Curtin Family Home

Curtin Family Home

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John Curtin, wartime Prime Minister of Australia, and his wife Elsie built this house in 1923. Four generations of the Curtins’ extended family lived in the house over the following seventy-five years. The house underwent major conservation and interpretation works in 2010 including restoration of the garden. Interpretation of the place included the production
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A message from our Chief Executive Officer

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National Trust’s places throughout Western Australia have been temporarily closed and all events have been cancelled until further notice. In the interest of keeping all of our staff safe, we have also closed our offices at the Old Observatory with staff now working from home. Though our places are currently closed, most
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Exterior urns reflect original construction

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Six replica urns were installed on the Woodbridge tower and entry portico parapets bringing to fruition the interpretive approach of presenting the exterior as originally constructed. It was considered at the time to be “the finest and most innovative house in Western Australia”. National Trust CEO, Julian Donaldson said “This
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Important updates from NTAV on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Heritage in Trust February 2020

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The main article in this issue is about Ken Oliphant’s influence on Art Deco and Modernism on the Monaro. There is also an interesting article about the 250th Anniversary of Cook’s Exploration and reports on heritage issues and events. Click on the Front Cover below to read.
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Australian Heritage Festival 2020 is cancelled

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The National Trust of Australia is cancelling the 2020 Australian Heritage Festival in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a pandemic. The virus is contagious between people and of particular risk to people with existing medical conditions, people with
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The National Trust of Australia has announced it will cancel the Australian Heritage Festival for 2020

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The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a pandemic. The virus is contagious between people and of particular risk to people with existing medical conditions, people with reduced immunity and people of advanced age. The National Trust is a community organisation and we consider the health, wellbeing
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National Trust (NSW) Events and Property Closures: COVID-19

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The National Trust (NSW) values the health and wellbeing of its staff, volunteers, members, visitors and supporters above all else. We have provided the most up-to-date information to our staff, at our heritage properties and to our volunteers on the importance of preventing, identifying and reducing the potential of infection. We are acting in accordance with health authority guidelines federally and in New South Wales to ensure the safety of the community in line with Government policy regarding COVID-19. We will update this news post as regularly as possible, and as circumstances change.
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Vivid from Sydney Harbour

nsw 27 May 2020
Following our sold out inaugural 2019 VIVID cruise, the National Trust’s S.H. Ervin Gallery is again partnering with Australian Cruise Group to offer a Vivid Sydney Clearview Blue Room Glass Boat Tour. Departing from King Street Wharf, the cruise includes an 8-course, seated and served, degustation menu, a selection of
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2020 Salon des Refusés: The ‘Alternative Archibald and Wynne Prize Selection’ (9 May – 26 July)

nsw 9 May 2020 - 26 Jul 2020
The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s most high profile and respected awards which attracts hundreds of entries each year and the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney scene. Each year, the panel is invited to go behind the scenes of the
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Parramatta Bus Trip

nsw 23 May 2020
The first stop will be the Female Factory, which was the first purpose-built institution in the colony of New South Wales for women. Commissioned by Governor Macquarie and designed by Francis Greenway, it was opened in 1821. It was from here that women were assigned. It was also a prison
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Wine and Jazz Festival

nsw 30 May 2020
This stunning National Trust property creates the best ambiance and atmosphere to enjoy incredible live jazz and fine quality wines. This event continues to entrench itself as the premier jazz and wine picnic event in the Blue Mountains, an event not just for the hardcore jazz enthusiast or wine connoisseur,
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Walking with The Porters

nsw 14 May 2020 - 17 May 2020
Newcastle West is changing rapidly but it’s still possible to connect past, present and future and walk in the footsteps of the Porter family of Miss Porter’s House, Newcastle’s only National Trust property. Where exactly did Les Darcy fight, circus animals perform and market gardens flourish? Why does King Street
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The Magic of Mothers Day

nsw 10 May 2020
The Porter father, Herbert, met an untimely death in 1919, leaving a wife and two young daughters. Florence, Ella and Hazel Porter continued to live all their lives in the family home – Miss Porter’s House. It is a women’s house containing their clothes, photographs, craft work and household effects.
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Spotlight on Wollongong’s Northern Suburbs

nsw 2 May 2020
Join the Illawarra Shoalhaven Branch at the Sublime Point Restaurant, high above the treetops in the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation area, for a special luncheon as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the National Trust here in NSW. Millions of years in the making, the Illawarra Escarpment features dramatic sandstone
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Bolwarra Heritage Walk

nsw 17 May 2020
The Friends of Grossmann House are hosting a Heritage Walk in the Maitland suburb of Bolwarra. Known as the 19th Century Gentleman’s Suburb, Bolwarra is one of Maitland’s most prestigious addresses. This heritage walk will be guided by inimitable guide, Wayne (Huck) Campbell, who has been enthusiastically leading the majority
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Mothers Day Sunday Tea at the Cottage

nsw 10 May 2020
This exquisite little cottage was the site of the first land grant given by Arthur Phillip in the new colony, the cottage was the home of Surgeon John Harris. You will be taken on a tour of the cottage where our knowledgeable guides will give you a fascinating historic talk
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Members-only viewing: The Doctor Will See You Now

nsw 17 Aug 2020
This new exhibition at Experiment Farm Cottage will explore the often un-told stories of women’s health during the 1800s. Inside the home built by Surgeon John Harris, learn about the perils and oddities of childbirth, the prevalence and dangers of quack doctors, the attitudes towards reproductive education, and the support
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NSW Schools Reconciliation Exhibition (12 May – 13 June)

nsw 12 May 2020 - 13 Jun 2020
The Schools Reconciliation Challenge is one way for students to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia and contribute positively to Australian society. Every year, students create artworks and stories inspired by a theme, and reflect on what reconciliation means to them. The theme in 2019 was “Speaking and
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Mother’s Day High Tea at Dundullimal

nsw 10 May 2020
This Mothers Day, revisit the elegance and charm of days gone by, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of fine music and high tea at Dubbo’s historic National Trust property, Dundullimal Homestead. Featuring musical performances by students and staff from Macquarie Conservatorium, plus a delicious high tea served on vintage china.
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Dangerous Discussions in the Dining Room – with guest speakers Whimn’s Editor & News Editor

nsw 13 Aug 2020
Join this ‘dangerous’ conversational journey while enjoying a four course meal prepared by the chefs at our onsite restaurant, Lachlan’s. As Editiors of Whimn, Eliza and Edwina are acutely aware of the historic marginalisation of women in the media. Whimn, which stands for ‘with her in mind’ aims to change
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