Kathy Rundle Life Membership
The 2023 Annual General Meeting of the Battery Point Community Association passed the following resolution
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Battery Point Community Association and the Battery Point community more broadly, that Kathy Rundle be awarded Life Membership of the Association
Kathy Rundle first came to Battery Point as a student in the 1960s and thus began a life-long love affair with the suburb. The construction of Empress Towers in the late 1960s led her to become actively involved in the Hobart City Council ‘Battery Point Plan’ during which time she participated in meetings of the Battery Point Progress Association and Battery Point Group of the National Trust. The demolition and subsequent building of units on the corner of Colville Street and Secheron Road fueled a life-long commitment to conservation and changes to planning laws.
Kathy was involved in production of Let’s Talk about Battery Point history brochures and in preliminary discussions about establishing the Salamanca Market.
In the 1970s, Kathy helped Miss Henslowe develop the St George’s Church Museum, as well as running Sunday open afternoons. Her support for the restoration of St George’s was used by the newly created Heritage Commission as a test case for government support of non-secular buildings. She was a member of the Battery Point group of the National Trust that restored the Mariners’ Cottage in Napoleon Street Park.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Kathy became strongly involved in the Battery Point Community, including attending Playgroups at Secheron House and engaging in fundraising activities for the Battery Point Hall, where she was the voluntary contact person for hiring the Hall for several years – essential work as a debt had to be paid.
Over many years, Kathy was actively involved in a variety of other activities, including leading Battery Point Walking Tours, and as Secretary and Publicity Officer for the Battery Point National Trust group, board member of the Lady Gowrie Child Centre, and member of Parents and Friends at Albuera Street School.
In more recent times, Kathy has continued assisting groups with guided tours of Battery Point and conducting historical research for Narryna and the Battery Point Community Association. Her superb story about the history of the Community Hall on the Association website is evidence of her skills as a researcher and archivist.
Kathy’s unselfish contribution of her time to support the Battery Point Community Association and the Battery Point community over many years has made Battery Point a better place in which to live. She is truly worthy of this Life Membership.
A video of Kathy talking about her love of Battery Point is included below.