The outstanding contributions by four members of Willunga National Trust were publicly acknowledged at the recent AGM of the National Trust of SA. The presentation of Awards by Prof. Norman Etherington highlighted the range and variety of activities in which individual Branch members become involved. It’s not all about History!

Donald McDonald received a NTSA Honour Award. Donald was a foundation member of Willunga Branch in 1969 and has been a Committee member for the past 10 years. He is responsible for OH&S issues and maintenance and has cheerfully taken on the extensive task of liaising with the City of Onkaparinga Council, the Heritage Architect, builders and maintenance workers about any repairs and maintenance to be carried out at the Branch properties (the Courthouse Museum, the Slate Museum and the Bassett Boys Schoolroom). Donald is the Branch “go to” person and carries out all his voluntary activities, including that of tour guide, promptly and effectively. His Award recognised his extensive voluntary contribution over a long period.

Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Lynda Harte, Judith Lamb and Dr Ted Sandercock.

Lyn Harte is a member of the Willunga Branch Committee. Not only is she responsible for catering, she manages visitor participation in mock trials at the Courthouse Museum and acts as a museum guide. She helps organise weddings bookings at the Willunga Courthouse and is involved in the School Visit program at the Basset Boys Schoolroom.

Judith Lamb plays a vital support role in all activities of the Branch: weddings, group visits, the schools program and visitor guiding at the Museum. She has initiated some innovative ways of  fundraising for the Branch. She is a key member of the team at Willunga.

Dr Edward (Ted) Sandercock developed and presents the History Talk and mock trial which is the highlight of a group visit to the Courthouse Museum and the Slate Museum.  Making history come alive, and ensuring that its significance is appreciated, is a skill that is important to the success of a museum visit.

Congratulations to you all for your service to your community!

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