I have been President of Mudgee Historical Society Inc for several years now, and since the mid 1990s have also been the Minutes Secretary.
I am a school teacher by profession and have always had a great love of history, although ironically I never taught history. After retiring in 2000 I undertook a Master's degree in Cultural Heritage Studies at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst campus, and graduated in 2003. For many years I have been involved in recording historic buildings, mainly in the Central West region of New South Wales. I have contributed many articles to the local press since the 1990s on historical issues and have also served on the local council's heritage committee. I am an active committee member of the Gulgong-Mudgee-Rylstone Branch of the National Trust of Australia (NSW), having previously served as Secretary and Treasurer.
My role in the Society is consuming - my wife calls it "the other woman"! Each fortnight I do a day's museum duty and occasionally fill in on other days, and also attend the weekly working bee, where I am mainly involved in administration. I am the manager of the Society website and am also involved in the production of the quarterly newsletter along with Editor Fay Wells. I am invariably involved in visiting coach and school groups and am usually the 'public face' of the Society.
My role as President is made easier by a competent and supportive team of fellow executive members and hardworking volunteers.