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William Cooper- An Aboriginal Life Story presentation by Bain Atwood

Altona, vic

William Cooper's passionate struggle against the dispossession of Aboriginal people and the denial of their rights and his heroic fight for them to become citizens in their own country has been widely commemorated and celebrated.

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Hidden Histories – South Kingsville and Spotswood

Altona, vic

Hidden Histories is a short film created as part of Better Places – Spotswood and South Kingsville. Celebrating stories of this unique area captured through listening to and filming locals to the area. This beautifully filmed little gem reminds us how a small local area can have a distinctive style and feel. Screening at the Digital Lounge at the Altona Civic Centre.

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Balancing the past, present and future of Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Altona, vic

Established in 1860, the Williamstown Botanic Garden was one of Melbourne's first public gardens. Together we will explore what it takes to maintain it.

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Russell’s Travelling Suitcase: Family Story time in the Park

Altona, vic

Join us under the heritage listed Morton Bay fig trees* for a special Story Time that encourages families to consider their own unique stories and the journeys they have taken to be where they are today.

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Altona Homestead Guided Tour

Altona, vic

The Altona Homestead provides visitors of all ages the opportunity to take a step back to the time of our early settlers to the region of Altona.

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Family History Social Discussion

Altona, vic

Come along and hear from other group members sharing their knowledge and skills about Family Research in a friendly and supportive environment while making use of the experience of researchers from the Altona Laverton Historical Society.

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Pier Revue Exhibition

Altona, vic

The Altona Pier Revue Exhibition features the heritage of Altona Pier through contemporary works.

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Patchwork Quilts – Connecting threads from Tradition to Innovation

Altona North, vic

Rachaeldaisy Dodd, an acclaimed Australian quilt maker and designer showcases her collection of quilts and shares stories in a Trunk Show

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Preserving the past in jars

Brooklyn, vic

Learn the age-old skills of preserving food with jam and chutney making. Connect with the memories of the kitchens of parents and grandparents at a time when nearly every household had pantries filled with jars of preserved food.

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Heritage walk of Newport Lakes

Newport, vic

Newport Lakes is celebrating 40 years since it was reclaimed and rehabilitated as a stunning park and wetlands. Join author Dominique Hes and colleagues for a guided walk around the Lakes with before and after photos and stories.

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Williamstown Cemetery -Convict Graves and Tales

Williamstown North, vic

A guided walking tour around Williamstown Cemetery, one of Victoria’s oldest graveyards with local historian Brian Haynes.

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Old Laverton School Open Day

Altona Meadows, vic

Visit the restored Old Laverton School, taking in the history of the historic site as an early school building and rural outpost of the developing city in Melbourne’s west in the late 1880s.

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CANCELLED – Big Country Games Day

Newport, vic

Come and try traditional children's games from First Nations communities across mainland and the Torres Strait Islands. Many of the games you see today have evolved from traditional games of the past. Stretch your body and mind as we play and learn together.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Aunty Pauline will regrettably not be able to join us on Big Country Games.

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The Birds – A Fairy Tale: A Book Reading and Talk by Sally Nansen

Altona Meadows, vic

Embark on a layered journey into the past, intertwined with the pressing issues facing migratory birds today. Join us for illustrator and writer Sally Nansen's captivating exploration in "The Birds - A Fairy Tale," a unique glimpse into the world of a 19th-century child and a small migratory bird.

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Williamstown Botanic Gardens: Postcards from the Gardens – Moments in time

Williamstown, vic

Using the historic postcard collection of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens archive, visitors will explore the early 1900’s craze for postcard sending and collecting.

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Williamstown Botanic Gardens: Secrets of the Pinetum

Williamstown, vic

Follow the historic, winding pathways of Williamstown Botanic Gardens through the rejuvenated Pinetum to discover the intriguing origins of the tree collection and the fascinating stories behind how they came to be here.

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UPDATED – Life So Full of Promise: Australia’s lost generation of World War I

Williamstown, vic

Acclaimed historian, biographer and speaker Ross McMullin presents his most recent book Life So Full of Promise a multi-biography about Australia’s lost generation of World War I. "His scholarship is impeccable, he writes like an angel … and his narrative gift is Blaineyesque.” -Barry Jones

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Sons of Williamstown

Williamstown, vic

The Sons of Williamstown project involved the refurbishment of the Great War honour board in the Williamstown Town Hall and tells the stories of the Williamstown soldiers who did not return from the war. 

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Signatures from the Front

Williamstown, vic

The Agnes Hansen WW1 Signature Quilt will be on display for the first time in six years.

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Connecting with the past through Photographs

Williamstown, vic

Historic photographs from the Williamstown Historical Society collection, including Williamstown, Newport & Spotswood, alongside present-day photographs taken near the same spot.

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An Afternoon in the Heritage Room

Williamstown, vic

Join us in the Heritage Room at Williamstown Library and immerse yourself in the wonders of our archive collection with favourite items curated by our Heritage Librarian and discover our new Library of Things collection.

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