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A Captivating Colonial Chronicler – Margaret Catchpole
Learn about Margaret Catchpole, an important chronicler of life in the NSW colony
Heritage Pubs and Development in Parramatta
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.
Australia’s Communication Links to the World
A fascinating talk about how we share stories.
ANZAC Hero – Sir William Throsby Bridges and His Horse Sandy
Special Heritage Festival & ANZAC powerpoint presentation with Morning Tea by John Brock, tells the amazing story of an ANZAC hero, Sir William Throsby Bridges and his horse Sandy.
Talking Tombstones Talk #7
#7 in a series of stand alone powerpoint presentations that brings tombstones 'alive', as you hear the stories from beyond the grave from some of Australia's oldest cemeteries.
Poets, Politics and the Pacific Port City That Never Was!
Journey through the early years of NSW as the Halloran family forges alliances with the Governor, a famous poet and a Federation politician, after their serial conman patriarch founded Sydney’s oldest and most prestigious private school. Hear about the city planned in a Canberra style at Jervis Bay.
Children are being transported to the early 1800's and hear about children's stories of the time.
Science in the Park
Walk in a World Heritage listed landscape and hear intriguing stories of scientific advances.
Whispering Bones Tour
Visit the oldest remaining cemetery and see the earliest gravestone in Australia
The River: Burramatta to Cockatoo
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 Cockatoo
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!
Book Launch: That Bligh Girl by Sue Williams at Old Government House
Head to Old Government House to attend the official book launch of a fascinating and meticulously researched new novel, That Bligh Girl by Sue Williams.
TALKING TOMBSTONES TOUR
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.
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.
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.
Remarkable, Wonderful and Terrible Stories from Mays Hill Cemetery
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!
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.
Stories from Linnwood – 1891 to Now
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.
In the Days of the Abattoir
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 Bellfrogs
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.