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Historic House of Linnwood Open Day for November

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Well, they are at it again!

The Friends of Linnwood are holding their last Open House at the Historic House of Linnwood at Guildford for the final time of 2015.

There will be over 100 cars on display at Linnwood. Photo courtesy of Dorothy Warrick.

If you have never been to one of these open days you are surely missing out on a great day, as there is so much to see and do on the day and let's face it - you are contributing to a great cause. By visiting this great open day you will also be helping to raise much need funds to keep the continued restoration and conservation work on the marvellous house.

On Sunday the 8th of November from 11am to 4pm you will be able to see cars from years gone by that have been restored with so much love and care that it will take you back in time to when these cars were seen been driven throughout Australia.

The featured car will be the Ex Vice-Regal Rolls Royce Phantom V owned by The Sir Henry Royce Foundation.

The Rolls Royce Phantom V-17 in all its glory. Photo courtesy of Dorothy Warrick.

The major exhibitors will be as follows:

• Rolls Royce Owners Club of Australia Concours and Display.

Photo courtesy of Dorothy Warrick.

Photo courtesy of Dorothy Warrick.

The Rolls-Royce Company was formed in 1904 between the Hon C.S.Rolls and Henry Royce (later Sir Henry). In 1931 the Rolls-Royce Company bought Bentley Motors and has been manufacturing both marques since then. Bentley Motors is now owned by Volkswagen and Rolls-Royce by BMW. All Rolls-Royce cars and all post-1931 Bentley cars are eligible for membership in the Club. This includes the latest cars manufactured by the two companies.

Parking plan for the cars on display. Photo courtesy of event organiser.

As well as the cars marked on the plan, you will expect some additional vehicles to be on display.

These will include the former Vice-Regal Rolls-Royce Phantom V, the White Star Line 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II chassis restored to show how it was when it left the factory, the latest cars from Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Tesla the high tech electric vehicle. These vehicles will be displayed behind the RROAC Concours area in an area in front of Linnwood House itself.

Photo courtesy of Dorothy Warrick.

Click to visit their website.

• Bentley Drivers Club; Rover Owners Club NSW.

Photo courtesy of Bentley Drivers Club; Rover Owners Club NSW

The Bentley Drivers Club Limited (the "Club") was formed in April 1936, by a small group of W.O. Bentley owners who were brought together by the efforts and enthusiasm of Keston Pelmore. The Bentley Drivers Club NSW Region meets bi-monthly at the North Ryde RSL Community Club on Old Pittwater Road at 8.00pm on the first Monday of even months.

Click to visit their website.

• Daimler & Lanchester Owners Club.

Photo courtesy of Daimler & Lanchester Owners Club

Gottlieb Daimler was a German born in 1834, and is credited with inventing the internal combustion engine and producing the first four wheeled vehicle. While exhibiting his invention in 1890, an Englishman, Frederick Simms, purchased the patents and in 1896 The Daimler Motor Co Ltd was formed in England. They are a group of enthusiasts who are dedicated to the Daimler and Lanchester motor vehicles in Australia. The rich heritage of these vehicles and the enthusiasm of the members of DLOC Australia are reflected in their website. Click to visit their website.

• Vintage Vehicles Club.

Photo courtesy of Vintage Vehicles Club

They are a friendly club and work to make the experience enjoyable for the whole family, who has special entertainment at their meetings where members and guests talk about their restorations and recent exploits, travels and show pictures of these. The Club displays its vehicles on its monthly Runs to various locations and they also hold an Annual Tour and Hub Rally to more distant locations, to share our enjoyment. Everyone is welcome.

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• Motoring Group from the Royal Automobile Club of Australia.

The establishment of the Club in 1903 was a response to the need for a body to represent motorists on early legislation affecting the first automobiles on the State's roads. The Royal Automobile Club of Australia undertook key responsibilities such as the insurance of these early vehicles, and, of equal importance, the issuing of the State's first 'competency certificates' for drivers.

The RACA extended the range of 'pleasure driving in New South Wales through arrangements for the distribution of petrol, first within a radius of 25 miles of Sydney, and later through an extended area.

Click to visit their website.

Photo courtesy of Dorothy Warrick.


• Carnival Glass Collectors Association.

As people say, "You can learn something new every day", and when putting this article together I did a bit of research on what is Carnival Glass.

Don't forget to check out the Carnival Glassware at Linnwood. Photo courtesy of Dorothy Warrick.

In 1907 a company called Fenton introduced a new type of glass. At the time it was called Iridill and is now known as carnival glass. This type of glass was a more affordable glass that resembled expensive art glass. Carnival glass went out of fashion in the 1950s, but made a comeback in the 1970s. So much so that collectors were scouring the globe for pieces.

Photo courtesy of Dorothy Warrick.

Carnival glass is pressed glass with an iridescence finish (oily shine). This finish was obtained by pulverising metallic salts on the glass while it was still hot and the glass was fired a second time. The Carnival Glass Collectors Association will be displaying a wide range of colourful glassware from Australia, USA, Europe and Argentina.

Photo courtesy of Dorothy Warrick.

Click to visit their website.

• Holroyd City Council.

You will be able to watch a digital display commemorating 100 years of ANZAC 1915-2015. This body of work explores the stories and imagery of World War One and will include portraits of 112 veterans from the Holroyd Local Government Area along with key information for each including their name and rank from the nominal role, age at the time of enlistment, suburb from which they were connected and their fate.

This project was founded on research that was drawn from a variety of mediums, ranging from printed archives, online databases and community collaboration. What unfolded from this research were letters, diaries, pictures and medical and service records of twelve brave locals. This led to a final work that attempted to empathise with and uncover the personal stories of war.

• City of Holroyd Brass Band.

Don't forget to listen to the City of Holroyd Brass Band. Photo courtesy of the City of Holroyd Brass Band.

Performance times will be 1pm to 1.30pm and 1.45pm to 2.15pm. These performance times are not to be missed.

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• The Traditional Tools Group. (TTTG).

Photo courtesy of TTTG.

TTTG is a not-for-profit society interested in traditional tools and skills and their members include artisans and amateurs, tool users and collectors. They hold six meetings per year at the National Trust Centre in Sydney.

Throughout the year they publish 6 issues of NEWS and they also offer hands-on and real skills workshops (for a fee) throughout the year. So if you have a number of tools that you don't know what they are or what they are used for, you should also take the time to talk to the members who will be on the stand.

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• Sausage Sizzle.

• Arts and Craft Stalls.

• Devonshire Teas and cakes.

Photo courtesy of Dorothy Warrick.

So if you are into magnificently restored and looked after cars, carnival glass, ANZAC history, old tools and historical houses, then you should get yourself and your family along to the last open day at the Historical House of Linnwood. I am sure you won't be disappointed and while you are there, you can get yourself a sausage sizzle or sit down to some Devonshire tea and cakes.
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Why? So much to see and do in a short time
When: 11am to 4pm
Phone: (02) 9632 9203
Where: 25 Byron Road Guildford.
Cost: $3 Admission. Children under 5 are free.
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