Castle Hill Players’ members and friends were saddened by the news of the passing of Life Member Harry Hyland in July.
COVID restrictions meant there had been little contact with Harry and his partner, Sue, during his final months, which only added to the shock and sadness when news was received.
Harry’s love and commitment to the Hills District led to a strong association with Hills Shire Council, and Mayor, Michelle Byrne.
He was a leader and influential member of the community, particularly where matters involving Castle Hill Showground and the Pavilion Theatre were concerned.
For many years he headed up the 355 Committee, engaging with Council in matters relating to the Showground and was a constant advocate for the Pavilion Theatre where he held the position of Public Officer. His negotiations with Council led to the installation of two units to house the vast props and costume collection of the theatre and this building is affectionately known as Harry’s Hutte.
Harry made one appearance onstage at The Pavilion, in 2001 as a member of the cast of Stories of a Nation. He loved being involved in set building, assisting on no less than 36 set constructions over the years. He also enjoyed reading and writing, penning several stage and radio plays in his time.
Harry Hyland was a gentleman in the true meaning of the word – kind, considerate, caring and compassionate. Highly respected, his calm manner encouraged and inspired others and his friendship was valued by all who knew him.