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2023 National Trust Forum

nsw 8 Mar 2023
An engaging panel of experts representing heritage planning law, aboriginal heritage law reform, environmental protection and place management come together to discuss the big picture alongside the National Trust heritage priorities and ask… How did we get to a place where heritage legislation can simply be “turned off” for some
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2023 Salon des Refusés: The ‘alternative’ Archibald & Wynne Prize selection

nsw 6 May 2023 - 23 Jul 2023
The Salon des Refusés was initiated by the S.H. Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works entered into the Archibald Prize which were not selected for display in the official exhibition. The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s most high profile and respected awards which
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All Things Great Are Small

nsw 8 Dec 2022 - 12 Feb 2023
‘All Things Great are Small’ is a group of miniaturists, painters, illustrators, printmakers and woodcrafters who came together 15 years ago to promote and foster the appreciation of miniatures and small paintings. The miniature size of these images and crafts does not diminish their greatness – they are so superbly
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Botanicals at Riversdale

nsw 2 Oct 2022 - 7 May 2023
The gardens of Riversdale are a special place largely established by the Twynam family from the 1870s. The various plants and species were also an inspiration for the artwork of Emily Rose Twynam who lived at the property. Emily drew beautiful illustrations of nature including some 140 drawings in six
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Easter Fun at Miss Porter’s

nsw 9 Apr 2023 - 10 Apr 2023
Where did Florence Porter hang the washing to dry? A pre-1919 photograph of her husband Herbert in their Newcastle West backyard helped volunteers at Miss Porter’s House solve the mystery. See this and other Pictures from the Past and get competitive in a special goldenegg hunt this Easter. A picture really
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Enjoy Vivid from Sydney Harbour

nsw 31 May 2023
Vivid Sydney brings together a light, music and ideas festival like no other. Step aboard our private charter vessel to enjoy views of art installations and 3D projections as they transform Sydney’s architecture and open spaces along the harbour foreshore including The Rocks, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Luna Park.
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Exploring the Coal Loader

nsw 23 Mar 2023
Join us for a guided tour of the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability which opened mid 2011. A former industrial site with an interesting history, it operated for over 70 years from the early 1920s, primarily as a transfer depot for coal from bulk carriers. Dedicated as public open space
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Fairy Escapades

nsw 14 Apr 2023
Do you believe in fairies? Come on an extraordinary journey as we meet some mischievous and magical creatures hiding in hidden nooks of the beautiful gardens at Retford Park. Let Fairy Lilly lead you up the garden path and through the secret world of the fairies, and see how they
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Family Tour of The River: Burramatta to Cockatoo

nsw 11 Apr 2023 - 20 Apr 2023
During the Easter school holidays take a special family tour with our expert guide Anna – Old Government House’s Curator – who will reveal some great stories of the Parramatta River. Kids of all ages welcome! Just near Old Government House the confluence of Darling Mills Creek and Toongabbie Creek
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Follies and Frolics

nsw 6 Oct 2022 - 19 Feb 2023
The works in Follies and Frolics are full of joyful playfulness and exuberance. Much of the inspiration was Lindsay’s love of the legends of the Ancient world.  The gods of Olympus encouraged the mortals to enjoy revels of which later religions disapproved. The festivals were times of light-hearted licentious escapades,
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Former GPO History and Heritage Tour

nsw 3 May 2023
The former General Post Office (GPO) is one of Australia’s most beautiful buildings.  Today it houses the Fullerton Hotel.  This Italian Renaissance Palazzo style structure incorporates Venetian and Florentine architecture.  At the time it was a building which aimed to be the most outstanding in the Southern Hemisphere. It also
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From Potters Lane

nsw 16 Feb 2023 - 2 Apr 2023
Neil combines a love of antiquities with a love of lustres to produce a distinctive range of ceramics. He uses silver and other rare materials to produce exotic glaze surfaces on wheel-thrown forms influenced by medieval and classical ceramics. Neil has exhibited and sold his ceramics throughout Australia.  His works
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Gardeners’ Breakfast

nsw 30 Mar 2023
Autumn is one of the best times to enjoy the Retford Park gardens, with its crisp mornings and vivid colours. Join us for a delicious breakfast of local goodies including croissants, frittatas, fruit and more, followed by a morning walk in the beautiful grounds led by Head Gardener, Keith Hunter.
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Ghost Night at Old Government House

nsw 17 Feb 2023 - 21 Apr 2023
Enjoy a spooky evening exploring Old Government House – if you dare! These tours have run for many years and guests always enjoy the tours. Tour this Georgian house by candlelight. Imagine the people who once walked these halls. Hear stories from staff, volunteers and past guests of unusual happenings.
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Glorious Gardens in the Southern Highlands

nsw 15 Apr 2023 - 16 Apr 2023
Southern Highlands Gardens Revisited: Visiting much loved cool climate gardens of great diversity and charm in the Moss Vale and Bowral districts. Meet us there by purchasing a self-drive ticket, or hop aboard an all-inclusive Coach journey. No matter how you join us, a spectacular autumn garden adventure awaits you.
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Grossmann House’s Maitland Heritage Fest Celebrations

nsw 18 Jun 2023
The historic precinct of Church Street Maitland will come alive on Sunday 18 June as the Maitland Heritage Fest celebrates the city’s rich and diverse history. Grossmann House will be open for tours led by suitably dressed guides at the discounted rate of $5 per head for this day only, and refreshments
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Guided Chau Chak Wing Museum Tour

nsw 22 Feb 2023
Join us at the Chau Chak Wing Museum for morning tea and a guided tour of the highlights of the spectacular collection. The museum, located at the University of Sydney in Camperdown, opened in November 2020 and not only brings together the Nicholson, Macleay and university art collections under one
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Historic Cemeteries in the Far-Reaches of the Hawkesbury

nsw 16 Feb 2023
Experience a unique scenic drive across rural Hawkesbury whilst viewing a number of historic cemeteries. We will visit graves of some of the early settlers and their families, some notable, others not so well-known, around St Albans, Wisemans Ferry, Sackville and Lower Portland. Some gravesites are formal in style, while
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Hobartville Estate – Unlocked

nsw 26 Mar 2023
This tour is now sold out. Discover Hobartville Estate – a substantially intact early colonial homestead group, featuring one of the finest pre-1830 houses in the country; extremely rare for its intact setting, landscape features and outbuildings of various ages, and seldom opened for public viewing. Take this rare opportunity
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Homemade by the Porters: Arts, crafts and needlework

nsw 12 Mar 2023
Discover an incredible display of homemade clothing and household textiles from the Miss Porter’s House collection showing how homemade was the cultural norm for women during the twentieth century and how fashions, fabrics, technologies and homewares changed during the lives of the Porter women. Free children’s activity and market stall
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Idris Murphy: BackBlocks

nsw 18 Feb 2023 - 26 Mar 2023
This survey catches a great Australian painter at the height of his powers. Born in 1952, Idris Murphy developed deep roots in the history of painting as well as a profound feeling for the natural environment. Murphy’s idiom transcends “either/or” — it is indistinguishably landscape painting and painterly abstraction all
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