Monday March 26, 2012

Mosman Faces is back...

You may remember in May last year our newest website in Local Studies – Mosman Faces – was launched.

In the first series of Mosman Faces ten people told their stories, stories that have shaped the Mosman community.

These stories were presented as filmed interviews on the web and complemented by images from the Local Studies collection.

We aim to build on these interviews and images, not only through your responses, but also through further interviews and this is what we did last Tuesday.

Once again we used the film making skills of Damon from Filmview, Donna Braye, the Local Studies Librarian for images and prompting and me to ask the curly questions to Kenneth Dryland and Diane Wachman.

For those of you who don’t know these names, Kenneth Dryland, besides being the late Dame Joan Sutherland’s hairdresser for over 50 years and Mosman’s 1982 Citizen of the Year, was the director of the inaugural Festival of Mosman in 1981 and continued to direct this major event until 1997.

Diane Wachman, born and bred in Mosman, was also an active and integral member of the Festival of Mosman committee until 1997 and then her skills were snapped up by the newly formed Mosman Art Gallery.

Kenneth Dryland believes Mosman was the first municipality in a major Australian city to hold such an event, it brought the Mosman community together and put Mosman on the map for arts and entertainment.

Kenneth and Diane relived the activities both before and during the seven festivals they worked on together, the Grand Parade, the Opera Concerts, the Twilight Venetian festival and more…

Stay tuned for these lively additions to Mosman Faces but we need YOUR help too.

To add to the entertainment of the ‘Faces’ we need your home movies from this festival era of 1981-1996 and the footage can be in any format, DVD, VHS, USB and film reel.

If you can help please contact Mary Lou Byrne on 9978 4097 or


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