Tempe House Open Day – 28/2/21

An open day will take place at Tempe House from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm on Sunday 28 February.

Tempe House is adjacent to Wolli Creek Railway Station and close to Princes Highway along which the 422 bus runs.

Features for the day will include:

  • A display in the museum “Tempe House; a Place of Inspiration” dedicated to Tempe House depicted in artworks of the 19th and 20th Centuries. 
  • A display in the St Magdalen’s Chapel dedicated to the Sisters of the Good Samaritans.
  • Excursions scheduled at 11.15AM, 1.15PM and 2.30PM. Bookings essential via leaving your name, phone number, the number of people to accompany you and preferred excursion time on  9596 2652.
  • Book launch and Music in the Chapel at midday. 

Conditions of attendance: mandatory face mask and entry registration.

Russian born local researcher, Olga Sedneva celebrates her 25th Anniversary in Australia with two milestone publications. Awarded a Masters Degree in Art Curatorship by the University of Sydney in 2013, this local history buff has been recognised for her exploration of the Rockdale Art Award (1955-1977) and the Rockdale Art Collection. Olga received a Special Prize in the 2015 Ron Rathbone Local History Award. During the pandemic, Olga has once again turned her attention to local history. 

There are books on Mr A B Spark and his property, Tempe House, which is located on the banks of Cook’s River at Wolli Creek. The House is an example of colonial architecture and landscaping. Olga’s book, Tempe House, the Place of Inspiration looks at this “delightful villa residence” through the eyes of both colonial and contemporary artists. Their drawings and paintings are an unusual way to explore and illustrate the story of this romantic locale and its inhabitants. The book is to be launched by Discovery Point resident Ms Ann Fardell, the Heritage Committee representative of the Discovery Point Cooperative Pty Ltd.

The Lydham Hall Museum, located in Bexley, is the first local museum within the Bayside Council area. For fifty years it has been in Council ownership and operating as a Museum. The catalyst for Olga’s initial interest was the chance discovery of a hitherto unpublished article by Gifford Eardley on Lydham Hall. Eardley’s prose has been embellished with maps, photographs and other material, and now is presented as part of the compilation titled Lydham Hall, Bricks and Mortar.

Former Rockdale and Kogarah Councillor, Anne Field, will launch the Golden Jubilee edition of this new publication. Anne is a local historian, writer, and a former Chair of the Lydham Hall Management Committee (1995-1999).This work is a long overdue recognition of the significance of this landmark property.

The public is invited to the launch at St Magdalen’s Chapel during the Tempe House Open Day 28th February, at 12 noon. Due to Covid-19 related Government regulations, wearing a mask and registration are essential for all attendees. Enquiries on 02 9596 2652.