|2017 Dates to be advised||Precinct Tour||Group walking tour of the Orphan Schools and St. John's Park Precinct. The tour includes a visit to St. John's Church and a short organ recital (subject to availability of church). Learn about the site and its history from one of our tour guides. $10 donation on the day towards notes and 'tea and biscuits' afterwards. Booking are necessary; please register online here.|
|Sunday 26 February 2017 11.00pm – 2.30pm||Fox's Feast||Fox's Feast was an annual picnic from
1863-1879 for the Orphan School children paid for from the legacy of
John Fox, an ex-convict who had been in an orphanage in England. His
legacy also rewarded the best boy and girl each year with 10 pounds
and a silver medal, known as the Fox's Medal. Each year the Friends
of the Orphan Schools remember this highlight of the children's year
by holding our own Fox’s Feast.
This year an optional tour, including the newly conserved TB Sanatorium chalets, will set off at 11.00am to be followed by a brief welcome by our convenor Dr Dianne Snowden at 1.00pm and a simple BYO picnic lunch on the lawns outside the Old Sunday school.
Bring a picnic lunch and rug or outdoor chairs. Tea, coffee and milk will be available inside. RSVPs are not necessary.
At about 1.30pm we will pause to scatter a few rose petals on our memorial garden and remember those who died while in care.
Friends of the Orphan School committee members will be available to have a chat. All members and friends are very welcome.
Group walking tours of the Orphan Schools and St. John's Park Precinct can be arranged by negotiation, minimum ten persons.
The tour includes a visit to St. John's Church and a short organ recital (subject to availability of church). Learn about the site and its history from one of our tour guides: Joyce Purtscher, well known for her work on the children in the Orphan Schools and paupers, or Dianne Snowden our convenor and historian.
$10 donation towards notes and a hot drink and biscuit at the end.
Email the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a phone message on 0362 852654.
For more information about activities: email the Secretary