Royal Oaks Hotel, Parramatta

Royal Oaks Hotel Update

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The Royal Oak Hotel is scheduled for demolition early in 2020. The 1813 Stables at the rear of the Hotel where John Andrews sadly committed suicide in 1832 by hanging himself from the stable rail, will remain on the site. Furthermore, I am amazed that the N.S.W. State Government have not considered the following: The Heritage significance detailed by the […]

TDAI AGM 2019-2020

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The Tunks Descendants Association AGM will be held on Wednesday 5th February 2020  at the First Fleeter’s House in Woolloomooloo.  If we can all be there at 10am and we start the meeting at 10.30am We will have a morning tea break between the AGM and the 1st Committee Meeting. Would you please bring a plate […]

Goat Island Tour

Goat Island Tour

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On Sunday 3rd November members of TDAI and their partners and friends joined a guided tour of Goat Island. Goat Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour, lying to the west of the Harbour Bridge between Balmain and Millers Point. It is a sandstone outcrop and the island covers an area of 5.4 hectares […]

Naming Conventions

Naming Conventions

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Many cultures believe in honouring family members by naming children after their elders. These naming conventions may come in handy when identifying potential members of your ancestor’s immediate family. However, remember that not all parents followed these conventions precisely. They could always choose other people to honour such as close friends. Below is a common […]

Dead Central Exhibition

TDAI Tour Dead Central Exhibition

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21 TDAI Members attended a Guided Tour of the State Library and the Mitchell Library Wing on Tuesday 10 September.  The facilities available for research are fantastic and the sheer majesty and historical significance of the Mitchell Wing, truly outstanding. The information provided by the volunteer guides was excellent and gave us all an appreciation […]

Alan George

2018 TDAI President’s Report

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT 19TH MAY 2019 AGM – Alan GeorgeWelcome to all our Committee Members, Association members and visitors who have joined us for our Annual General Meeting and Picnic Day, here at the Gore Hill oval which is part of the Gore Hill park re-development.  Willoughby City Council through Glascott Landscape & Civil have done […]

Prof Robert Lusby

New Patron of TDAI

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Professor Robert Lusby has graciously accepted our invitation as our new Patron of the Tunks Descendants Association Incorporated. Vascular surgeon-turned-vigneron, Professor Robert Lusby has been recognised for his significant service to medicine and medical education and research in the form of an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) Dr Lusby has had a wonderful […]

Thank you to our TDAI Members

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THANK YOU – The committee would like to thank members for renewing their memberships for 2019 and for their generous donations. Historic Tunks Family gravesite maintenance and restorations Placing of Historical plaques Tunks Descendants Website Friends of St Johns Cemetery Trust Friends of Gore Hill Cemetery Trust Ancestry Membership and Family Tree Research Production and […]

Tunks Monument East

Tunks Monument Repairs

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Tunks Monument Repair Ken Tunks Tunks Monument Repair West Tunks Monument Repair North At the recent Tunks Descendant’s Association picnic, Ken Tunks unveiled the newly restored Tunks Monument at St John’s Cemetery in Parramatta.  Ken has worked tirelessly to navigate the heritage laws to enable us to get permission to undertake this work.  To show […]

Richard Chalmers

Life Membership Award

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Congratulations and a huge THANK YOU to Richard Chalmers who was awarded Life Membership of the Tunks Descendants Association last Sunday. Richard’s father, Len Chalmers was one of four founding members of the Tunks Descendants Association.Richard has been a member since 1981 and has held the office of President and Tunks Talk EditorHe has been Secretary […]