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Elaine Lowrey

Meet our volunteers: Elaine Lowrey

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Former primary school principal, Elaine Lowrey, has taken her love for history and lifelong learning to her volunteer work at Old Government House.
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It’s Biodiversity Month!

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Biodiversity is the variety of all living things around us. Australia’s biodiversity is rich and unique, it is home to more than 500,000 animal and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else – making Australia one of the world’s ‘megadiverse’ countries. Native vegetation is a vital component of
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Willow Grove – a missed opportunity

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The impending demolition of Parramatta’s historic Willow Grove could have easily been avoided, and Parramatta could have retained another worthwhile part of its history. How? By considering heritage at the beginning of a project – not at the end.
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Did we lose the battle or the war?

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The remarkable advocacy legacy of the community campaign for Ultimo’s Powerhouse Museum, Willow Grove and St Georges Terraces
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Our latest book reviews

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Deciding what to read next? Our community have spent time jotting down their thoughts on the books they’ve recently read.
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Blackwattle Bay proposal falls short of community expectations

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What is the Issue? We are concerned that the scale and mass of the building envelopes are excessive, both in relation to the Pyrmont peninsula and to the low scale of Glebe on the western side of the Bay.   Jones Street clifftop walk Unaltered image from Visual Impact Assessment.
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Sydney’s World Heritage sites under threat

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Last month the media was dominated by stories around World Heritage sites in Danger. We watched as the World Heritage Committee stripped Liverpool of its World Heritage status after nine years of being on the World Heritage in Danger List.
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Chris Tobin

Meet our volunteers: Chris Tobin

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Chris Tobin started volunteering with the National Trust (NSW) in 2015. Since then, Chris has contributed significantly to the work of the Woodford Academy. Here is his story.
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How could it be otherwise? (under)Valued Heritage and the ongoing struggle for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage reforms

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It’s the start of 2021 NAIDOC Week with the theme 'Heal Country' which calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.
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Mary Lamborn

Recognising our volunteers

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Community is at the heart of the National Trust and we couldn’t do our vital work without the support of our volunteers.
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Aboriginal Astronomy

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For over 50,000 years, Aboriginal Australians have had a deep connection to the stars and planets, and their movement across the sky. This connection can be found in oral traditions, art and ceremonies, and cultural practices. The practical use of this knowledge was applied to navigation, creating calendars, and the harvest of food sources.
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Behind the scenes: creating a rare clothing exhibit

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Ever wondered how an exhibit is put together? Josephine Butcher, a National Trust volunteer, shares her experience of being involved in the careful preparation of a special 19th century display at Grossman & Brough House.
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A star-studded partnership with Western Sydney University

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In an exciting new collaboration, the National Trust has partnered with Western Sydney University to develop four digital elements for the new exhibition at Old Government House, Enquiring Minds: Exploration and discovery in colonial NSW. Blog by Anna Ridley – Exhibition Curator
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David Burdon at the National Trust Heritage Awards 2021

David Burdon: On the Importance of Heritage Conservation

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The National Trust (NSW)’s Director of Conservation, David Burdon, delivered a moving speech at the National Trust Heritage Awards 2021 about the importance of heritage conservation. He finished with a call for a manifesto for the protection of heritage together with progress.
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Destination Pagoda

Destination Pagoda – a new concept to protect an ancient landscape

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A new exhibition in Lithgow, presented as part of the Australian Heritage Festival, focuses attention on the remarkable Pagoda Country north of Lithgow.
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Remembering Betty Mason and the heritage battle for Annandale

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During the 1960s and 1970s, Annandale was at serious risk of being drastically affected by major planning proposals and developments. If it wasn’t for the tireless work of Betty Mason and the support of the local community, our special heritage places could have been lost forever.
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Flood recovery for heritage places

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New South Wales is undergoing yet another natural disaster. Following the 2019/2020 fires and the ongoing pandemic, many people are now facing the impact of flood risk to their lives and damage to their properties and belongings.
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Happy 100th Birthday Central Station Clock Tower – a landmark under threat

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The National Trust wish it a Happy Birthday! Central Station is unique as a major sandstone public building, reflecting the status of this major new piece of infrastructure. The building was, somewhat controversially, built as an elevated terminus, necessitating the need for a large building presence to the newly-formed Eddy
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Lois Rasmussen: On Celebrating 75 Years of the National Trust in New South Wales

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“I feel very honoured to be invited to speak about my role of volunteering on this, the postponed celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the National Trust of NSW. My introduction to the Trust came by accident rather than design. “My late mother-in-law Clare Rasmussen was a
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Holtermann Gulgong

Have a heritage holiday at… Gulgong

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Roughly four hours’ drive from Sydney, Gulgong is located in the Mudgee region and holds important aboriginal history. The traditional custodians of the land are the Wiradjuri nation, and many of the local town names are said to be derived from their native language – Mudgee meaning ‘nest in the
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The history of the National Trust Logo and its designer, Michael Bryce

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Michael will be known to many National Trust members as the husband of the 25th Governor-General of Australia, Dame Quentin Bryce. However, what some may not know, is he shared a significant history with the National Trust through his graphic design work for our current logo. Before 1986, each state
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