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Our History

In early 1967, a local farmer, Wally Chitty* had an idea of forming a club in Toodyay, along the lines of the Northam Wildflower Club. He discussed this idea with a number of local community members.
Later that year, Dawn Atwell* (a farmer from Woodendale), Ray Paynter* (a farmer from Clackline), Hazel Hastie* (a farmer’s wife from Deepdale) and Albie North* (a Shire Councillor and farmer from Strathavon) met to further Wally Chitty's idea. They discussed and then formulated the objectives of such a Club.


So began the Toodyay Naturalists' Club, an organisation highly respected in the local and wider community for its views on the conservation of natural history. Evidence of this respect is its receipt of the prestigious John Tonkin Greening Award in 1996.


The story of the early days of the Toodyay Naturalists' Club through to 2010 can be found in the Club's history book The Toodyay Naturalists' Club: 40 years of Observation and Education (1968-2008), published in July 2010 (ISBN 978 0 9595569 3 3). For more information and details of how to order, please contact the Secretary.
Read some 'Facts and Figures 1968-2013' on the club's past, compiled by Beth Frayne.

Recent Publications

The club has recently published 'A guide to exploring Toodyay... naturally', launched on 27 October, 2018. It has 190 pages, a comprehensive index and colour photographs throughout. Priced at $27 (plus P&P if applicable) it is only available through the club. Orders can be placed by contacting our President or can be purchased at Drummond House between 10am and noon on Saturdays.
Cost to members $15, non-members $27.00 (for an extra $3 you can become a member($15) AND have the book ($15), total $30 compared to $27 for the book only).

The TNC has produced a number of other publications., some of which are out of print.
The Nature Series 1 can be printed for personal use however the TNC retains Copyright over the document.
Nature Series 2 is a colourful tri-fold pamphlet on the Julimar Conservation Park and is available from Drummond House & the Toodyay Visitor's Centre (not currently available through this site).
Further publications are due in 2022-2023

Following is a list of past and current Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers (based on Beth Frayne's 'Facts and Figures' and Club Minutes):

Toodyay Naturalists' Club Presidents

Albert (Albie) North (dec.): 1968-1976;
Sam Cook (dec.): 1976-1979;
Doug Wood (dec.): 1979-1981;
Sam Cook (dec.): 1981-1984;
Dawn Atwell (dec.): 1984-1987;
Mavis Jefferys (dec.): 1987-1989;
Christine Miles: 1989-1991;
Ross McDougall: 1991-1993;
Wayne Clarke: 1993-1996;
Janette Boase: 1996-1998;
Bob Frayne: 1998-2001;
Kim Bendtsen: 2001-2002;
Bob Frayne: 2002-2004;
Don Smith: 2004-2006;
Greg Warburton: 2006-2009;
Lee Francis: 2009-2010 (Dec);
Greg Warburton: 2011 (Jan-Jun - Acting);
Desraé Clarke: 2011-2014;
Michalie Foley: 2014-2015;
Brian Foley: 2015-2018;
Desraé Clarke: 2018-2021;
Sharon Richards: 2021-


Toodyay Naturalists' Club Secretaries

(Note: In 1985/86 and from 1987-2007 a Correspondence and a Minute Secretary (in brackets) undertook the task; from 1968 to 1985 and 2007 onward it was one role)
Hazel Hastie (dec.) 1968 to Nov 1970;
Jim Masters (dec.) 1970-1973, 1975-1979;
Sam Cook (dec.) 1973-1975;
Pam Masters 1979-1986; (Minutes: Kath Morgan (dec.) 1985-1986, Dawn Atwell (dec.) 1987-1992)
Maxine Walker (dec.) 1987-1991; (Jocelyn Ballard 1992-1993)
Belle Moore 1991-1994; (Janette Boase 1993-1996)
Sally Craddock 1994-1997, 2001-2002; (Beth Boase 1996-1998)
Kim Bendtsen 1997-2000; (Steve McCabe (1998-Dec 1999), Nuala Ennis Jan 2000-2003)
Sue Eldridge 2002-2006; (Greg Warburton 2003-2006),Jacqueline Lucas 2007)
Wayne Clarke 2007-2021;
Desraé Clarke 2021-

Toodyay Naturalists' Club Treasurers

Hazel Hastie (dec.) 1968 to Nov 1970;
Jim Masters (dec.) 1970-1973, 1975-1986;
Sam Cook (dec.) 1973-1975;
Jenny Ballard 1986-1998;
Wayne Clarke 1998-2001, 2007-2012;
Eva Smith 2001-2006;
Beth Frayne 2006-2007, 2011-2015;
Sharon Richards 2015-2020;
Charmian St John 2020-

Toodyay Naturalists' Club Office Bearers and Committee

View the complete list of Office Bearers and Committee since 1968


Page updated 26 August 2022