Linnwood is a NSW State Heritage Listed house (1891) on 5 hectares at Guildford. The house will be open on 2 days with a presentation on the story of Linnwood, together with displays of local and historic interest. Devonshire tea provided and visitors are free to roam the house and grounds.
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Stories from Linnwood – 1891 to NowGuildford, nsw
Remarkable, Wonderful and Terrible Stories from Mays Hill CemeteryParramatta, nsw
Join us for a guided tour of Mays Hill Cemetery and hear about the Remarkable, Wonderful and Terrible stories from the lives of the people buried there. They include explorers, soldiers, sailing captains, nobility, relatives of Kosciusko who fled Russian military aggression and yes, murderers!
TALKING TOMBSTONES TOURParramatta, nsw
A leisurely walk through one of Parramatta's historic cemeteries, which just ‘oozes’ with stories ‘from beyond the grave’ where a few common words on a tombstone can reveal an amazing tale. Some of which may have you in laughter, while others may bring a tear to the eye.
The River: Burramatta to CockatooParramatta, nsw
Explore the history of the Parramatta River over its centuries of use as a transport route and food source, and as a site for colonial houses, industrialisation and recreation, and become involved with the campaign to make the River swimmable again.
Family Tour of The River: Burramatta to CockatooParramatta, nsw
Bring the kids on our Easter school holiday special family tour of new exhibition, The River, led by Old Government House’s Curator Anna. Explore the history of the Parramatta River over its centuries of use for transport, food, fun and indigenous culture. Kids of all ages welcome!
Whispering Bones TourParramatta, nsw
Visit the oldest remaining cemetery and see the earliest gravestone in Australia
An Update on Penelope Lucas and John Macarthur’s LunacyParramatta, nsw
Hear new research about Penelope Lucas and John Macarthur
A Captivating Colonial Chronicler – Margaret CatchpoleParramatta, nsw
Learn about Margaret Catchpole, an important chronicler of life in the NSW colony
Heritage Pubs and Development in ParramattaParramatta, nsw
Wander through the Parramatta CBD discovering the locations and stories behind some of the earliest hotels in our "Cradle City" and the new high-rise development that are now taking over.
Joseph Mortelmans – The last Pirate of the PacificParramatta, nsw
Who was the last Pirate of the Pacific and what was his connection with Parramatta ?
Australia’s Communication Links to the WorldParramatta, nsw
A fascinating talk about how we share stories.
Heritage Day at Parramatta North PrecinctNorth Parramatta, nsw
Discover Fleet Street Heritage and learn more about its incredible history and beautifully restored buildings. Enjoy free guided walking tours and plenty of family friendly activities like live music, great food and children's activities.
Armory 1897Silverwater, nsw
Join a leisurely walk as we travel back in time to when Newington Armory was the major naval depot on the east coast of Australia.
In the Days of the AbattoirSydney Olympic Park, nsw
The State Abattoir at Homebush was once one of the largest and most modern in the world. Explore the history, heritage and stories of the precinct today.
Behind the Scenes: Brickpit and the BellfrogsSydney Olympic Park, nsw
Once the site of the former State Brickworks at Homebush Bay, this powerful and dramatic landscape now has a quieter pace. Join the Behind the Scenes tour and be engaged in the layered history of the site from its industrial past to its current role as a biodiversity haven.
Blacktown Historical Bus Tours, nsw
The tour will begin at the Blacktown City Council, you will then embark on a day of discovery visiting a range of historical sites and houses around the Blacktown Area, to mark Heritage Week!
Bella Vista Farm StoriesBella Vista, nsw
Bella Vista Farm is a special place. The Farm sits as an entire farm complex on a hill top with sweeping 360 degree views. With its rich history, the stories of the people who lived and worked here are a reflection of the history and development of New South Wales.
Ryde District, what stories there are to tell!Ryde, nsw
Visit Willandra for displays of memorabilia of Ryde’s history. Images of Ryde’s origins and history will be on display.
Hassall Family Reunion: Build Your History – Know Your HassallsMiddleton Grange, nsw
A once in a generation opportunity to learn about the Hassall family’s role in Australia in since the arrival of Rowland and Elizabeth in Sydney in 1798. Tours to Hassall heritage sites, family networking, sessions on genealogy, keynote lectures on family history.
Church Design in Haberfield from the 1860’s to the 1960’sHaberfield, nsw
Haberfield is noted as a Federation Garden Suburb. Many of its residents share their relationship with God in churches designed by notable architects such as Thomas Rowe, Burcham Clamp, Hennessy and Hennessy, and Booker, Wilson and Debenham. Each of these four churches will be visited on our walk.
Inner West Council Library and HistoryHaberfield, nsw
Join us for a fun afternoon as we go back in time and learn some interesting facts from Yesteryear.
The Silent Voice of Architecture: Tom WranHaberfield, nsw
Join Dr Phillip Drew who will discuss the sculpturer Thomas Wran’s significance in Australian art history and role of sculpture.
A Saunter Down Smith Street, Summer HillSummer Hill, nsw
Your presenter will reveal some surprises in detailing the historic associations of many properties as you stroll along this street, the people and enterprises which made their mark over most of the last 200 years.
Street Photography – glimpses into everyday life during the Depression, Second World War and post war yearsHurstville, nsw
'Street Photography' explores the heyday of this once popular but now forgotten genre. During the mid-20th century, street photographers were a familiar sight on Sydney's streets, capturing moments in the lives of countless people. Explore this fascinating exhibition of candid images.
Charles AnglesHurstville, nsw
'Charlie's Angles' showcases the varied building styles within the St George region designed by local architect and nursery owner Charles Halstead between 1889 and 1915. Through historic photographs, the exhibition highlights aspects of the work of Halstead in south-western Sydney.
Your Stories Our HistoryNormanhurst, nsw
Tell us your story so we can add it to our history collection. Listen to some of the stories we have already collected, look at the displays in our museum featuring some of our collections, meet like minded people.
Carisbrook Historic House Devonshire Tea WeekendLane Cove, nsw
Experience what life was like in the 1880s at Carisbrook Historic House and gardens. The house is a survivor of a time when land around the Lane Cove River was a world away from Sydney Town. Enjoy a tour and a Devonshire tea in the courtyard and a walk through the gardens down to Burns Bay.
Browns Field Walk, WahroongaWahroonga, nsw
Visitors will be taken on a guided geological walk around Browns Field that explains how it sits over a diatreme.
The Art of Robyn RossHunters Hill, nsw
Always expressing a particular interest in people, Robyn specialises in portraiture. Her style and media are eclectic. Equally proficient with paint, charcoal and pencil, she draws different qualities from each medium to create a diverse output of work. Celebrity portraits include Russell Crowe.
West Pymble Bicentennial Park WalkWest Pymble, nsw
Visitors will see the remains of an old, abandoned quarry and hear a geologist's explanation of the basalt dyke formation.
Callan Park’s Shared Stories – Walking ToursRozelle, nsw
Join us for a historical walking tour of Callan Park. Learn about life at Callan Park from its establishment as a private estate, to its recent past as a psychiatric institution, and contemporary plans for its future.
Callan Park’s Shared Stories – Outdoor exhibitionLilyfield, nsw
Self-guided outdoor exhibition – Callan Park’s Shared Stories – highlighting the curious, complex history of Callan Park. Former patients and staff share their stories of living and working in Kirkbride.
Sheldon Forest Walk, TurramurraTurramurra, nsw
Visitors will go on a gentle guided walk through Sheldon Forest and hear from a geological point of view why this Sydney forest is so environmentally sensitive and such a ‘national treasure’.
Brinsley’s Joinery Works Open Day 2023Sutherland, nsw
Brinsley's Joinery Shop will be open to the public for hourly tours. You will experience an unforgettable event witnessing working word working machinery from a forgotten era.
Woronora Memorial Park Cemetery Capels and Crematorium Tours and History ToursSutherland, nsw
Discover Woronora Memorial Park Cemetery and Crematorium. Take a tour through time or embark on your own self-guided history tour.
Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church Heritage DayAnnandale, nsw
Free Organ Recitals, Free Church History Talks, Display of Church History Memorabilia, Bicentennial Commemoration of Rev. Dr. John Dunmore Lang, Devonshire Teas ($5), 2pm Local History Walk ($20)
Concert: “An afternoon with Gilbert with Sullivan”Sutherland, nsw
A fun concert filled with Highlights from Gilbert and Sullivan and many more!
Presented by Louis Vinciguerra and friends.
Rachel Franks presents An Uncommon HangmanSutherland, nsw
Discover the dramatic tale of Sydney's longest-serving hangman, Robert ‘Nosey Bob’ Howard, as told by true crime expert, Dr Rachel Franks in her captivating new book, An Uncommon Hangman.
Shared Stories of Sydney’s Trams (as they were)Sutherland, nsw
Extra operating day - Saturday 22nd April 2023, 10am-4pm
In addition to every Sunday - 10am -5pm and Wednesday - 10am-3pm
All volunteer operated.
Cost: All-inclusive (incl. tram-rides) - Adult $20, Concession $15, Child $10.
Vintage Bus RunSutherland, nsw
Event especially for Aust. Heritage Festival.
All volunteer operated.
Gumbramorra Swamp and the Hidden WaterwaysSydenham, nsw
Join Historian Sue Castrique as she talks about recovering Gumbramorra Swamp and the hidden landscape of Marrickville Valley.
Eryldene Historic Garden TourGordon, nsw
Discover one of the hidden gems of Sydney’s North Shore. Eryldene is the former home of linguist & camellia expert, Professor E.G. Waterhouse & his family. The house was built & its garden created in the early 20th Century & here you will find one of Australia's most important camellia collections.
Have Coffee with an AuthorHornsby, nsw
Come to an Asquith coffee shop and have a coffee with the author of 'A History of Asquith NSW', discover the history of this re-birthed suburb. Bring your copies for signing or purchase one of the last remaining copies of this two volume 530 page limited print run.
Ku-ring-gai Heritage FestivalKu-ring-gai, nsw
Ku-ring-gai Council presents a program of events for the Australian Heritage Festival which explores the rich history of the Ku-ring-gai and celebrates our Indigenous, natural, built and cultural heritage.
Family History FairGymea, nsw
Discover your Heritage and share their stories.
Voices and Pictures from the PastBalmain, nsw
The Balmain Association, a community not-for-profit organisation housed in the historic sandstone Watch House at 179 Darling Street, will be sharing stories from the donated collection of family history books and presenting a photographic display of where these stories evolved from.
The history and myths of Glebe and Watsons BayGlebe, nsw
As a group we will explore historic houses, churches and parklands, all set against the dramatic backdrop of Sydney's picturesque skyline. Join us to unearth the forgotten stories of the most influential buildings in Sydney, and the amazing anecdotes of some of the city's past residents.
Biodiversity + Geodiversity + Cultural heritage = Ku-ring-gai GeoRegion Talk & LuncheonRoseville, nsw
Visitors are invited to attend a talk and presentation that explains the geological history of Ku-ring-gai. Learn about Friends of Ku-ring-gai Environment's (FOKE) Ku-ring-gai GeoRegion project.
Lost and Lasting Schools of the Willoughby DistrictChatswood, nsw
Since the first school in the Willoughby District commenced in 1840 there have been over 165 schools that have come. stayed or been lost. These schools have occupied 88 properties. Today, only 25 schools remain.
Gore Hill Memorial CemeterySt Leonards, nsw
Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery is the oldest general cemetery on Sydney's north shore dating from 1868. It is an oasis of open green space in the midst of a busy growing commercial area. Join an intriguing tour of this heritage cemetery and unearth its stories.
Balmain East Historical Walking Tour & LunchBalmain East, nsw
Discover the history of East Balmain as Sydney historian Max Burns-McRuvie from Journey Walks whisks you away to an earlier era, sharing stories of Balmains culture, mystery & colourful characters before returning to The Fenwick for an indulgent 2 course lunch.
Shire CreativityMiranda, nsw
Shire Creativity is a joint exhibition of the Continuum Art Society Inc and the Port Hacking Potters. Both these groups have a long-standing history in the Sutherland Shire.
The Interactive Dinosaur Adventure ShowAlexandria, nsw
Get up close and personal with all things dinosaurs. If your child loves dinosaurs, this is the ultimate school holiday adventure show that is both exciting and educational. Full of dinosaurs, displays, fossils, an erupting volcano and activities to keep your kids busy, busy, busy.
Walsh Bay & Old Millers Point Historical Walking tour & LunchWalsh Bay, nsw
Discover the history of Sydney’s Walsh Bay as historian Max Burns-McRuvie from Journey Walks rewinds the clock to an earlier age, leading guests on a historical walking tour and exploration through time before returning to enjoy a 2 course lunch with bread and snacks at Ventuno.
In the Footsteps of Governor PhillipSt Ives, nsw
The Middle Harbour Creek catchment is only 12 kms from the Sydney CBD and yet in places resembles a wilderness area. In April 1788, it was one of the first areas explored by Governor Arthur Phillip and his party in search of land suitable for agriculture to feed the First Fleet colony.
The Rocks Walking Tours – Historic walking toursThe Rocks, nsw
Take a leisurely 90 minute stroll through The Rocks with one of our friendly specialist guides within this unique heritage precinct of beautifully restored buildings situated in its picturesque harbourside setting.
Ernst Shackleton and the Seventh ContinentSydney, nsw
Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922), renowned Anglo Irish Antarctic Explorer never achieved his life goal to reach the South Pole. In 1915 his Imperial Antarctic Expedition foundered when his ship The Endurance sank in the Weddell Sea. His leadership skills enabled him to escape the ice against all odds .
Lost and Found: Stories from the City of Sydney ArchivesSydney, nsw
The City Archives holds vast swathes of documentary evidence of past events, people and places in the City of Sydney council area. This session introduces you to some stories uncovered in the archives. Learn some tips to search the catalogue so you can be the detectives and find your own stories.
Open Day: The MintSydney, nsw
Get ready to explore behind the scenes at the Museums of History NSW with our Mint open day. Come and explore the heritage site, see the collections close up, hear from experts on a range of fascinating topics, take a behind-the-scenes tour and relax with good food and coffee.
Sutherland Shire Citizens’ Heritage Festival 2023Sutherland Shire, nsw
The Sutherland Shire Citizens' Festival is a joining of many varied groups within the Shire that share in the rich history of the area.
Our festival covers the Arts, the Music, the people and the History. there are many stories to be told throughout our festival. please come and join us!
Guided walk of Walter and Marion Griffins’ CastlecragCastlecrag, nsw
Discover unique Castlecrag stories as you meander around the suburb spotting Griffin designed houses, hidden reserves and beautiful legacy trees.
Twilight at May Gibbs’ NutcoteKurraba Point, nsw
Enjoy twilight at May Gibbs' harbourside house in Neutral Bay. The house museum and garden will be open to the public for a special after-hours experience.
A Time to Share Heritage Stories and SongsNeutral Bay, nsw
You are invited to the April gathering of the Kirribilli Writers Group. Be entertained as this diverse group of writers share personal and researched local heritage stories and songs. Enjoy a Q&A and discussion over a cup of tea or coffee and refreshments.
Open Day: Western Sydney Records CentreKingswood, nsw
Discover the largest collection of records relating to the history of NSW in our Open Day: Western Sydney Records Centre, housing the State Archives Collection. Come see the collections close up, hear from experts on a range of fascinating topics, take a behind-the-scenes tour and more.
Open House at The Barn, MosmanMosman, nsw
Built in 1832, Sydney’s oldest maritime building and the birthplace of scouting in Australia will be open to the public and Custodian, Colleen Godsell will be on hand to share her stories and the story of what a committed community can achieve.
Murder, Mayhem and Scandal: Forgotten Stories of WoollahraWoollahra, nsw
Enjoy a glass of wine while listening to the forgotten dark stories of the murders, mysteries and scandals that took place in Woollahra, one of Sydney's most exclusive suburbs. The talk is hosted in the stunning art deco Woollahra Hotel. It too has its own macabre past.
Murder on Sydney Harbour: 200 Years of Blood in the WaterWoollahra, nsw
Many a body has washed up on the shores of Sydney Harbour over the last 235 years. In this talk you will hear the dark stories of horrifying murders committed on our fair harbour. Over a glass of wine, you will hear the details, investigate the evidence and consider the court proceedings.
Lindesay After DarkDarling Point, nsw
Uncover the stories of the past at a special after dark tour of historic Lindesay at Darling Point.
A Stroll Through St Peters CemeteryCampbelltown, nsw
Come on a fascinating tour of one of Australia's oldest cemeteries. You will learn more about the lives of some of the people from our history that shaped the development of Campbelltown.
Archibald Hugh Mosman 1799 to 1863Mosman, nsw
Merchant, whaler & pastoralist from Scotland, West Indies to Sydney. Mosman's namesake arrived in Sydney in 1828, applied for a Crown Grant of land in Great Sirius Cove and established a whaling station in 1832. In 1838 he transferred his holdings relocated to New England. This is his story.
The Barn and its history with Colleen Godsell, custodianMosman, nsw
The Barn is the sole surviving building from the 1832 whaling station established by Archibald Mosman in Mosman Bay. A fine example of how a committed community has ensured this building continues to serve as a reminder of Mosman’s maritime past. Colleen will share her story of saving The Barn.
Mosman: Times Gone By, book launchMosman, nsw
Book launch of a long awaited collection of researched articles on aspects of the early settlement and growth of Mosman on Sydney's Lower North Shore. Researched and compiled by the Mosman Historical Society.
The tragedy of the Dunbar – a story shared across generationsDouble Bay, nsw
Join author Larry Writer for a discussion of his new book, The Shipwreck, a definitive account of the loss of the Dunbar in 1857. This talk brings together stories shared generation by generation of one of Australia's worst maritime disasters, set against Writer's meticulous research.
Yarns from YesteryearCampbelltown, nsw
We want to hear about your memories of Campbelltown! You are invited to share your stories about any of our ten featured local places. Each response will be accompanied by photographs and information to form an amazing display in our libraries.
The Ruined Castle at Calabash BayArcadia, nsw
Marramarra National Park is a one of the Hawkesbury’s best kept secrets. It’s great for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, cycling, camping, bushwalking, picnicking and birdwatching.
Chowder Bay Historical Walking tour & LunchMosman, nsw
Discover the history of Chowder Bay as you join Max Burns-McRuvie from Journey Walks on a historical walking tour, delving into the past and sharing stories that make our surroundings so special, before enjoying a delicious 2 course lunch with bread and snacks at Ripples Chowder Bay.
Family History Beginners WorkshopLittle Bay, nsw
Uncover your family story! Have you always wanted to trace your family tree? Here is your chance to start a fascinating journey.
Shared Stories of the Australiana Pioneer VillageWilberforce, nsw
The Australiana Pioneer Village offers a unique look at lifestyle back in the 1800s, share our stories on the families that lived the cottages, participate in our demonstrations highlighting how our ancestors lived in this period of our history.
EBENEZER CHURCH HERITAGE DAYEbenezer, nsw
This is a day when you can learn more about the fascinating story of Australia’s oldest church - Ebenezer Church. You will hear about the people who built the church, pioneers such as Andrew Johnston, the architect and builder of the church, John Grono who was a ship-builder and sea captain and more!
Royal National Park Coastal Cabin Open DayLilyvale, nsw
Take a guided bush walk through Sydney Royal National Park's historic coastal cabin community. Listen to the shared stories of how these curious cabins were erected during the Great Depression. Eat lunch at the Era Beach Surf Life Saving Club and experience our community's 110-year-old history.
Pansy Line Tour – The Richmond to Kurrajong RailwayRichmond, nsw
The Richmond to Kurrajong Railway operated from 1926 to 1952. The locals called it the Pansy Line.
We take a coach tour, with multiple stops, to explore the remnants of the line that are still visible. Many of the remnants are on private property that is not normally accessible.
Telling TalesCamden, nsw
Camden Library Services wants to tell the tales of people and places in Camden sharing stories from the past and offering visitors the chance to tell their own stories for future generations. This includes a photo display, online exhibition, oral history project and children's activities.
Richmond before the 1850sRichmond, nsw
Led by Conservation Architect Graham Edds and Hawkesbury Historian Jan Barkley-Jack, this tour takes you to some of Richmond's most unique pre-1850s cottages and churches to uncover their stories.
West Head World War II Gun EmplacementsKu-ring-gai Chase, nsw
Be prepared to be amazed on this tour. The walk starts at arguably the most stunning lookout in Sydney where you will see views of Barrenjoey Headland, Pittwater, Broken Bay and beyond into the Tasman Sea.
Voices from the Secret River: Cruising UpstreamSpencer, nsw
Enjoy an unforgettable 6 hours on the water exploring the hidden places and forgotten voices of the Secret River. Cruise the Hawkesbury River upstream for history onboard with Grace Karskens. Join two walking tours with expert guides and readers sharing Lower Hawkesbury stories before stopping for lunch at historical house.
Voices from the Secret River: Cruising DownstreamSpencer, nsw
An unmissable 6 hour experience cruising Dyarrubin ‘the mighty Hawkesbury’ with historical tours at two island locations. Downstream, experts provide insights on the deep history of sandstone country and Australian indigenous astronomy. Enjoy lunch at a private historic house on the sparkling waterfront.
Voices from the Secret River: Cruising Upstream and DownstreamSpencer, nsw
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.
Butcher Boats and Colonial RationsSpencer, nsw
Explore the story of food on the banks of the Hawkesbury River with Max Burns-McRuvie. Native tea tasting and stories of the colonial menu; walk alongside heritage remains of Gov. Darling’s great routes from Sydney to the Hunter; visit Mill Creek tidal mill site, and Trollops reach.
Blue Mountains History Conference 2023Springwood, nsw
Uncover stories of the railways in world-heritage listed Blue Mountains at the 2023 Blue Mountains History Conference.
Convict History of Wisemans FerryWisemans Ferry, nsw
Join a National Parks and Wildlife Service Volunteer Guide and step back in time to learn about the adventure, suffering, achievements and humour of the convicts of early 19th century New South Wales.
Norman Lindsay’s LegacyFaulconbridge, nsw
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Norman Lindsay Gallery with a visit to our special exhibition featuring an array of fine works loaned from public and private collections.
A Glimpse at the Wollondilly CommunityThe Oaks, nsw
"A Glimpse of the Wollondilly Community" will profile stories of people, pioneers and places that showcase the Wollondilly Area. There will be stories from the original inhabitants of Burragorang Valley to the pioneers that came later.
Book Launch: Wollondilly Scenes by James WhitfieldPicton, nsw
Join us to celebrate the publication of Wollondilly Scenes by local author James Whitfield. Wollondilly Scenes showcases the beauty of the Wollondilly Shire, featuring photography by the author. Hear from James Whitfield as he discusses his work, followed by light refreshments and a book signing.