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Position Available: Executive Officer

The Temple Society Australia (TSA) is accepting applications for the position of Executive Officer which represents a prime managerial and leadership function within the TSA, acting as a central communication point for a variety of stakeholders, such as TSA Members, staff, Focus and Interest Groups, Council members and Board directors, Elders, members of the public, statutory authorities, suppliers and contractors.

The role is varied, challenging and that of a strategic leader, who ensures the organisation is run in line with its stated purpose, aims and obligations towards the membership, the public and the relevant governmental and statutory requirements of the region. It is expected that the incumbent will innovate and further improve current organisational processes and practices to enhance services and control costs.

Download the position description here.

Applications close July 20

For more information, please contact the Regional Head, Mark Herrmann:

P: (03) 9557 6713

Future Forums

Discussion is taking place in a number of TSA groups about the future of the Temple Society in Australia. Ideas are being collated on how a TSA could look and move forward in the 21st century.

Meadowbank NSW
Sunday, July 29
After 10.30am
Sydney service
With lunch

Bayswater Chapel
Saturday, August 4
7.00pm to 9.30pm
With supper 

Bentleigh Hall
Sunday, August 5
1.00pm to 3.30pm
With afternoon tea 

Members will receivea specific invitation in the mail. To assist with planning, please indicate your planned attendance with the TSA Office. Also, inform of any special dietary requirements and whether childminding or an online connection is required.

Mark Herrmann

Join the Conversation!

If you have something to contribute, we want to hear it!

We’ve created an online forum for discussion on the future of the TSA for ideas and feedback about the best way forward.

All members and associates have been invited by email to join the online forum. We encourage all to consider, to reflect and to share their thoughts in a focused and respectful way.

If you have any questions about joining the forum, or would like to be re-invited, please contact Angela Woodburn at

Renate Beilharz & Mark Herrmann

Coming Services

Sunday 15 July 
Bentleigh Hall
Elder: Christa Lingham

Sunday 29 July 
Elder: Theo Richter

Sunday 29 July
Winter Evening Service
Bayswater Chapel
Elder: Renate Weber

Wilhelma: the Story in Pictures

The Heritage & Culture Focus Group has published a booklet named Wilhelma: the Story in Pictures, a history of the Templer settlement of Wilhelma from its beginning in 1902 to its final days in 1948.

The photos selected give an overview of the primarily agricultural settlement, the fifth of the Templer settlements in Palestine, and come from the Temple Society Archives in Melbourne, as well as the Beilharz, Decker, Frank, Hornung, Klink, Richter, Sawatzky, Weber and Wied families. Thanks to the Wilhelma residents who helped with the names and the captions for the photos. Special thanks go to Peter Hornung who provided advice throughout. He also spent much time with other Wilhelma residents checking that we had the correct names for the captions.

Emphasis was placed on providing photos of people and activities rather than just buildings or landscapes. Even though it is seventy years since the last residents left Wilhelma, several of its former inhabitants still have a very good eye for detail and remembering the names of fellow residents. Thank you all for your efforts.

The publication was inspired by a request for photos by Ruth Danon, who lives in a former Sawatzky house in Wilhelma, now Bnei Atarot. She has a strong interest in Templer history and wanted some pictures to put in their museum. As we searched for suitable photos, we decided there were enough for a booklet, and so have now published Wilhelma: the Story in Pictures.


Paper copies in either A5 ($5) or A4 format ($10) can be ordered through the TSA Office.

Download the order form here.