Wollondilly Woman of the Year 2023, Marjo Hallowell will be talking about her book, Bargo Two Hundred Years in the Making. The book details the rich history of Bargo and sold out in its first print run.
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Ethel Turner & Seven Little Australians – New Stories
Visitors will enjoy an immersive experience in the home where 'Seven Little Australians' was written in 1893. The rooms have been refurbished to the Victorian and Federation Era, reflecting the time when Ethel was a prolific writer whose first book created a watershed moment in English Literature.
Penitentiary Chapel – Courtroom Scoops and Gaol Stories
TUESDAY, 2 MAY 2023 from 12:30pm
Courtroom Scoops and Gaol Stories from Retired Inspector David Plumpton, Retired Sergeant Barry McDonald, and Retired Sergeant Michael Barber will take you back to the Penitentiary's long history. Join us Tuesday 2nd of May for a cup of tea and a biscuit and hear never before shared tales.
Voice From the Graves at Christ Church Longford
In Christ Church's expansive graveyard, many of the earliest settlers were laid to rest. Gan you imagine what these people might tell us if we could hear their voices from the grave?
Join us as Mary Anne Wise and Zimram Youram speak from their graves to reveal their profound life stories.
Dark Ghost Tours – Afterlife Tales
WEDNESDAY, 3 MAY 2023 - 7PM
We're telling the tales they told us not to share!
Heritage Day at Parramatta North Precinct
Discover the incredible history of Parramatta North while you explore beautifully restored heritage buildings. Plus, enjoy a wide offering of family friendly activities like live music, markets, great food, and children's activities.
Sunset Cocktails at Walsh Street
Open the door to Robin Boyd’s iconic Walsh Street residence after-hours for autumn sunset cocktails.
Ballaarat Antique Fair 2023
Quality Antique Dealers from Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia, Melbourne and regional Victoria will be showcasing and selling fabulous pieces of Furniture, Jewellery, Sterling Silver, Artworks.
William Cooper: An Aboriginal Life Story. In conversation with Bain Attwood and Daniel James
Join us to hear Professor Bain Attwood in conversation with Daniel James, and
hear about the work and life of William Cooper – a respected Aboriginal leader and
social justice campaigner from the 1930s.
90 Year Old Steam Tug Wattle
Wattle is the only oil fired steam tug operating in Australia. Here is a chance to see the 90 year old ship being restored and prepared for operation on Port Phillip by a team of dedicated volunteers. Bring back memories of Victoria Dock as the major shipping port for Australia and busy tugboats.
Local History, Local Voices
Come along and enjoy historical images of Drysdale and the Bellarine Peninsula, have a conversation and meet other interested locals.
Information Session – Discovering Online Resources for Family History Research
Come along and explore some of the incredible online resources available to further your family history research.
Local and Family History Drop In Day
Geelong Heritage Centre staff are visiting the Drysdale library for the day. Drop in with any family or local history questions to find out how the Heritage Centre can help with your research.
Bushrangers at the Bluestone College – Presented by Aidan Phelan
Aidan Phelan presents a look at the lives of some of the most notorious bush bandits who did time at the infamous Pentridge Prison during the colonial era, featuring Ned Kelly, Harry Power, Captain Moonlite, Frank Gardiner and Owen Suffolk.
A local priest with a movie camera – Kilmore 1937-1939. A new production with sound track, identities etc.
Father McHugh was an early movie camera enthusiast. He captured forever images of local events, people and places all clearly identified as Kilmore. The period covers 1937-1939.
THREADS: The stories we weave
A visual art & heritage exhibition about women, fibre art and textiles. Objects on display include fibre work and paintings from a number of Victorian emerging and well-established artists whose work relates to the theme, as well as collection objects from Coal Creek and South Gippsland Council.
From Fibre to Finish
As part of our current exhibition THREADS: the stories we weave, the Coal Creek Spinners will be demonstrating and discussing their making with various fibres, how these are processed and various ways a final item is made. Come along for a cuppa and a chat!
From Bennelong Point to Barangaroo: a walking tour
Join Dr Ian Hoskins, award winning author of 'Sydney Harbour: a history', on an intimate walk from Bennelong Point, the site of the iconic Opera House, to the city's newest and most controversial development at Barangaroo. Discover the back streets of the Rocks and Millers Point along the way.
Walangari’s Bondi Aboriginal Walking Tour
Join Bondi resident and Aboriginal elder, Walangari Karntawarra on his popular Bondi Aboriginal Walking Tour. See ancient rock carvings and traditional bush foods still growing wild. Hear how Aboriginal people used the area’s bountiful resources and the geological and social history of Bondi.
Working for the Lady Squatters
Join local history researcher Ann Hodgkinson from the Bellarine Historical Society to uncover the forgotten stories of the first workers for the famous 'Lady Squatters' Anne Drysdale and Caroline Newcomb on their Boronggoop property in the 1840s.
Voices from the Secret River: Cruising Upstream and Downstream
All day historical immersion cruising Dyarubbin with historians, geologist and storytellers evoking the magic of the Secret River - with Grace Karskens, Gil Jones and the Indigenous Astronomy Group. Visiting hidden locations and water only access islands for short walking tours. Lunch on waterfront.