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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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1980 National Trust Magazine

Historic stories now at your fingertips

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A visit from the Queen, a map of Parramatta’s demolished heritage, a heritage talk by Tim Flannery and our ‘ugly highways’ - are some of the highlights of the National Trust archives online.
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Midwinter Spring DT Analysis Under Microscope By Matteo Volonte

Ask a conservator

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On the 4 November 2021 the National Trust (NSW) is celebrating Ask a Conservator Day. We are participating in this international collaboration by sharing the work of the professionals that help us care for the National Trust Collection.
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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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Example of proposed height increases to Oxford Street

Oxford Street changes – revitalisation or degeneration?

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Oxford Street’s heritage Oxford Street’s character is built on its diverse use and activities, and its distinct heritage building forms. It has a largely consistent and intact streetscape. Aside from the taller buildings to the west of the precinct, Oxford Street is generally lined by three storey buildings, located on
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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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David Jackson

Remembering David Jackson

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Distinguished architect and long-time supporter of the National Trust, David Jackson AO passed away in January this year.
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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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