Welcome!

Welcome to the website of John Broadley Heritage Services. I am a heritage professional based in Mudgee with interests in the history, architecture and gardens of colonial New South Wales. I have constructed a series of lectures on these topics which can be viewed under the heading 'Tours and Lectures' on this website. I also have a specialised interest in French architecture and art and am in the process of developing a series of French-themed lectures.

John

Events

Talk to Camden ADFAS

On Saturday, 24th June 2017 I gave a lecture for Camden ADFAS, entitled "Merioola, A House on Edgecliff Road". Merioola, completed in late 1859 as a sandstone villa, was enlarged in the mid 1880s and in 1911 it became the home of Arthur Wigram and Ethel Allen, members of the noted legal family, who were great entertainers. They built a ballroom on the side of Merioola which was where they entertained Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII and the Duke of Windsor) during his visit to Australia in 1920. After the Allens, from 1942 until 1951, Chica Edgeworth, later Lowe, ran Merioola as a boarding house where her preferred clientele were artistic types - dancers, artists, singers, sculptors etc - and Merioola became celebrated as a stimulating environment, noted for its parties. Many of its inhabitants, such as Donald Friend, went on to find fame in Australia and abroad. The house was demolished in 1951, but the ballroom was re-erected at Victoria House, Bexley, a reception centre. Coincidentally, my wedding reception was held in this space in 1980.

History Talk at Mudgee Libary

On Monday, 1st May 2017 I gave a powerpoint prsentation on my work on recording local district churches to a group of local history enthusiasts at the Mudgee Library. As our district has many small churches, some of which are at risk from demographic changes and environmental factors and economic development, I have been photographing and researching teh history of many of our loal churches. I discussed the need for this and showed what I had recorded so far.

National Trust lecture

On Wednesday evening, 22nd June 2016, I gave a Powerpoint presentation in Mudgee on The Visit of the Prince de Conde to Australia in 1866. This lecture tells the story of a young French prince, heir to a vast fortune, who charmed Sydney but whose life was cut short during his visit to Australia. He had one of the grandest funerals Sydney had ever seen, while his remains wandered around the world for the next decade.

View Club luncheon

On Friday 3rd June 2016 I was guest speaker at a luncheon hosted by the Mudgee View Club at Mudgee Golf Club. I delivered a Powerpoint presentation which discussed my introduction of teaching Japanese in Mudgee, and my involvement in local historical research and  with ADFAS (Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) Mudgee.

Sustainable Farming and Seed Savers Conference

On Saturday 28th May 2016 I attended the above conference at the former Augustine winery in Mudgee as a guest speaker. I delivered a Powerpoint presentation on "The Pastoral and Agricultural History of Mudgee".

Trip to Europe

I am in the midst of arranging a trip to Europe, leaving mid August 2016, for 2.5 months. During my trip I plan to visit Hamburg, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Munich, Regensburg, Stuttgart and Reims, then spend 6 weeks in Paris. During my time away I will be taking photographs and doing research for several lectures which I am constructing on European-based and Australian-linked lectures or topics of interest to an Australian audience.

Senior Citizens' Week 2016

At a lunch on Wednesday 6th 2016 at Club Mudgee it was announced that I was the Senior Citizen of The Year for Mudgee for my contributions to the Mudgee Historical Society and the production of my book Historic Houses of Mudgee. This award was an unexpected and pleasant surprise.

Australia Day 2016

On Australia Day 2016 I was one of three candidates for the Mid-Western Regional Council Australia Day Arts Award. The awardee was a group from Rylstone. Each nominee received a certificate.

ADFAS Australian Lecturers List

In September 2015, at the September Council meeting of the Association of ADFAS (Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) it was announced that I have been placed on the Australian Lecturers List. This is a great honour and I look forward to presenting my range of lectures, with both Australian and international flavours (see Tours & Lectures). I have been a committee member of ADFAS Mudgee since its foundation and have served as Secretary, Membership Secretary, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of that branch.

Photographs

A keen photographer I have taken 10,000s of photographs of historic buildings and gardens in the Mudgee district, in Sydney, and throughout New South Wales. I am happy to share these photographs and from time to time I will add interesting photographs in Archives

Putta Bucca garden

Scaled Drawings

A great admirer of colonial building and carpentry, I have produced hundreds of scaled drawings of buildings, and of joinery in particular: doors, windows, verandah posts, shutters and stairs. From time to time I will post interesting scaled drawings in Archives