Willandra Open Day
Visit Willandra, an 1840s Georgian home, on Sunday 20 May from 10am to 3pm. Built by James Devlin on land granted to John Small in 1794 and saved from demolition by the community in the 1970s. Willandra had been a house, then a service station. A private buyer proposed to demolish, remove and rebuild the house in the Hunter Valley, however community agitation led by the Ryde District Historical Society resulted in Federal and State government grants enabling the purchase of the house by Ryde Municipal Council. The restored building was opened in 1980 and is home to the Ryde District Historical Society and the City of Ryde Art Society. During Open Day you can explore the house and its views of the Parramatta River, watch a continuous digital display of images of Ryde – then and now, see what’s in our Archives, relax and enjoy a Devonshire Tea, and purchase RDHS publications. A tour of St Anne’s churchyard and Ryde Village will be held, leaving Willandra at 2pm.