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Amazing stories - amazing people

“Amazing stories” was the theme of this year’s National Trust heritage festival. Artarmon’s contribution to the festival was organised by the APA’s heritage committee, led by the indefatigable Marianne Nestor. The committee – Margot MacKay, Katie Walshe, Helen Wheeler and Marianne Nestor – researched and produced an extraordinary exhibition and walking tour of the“history of the Artarmon shopping precinct”.

The precinct is a series of small buildings established in the 1920s along Hampden Road, Elizabeth Street and Wilkes Avenue. The buildings are in the Artarmon conservation area so their facades are generally unchanged. The committee researched past owners; details about the various businesses; the types of businesses that operated; and how the businesses have changed over time. Visitors to the exhibition, which was on display in the Artarmon Community Library, received a walking map to take them through the precinct to look at the buildings and businesses. 

This truly amazing work was launched on Sunday, April 3, at the Artarmon library by Willoughby City Council Heritage Committee chair, Councillor Rob Wilson, and Willoughby Historical Society Museum curator Bob McKillop. Many APA members and guests attended the launch, including our Naremburn Ward councillors, and several other councillors, including the Mayor, Councillor Pat Reilly. Many of the current local business owners also attended. The APA is very grateful for the time they so generously provided during interviews and discussions in the preparation of the exhibits.

The amazing stories of our local shopping precinct have been unearthed and preserved thanks to the dedication and commitment of “amazing Artarmon people”. Sincere thanks to the heritage committee for this fabulous contribution to the preservation of our local history.

Sadly, Marianne Nestor has resigned from the APA Heritage Committee after over 10 years of extraordinary leadership and incredible contribution to the preservation of Artarmon’s local history. She has led an outstanding team who has produced exhibits and events that have received many state and local accolades.

Thank you Marianne for all you have contributed – your inventiveness, dedication and drive to make the heritage of our community both accessible and interesting to all.

We are fortunate in Artarmon to have so many amazing people working to connect us to the stories and places of the community’s past. Without these people the stories of our past would be lost.

by Michelle Sloane

Courtesy of Gazette May 2011
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Amazing Stories
Rob Wilson, Marianne Nestor and Bob McKillop





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