Category Archives: Society News

From the Archives: 1985 Working Bee

We found these polaroids while cleaning out our demountable. Apparently from a working bee held on 10 Nov 1985 at the Philo Hut. Notice how different the yard looks - the small pine trees are now much larger!

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2014 AGM

Philo's AGM for 2014 was held on Wednesday 26 March at 7.30 pm. Thanks to all our members who came out to The Hut for the first event in our new rehearsal room.

The 2014/15 Committee was elected as follows:


President:  Peter Karmel
Vice President:  Jim McMullen
Secretary:  Anne Macleod
Treasurer:  Marie Donnell

General Members

Helen Bridges
Roger Crosthwaite
Rhys Madigan
Greg Sollis
Kate Tricks
Ash Waser

Congratulations also to Kate Tricks who was made a life member of the society.

March 23 Update

It's been a while since our last post here on the renovation progress but work has nonetheless been underway. We've had helpers out on Sat March 9, Sat/Sun March 15-16 and this past weekend March 23-24.

Work completed since the last update:

  • The rehearsal room floor is complete - cracks sanded and varnish applied.
  • Gutters have been reattached and rejoined. Drainage issues fixed, fingers crossed.
  • Doors painted.
  • New wall separating kitchen/foyer from costume space - completed with paint and new sliding door.
  • Covered leaking demountable roof with tarp
  • Poisoned blackberry regrowth
  • Scrap metal stacked into skip, ready for collection along with old trailer and the car from Grease.
  • Costume sorting continues - both making space for the foyer/kitchen and sorting surplus items for the sale.

Look forward to officially opening the rehearsal room at our AGM on Wednesday.

March 22-23

March 15-16

Wardrobe Sale

As part of our renovation and clean up work, we are sorting through our wardrobe collection and identifying those items which are excess to requirements. You can help us out by attending our costume sale! Items on sale will include costumes, vintage style clothes, military uniforms*, shoes, hats, and even wedding dresses.

Where?       At the Wardrobe, 18 Collie Street Fyshwick ACT

When?        Saturday, 12 April 2014 10am – 4pm

Payments in cash only. ATMs are available nearby. Please contact with any queries. 


March 1 and 2

Great progress this weekend on laying down all the floorboards, and completing door installations to the adjoining spaces. Next weekend we'll be out again, sealing the floor and affixing the oak skirting board we got here, amongst other things.

Thanks everyone who was able to come out and help. If you’re able to spare some time next weekend, get in touch with us via


We've been having some drainage issues, with water seeping into the costume room during last Tuesday's heavy rains. To investigate and fix required access to the far side of the block. One large blackberry thicket stood in our way.

After many scratches, two trailer loads of rubbish and one broken pair of hedge clippers, we made it through to the other side. We don't think anyone has visited that side of the block for 20 years.

Blackberry removal

February 22 and 23

Update and photos from this weekend. Thanks everyone who was able to come out and help. If you’re able to spare some time next weekend, get in touch with us via

Work Completed

  • Completed installation of new fluorescent lights. Old lights removed
  • Removed blackberry from southern end of block
  • Removed dirt and weeds from drainage area along eastern side
  • Cut and glued floor joists
  • Laid first few floorboards
  • Finished painting walls
  • Cleared more space in costume room

Work for next week

  • Finish flooring
  • Fix guttering
  • Continue to make space in costume room

Cast of Cabaret 2014

Philo is proud to announce our fabulous cast for Cabaret 2014.

Principal Roles

Emcee: Angel Dolejsi
Sally Bowles: Kelly Roberts
Cliff Bradshaw: Matt Chardon O’Dea
Frauline Schneider: Ros Engledow
Herr Schultz: Ian Croker
Ernst Ludwig: Dave Smith
Frauline Kost: Kitty McGarry


Emily Appleton
Hannah Carey
Beth Deer
Adele Haussmann
Kirsten Haussmann
Amelia Juniper-Grey
Hannah McFadden
Carly Savona
Emma Tattam
Fiona Tregoning

Ian Bartlett
Nick Beecher
Hayden Crosweller
Peter Karmel
Rhys Madigan
John Potter
David Shannon
Ben Trabinger
Jake Willis

February 18-19

A huge weekend out at The Hut and some really good progress made. Thanks to everyone who was able to come along and help.

Work completed this weekend:

  • Finally finished the plastering! Covered all walls with at least one coat of paint.
  • Deconstructed the towers from Les Mis set
  • Filled a HUGE rubbish skip to the brim
  • Removed blackberry from northern corner of block.

Work started but not finished:

  • Removed most rubbish from yard
  • Initial drainage inspection and gutter clean
  • Installation of new fluorescent lights

New work planned for next weekend:

  • Finish painting walls
  • Start installing flooring
  • Remove blackberry bush (southern fence)

If you're able to spend some time helping Philo next weekend, get in touch with us via