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.

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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

doyles watsons bay

Thursday 20 July – Lunch at Doyle’s Restaurant Watsons 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 Friends of Stewart House. Please invite your friends.

Ferries depart Circular Quay regularly for Watsons Bay, please check the timetable closer to July 20. RSVP: 13 July

Please note that it is essential to make a booking, and reservations must be cancelled 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.

Cost: $90

Tuesday 26 September – High Tea @ Beehive Cafe Beecroft

High Tea will be on Tuesday, September 26th  at 10.30am (sharp) – 12.30pm  You are more than welcome to stay for longer for lunch if you wish. This will be at the Beehive Cafe, Shop 4/ 1A Wongala Crescent, Beecroft . This is a 7 min walk from Beecroft Train Station. Alight from train, turn left onto Wongala Crescent, turn left and walk 150-200m.

The cost is $32 and  includes high tea with unlimited tea / coffee and  $10 donation to Friends of Stewart House.

There is Limited parking at Beehive Cafe. Additional  parking is off Wongala Cres, north of Hannah Street. A train leaves Central at 9.20, arriving at Beecroft at 10.06

RSVP: 15 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.

rosehill garden race day

Saturday 11 November – Friends of Stewart House Race Day @ Newcastle Racecourse

Cost is $80 per person which includes a buffet lunch, private marquee overlooking the mounting yard and racecourse, TAB facilities, private bar (buy your own refreshments), entry into the races and a race book between two people. Newcastle Race Day at Newcastle Racecourse Chatham Road Newcastle. Time: 12 noon until 5 pm.   Tickets will provided at the gate from 11.30 am. Tables seat 10 guests but individual tickets can also be purchased.  There will be a raffle as well as some mystery betting on the day.

RSVP: 10th October to Lloyd Hogg via

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.