News from the Friends of – Fagan Park

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Some of the volunteers enjoying some shade
Some of the volunteers enjoying some shade

We held our Open Day on Australia Day, 26th January, but it was an extremely hot day, resulting in very few members of the public attending the park. When we did our parade of vehicles, we observed only a handful of brave souls when usually on such a day there would be hundreds or more. We noticed that the following Monday, the public holiday, and a much cooler day, there were many more picnickers. Our next Open day is ANZAC Day, 25 April, so keep the day clear and pay us a visit.

We previously mentioned the BAVE-U orchard sprayer nearing completion. We have now successfully started its engine, and it just needs a few little jobs done to complete it.

The 1918 International truck restoration project is progressing steadily. The engine from the donated vehicle has proven to be in very poor condition, so attention has been turned to disassembly of the engine Enjoy an evening with Australian artist Ben Quilty. Working across a range of mediums including drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and film, his works have garnered international acclaim. He is the past winner of the Archibald Prize for portraiture, the National Self-Portrait Prize, and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Join Ben as he discusses his new self-titled book, Ben Quilty, that celebrates two decades of his work. News from the Friends of from the second chassis we acquired. Initially we thought it was beyond redemption, but now that it has been dismantled fully, we find is the better one to concentrate our efforts on.

The Fagan Park museums and Netherby Homestead are open every Tuesday, our volunteering day, and we open the museums on the second Sunday each month during the afternoon. All visitors are welcome.

We would especially like to encourage people to join our group, and ladies are Thursday, March 21 7pm8pm Location Rebellion Room Castle Hill Library and Cultural Centre 14 Pennant Street Castle Hill, NSW 2154 Renown Australian artist Fagan Park most welcome. Contact me at the park on a Tuesday or phone anytime.

Ian Browning, Honorary Curator, 0419 435 475.