The Community Event Of The Year was awarded to The Hunters Hill Historical Society for the project, the Hunters Hill Heritage Walks Guide.
In late 2016, Hunters Hill Historical Society published a Guide, an illustrated publication with specially drawn maps and historic photographs.
The publication details six heritage walks throughout the Hunters Hill Municipality, showcasing the Woolwich, Jeanneret, Garibaldi, Figtree, Missionary and Henley Walks which were suitably named after local people and places.
Each walk takes people past 70 bronze plaques which have been installed in the pavement. Each plaque has significance either because of the person who lived there or because of the place itself.
A former President of the Historical Society, the Late Gil Wahlquist had the original idea for the plaques to mark the Sesquicentenary of Hunters Hill, and this guide was published to coincide with the recent installation of the last of the plaques. More than 5,000 copies were printed in the first run and is being distributed free to interested Hunters Hill residents, local libraries and organisations etc.
The guide serves as an educational aid for local school students and will soon be available on the Hunters Hill Historical Society’s website - www.huntershillmuseum.orq.au.
The guide is truly a local community project with members of the Society, June Beck, Ros McGuire, Graham Percival, Beverley Sherry and Chris Schofield each contributing to the research, writing and production.
The Historical Society received assistance from Council’s Community Events Co-ordinator Adrian Black and the project was funded by the generous support of the Armati Family of Hunters Hill - welcome John & Kate - who also funded the first tranche of plaques, with the Mostyn Family Foundation funding the second tranche of plaques.
The Guide is a splendid addition to the volume of literature which documents Hunters Hill’s unique heritage, it allows residents and members of the public to learn more about this beautiful Municipality and is the latest endeavour by the Society to document the past for future generations.