Friends of Stewart House (FOSH) is a group of people with like-minded concern for making a difference in a child’s life. Formed over 75 years ago, FOSH’s primary purpose is to support the work of Stewart House through fundraising and volunteer ventures.

Membership has now expanded from former Department of Education employees and their relatives to encompass all those who wish to support such an iconic organisation. Members are invited to attend planned social activities for further fundraising and to volunteer their services in a variety of ways.

You can join online for as little as $15 per year. This forms part of the contribution made available to Stewart House annually.

We encourage all members and friends to join us throughout the year at Stewart House social events.

Be part of a great social group supporting such a worthy cause.


Become a Friend of Stewart House

If you would like to join The Friends of Stewart House, please contact Stewart House on (02) 9938 3100. Click here to download (PDF) to download and print an application form or click here to join online »

Friends of Stewart House Events

For further information on events contact: Kerryanne Knox at

ghost tour old government house parramatta

Friday 19 May
Ghost Tour, Old Government House, Parramatta

The Governors and their households left Old Government House in the 1850s but their presence still haunts the house. Explore the 217 year old Georgian mansion by candlelight and hear strange tales from the site’s long history, revisit the scene of a tragic accident and witness places within the house where psychics and guides have had ghostly encounters. Reflect on your experiences over supper.

Time: 7.15pm Venue: Old Government House Parramatta Park Includes: Supper.

Cost: $50pp (includes donation to Stewart House)
RSVP: Bookings essential .  As soon as possible.

stewart house open day

Friday 26 May
Stewart House Annual Presentation Ceremony and Open Day

This will be held at Stewart House. The ceremony will acknowledge the support and assistance from schools, corporations, trusts, clubs, social groups, other organisations, the teacher’s salary contribution scheme, and government departments. The Chairman will present his report on the work of Stewart House across 2016.

While the ceremony will commence at 12.30 pm, tours of Stewart House commence at 11.30am. It is a great opportunity to see this unique facility which has been changing the lives of children from public schools in NSW and the ACT since 1931. Guests are requested to arrive at the entrance to Stewart House near the corner of Wyadra Avenue and Batho Street, Freshwater. All FOSH members are particularly welcome.

RSVP: 19th May.
Contact: Amanda Bisset, Stewart House Marketing Manager, phone 02 9938 3100

rosehill garden race day

Saturday 17 June
Rosehill Gardens Race Day

Stewart House will be running its own Race Day at Rosehill Race Course. This will be in the Grand Pavilion Ballroom and includes a three course meal, drinks, live band, race guide and commentary. This is a fun day and a great opportunity to catch up with old friends. The plans, so far, will cater for some 800, so the more the merrier. So far three tables of 10 have been set aside for FOSH, but all are welcome. Cost $160 per head.

RSVP: 17th May.
Contact: Amanda Bisset, Stewart House Marketing Manager, phone 02 9938 3100

kokoda track memorial walkway concord

Thursday 22 June
Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway

Rhodes Park, off Killoola St Concord West, 10 am.

You will be taken by surviving Kokoda veterans (all in their 90’s) for the 800 metre walk which includes 22 information stations. A visit to the Kokoda Cenotaph and to the Nurses Museum, in the grounds of nearby Concord Hospital, is also included in the tour. The tour starts with a short film explaining the Kokoda track and its importance in WW2.

Cost: $10 donation to FOSH, paid on the day. Lunch is available at the Kokoda Cafe following the guided tour (at your own expense). The cafe has nice, inexpensive meals.
RSVP: 1st May.

doyles watsons bay

Thursday 20 July
Lunch at Doyle’s Restaurant on the beach at Watson’s Bay

This popular event has been organised again this year for Thursday July 20 commencing at 12.30pm. The menu comprises of fish chowder followed by fish and chips, accompanied by a glass of beer, wine or soft drink at a cost of $45 which includes a $10 donation for Stewart House. Please invite your friends.

Ferries depart Circular Quay regularly for Watsons Bay, please check the timetable closer July 20.

Please note that it is essential to make a booking, and cancel if you find you are unable to attend as payment will be required for all bookings.

italian cooking class

Wednesday 16 August
Italian Cooking Class

Two hour Italian cooking class “How to make a classic pizza”. Includes lunch and wine.  We need 25-30 people.

More details to come mid-year. 

Cost: $90

Tuesday 26 September
High Tea

High Tea at David Jones Restaurant, Castle Towers, Castle Hill at 10.30 am. Cost is $30 (includes high tea, $10 donation to Stewart House and a raffle ticket).  Parking is available at the Castle Towers Shopping Centre.

Public transport options: – M61 or M610X bus to Castle Hill from Stand C York Street City on the western side of the Queen Victoria Building OR M60 bus to Castle Hill from Stand A Railway Street at Pennant Hills Railway Station.

Please note that the numbers are capped at 60 this year. Also, please advise if you require a table to be reserved for your group.

RSVP: 19 September 

mount tomah botanical gardens

Friday 20 October
Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens

Join other FOSH members and their friends for a bus trip to Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens near Mount Wilson on the Bells Line of Road in the beautiful Blue Mountains. At this time of year the rhododendrons will take your breath away. A restaurant lunch will be available. Full details to be published soon.

Please Note:

  • If you are unable to join us in an activity we are happy to receive a tax deductible donation.
  • Payment for our activities will normally occur on the day although bookings should be made no later than a fortnight prior to an event. Where numbers exceed places available then the first in will receive preference.