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Farewell to Renowned Local Artist

Renowned Padstow artist and local high school art teacher, Moira Gensch, sadly passed away late 2018 at the age of 84 years.

Moira was the Art Mistress for almost 10 years at Bankstown Girls’ High School. Prior to that, she had taught at East Hill Boys’ High School, was the Art Demonstrator at Sydney Teachers’ College at the University of Sydney and trained at the famous East Sydney Tech Art School.

Moira will be fondly remembered by the Club and its Board for the two paintings now hanging in the Club’s Brett Street foyer. She was commissioned by the Club Board in early 1970s to produce them for use in the newly completed clubs Henry Lawson Room and Cocktail Lounge, which opened in 1973.

In an interview with Club President Daryl Melham late last year, Moira recalled that each painting took a couple of days to complete and whilst drying on her veranda of her Padstow home, a possum climbed onto one and skidded over it. She has had to clean it up and partly repaint it.

The paintings are based on short stories by Henry Lawson and depict scenes in two famous stories: The Drover’s Wife and The Loaded Dog.

The Loaded Dog (1901)
A hilarious short story about three gold miners and their dog, which runs a muck with a bomb cartridge in its mouth.


The Drover’s Wife (1892)
A dramatic short story of the hardship of a woman left alone with her four children in an isolated hut in outback Australia.

Moira Gensch  l  08.05.1934 – 27.12.2018
Wife of Wolfgang Gensch, mother to Michelle, Peter and Katrina, Grandmother of nine and Great Grandmother of three.

Image: Photo of Moira at 1975 Art Exhibition held during the week of the 13th Anniversary Gala Celebrations for the Club in the Cocktail Lounge (Wattle and Waratah Rooms) and adjacent room (The Drover’s Retreat). Moira’s work was described as exciting and vivid.

Member’s Anniversary Event

On Friday 26 October, the Revesby Workers’ Club Board Of Directors hosted our Member Anniversary Event, celebrating 25, 40 & 50 year Memberships with afternoon tea and a few drinks.

All who attended enjoyed the event immensely as we celebrated their ongoing support to Revesby Workers’ Club. Each Member in attendance also received a commemorative certificate of appreciation from the Club.

Please enjoy the photos we took of the event.

St Therese School Students Enjoy New Furniture In New Learning Spaces

The students at St Therese School are now learning in comfortable new furniture that was purchased thanks to the annual $3,000.00 donation by Revesby Workers’. The new furniture includes vibrant colours of tables, chairs, booth seats and lounges which create a space for group activities and independent learning.

St Therese School Principle, Jackie Vella is thankful for the generous annual donation and happy to see students making use of the new furniture for better learning.

“The students are enjoying the contemporary learning new furniture as it allows them flexibility in their learning as they can often choose which learning space is best suited to them. It allows the students to work collaboratively which is very important in education today.”

“Providing a contemporary leaning space allows teachers to design, engaging, purposeful and challenging experiences while encouraging students to be critical and creative thinkers, risk-takers and problem solvers.”

Revesby Workers’ Donates $84,000 to Local School Community


Revesby Workers’ Club has generously donated $84,000 to twenty-eight schools in the local community.

The annual cheque presentation morning tea was held at Revesby Workers’ Club where each school received a cheque for $3000.

The funding provided by Revesby Workers’ will go toward providing needed resources to create better support and better learning environments for students and parents.

Daryl Melham, President of Board of Directors says the contribution the schools make to the community is an invaluable to the lives of the young people in the community.

“The commitment and dedication of schools and especially teachers to children is instrumental to development and learning of thousands of children in our local community. We thank each school and support them with this donation as they continue to work hard and provide the best for all.”

The local schools were also invited to continue their partnership with Revesby Workers’ by telling their story of how the donation will assist their school.

Revesby Workers’ Gives Funds To Broderick Hospitality Kitchen


Broderick Gillawarna School students cook up a storm after Revesby Workers’ gives $40,000 funding toward the opening of their brand new hospitality kitchen.

Broderick Gillawarna School provides a learning environment for students with moderate to severe intellectual learning disabilities with a focus on students becoming valued members of the community.

The funding from Revesby Workers’ through the ClubGRANTS Scheme has seen a refurbishment of the schools hospitality kitchen which has been specially built to give all students access to cooking including those students with physical disabilities that mobilise in wheelchairs.

The kitchen includes new appliances, adequate bench space including an island bench for food preparation and serving lunch, additional sinks stovetops, ovens, dishwashers and plenty of storage room for equipment.

Karen McDonell, Broderick Gillawarna School Principle said the funding has helped enormously.

“The upgrades made to the kitchen have made such a difference to the students learning. We now have multiple ovens, dishwashers and sinks and best of all there is plenty of space for students to move around.”

Along with the upgrades, Broderick Gillawarna parents and students have engagement with the ‘Community Kitchens’ cooking workshops through ‘Live, life well’ which run a series of cooking classes to teach students and parents how to prepare healthy, economical meals and then enjoy them together at the end.

 “The facilities that we now have thanks to the funding are giving students access to new skills in an environment that is specialised and comfortable for their learning, which was not previously available.

For more information about Broderick Gillawarna hospitality kitchen contact Broderick Gillawarna School.


Revesby Workers Joins ICON Group To Open Cancer Treatment Centre


Australia’s largest and fastest growing provider of cancer care services Icon Group, has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art integrated cancer centre within the Revesby Workers Club precinct in south western Sydney.

A fantastic innovation, the facility brings together medical oncology, haematology and radiation oncology under the one roof. Equipped with the latest technology, the centre will deliver a true end-to-end service that accommodates all aspects of patients’ cancer treatment.

Icon Group’s CEO, Mark Middleton, reinforced the significant positive impact that such a facility will have on the lives of cancer patients in the area, granting unprecedented access to this level of care services.

“Icon Group remains committed to offering comprehensive, world-class cancer care to local communities throughout the country and that is exactly what this new centre will provide. The integrated care centre at Revesby will ensure the people of Sydney’s west have access to exceptional treatment facilities within their local community,” Mr Middleton said.

“Quality of care will be maintained by an experienced multidisciplinary team of leading medical professionals that strive to cater to the needs of each individual patient. This is a crucial component of care for patients required to undergo concurrent radiation and chemotherapy treatment programs.”

Icon Group continues to expand its international footprint and has firmly established itself as a global leader in cancer care, endeavouring to provide equity of access to areas most in need.

Having successfully implemented a centre of this kind in Brisbane, the facility at Revesby Workers Club is part of a plan to introduce more state-of-the-art facilities around Australia. Development for centres in Melbourne and Canberra is currently underway, with Bundaberg recently opened and further centres to be announced.

Ed Camilleri, CEO of the Revesby Workers Club, was thrilled to report the newly formed partnership with Icon Group and said the community of western Sydney deserved access to these innovative health care solutions.

“This development will complement Revesby Workers Club’s investment in an extensive medical precinct to support the local community,” Mr Camilleri said.

“The facility will undoubtedly benefit countless local residents, who would otherwise have to travel further to receive exceptional treatment of this standard.”

Icon Group is expected to open in early 2017 and the development will definitely complement our investment in providing the local community with extensive medical support facilities.

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