Friday, May 22, 2020

Vale Heather Melbourne

19 April 1932 - 11 May 2020

I have many fond memories of Heather, who I first met in 1998 at the Rozelle Bay Community Nursery where we both did Bushcare.

We were also both regulars at the Annandale Precinct Meetings.

Heather with her friend Hilma was a core member of the Presbyterian Community in Annandale.

Through Heather, I got involved in guiding heritage walks as part of the Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church Heritage Day.

Heather encouraged me to write my Annandale Short Walk Books and provided valuable feedback on drafts of my first six books (1890s Annandale, Federation Annandale, Annandale's Great War, 1920s, 1930s and 1940s Annandale) published between 2010 and 2016.

Heather left Annandale in 2015 and returned to Narrabri. My partner and I visited her in Narrabri in 2016. Heather was a great tour guide of her home town. We visited the Observatory and Sawn Rocks.

A thanksgiving service was held at St Stephens Presbyterian Church in Narrabri and Heather was buried at the Narrabri Lawn Cemetry on 15th May. The text of the sermon and recordings of the service are available via

My condolences go to her family.

Presbyterian Womens Association Annandale Fete 2012; Heather in beret, with Hilma in light blue cardigan and Emma in red cap

Margaret Beveridge, Emma and Heather at Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church Anniverary Service 28 Feb 2010
2013 Heritage Festival

Leaving her home in Annandale at 213 Nelson Street, October 2015

Lunch with Heather at  Arts Centre Narrabri, 10 June 2016

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