Parramatta and District Historical Society president Trevor Patrick, who is the Sun's reader of the week, wishes he could build the definitive Museum of Parramatta.
Three people I would love to invite to dinner: Hamilton Hume - the first Australian (Parramatta) born explorer who opened up the farmland around Yass and discovered the rich lands of Victoria in 1824. Elizabeth Macquarie - wife of the fifth Governor of New South Wales who influenced the architecture of the public buildings of Sydney and Parramatta, in particular St John's Cathedral, Parramatta with its twin towers. Sir Joseph Banks - the man fascinated by the natural world of Australia who collected specimens of plants and insects, taking them back to England and encouraging scientific exploration of our continent.
The most amazing thing I've ever done is: Flown in the Prime Minister's (V.I.P) aircraft, a DC3, when stationed at Richmond Air Force base as a member of Air Training Corp during High School Camp in 1951.
My fantasy job is: to build the definitive MUSEUM of PARRMATTA comprising an auditorium where lunchtime talks could be given. Scale models of Parramatta revealing the growth of the township through the ages and a comprehensive local and family history library with skilled librarians. Also displaying artifacts from the farming era, the shops which have been an evolving passing-parade and industry which occupied areas now taken over by office and residential towers. Use technology to offer interactive exhibitions with a focus on education of the youth of the district and incorporating a first class restaurant where visitors could readily enjoy the experience of the museum without leaving the precinct.
My favourite phrase is: I wish I had a time machine so that I could learn what it was like in times gone by.
If I could travel back in time, I would love to see/meet: Penelope Lucas who came to Parramatta in a sailing ship in 1805 and lived in Elizabeth Farm until moving into Hambledon Cottage in 1825. She lived through the exciting times of development of the colony and the wool industry in particular.
The one thing I will never throw out: my photographic collection.
My last meal would be: mushrooms on toast.
My first car was: A Morris Minor sedan.
My most embarrassing moment was: In 1942, I mimicked the air-raid siren of Hurlstone Park using the empty water tank in the family backyard as a magnifying chamber, causing a mild panic. Sydney Harbor had been attacked the previous week by midget submarines and I had heard the gun fire and depth charges fired as well as seeing the searchlights probing the night sky.
What people may not know about me is: I have a lifelong interest in astronomy and built an observatory on my property which enjoys night skies free from light-pollution so I can observe and photograph deep space objects.
Favorite book as a child: The adventures of Biggles