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Northern Suburbs Camera Club

Northside Creative Photography


Northern Suburbs Camera Club as it was know then was born on 29th May 1952 when the inaugural meeting was held in the Chatswood Town Hall. It was opened by Tim Wilson as convener and chairman and he also became the first President.

The club has a proud record and the quality of the club’s photography has always been considered one of the highest in NSW and perhaps even nationally.

The success of the club has waxed and waned over the years with the membership oscillating between 17 and 130.

Photo Gallery

A photo gallery has been created to show key events and people.


1996 – 1999 Henry Talbot EFIAP

HenryTalbotHenry Talbot was born Heinz Tichauer on 6 January 1920 at Hindenburg, Germany. He displayed an early fascination with photography which his middle-class Jewish parents encouraged by presenting him with a Rollieflex on his bar mitzvah. By the time he was eighteen Henry decided not to enter the family business and left Hindenburg to study graphic design at Berlin’s acclaimed Reimann School. In November 1938 this all came to an end when the Nazis conducted the infamous Kristalnacht. Henry’s father Max was detained in Germany, but having won the Iron Cross in WWI, he was released, and subsequently he and his wife, Else Breibart, fled to Bolivia. Henry traveled to London where he worked as a designer. In 1940 he was interned and pressured in to traveling to Australia.

After internment at Hay, Henry joined the Australian Military Forces in 1942. While fruit picking in the Goulbourn Valley he arrived at Tocumwal where he met a young charismatic photographer named Helmut Neustadter. Thirteen years later after changing his name to Helmut Newton, he and Henry reunited establishing a photographic studio in Melbourne.

Talbot produced some of the most inventive fashion photography seen in Australia. He liberated his models from the studio and established new freedoms by photographing in exciting locations using natural light and unusual props. He was also drawn to other genres including documentary and the nude.

Talbot closed his studio and lectured photography at the Preston Institute of Photography. He retired from teaching in 1985 and moved to Sydney. Talbot was a gentle but compelling teacher and gave his time freely to organisations including Northern Suburbs Camera Club where he was patron. He sadly passed away in 1999. Shortly after his death, the Australian Institute of Professional Photography instituted the Henry Talbot Award for Services to the Photographic Industry.


1999 – 2011 Archie Raymond AFIAP FRPS AAPS SSAPS

Arch was a great friend and mentor for the club. He invented many darkroom techniques that he willingly taught to club members in tutorials that he gave in his house. Some of these he explained in his beautifully illustrated book: “The Artful Dodger”.

Arch strongly promoted the idea of “Free Style” and creativity. With his wife Mary he devised the club’s first definition of creative photography and presented a stunning 3D model scene in the first National Freestyle competition.

On the 21st of August 2002 Arch presented a “Retrospective Exhibition and Talk”. St David’s Hall was packed to capacity and the attendance was a who’s who of the photographic world – amateur and professional. Everyone was enthralled by the superb quality of his prints and the variety of his subjects.

Arch embraced the digital technology and mastered it in no time, producing magnificent prints.

With his wife Mary he traveled the world from one Pole to the other adding constantly to their enormous collection of stunning images.

Arch entered many competitions and collected many well deserved awards. Arch gained his Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society (UK) in 1988, the Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 1990. In 1991 he gained the award of Artiste de la Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique (Belgium).

Arch exhibited his work in Sydney, Melbourne and London and he has won numerous gold and silver awards in national and International Photographic Exhibitions.

He also wrote numerous articles for the Australian and British press.

Arch was very concerned that the club functioned to the highest possible professional level and his advice were always listened to with great attention.

He passed away in 2011, aged 90.


Meeting Places

Since Ku-ring-gai Council does not provide meeting rooms for clubs, it has been necessary to move many times.

1952-1956 Dispensary Hall 350 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
1956-1967 Congregational Church Anderson St, Chatswood
1967-1979 St Andrews C of E Church Hall Cnr Hill/ Bancroft St, Roseville
1979-1992 St Martin Church Hall Arnold St, Killara
1992-1996 Ku-ring-gai Community Group Centre Mona Vale Rd, St Ives
1996-1999 Baptist Church Hall Park St, Gordon
1999- St David’s Uniting Church Hall Cnr Pacific Highway/Provincial Rd, Lindfield

No camera club can operate without an effective committee. In 2008 the revised Constitution trimmed the committee to President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and five committee members. But before that at various times the committee has had an additional two Vice Presidents, Assistant Treasurer, Assistant Secretary and up to nine committee members. Committee meetings must have been very busy events.

Under the year links will be found to syllabus/programs where available.

Year President Vice
Asst Treasurer
Asst Secretary
Committee Members
52/53 Tim Wilson Leslie M Slack
H Tolhurst
J.Pascoe J.Benjamin
53/54 Tim Wilson Leslie M Slack
J.Pascoe Fred Krull
54/55 L.R.James F.M.Cowper
Leslie M Slack
D.R.Glenville Fred Krull E.Springett (Publicity) Total 12
55/56 L.R.James F.M.Cowper
J.M.Hickey D.R.Glanville J.K.Jackson (Publicity) Total 12
56/57 D.Story L.R.James
57/58 D.Story D.R.Glanville
A.Nuberg D.McDonald R.S.Thomson (Publicity) Total 16
58/59 L.R.James D.Story
A.Nuberg Mrs M.Jackson
Mrs M.Bennett
J.K.Jackson (Publicity) N.Marks (Editor) F.Cowper D.Glanville K.Drew J.M.Hickey P.Ireland K.Bracher D.MacDonald
59/60 Capt K. Swifte J.K.Jackson
NSH Catts Mrs M.Jackson
Miss P.Bennett
F.M.Cowper (Publicity) Total 12
Capt K. Swifte
62/63 V. Wilson
63/64 T. Peyser
64/65 Lt Col K. Swifte Bruce Plummer D.Rawle Mrs N.Sharpe
65/66 J.H.Shaw K.L.Swifte
Bruce Plummer
D.Rawle Mrs N.Sharpe K.L.Swifte (Publicity) Total 17
66/67 Bruce Plummer Peter Low
Paul Aldridge
Leo Glockemann Mrs N.Sharpe W.Lumby (Publicity) Total 15
67/68 Bruce Plummer Peter Low
Paul Aldridge
Leo Glockemann Mrs N.Sharpe Total 15
68/69 Bruce Plummer Muriel Holberton
John Hadfield
Leo Glockemann Leo Glockemann
Total 11
69/70 Bruce Plummer Muriel Holberton
Brian Slade
Leo Glockemann Leo Glockemann
Total 11
70/71 Bruce Plummer
71/72 J.Roberts
72/73 Brian Slade
73/74 Mack Seale Norm Ayre
Percy Packam
Peter McRostie Ian Neale Total 13
74/75 Mack Seale Norm Ayre
Percy Packam
Peter McRostie Mike Wallace Total 9
75/76 Mack Seale Norm Ayre
Percy Packam
Peter McRostie Total 8
76/77 Mack Seale Norm Ayre
Percy Packam
Ian Neale
Peter McRostie Dick Stuart Total 9
77/78 Percy Packham Norm Ayre
Ian Neale
Peter McRostie Dick Stuart Total 10
78/79 Percy Packham Norm Ayre
Ian Neale
Mack Seale
Peter McRostie Dick Stuart Kath Anderson, John Roberts, Roger Michie, John Coen
79/80 Percy Packham Norm Ayre
Ian Neale
Peter McRostie Dick Stuart Total 9
80/81 Percy Packham Norm Ayre
Ian Neale
Peter McRostie Dick Stuart Total 12
81/82 Percy Packham Norm Ayre
Ian Neale
Peter McRostie Dick Stuart Total 12
82/83 Percy Packham Norm Ayre
John Roberts
Peter McRostie Ian Neale Total 12
83/84 Percy Packham Peter McRostie Ian Neale
84/85 Alex Malikoff Rob Mandl
John Roberts
Peter McRostie Ian Neale Total 14
85/86 John Ross Edwards Percy Packham
Eric Barlow
John Roberts Elizabeth Skillington Total 13
86/87 John Ross Edwards Percy Packham John Roberts Elizabeth Skillington Total 11
87/88 John Ross Edwards Percy Packham John Roberts Elizabeth Skillington Total 11
1989 John Ross Edwards Percy Packham John Roberts Ian Hiscock Total 10
1990 Jim Waters Eric Barlow
John Ross Edwards
John Roberts Ian Hiscock Total 9 Inc Attilio del Sal
1991 Jim Waters Eric Barlow
John Roberts
John Ross Edwards Ian Hiscock Total 9 Inc Attilio del Sal
1992 Rafael Perez Eric Barlow John Ross Edwards Alan Bennett Total 10 Inc Attilio del Sal
1993 Elizabeth Skillington Eric Barlow John Ross Edwards Linda Anslow Total 11 Inc Attilio del Sal
1994 Richard Brady Elizabeth Skillington John Ross Edwards Toni Valentine Barry Rook, Attilio del Sal, Noel Shields, Eric Maunder
1995 Richard Brady Elizabeth Skillington John Sutton Barbara Bryan
June Stone
Jim Waters, Barry Rook, Attilio del Sal, Noel Shields, Eric Maunder
1996 Richard Brady Barbara Bryan
Elaine Norling
John Sutton
Ron Dean
Jan Glover Barbara Rooke, Helen Coles, Brian Crowley, Noel Shields, Karen Williamson, Brian Gapes
1997 Richard Brady Barbara Bryan
Carlos Manalang
John Sutton
Ron Dean
Jan Glover
Jenefer Turtle
Brian Crowley (Editor), Maree Davidson, Mark Howard, Lyn Stephenson, Karen Williamson
1998 Richard Brady Barbara Bryan
Elaine Norling
John Sutton
Maree Davidson
Jan Glover
Jenefer Turtle
Brian Crowley (Editor), Elizabeth Cornwall, Mark Howard, Diane Johnstone, Guy Lockwood, Trish McCaul-Kidd, Marie Racz, Lyn Stephenson
1999 Barbara Bryan Jacques Roussel
Ken Sparrow
John Sutton
Maree Davidson
Jan Glover
Jennifer Turtle
June Stone, Marie Raez, Guy Lockwood, Jacques Roussel, Carol Makeham, Elizabeth Cornwall, David Bigwood, Diane Johnstone
2000 Barbara Bryan Jacques Roussel
Ken Sparrow
John Sutton
Maree Davidson
Jan Glover
Jean Spencer
Roger Gilroy, John Huggett, Guy Lockwood, Norman Wong
2001 Barbara Bryan Jacques Roussel
Roger Gilroy
John Sutton
Maree Davidson
Sandy Jacka Jan Glover (Editor), Joy Williams (Social Secretary) Mariell Davidson, John Huggett, Jenefer Turtle, Norman Wong
2002 Sandy Jacka Jacques Roussel
Roger Gilroy
John Sutton
Garry Deegan
Sandy Jacka
Kay Hill
Jan Glover, John Huggett, Catherine Brown, Norman Wong, Joy Williams, Ken Sparrow, Miriam Wiggers de Vries, Guy Lockwood, Maree Davidson
2003 Sandy Jacka Jacques Roussel
Jan Glover
Arnold Steinberg Alison Pratt Allan Church, John Huggett, Catherine Brown, Miriam Wiggers de Vries, Joy Williams
2004 Susan Buchanan Jacques Roussel
Jan Glover
Andrew McMurdo Carolyn Pettigrew Sandy Jacka, John Huggett, Tim Downes
2005 Susan Buchanan Jacques Roussel
Jan Glover
Andrew McMurdo Craig McClelland Chris Barlow, John Huggett, Carolyn Pettigrew, Tim Downes
2006 Susan Buchanan Jacques Roussel
Jan Glover
Andrew McMurdo Peter Marks Chris Barlow, John Huggett, Carolyn Pettigrew
2007 Susan Buchanan Jacques Roussel
Jan Glover
Kay Hill Peter Sambell Chris Barlow, John Huggett, Carolyn Pettigrew, Josie Hopkins
2008 Susan Buchanan Jan Glover Kay Hill Peter Sambell Chris Barlow, John Huggett, Carolyn Pettigrew, Michael Miller
2009 Susan Buchanan Jan Glover Richard Warburton Peter Sambell Chris Barlow, John Huggett, Carolyn Pettigrew, Michael Miller
2010 Susan Buchanan Jan Glover Richard Warburton Peter Sambell Chris Barlow, John Huggett, Carolyn Pettigrew, Michael Miller
2011 Susan Buchanan Jan Glover Richard Warburton Peter Sambell Chris Barlow, John Huggett, Carolyn Pettigrew, John Chapman, Steve Mullarkey
2012 Susan Buchanan Jan Glover Richard Warburton Kay Hill Chris Barlow, Carolyn Pettigrew, John Chapman, Steve Mullarkey, Chris Spraggon
2013 Susan Buchanan Jan Glover James Proctor Kay Hill Chris Barlow, Carolyn Pettigrew, John Chapman, Steve Mullarkey, Chris Spraggon
2014 John Chapman Jan Glover James Proctor Alison Seccombe Chris Barlow, Susan Buchanan, John Fisk, Chris Spraggon, Judy Watman
2015 Alison Seccombe Jan Glover James Proctor Chris Spraggon Chris Barlow, Susan Buchanan, John Chapman, Craig Chitty, John Fisk, Judy Watman
2016 Alison Seccombe Jan Glover Mike Shephard Chris Spraggon Susan Buchanan, John Chapman, Craig Chitty, Jennifer Gordon, Mike Shephard, Judy Watman
2017 John Pettett Jan Glover Doug Sinden Chris Spraggon Susan Buchanan, Judith Bennett, Alison Seccombe, Hemant Kogekar, Judy Watman
2018 John Pettett Jan Glover Doug Sinden Don Gould Susan Buchanan, Judith Bennett, Shane Clarkson, Hemant Kogekar
2019 Judith Bennett Jan Glover Doug Sinden Don Gould Susan Buchanan, Shane Clarkson, David Cutler, Rod Lowe, Nigel Streatfield

1952 to 1956

The inaugural meeting was held in the Chatswood Town Hall on 29th May 1952. It was opened by Tim Wilson as convener and chairman. He was also the first President but he resigned on 1st March 1954. The purpose of the meeting was the formation of a photographic group which would meet at regular intervals in Chatswood. The idea was received with great enthusiasm, the attendance was 62 and a collection was taken to defray expenses and the sum of £4-11-0 was donated.

A committee of seven was elected to hold a meeting at the Camera Market, Pacific Highway, Chatswood on Wednesday 7th June 1952 and report to the General Meeting on June 26th. Several names were suggested including Chatswood Camera Club but Northern Suburbs Camera Club prevailed. The yearly subscription was £ 1-1-0.

Committee meetings were more frequent than now, being monthly for many years.

As was customary at the time every single decision had to be moved, seconded and voted upon even if it was a question of “buying a few pegs for the pegboard”. Our pace of life has certainly quickened since then.

Members were graded in Seniors (A grade), Intermediates (B grade) and Beginners (C grade).

In the monthly competitions the A and B grades had 8 set subjects and 4 open and the C grades 4 set subjects and 8 open. 62 members and visitors attended the first meeting. 5 were graded A, 12 B and 23 C.

The first club outing was to Fullers Bridge.

Note Leslie Slack was actually 1st Vice President

At the 23rd November 1953 committee meeting there was lengthy discussion on whether liquor be allowed at the Christmas social. Finally Mr W moved a motion that whether liquor is consumed or not be left to the discretion of each member. Motion was carried with 3 dissenters!!!

In 1954 it was decided that the club outing would be in Brooklyn. The place was selected as suitable on account of the confined area and that members were less likely to scatter!!! For the first hour members were to photograph the “set subject”, then have lunch before being allowed to scatter.

1957 – 1963

In 1957 “In Focus” was resurrected and a permanent collection of members work was planned. It is not known when “In Focus” was first published nor if a collection of members work was ever implemented.

There were problems with collection of supper money. Mr S suggested that members enter the kitchen through one door, pay their 1/- and leave through the other door (Bad luck: our present kitchen has only one door).

On 29th August 1957 Mr D proposed the purchase of a typewriter for £18.

Rothmans (cigarettes) sponsored a photographic competition with prizes of £10, £3, £2 respectively for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place getters. Smoking was allowed in the hall provided that no cigarette butts were left at the end of the meeting.

On 31st July 1958 Mr J. stated that he may be able to obtain a typewriter for approximately £10. Enquiries would be made…..

In November there was a crisis and the meeting had a lengthy discussion on the club’s future. It was originally formed to take photographs but only about 10% of the members were active in this field.

And in 1959 the club and the FCC had a dispute over judges. NSCC planned to resign from the FCC and membership grew to 71. That year the first SLRs were launched.

1960 was a good year; the secretary reported that “It is only eight years since the club was founded and it is one of the leading clubs in NSW and possibly Australia”

In 1961 membership had grown to 84.

On August 24th the Congregational Church (our landlords at the time) requested that our members attend a Church service. It was agreed that a tactful refusal was to be made by the secretary!!!

In 1962 it was decided to purchase a second hand typewriter at the cost of not more than £15. On 14th March 1963 after general discussion it was agreed to purchase a second hand typewriter for £15 (5 years after the idea was floated!).

1963 – 1966

In 1963 our members went to Springwood Camera Club. with prints from the club for discussion and social contact. It is obvious that NSCC’s prints were highly regarded.

But membership dropped to 49 and the bank balance to £18.

The club organized a very successful beginner’s class for 60 people.

The publication of “In Focus” was tied to subsidies from photographic suppliers and when these dried up so did the publication.

In 1964 membership bounced back to 77 with 53 taking part in competitions. The set subjects were not well patronized.

In 1965 Blacktown Camera Club was sponsored by NSCC. FCC is contacted to see if Blacktown is a “Country club”. FCC advises that sponsorship is not limited to country clubs.

Membership dropped to 29 but recovered to 42 at year end. As nobody wanted to wash up, disposables are purchased.

Some members are losing interest in taking pictures as they have no one to go out with. Field trips are suggested.

There are problems with the projector as it burns the slides. Projector failures have been a recurrent problem in recent years.

A vote of thanks was extended to Mr G for his offer of ashtrays stamped with the club badge for prizes.

In 1966 Mr S complained that the colour workers never stayed in the club very long and contributed very little to the activity of the club. He suggested that that perhaps the club should become a strictly Black & White club!

The standard is high and a prominent visiting judge commented that the prints were better than that of the Sydney International and could not be equalled by any other club he knew.

 1967 – 1973

In 1967 and 1968 the club fared well in Interclub and “Knock Out” competitions.

In 1969 NSCC was the prime organizer of the Northside Festival of Arts. It was supported by Pittwater, Mosman, Manly and Northside CC, each manning the display for one day.

In 1970 “In Focus” was in doubt but given a reprieve. The typewriter was again in need of attention but an overhaul is deferred for the time being. Membership was now 53.

This was the last year of an interclub with Newcastle Camera Club because all the work is done by the same old members, new members being unwilling to help and make the trip to Newcastle. The clubs swapped the trophies: Newcastle took back the B/W and NSCC the colour slides.

In 1971 there was a huge effort to publicise the club in newspapers with some success. The club organized a night of (slide) audio-visuals prepared by groups of members.

Judges are again hard to find and the club resorted to some judging by members under the supervision of a chairman.

In 1972 the membership dropped to 37. The President blasted members for not entering more prints and slides in the competitions, the life blood of the club!!!

A & B grades were amalgamated as there was insufficient distinction to justify two grades.

Judges were expected to select about 33% of entries to gain a Merit or a Special Merit.

NSCC elected its first female President.

In 1973 the club celebrated its 21st Birthday with dinner at Hamlet Elsimore, Warrawee.

As was traditional then the club took a country club under its wings. This year it was Murwillumbah Camera Club. NSCC helped with tape judging.

The visitors complained of the lack of brightness of the screen. The projector was found to be 1½ stop below FCC recommended standards. Bulbs would be replaced,


1974 there was another membership drop with only 20 active members that could be considered as regular contributors to competitions.

In 1975 A & B grades were reinstated; open nights were well supported but not the set subjects.

In 1976 B grades were discontinued because there were no juniors in the club.

In 1977 NSCC moved from Roseville to Killara.

From 1978 to 1980 the club continued to struggle with membership at 32; there was a plan to reintroduce A and B grades.

In 1981 Mr R pointed out that the club may soon have to alter the rules for colour prints and withdraw permission for members to have their competition colour prints commercially processed. Many colour workers were now processing their own prints and it would be unfair to have them compete with commercially processed work.

In 1982, in spite of an increase in fees the club was losing money. Mr B proposed that prints be sold at local art shows at $25/30 with 25% to the church…and the President reported that not all members were paying for tea and coffee at meetings.

In 1983 Mrs V suggested that she and Mrs T should bring sandwiches instead of biscuits at meetings whilst Mr M prepared hand painted trophies for score awards and they were much admired.

In 1984 discussions continued on commercially processed prints and the scoring system was again changed with the introduction of handicaps for slides. (the better you did one year the greater your handicap the following one).

Attilio del Sal joins NSCC. Attilio is our longest serving member.

In 1985 it appeared that “In Focus” had been discontinued but was to be revived.

Attilio joined the 1986 Syllabus committee.

At the 1987 AGM only 13 members were present, 15 being needed for a quorum.

The year finished on a high with a great Christmas party hosted by Attilio.

1988 – 1994

In 1988 NSCC struggles to survive and in 1989 the committee’s size is reduced from 9 to 6 and the AGM quorum from 15 to 6. The membership had dropped to 17!

The mini print section was introduced in 1990.

In 1991/1992 Elizabeth Skillington reluctantly accepted the presidency of the club and she bravely struggled to keep the club going, but for how much longer?

RichardBradySuddenly new blood emerges. Richard Brady (#15) joined the moribund club in the early months of 1993 and on 28th July was elected President.

On 1st September membership is still only 23 and Richard stressed the need to increase membership. At meeting nights the table that separated the “executive” from the members was removed, the red tape was cut and club meetings were meant to develop one’s creative aspirations.

Within a very short time Richard’s enthusiasm spread and membership grew steadily and in 1994 more present and recent members joined the club: Barbara Bryan, Maree Davidson, Jan Glover, Ken Knell, June Stone, John Sutton and Brian York.

The club moved from St Ives Community centre to the Baptist Church Hall in Gordon.

Professor Phil Schofield accepted to join the club. It was a master stroke. By his example he encouraged all members to experiment in mixed media and creativity. With the help of scissors, glue, sandpaper, tea and anything that one’s imagination could visualize members created exciting works and found a new freedom of expression.

Many judges struggled with this new approach and felt that unless these creations were re-photographed they could not be judged as photographs.

The legacy of Phil Schofield and Richard Brady with his dynamic committee has never left the club. Richard’s non member wife Cheryn undertook much behind the scenes work. Richard remained President for five very exciting years.

1995 – 2000

In 1995 the club enlisted 30 new members with Carol Makeham and Jenny Turtle still very active members.

Arch Raymond presented a very inspiring talk on creative photography and NSCC took part in two interclub competitions.

In 1996 Henry Talbot became the patron of the club.

Richard and Sharyn Brady organized very memorable outback trips.

In 1996 Mark Howard (#54) and Jacques Roussel (#49) joined in the euphoria of creativity. Club members were given an identifying number. No longer did we put our name at the back of print or front of slides but our number, so that judges would not be influenced by who they may know.

Jan Glover was the club’s secretary.

In 1997 three members joined who still have a great impact on the club’s success: Arch Raymond (#82), Mary Raymond (#77) and John Huggett (#94).HuntWilliamsSutton

In 1998 Michael Hunt and Joy Williams joined the club.

Richard Brady wanted more time to further his studies and Barbara Bryan took over as president.

Barbara felt handicapped by having “Camera Club” as part of our club’s name because most clubs are incredibly conservative and many would be presenters want nothing to do with “Camera Clubs”.

In 1999 Henry Talbot sadly passed away; he was a leading fashion and portrait photographer, a charming man with a very witty sense of humour.

Barbara Bryan convinced Arch Raymond to become our Patron. Arch gave the club great support by entering stunning images in competitions and teaching members many esoteric darkroom techniques.

The committee had grown to 17 members, a very unwieldy number. Committee meetings tended to get bogged down on less relevant issues. Decision making became difficult.

In 2000 Eric Adcock, Norman Wong, Sandy Jacka and George Fracchia joined the club.

With very little notice the Gordon Baptist Church advised us that their hall was no longer available. Barbara Bryan and Jan Glover chased all the possible available venues and settled on the hall of St David’s Uniting Church in Lindfield.

That year Jan Glover was awarded a first prize at the Sydney International Competition.

In April a vote was taken to change the name of the club: three options were offered: two in favour and one for no change. Very emotional speeches were given for and against a new name. The arguments against change were that “Creative” may frighten would be members and that if the present name was good enough to attract members in such large numbers why change it. The result was 66.6% voting in favour of either of the new names and 33.4% against, delaying any change as the constitution required 75% acceptance.

The committee resolved to reduce the options to adopt “Northside Creative Photography” or no change. John Huggett proposed to add “A club for enthusiasts“ as a by line.

At the AGM of 19th July “Northside Creative Photography” was overwhelmingly accepted. Norman Wong’s brother in law designed our beautiful new club’s logo.


The club changed from Financial year to Calendar year and in January 2001 Sandy Jacka took over the presidency. Her charm and positive approach received strong support from committee and members.

Membership was climbing and at each meeting there are new faces. Kay Hill, Flora Gill and Harry Mills join Northside Creative Photography.

Miriam Wiggers de Vries edited “In Focus” and with Catherine Brown set up our first website.

Over 60% of members entered the competitions – 39% enter monochromes, 39% mini prints.


For 2002 John Huggett proposed that our programme should be in colour and should incorporate photographs from club members and together John and Jacques produced the first of what is now an annual production. Jan Glover has produced it ever since. Jan also took over the editing of “In Focus”.

Susan Buchanan, Chris Barlow, Beryl Jenkins, Malcolm McKay joined the club.

This was also our club’s 50th anniversary and John Huggett organized the official dinner at the Chatswood Golf Course. Des Crawley gave a moving speech, Sandy organized a fun Quiz.

On 21st August Arch Raymond presented a retrospective. A real “who’s who” of the photographic world attended this great evening.“In Focus” grew to 4/6 pages.

In September we took part in the “Showcasing the arts in Ku Ring Gai” at the town hall. A very impressive display of arts and crafts but unfortunately visitors were few.

Monochrome Photographs appeared for the first time in the November “In Focus”.

The club night entry fee was replaced by a lucky door prize.


In 2003 Wanda Bowen, Tim Collisbird, Wal Lamberth, Carolyn Pettigrew and Dawn Zandstra joined the club.

Alison Pratt who raced HSV’s used her considerable charm to organise an outing to Eastern Creek Raceway. Racing officials were astonished as members took up position track side.

John Huggett launched the first “Photo Rally” and this becomes a regular feature of our calendar. Tim Downs revamps the website and turns it into a very up to date outfit.

Film users make pressure for their photographs to be judged in separate sections from the digital entries but to no avail.

Alison Pratt was both secretary and editor of “In Focus” and asked for her load to be lightened.

In August twelve members spent an exciting weekend in Barrington Tops which is renowned as much for the photography as executive decision making. Our President Sandy Jacka suggested to Susan Buchanan that she take over the presidency of the club and asks Chris Barlow to take over as editor of “In Focus” in 2004. Alison has a serious car accident and Chris takes over the editing of In Focus much sooner than he expected and develops it into a very attractive publication full of colour photographs.

Chris assists Tim Downs with the Website and installed the Photo Gallery software.


In 2004 the printing of 100 copies of the now 6 – 8 page “In Focus” was becoming difficult and it was decided to email copies to members and only do a small print run.

In February Jackie Rankin presented “Different ways of seeing”. Her father piloted a Tiger Moth and she photographed the landscape while the plane was doing loops.

We spent a great day photographing dogs and horses at the Wyong Race Club.

Prof Des Crawley presented his “Prospective” “Celebration of Beauty – The Figure” a moving exhibition of semi abstract nudes. He has also entered the digital world.

The committee was reduced to 8.

Ken Ball suggested that we “smell the roses” and experience Zen and the art of seeing: “Stop rushing, observe, see what is around us and break the rules.”


We gathered in February for a great social evening organized by Carolyn Pettigrew. The theme was “Oo La La, A Night in France”. Delicious “French” food and champagne complements a friendly photo competition on the same theme.

Bill Henson’s controversial exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW was the main topic of conversation.

Tim Downs moved to Queensland and Chris Barlow became full time Webmaster. Peter Finlay took over as newsletter editor and towards the end of the year he was replaced by Peter Marks.

Great nights were also provided by Tim Clayton the then sports photography editor of the SMH and by Tim Hixson and his plastic lens Holga Cameras. Tim modified his camera to focus at a certain distance and changes cameras rather than apertures.

The Rally for this year was in Paddington. So impressive were the photos that we were invited to exhibit a selection in the Woollahra Council’s office.

Chris Barlow with the assistance of Wal Lamberth commenced the time consuming task of sourcing a good quality data projector for the club.

Peter Sambell and wife Mary arranged for the club to photograph both rehearsal and concert performed by the Willoughby City Brass Band. We were given full freedom of movement.

Northside held two online digital competitions towards the end of the year and they are very popular. The judging of the first one is carried out online by Bob Milo and Arch Raymond.

It was Northside’s first foray in digital photography and many members struggled with resizing of images and uploading them to the Webserver. The workload for the Webmaster was not sustainable and he begged the committee that there be no more.

Matt Hoyle presented a collection of large portraits where his subjects were seen warts and all, be it wrinkles, skin cancer or scars. The faces overfill the frames. Emotional effect was huge.

Malicki_Buchanan2005Carolyn Pettigrew prepared a submission to Ku-ring-gai Council for a grant to be allocated for the purchase of a data projector and in November Mayor Elaine Malicki presented a $1,000 cheque to Susan.

Natalie Brem tutored four sessions of night photography and review.

The committee, with only two of its members still mainly using slide film, agonized whether or not to stop the slide competitions. After lengthy and sensitive discussions the President announces ”There will be no further slide competitions”.

Jenny Johnson offered her beautiful home and garden for a great end of year celebration.


The data projector purchased with the generous subsidy from Ku-ring-gai Council became available and Northside became one of the first photography clubs to embrace the digital age.

“A taste of Asia” was the theme of our first social meeting.

Also in February, Alan Davies, the curator of photography of the State Library of New South Wales was our host at an exhibition of “David Moore: 100 photographs”. He was very entertaining as well as insightful.

The first digital competition was held in March. Slide shows were now a thing of the past.

The first Audio-Visuals were presented by Peter Finlay and Carol Makeham.

In May Dawn Zandstra presented “The Evolution of Creativity”. We admired a fantastic display of prints and beautifully crafted Audio Visuals.

Hamish Ta-me showed us what life of a fashion photographer and the models were like.

Webmaster Chris Barlow added a Forum to our website.

Peter and Mary Sambell organized for us to spend a day photographing the rehearsal and concert given by the Willoughby City Brass Band in the Chatswood Bailey Hall. We are given free rein during the rehearsal even to climb on stage and between the players. That hall with stunning woodwork and stain glass windows no longer exists.

2006-Bundanoon-2006The weekend in Bundanoon is a memorable one. It began in gorgeous weather and concluded with a frightening storm with trees strewn across the roads and electric wires dangling loosely from their shaky poles. We feared the worst for James Proctor who was traveling on motor bike but he was OK. Susan was not so lucky: first she has a puncture then the gale propelled a heavy object on her windscreen, shattering it badly. Carol & Sam Makeham didn’t want to travel anymore and decided to spend one more night in Bundanoon. Not the best decision, it turns out as the hotel suffered a lengthy black out with no light, no heating, no dinner and a cold shower!

The acoustics in St David’s Hall were not good and John Spence generously sponsored the purchase of a wireless microphone to be used by judges and presenters.

After months of research and discussions Carolyn Pettigrew presented our new constitution to the AGM and it was unanimously accepted.

The National Freestyle Competition became the National Creative Competition.


In April Anthony Browell demonstrated what can be achieved with a Pin Hole camera. Several members become addicted to this moody and unpredictable technique.

We also spent a long weekend in Sofala and Hill End but received more rain than sunshine. The trees lose their glorious autumn tints; the streets were covered with leaves of all colours and the puddles create magnificent reflections.

Jacques Roussel’s presentation “Oranges and Lemons” provided an overview of his past fifteen years of photography and Carolyn Pettigrew assisted with guidance and promotion.

Mark and Jenny Evans presented 4 Eyes 4 Photojournalist. They were leading horse racing photographers, one for the Telegraph, the other for the Herald. They were most entertaining teasing each other nonstop and their photography superb.

And of course the highlight of the year is the development of “Portfolio 07”, a very successful endeavour that produced beautiful results and unearthed many hidden talents. Des Crawley was a great inspiration; he guided each participant to find where to direct their effort and to discover what was the essence of the images. Susan was again a very generous hostess offering her house for every meeting of this six months project. Every portfolio was judged and commented individually by three professional judges. Each participant feels to have grown immensely in photography. It culminated with a great Gala Evening where all the folios were displayed.


Jan presented her images and Audio-Visuals titled “Left and Right”. Her images were very artistic and much admired. The AV on the Gordon bats especially appeals. As Jan said:  “Photography should be fun and it is”. This year Jan also won the Anzang Nature Competition – Interpretive section.

Susan again brought us very exciting presenters.

Montalbetti & Campbell demonstrated how they produced their ads. Their technique was painstaking, elaborate and laborious but the results were unique and reminded us of the painting of old masters.

Craig Golding followed on the presentation by Tim Clayton a few years ago and showed how for so many years, they made the sports pages of the Sydney Morning Herald so exciting.

The residence for the weekend was Parma farm. Our first dinner was in the Butter Factory in Nowra. It was delicious and well presented. In the darkness outside we could smell that we were in the country but could not see that the fields around the restaurant were home for one thousand healthy milking cows. Early drives to the Coast to photograph the sunrises were followed by a delicious breakfast of “Tunnel mushrooms”, chocolate cake and delicious coffee. Susan organized a BBQ for the second dinner, Sam Makeham cooks the steak and sausages whilst Jenny Johnson assembled delicious salads. Chris produced a great AV with each traveler supplying ten images.

The annual dinner at the Gordon Golf Club was not to be easily forgotten. Before 6 pm a severe electrical storm hit the Gordon area, dropping hailstones and an inch of rain, causing a complete blackout. Trying to cross main roads was hazardous (even in a car). It lasted for two hours. Fortunately the restaurant had emergency lighting and cooking with gas. Candles added atmosphere and we were disappointed when the light returned two hours later.

Perhaps the best ever attended club outing was in June to Cockatoo Island and the Biennale. It offered an interesting mixture of old and new, zany creations and rusty old cranes.

In August we took a guided tour of West Head, were given a geology talk and shown Aboriginal carvings and painting. We descended a rocky path down to America Bay but the sunset we were dreaming of didn’t oblige and we climbed up by torch light.

The weekend in Bundeena with George Hofsteters was titled “Making the invisible visible”. It was a great location for close ups and nature photography. The views of the coast line were stunning and the rock formations most attractive. The highlight of the weekend was the candle lit story telling by George.


Northside Creative Photography organized its second portfolio; Susan again offered her house for the progressive meetings; Des Crawley again guided us to where our efforts should be exerted. The discussions were very lively and we all participated in sharing our opinions. In the end Des feels that we have made so much progress that we should manage successfully without his supervision. Several clubs follow our lead.

Steve Mullarkey lead a hands-on seminar on the use the PTE system and showed how to make more exciting Audio-visuals.

Carolyn Pettigrew organized an AV competition made out of a set of 34 images.

John Huggett set the Photo-Rally in China Town and we learned to cope with disposable cameras.

Mark Tedeschi displayed his photography with many great photos of his Law Fraternity.

Hamish Ta-Me revisited us. His versatility and imagination were incredible. Not only was he a great fashion photographer, he was also a great street photographer with great love for shadows. He succeeded in having Nikon alter his camera to enable him to photograph the rapid movements of one person that appeared on screen like a big crowd!

Never have so many wildflowers been sighted in the Muogamarra nature Reserve. Don Gould was a great leader very much at ease in this very rocky terrain!

Seventeen members joined the Port Stephen long weekend outing. An entertaining portrait photography exercise was organized. The dune bus loses its power so it is walking in the dark back to the car park! A torch would have been handy!

John leads the outing to the Featherdale Wildlife Park outing and Don showed he is not afraid of snakes!


2010 was again full of highlights, not least was the presentation and hands on demonstration by Brent Pearson on “Painting with lights”. He showed images taken at night on rocky outcrops, using long shutter speeds and lit with flash or torches. He used the same technique in the hall photographing a model, waving brightly coloured “glow sticks” around and behind her.

In February we spent a great but a little warm day in Newcastle photographing historic buildings, the people’s beach and Doggy’s beach. Jan organized a guided tour of Christ Church Cathedral. It contains many artifacts of military history and a colourful painting of the legend of St Nicholas.

David Oliver presented his new interest: Landscape and documentary photography. He entertained us with anecdotes on the life of a photographer, displayed some of of his magnificent images and promoted “Away” the book he co-authored with Peter Eastway.

The annual dinner in Zibibbo was well attended and the food delicious.

Two groups spent a week in and around Broken Hill, one as part of the Tri State Safaris Tours and the other one that followed fairly similar itinerary and led by John Chapman and Dawn Zandstra. Some of the highlights were the sunset at the Sculpture Symposium, the Menindee Lakes, the Kinchega National park, the overnight stay at the Mount Gibbs station and the Mutawintji National Park with its carvings and hand paintings. If only the train travel could be reduced by a few hours, tourism in that area would increase exponentially! The weather was perfect and the wild flowers in abundance. We had a friendly encounter with an emu and photographed several types of lizards at close range.

Michael Haylen mounted a very successful solo exhibition under the title “Light Sculpture”,”Energy of Form”.

In November, Julie Sundberg explained how her “Now + When” program works. She lends photographic equipments to young people who had troubled life. The use of these cameras gives them a sense of power and purpose; one of these young people explained how it gave him the skill and confidence of turning his life around. We were all deeply moved by his account.


In February, we explored the Wendy Whitely’s magic garden and Luna Park.

Our President Susan organized regular meetings at home to meet the new members.

John Huggett set “City Lights” as the theme for the 2011 Photo Rally and many members meet at Custom’s House to be briefed and begin a first night of photography. The entries were judged in April and Jenny Turtle took first place.

The 2011 Portfolio was launched and developed through regular meetings with or without the guidance of Sandy Edwards. The progress was enormous for all who participate and on presentation night Prof Des Crawley was full of praise for our achievements and remarked on the number of other clubs who have followed our lead.

Dawn Zandstra received an FCC Exceptional Service Award.

Twenty six members and partners joined in a long weekend in Gloucester. Apart from three flat tyres and a few leeches the weekend was fun, the food delicious and the scenery magnificent.

In July Louise Hawson presented her project “52 suburbs”. As she found out when launching  her project we were also amazed how much of Sydney we still have to discover.

Michael Snedic provided an impressive presentation of his nature photography and lead a very successful workshop at Taronga Zoo.

Allan Coker explained what he thought photo-journalism was all about and later judged our competition on the same topic. He preferred a much broader interpretation than the APS one.

The Creative Gala Night was also a big success but the attendance was smaller as the participation is now reserved to club members.

The outing to Rouse Hill was well attended and members returned with great images.

We hear with great regret that our Patron Arch Raymond has passed away.

Peter Sambell and John Huggett resigned from the committee after many years of very dedicated and constructive work. Kay Hill rejoins the committee as secretary and Chris Spraggon joins as committee member.

And surprise, surprise, Susan Buchanan was re-elected unanimously as President. No one in the history of the club has remained President for nearly as many years as Susan has. Her dedication motivated the whole club.

John Chapman organized new permanent lighting for the hall and for this last competition of the year the stage was bathed in bright light. The prints looked their best.

John Swainston awarded the Top Shot for monochromes to Brett Handley and whilst he finds the digital section the strongest, he also awarded Brett the top shot of the year.


This is an important year for Northside Creative Photography as we celebrated our sixtieth birthday.

It also had a sad beginning with the passing away of Mary Raymond, a multi-talented and very charming member of our club, barely a few months after her husband Arch, our club’s Patron, had passed away.

As always our first meeting was a social one when we meet our many friends and meet the new members. The theme of the day was “Postcodes”.

Brent Pearson  presented Environmental Travel Portraiture with memorable images of Namibia.

For the February outing we had exclusive access to Bella Vista Farm. Like a real pro and with a gorgeous smile, Susan’s daughter Veronica modelled for us, dressed in period costume.

In March Fiona Lumsdaine presented “On Assignment… Making a Heartfelt difference”. Fiona is a volunteer for “Heartfelt” an organization of photographers giving photographic memories to families that have experienced stillbirth and children with terminal illnesses. A truly moving experience; many tears were shed.

Thomas Pham passed away; a delightful person with a great story to tell and a great people photographer.

The accommodation and restaurant of Canowindra were fully booked for Steve Mullarkey’s exhibition of historical photographs of the township. Most photographs were taken even before the locals had woken up. 100 people attended the opening.

In April we visited the Gallipoli Mosque in Auburn. It was followed by delicious coffee and ice cream in the Turkish café Mado. In the afternoon we enjoy the Japanese and Botanic Gardens.

In May Northside Creative Photography presented “Dark room to light room” a stunning and very professional display of members images in the Incinerator Art Space. Even professional photographers were impressed. Brett Handley organised the presentation of the digital images where each member’s work can be seen individually at the press of a button.

Nearly to the day of the 60th anniversary we dined and wined at the Chatswood Golf Club.

How much has our photography matured these last 10 years!

In June the outing is to a Northern beach and July to Ball Head Reserve; the light is a challenge but breakfast is delicious.

In August our presenter to be was faced with an emergency and unable to come. To the rescue came Steve Mullarkey bursting into song and bringing a tear to the eye. Michael Haylen entertained with an eloquent commentary on the Ball’s Head outing photographs.

Alexia Sinclair was our September presenter. Pre-Raphaelite painters have a strong influence on her work and so were the Arthurian legends. She has a masterful control of lighting and composition.

The October long week-end away is in and around Kiama; the tourists bring back stunning images.

In November Luke Hardy presents “Emotional Baggage”. His work is ethereal with a narrative of Japanese tales.

The AGM elects the committee; surprise, surprise: Susan is unanimously re-elected president for her tenth year!! Susan assures us that it is definitely her very last year in that position. Richard Warburton steps down as treasurer and is replaced by James Proctor.

This year marks the culmination of an incredible decade with the transition from film to digital photography. The club is led by a very professional and dedicated committee.


This year’s main highlight was the Portfolio 2013. Our President Susan was, as always, a great hostess inviting us to her home for the monthly meetings. She also led the discussions and in the footsteps of Professor Des Crawley pinpointed where we should focus our effort. At the end of the cycle Des Crawley gave each participant a very detailed written analysis of their portfolio. The exhibition of the portfolios in November was spectacular and the images highly professional.

The Challenge night with Lane Cove and Mosman camera clubs showed us what it feels like to have the photos critiqued but not judged. Perhaps it is the way of the future.

We had again great presenters, John Slaytor and Clare Oliver amongst others.

In June, the members of Nebuli Arts, an offshoot of the club, presented a very professional and very successful exhibition of their work at the Lane Cove Art Gallery. A huge crowd attended the official opening; many artworks bore red stickers.

In June we suffered the tragic death of Richard Warburton; we miss him very much. (See In Focus July 2013).

Steve Mullarkey presented two very detailed and well attended workshops on Lightroom.

After many years of looking so well after the bi-monthly catering Joy Williams and Eric Adcock retire. Jennifer Gordon and Prue Platt Hepworth take over. Norman Wong is as always a helping hand.

And, it had to happen: After 10 extra-ordinary years Susan stepped down as president. (See In Focus November 2013).

A new committee is elected; John Chapman bravely accepts to become President.



DawnZandstraMark Kelly was our presenter in March. Mark exhibits regularly at the Milk Factory in Bowral, and he is a versatile photographer who enjoys photographing a variety of subjects. He showed a series of vibrant autumn images, then a collection of colourful abstracts which were macro shots of old rusting cars. Many of these abstract patterns are used on a new range of beautiful silk scarves, which Mark showed us, and even allowed us to touch! He demonstrated some of his post processing techniques, and also encouraged us to have a bit of fun with the Snapseed photo app.

In October we had our annual Creative Competition. Dawn Zandstra achieved first while Jan Glover and Prue Platt-Hepworth tied equal first in the popular choice.

The photo shows Dawn Zandstra.

At the AGM in November Alison Seccombe took over the position of President from John Chapman. The membership debated whether to move to Club Willoughby on a Tuesday night but with considerable opposition the committee decided to wait until a better offer became available.



In November we had our friendly Interclub Challenge with Lane Cove and Mosman Camera Clubs.

The subject was “e-motion”, purposefully designed to be ambiguous and open to interpretation. Each club showed ten prints and the critiquing was moderated by Susan Buchanan, Jim Crew and Yvonne Lewington.

The photo shows Jim Crew from Lane Cove Camera Club.

John Chapman organised the last outing of the year. It is incredible how very diverse attractions were available in such a small area: the spectacular Bald Hill lookout, waterfalls, a disused railway tunnel, a Hindu temple and the very colourful rock formations of Coledale.



Our first meeting of the year was a social night and members had an opportunity to demonstrate their creativity in interpreting the subject “selfies”. Steve Mullarkey did an excellent job of commenting on the entries, and gave the top award to Peter Steele.

As happens every second year this is the year of the portfolio. Susan again generously offered her house for the monthly meetings and also the mentoring. It culminated by a most impressive display of works in November.

Shirley Steel was the first presenter of the year and her influence showed in Portfolio 2015.

Susan Buchanan and Carolyn Pettigrew introduced us to the delights of Venice in winter.

Outings included a day at the races, joining in the Chinese New Year, trips to Kurnell, Mt Annan, North Narrabeen, the fish market and a week-end in Mittagong.

NCP provided an exhibit and information centre at the Chatswood Library during the Vivid Lights festival. It was followed by an exhibition of our work at the Willoughby Council and then to the Ku-ring-gai Council Chambers.

Steve Mullarkey and Trevor Nash presented a very illuminating workshop on flash.

Andrew Chittenden presented a very successful workshop on Lightroom.

NCP also made a presentation at the North Sydney Camera Club. The use of alternative processes and creativity left their members spellbound.

Instructions for the NCP Creative Competition were to “go wild with your imagination” and that was obviously what members did. Congratulations to Prue Platt-Hepworth who scooped the pool, winning first prize for one of her entries and the popular vote for another!!

Jan Glover was the winner of the Top Shot with her stunning photograph of trees in the mist.

At the AGM Alison accepted to remain president for a second year.

What a year that was!


We are appreciative of the generous support provided by Jacques Roussel who researched much of this material.

© Northside Creative Photography. Last updated 18/01/2016.