Cattleya Corazon




Angcst Gwen x Lyc Shoalhaven



The Society's Background

The Orchid Society of New South Wales was founded on 7th August, 1934 making it one of the oldest in the country. The first general meeting was held at the home of T H James with the first president His Honor Judge H F Markell presiding. In 2014 the Society celebrated 80 years since its foundation.

Presently, OSNSW has over 74 societies or clubs affiliated with it within New South Wales. OSNSW operates monthly meetings, and also its other responsibilities and administrative duties such as the judging system within the state. The Registrar of Judges, a member of the Board of Management, is responsible for the running and judging of Affiliated Societies shows and meetings. OSNSW provides a forum for discussion and cooperation amongst its Affiliated Societies. The OSNSW Constitution is available to be read.

OSNSW is the state representational body within the national body, the Australian Orchid Council, and provides a delegate for this Council.

Past Presidents

  2016-present Irene Chalmers
  2013 - 2016 Chris Dalrymple
  2010 - 2013 Irene Bodell
  2007 - 2010 Geoff Fulcher
  2006 - 2007 Graham Larkham
  2002 - 2006 Chris Dalrymple
  1997 - 2002 Kathy Koutsoukis
  1995 - 1997 Ron Miller
  1992 - 1995 Margaret Bowers
  1991 - 1992 Alan Alvis
  1990 - 1991 Garrie Bromley
  1987 - 1990 Graeme Banks OAM
  1984 - 1987 Doug Symons
  1981 - 1984 Wal Upton
  1978 - 1981 Sid Waldie
  1975 - 1978 Lou Sasso
  1972 - 1975 Barry Collins
  1969 - 1972 Bert Schwartz
  1966 - 1969 Frank Slattery
  1963 - 1966 Lou Sasso
  1960 - 1963 Frank Slattery
  1967 - 1960 Sir J Hall Best
  1954 - 1957 AB Porter
  1951 - 1954 Jack Bissett
  1947 - 1948 AR Begg
  1947 J Vote
  1946 - 1947 A Rothwell
  1943 - 1945 EA Hamilton
  1934 - 1943 HF Markell

Growing Orchids

The charter of OSNSW is the cultivation and promotion of orchids and all things orchid. The orchid flower has evoked great passion over centuries and continues to fascinate and astound in its variety and complexity. Having said that, these highly evolved plants are amongst the most hardy and easiest to grow when selected for your conditions. Joining an orchid society is the easiest way to learn how to grow these most rewarding flowers. For advice in growing particular genera you might like to visit our Growing Tips page.

Monthly Meetings

OSNSW has a monthly meeting and orchid show at the The Ermington Community Centre, River Rd Ermington, (behind hotel, and adjacent to police station) from 8pm on the last Monday of each month. At this meeting a large variety of orchids are displayed and there is a presentation on some aspect of orchids or orchid growing. Everyone is welcome.

Orchid News

The Orchid Society of New South Wales produces a monthly newsletter, Orchid News, which provides information to members and any other interested persons.


Renew your membership or join the Orchid Society of New South Wales using the Application Form.


All correspondence should go through the Secretary, Veronica Clowes:

The Orchid Society of NSW
PO Box 5396
Chullora NSW 2190