Many long term members of the Association will be saddened to hear of the death of Peter Reynolds.
Peter was a great historian and we owe much of the knowledge of our built heritage to his meticulous research.
Peter was a member for about 40 years from 1969, at times a member of the Management Committee from 1971, convener of the history group and President 1980-82.
His Presidency coincided with the plan of the Wran Government to build a second harbour crossing which would have cut a swathe through the heart of Birchgrove and Balmain. It was also proposed to be built by private enterprise and include a toll.
Peter left an enduring legacy in his work which included The Leichhardt Historical Journal, commencing in 1971 and concluding with #25 in 2007. The Balmain Association took out a loan in 1976 to publish his Half a Thousand Acres BALMAIN A history of a land grant.
In 2002 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his dedication to recording community history and the architectural heritage of Leichhardt.
The Balmain Association has much to thank him for and his great academic work will continue to be relied upon. We send our deep condolences to his family.
A farewell service for Peter was held at St Mary’s Anglican Church,
85 Darling St, Balmain East
on Tuesday 24th September 2019