10am at Botanica 


Hub Happy Hour Wednesday 4.30pm at Bar Quattro


Boules - Thursday 2.30pm on the Platform at the Coal Loader







The Navy at Gallipoli – 30 April 2024 – Noel Phelan


Come and hear Noel look into the role of the Navy at Gallipoli.

He will cover

  • An overview of WW I in 1914/1915 and the role of our RAN ships under the command of the RN. The decision by Churchill to attack Constantinople and stop it joining the AXIS forces.
  • The Navy attacks on the Dardanelles forts.
  • The landings.
  • The RAN Bridging Train. Wharves and dockyards had to be built so supplies and soldiers could be landed and the wounded evacuated.
  • The role of AE2 – our second submarine.
  • The evacuation. This was done at night in secrecy in December by over 100 ships without casualties.

Australian forces were first in and last out at Gallipoli. The historian Charles Bean described the ANZAC spirit using the following words.

“Endurance, courage, ingenuity, resourceful, good humour, mateship and loyal”.


The meeting will be held at Piato Restaurant 123 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point at 7:00 am. Breakfast is served during the talk.

Ken Preshaw
North Sydney Sunrise Rotary Club
internet -
mobile - 0411.109.158






Coal Loader
  • North Sydney Art Prize May 11 - June 2 at the Coal Loader
  • Artists talks at the North Sydney Art Prize May 18 and 25
  • Check here for coming activities at the Coal Loader.
  • The Coffee Shop - Silvia @ The Coal Loader is now open 


Read the April news




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The Hub eNews Team  



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