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Through a diverse and changing program of exhibitions SHRH explores the stories of place, landscape and water from the origins of Spencer to today.  


the living writing experience

The Living Writing Experience runs through 2021 and early 2022. You are invited to interact with the story of Spencer as it's emerging. Contribute to the development of an historical timeline and add to the display of archival photographs, maps and records.

Image by eleni koureas

in residence

Starting in March 2022 we are initiating an 'in Residence' program. Inviting curators, writers and creatives to apply for a residency at the Hawkesbury Duck. For further information contact SHRH on

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stories from the spencer tree, digital records, 2013-2015


During 2013-2015 SHRH conducted oral histories with long term locals Freda Deas, Phil Woodbury, Alan Beves and Alan Wallbank.


Across six Friday evenings between December 2013 and January 2014 interviews, conversations and soundscapes were recorded at the Dunkirk Hotel capturing the atmosphere and character of the community outdoor pub. 

a place called spencer, exhibition at the community hall, january 2014

A Place called Spencer showcased stories from the local community, rare films and family albums. We also heard from guest speakers: Marilyn Wood on the wharves of Mangrove Creek; Jock Ross RFS Captain talking about fire brigade history and Mick Gow on settler histories around Mangrove Mountain. Ray Doyle shared his recollections of visiting Marlow and Allan Wallbank recalled the social history of Gentlemans Halt and Greengrove. 


with phil woodbury - our histories, exhibition at riverside markets, january 2018


Phil Woodbury has been an incredible source of knowledge about Mangrove Creek and Spencer. Phil has shared stories about life on the river - the floating grocery store, Cookie's mail boat, sly grogging and the Mangrove Trading Company along with insights into Girlie Hannah's boatshed, the Starkeys of Gunderman Creek, Samuel Taylor's punt across to Gentleman's Halt and the Aboriginal hospital at hospital gully. This exhibition reflects his insights.

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Tel: +61 404 418 288

4685, Wisemans Ferry Road, Spencer, NSW 2775

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