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EXHIBITION: The Ingham Family


The Ingham family is one of Liverpool’s most successful and well-known, since the establishment of the family business in Casula in 1918. Many Liverpool residents have some association with the family: as workers in their successful poultry business, or in relation to their role in the horse racing industry, and now with the establishment of the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research at Liverpool Hospital. In 2016, the Ingham family generously donated to Council, for the people of Liverpool, a set of high quality showcases, featuring significant items reflecting the family’s long-standing contribution to the Liverpool community.

On display at the Liverpool Regional Museum are items from the History Room of the Ingham Building, including the saddle belonging to the champion thoroughbred race horse Octagonal, and other items from the family’s personal collection.

If you can share a story, photograph, or object related to the Ingham family, please contact us at the Liverpool Regional Museum so we can continue to develop this significant part of Liverpool’s heritage collection.

e: MorrisJ@liverpool.nsw.gov.au
p: (02) 9602 0315, Liverpool Regional Museum or
(02) 9821 9422, Liverpool City Library


TALK: The Liverpool to Holdsworthy Military Railway Line - Presented by John Oakes


 John Oakes BA (Sydney University) is an author, railway historian and model train enthusiast.  

John writes for the Australian Railway Historical Society (NSW Division) on NSW’s forgotten railways including his publication ‘Sydney’s Forgotten Military Railways’.  This event will focus on ‘The Liverpool to Holdsworthy Military Railway Line”.

He has been a member of ARHS (NSW) for 30 years and is a tour guide for the society. Between 1970-2002 John was a teacher with the Department of Education.

Saturday 22 July 2017
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Liverpool Regional Museum   Bookings Essential


An Introduction to The Australian Railway Historical Archives - Talk by Bill Phippen OAM, Manager, Railway Resource Centre


Bill at work at the Railway Resource Centre, Redfern

Bill Phippen, a member of Engineers Australia Sydney Division Heritage Committee and long-time member/volunteer with ARHS NSW, will speak about Australian Railway Historical Society, its aims, activities - offering diverse Archival examples.
In 2010 Bill became manager of the Railway Resource Centre which led to writing and was also named NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year - and by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of the 100 most influential people in Sydney.
In 2013 Bill received the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to people with disability and to community. Engineers Australia named Bill as one of the 100 most influential engineers in Australia due to work with ‘Technical Aid to the Disabled’ – becoming an EA Fellow.
Bill’s had a long interest in railways, perhaps instilled by his father who had taken him as a four year old to the centenary exhibitions at Sydney Terminal station.

Saturday 12 August 2017
10.30 am to 12.30pm
Liverpool Regional Museum   Bookings Essential


Beginning Your Diorama Workshop


In this ‘introductory’ workshop, Moorebank Heritage Group will show examples of dioramas (miniature models) and by using a sample piece of rail track, guide participants on how they can (safely) work on them e.g. making trees, tuffs of grass and placing ballast.

This unique workshop complements The Liverpool to Holdsworthy Military Railway Exhibition, includes a pre-workshop tour and is sure to delight and stimulate children’s imagination.

Suitable for ages 8 to 11 years of age

Saturday 26 August 2017

10.30am - 12.30pm

Liverpool Regional Museum      Bookings Essential

EXHIBITION: Liverpool to Holdsworthy Railway WWI- a forgotten military railway.


The Liverpool to Holdsworthy Military Railway Line is one of New South Wales’ ‘forgotten’ military railway lines. Its significance lies as the only Australian military railway line partly constructed by WWI internees.
It transported WWI ordnance, ammunition, stores, cavalry and artillery horses, military equipment and personnel with part of the line still in service during WWII.
NSW Railways constructed the first 2.2km from Liverpool Station east across the Georges River and the remainder on military land with Department of Defence employing internees’ labour from Holdsworthy Internment Camp (then known as the German Concentration Camp).
Sidings were located at Liverpool Army Camp, Holdsworthy Internment Camp, Anzac Rifle Range, Remount Depot, Moorebank Stores, Ammunition and Ordnance Depots and later Cable Makers.
This exhibition commemorates the centenary of the line’s construction, the circumstances under which it was constructed and the changed relationships between the Australian, German, Austro-Hungarian and former Ottoman nations and peoples.

Originally spelt as Holdsworthy until after WWII, when the ‘d’ was dropped – area was named after Holsworthy, Devon, England where Governor Macquarie married in 1807.

Saturday 8 July to Saturday 2 September 2017

Liverpool Regional Museum


Jo Morgan, an Extraordinary Career


Joanne Morgan is the third highest goal scorer of all time in the National Netball competition, but she began her illustrious career here in Liverpool. A prolific goal scorer at domestic level, Morgan played in an era when Australia had a wealth of shooters to select from. Height, strength and
high accuracy were key features of Morgan’s game. She was the first player to reach 2000 goals in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy and was the competition’s third highest all-time goalscorer with 4250 goals from 127 appearances for the Sydney Swifts, Sydney Sandpipers
and Queensland Firebirds. Morgan’s sole Test came in the second Test of the Milo Cup against New Zealand in Adelaide, which Australia won 58-39. She continues her involvement with netball through talent identification, coaching and serving as a selector for Queensland’s underage teams.
Liverpool City Library
Thurs 7 Sept 10:30 - 11:30   Bookings Essential

Netball Narratives


Sports commentator Ann Sargeant OAM will speak about her experiences in netball and how the game has changed as a form of popular culture at the launch of the netball section in the Liverpool Sports Hall of Fame. Anne is a retired Australian netball player and played in the Australian national team from 1978–1988, successfully captaining the side for six years. The Liverpool Sports Hall of Fame exhibition will be updated to focus on netball and will include items from all three National players from Liverpool: Jo Morgan, Nicole Cusak and Kristiana Man’ua.
Liverpool City Library
Thurs 7 Sept  11:30 - 12:30 pm   Bookings Essential 

The Cavalcade of History and Fashion presents The Swinging 60s


Timeline Photography © Cavalcade
The Swinging 60s was an era of prosperity and rebellion for the young who developed a new and very different interest in fashion, music and nightclubs. Fashion became fun, designed by the young for the young and broke away from the exclusivity of haute couture. Cavalcade’s
Presentation on the Swinging 60s will feature a selection of fashion from this era – miniskirts, cocktail frocks, the little black dress, paper dresses, beachwear, underwear and nightwear. This exhibition ties in with this year’s History Week theme of ‘Pop Culture’.
Suitable for young adults up.

Liverpool City Library

Sat 9 Sept  10:30am - 12pm

Iconic Australian Houses: an exhibition by Karen McCartney


Image Courtesy of Sydney Living Museums

Presented in partnership with Architecture Foundation Australia, is a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. 
The exhibition explores the design and building of these houses, as well as the experiences of those who live in them, and illustrates the emergence of a distinctively Australian approach to home design. Vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and filmed interviews look beyond the physical structures to tell the story of how good design can enrich lifestyle. 
Iconic Australian Houses includes a sneak peek at one of the award-winning Australian houses featured in Karen McCartney’s forthcoming book, Superhouse: architecture & interiors beyond the everyday, which looks at stand-out contemporary architecture from across the world. 

8 September 2017  to 29 October 2017

Liverpool City Library