NEXT MEETING - FRIDAY 14th October 2022


BLOG updated 11:45am 18th Sept

We meet at Federation House, 23/33 Mary St Surry Hills. Five minutes walk from the Charmers Street exit of Central Station.

All welcome, members and their guests. 

The committee will meet earlier at 11.00am which will be followed about noon by a catered lunch and social time. 

Following lunch we will have a Guest Speaker at 12.45pm then the General Meeting which is expected to finish on or before 3.30pm.

NOTE, following a series a series of successful hybrid ZOOM meetings (sound and video working now), this will also be a Hybrid LIVE/ZOOM meeting, starting with the Guest Speaker at 12.45pm and conclude soon after the close of the general meeting. 

The Guest Speaker is Robin Walsh and she will speak on " Portrait of a Lady: Elizabeth Macquarie, 1778-1835"

Elizabeth Macquarie’s life provides a window into the early years of white settlement in New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land where she created a unique legacy as the wife of a colonial governor and helped to shape his administration and the emergence of a free society.

Robin is a retired research librarian from Macquarie University Library and former curator of The Lachlan & Elizabeth Macquarie Room. He has devoted the last 30 years to documenting the lives and times of the Macquaries and is the author of In Her Own Words: the writings of Elizabeth Macquarie. [Exisle Publishing: 2011]. He is also a contributor to the publication Playing Their Part: Vice-Regal Consorts of New South Wales 1788-2019. [Royal Australian Historical Society: 2020]. He has been a historical adviser to Scottish and Australian TV documentaries and has also assisted in the development of three colonial-themed exhibitions at Old Government House, Parramatta

Minutes for the general meetings in 2022 may be viewed by clicking HERE . The previous month's minutes will be available on the day of the next meeting.

REGISTRATION for the Zoom meeting is mandatory. Please apply to the RTA Zoom Coordinator by email to a week before the meeting, the latest please before 11.00am on the morning of the meeting, preferably earlier.

NEWSLETTER. By clicking on HERE, please find the August version of our newsletter (18). If you know of any members (and, more particularly, their email addresses) who might like to be included in future monthly emailed Newsletter, just let the RTA secretary know at 

NOTE, the newsletter is sent out from Federation to about 6,000 members using the last email address for you on their records. If the records are wrong, no newsletter. If this is the case, please contact the NSW Teachers Federation at Surry Hills in Sydney.

CLUB YORK LUNCH. The next monthly luncheon for members will be occurring on Wednesday 14th September 2022 commencing at 12 noon. The venue is at Primi in Club York (99 York Street Sydney), not far from the York St exit of The Queen Victoria Building. Please contact Chrys (0427 188 126) if you are attending so that an accurate booking can be made. 

OCTOGENARIAN Cakes have been a tradition at the RTA for many years. Members who turn 80 in 2021 or 2022 are eligible for a Lion's Christmas Cake. Please contact Therese Medhurst ( , 0419 157 342 for more information. The cakes will be distributed in late November and early December. 



St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Macquarie Street Sydney, 

Musical performance by students from 

the Conservatorium High School.

Tuesday 1st December at 1.00pm.

All members and their friends were invited to attend. 

The students appreciate an audience and the audience is well rewarded by a wonderful performance.

Refreshments afterwards.

September Social Event



Penrith Museum of Printing, 
In the grounds of Penrith Paceway, 
Corner Ransley and Station Sts Penrith.

10am for 2 hours.
Tour Cost $10 per person:

Lunch, at own expense, will be at the adjacent Club Paceway.

The Lithgow train leaves Central Station, Platform 6 at 8.24am. Get off at Penrith.

 It is a walk of about 1300 metres along Station Street to the grounds of Penrith Paceway. 

NOTE, regular buses do go along Station Street (three stops) to Ransley St. from Stands C and E if required

Alternatively, a group may decide to get a taxi from the station.

For more details, contact Max Prince 
or 0431 473 983 


Social Events Planned for the remainder of 2022

Tour 9 Date: Tues 1 November 2022
Place: State Theatre
Address: 49 Market Street, Sydney
Phone: 9373 6655 or 9373 6852
Tour Time: 10.00am
Tour Cost per person: $20 Pay Max
on the day – booked for 20 people
Lunch cost: at own expense
The Theatre’s a short walk from the
Sydney Town Hall Railway Station
Max Prince RTA Social Director
Phone: 0431 473 983 

Tour 10 Date: Thursday 24 November

Place: Gosford Regional Gallery and

Edogawa Commemorative Garden



Phone: 4304 7550

Tour Time: 10.00am

Tour Cost per person: $3

Lunch cost: at your expense

Edogawa is Gosford’s sister city in

Japan. The garden adjoins the lovely

building of the art gallery, the

restaurant and the community arts

centre. We get a guided tour of the

art gallery & garden then buy our

own lunch in The Top Point Cafe



Central Station platform 9 the train

departs at 7.15am

Arrives at Gosford Station platform 2

at 8.40am

Catch the Bus 66A at the station – it

departs at 9.31am and arrives close

to the gallery at 9.44am.

The gallery is at 36 Webb St, East


Max Prince RTA Social Director


Phone: 0431 473 983

AUGUST 2022 Social Event


Queen Victoria Building, Tuesday 23 August 2022

Thanks Max Prince RTA Social Director,  

The National School Chaplaincy Program


The September RTA meeting is notifying its membership that the independent evaluation of The National School Chaplaincy Program closes on Tuesday 13th September.

If you have an opinion and wish to make a submission you have very little time. 

Please use the following link for more information and to provide a submission. 


July 2022 Social Event

TUESDAY 19 JUL Maitland Gaol, 

The 90 minute tour, "150yrs under Lock and Key" 

Lunch next door in Bread and Water Cafe

Terry took some 150+ photos. They can be seen and downloaded from this link

 Thanks Max Prince, our RTA Social Director, and phone 0431  473  983.  

June Social event


Old Government House Parramatta

Pitt Street entrance, Parramatta Park

May Social Event


Sydney Cricket Ground