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Australian Heritage Festival – The Dark Sky Renaissance: Astronomical Heritage

vic 17 May 2019
The National Trust’s Dark Sky Renaissance event, co-presented by Australian Indigenous Astronomy and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), will feature a talk by astronomer Dr Duane Hamacher, Gomeroi astrophysics student Krystal de Napoli, and Gunnai custodian Uncle Wayne Thorpe as they discuss how urban design impacts our connection to the
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Australian Heritage Festival: Como’s Women

vic 20 Apr 2019 - 19 May 2019
Wednesdays – 2.00pm Saturday and Sunday – 11.00am, 12.30pm, and 2.00pm From the Mistress to the Cook, these women’s stories are a fascinating window to a golden age in Melbourne society in both the 19th and 20th centuries. Come with us as we explore the house that has a multitude
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Australian Heritage Festival: Connecting with Wurundjeri Woiwurrung people and Country

vic 9 May 2019
The Wurundjeri people of the Kulin-kinship are the Traditional Custodians of a large estate which includes the inner city of Melbourne and extends north of the Great Dividing Range, East to Mount Baw Baw, south to Mordialloc Creek to the mouth of the Werribee River. Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson,
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Australian Heritage Festival: Explore Endeavour Fern Gully

vic 19 May 2019
This is an educational experience for the whole family to learn about the unique wonders of the Gully. Learn to recognise important Indigenous plants, find the fire stick trees, the tall Manna gums, and the twining silk-pod. There’s something for everyone within this oasis on the Peninsula. Endeavour Fern Gully
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Australian Heritage Festival: Grand Melbourne Gardens – in conversation with Kimbal Baker

vic 15 May 2019
From private spaces to grand public places, Melbourne is blessed with an abundance of gardens. David Wilkinson and Kimbal Baker’s book presents forty of those gardens, each with its unique character. Join us for an intimate conversation with Kimbal on his work, with the opportunity to purchase a signed copy
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Australian Heritage Festival: Grand Victorian Picnic

vic 5 May 2019
Enjoy demonstrations of Victorian leisure and sporting activities, Victoria Sponge cake sales, tours of the garden, focussing on the Victorian fernery, homemade Mrs Beeton’s lemonade tastings, boating on the lake, children’s games and much more. Visitors are encouraged to dress in their finest Victorian picnic wear, or simply relax and
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Australian Heritage Festival: High Tea at the Heights

vic 5 May 2019
An exquisite selection of teas, sweets and savories will be on offer at this high tea event which will be served in the billiard room of the historic “The Heights”, Newtown. You will have the opportunity to explore the homestead and its iconic gardens. Arrive 1PM for tour of the
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Australian Heritage Festival: Labassa Treasures

vic 19 May 2019
Presented by Friends of Labassa Labassa presents a display of rare treasures and artefacts from its heyday as a magnificent mansion through to the latter years of the 20th century when it was a rundown tenement. Highlights include exquisite porcelain, fine furniture, the menu for an elegant Edwardian dinner party,
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Australian Heritage Festival: Lake View House Revisited

vic 12 May 2019
This red brick house was built in the 1870s and has been lovingly restored by the National Trust to represent an era long gone. Come and explore the lovely garden, the furnishings and decor of the late 1800s. Imagine children running through the house with a governess in tow, or
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Australian Heritage Festival: Maddest Place on Earth

vic 30 Apr 2019
Colonial Victoria was grappling with the highest rate of insanity in the world and embarked on a grand asylum project to cure lunacy with an enlightened treatment. Jill will reveal this experience through the eyes of patients, the ambitious doctor in charge, and a mysterious journalist who worked undercover at
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Australian Heritage Festival: Mooramong Spode and Lalique Expo

vic 5 May 2019
As a finale to the 80th anniversary celebrations of this extraordinary property, a unique opportunity is on offer to view 1930’s fashion, homewares, and Impressionist paintings that make up the most comprehensive Mackinnon collection yet. The collection is rarely opened for the public but is available on this occasion for
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Australian Heritage Festival: Mrs O’Brien’s Victorian Games for Kids at Barwon Grange

vic 4 May 2019
Come and try your hand at quoits, croquet, housey housey, knuckles, dominoes and all manner of fun things for kids. You can meet Mrs O’Brien who built Barwon Grange in 1856, with her husband Jonathon, take a tour of the house and learn what life was like for children in
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Australian Heritage Festival: Napier Waller House

vic 8 May 2019 - 15 May 2019
The history of Napier Waller House is often associated with the life and career of noted Australian muralist, mosaicist and stained glass artist Napier Waller. Less is known however about the women who also worked within these walls. Christian Waller worked alongside her husband to establish this superb Arts and
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Australian Heritage Festival: Open House at La Trobe’s Cottage

vic 21 Apr 2019 - 5 May 2019
The La Trobes’ home was elegantly furnished and surrounded by a beautiful garden. During their time here Melbourne grew from a rudimentary settlement of fewer than 3,000 people to the centre of a thriving Colony of nearly 237,000 people. La Trobe played a significant role in setting up our early
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Australian Heritage Festival: Pirate Day

vic 5 May 2019
The schedule of fun activities for the day will include: 10.00am Tattoos and free roam 10.15am Story time (0-5 years) 10.45am Abandon ship and “Walk the Plank” 11.00am Treasure Hunt 11.30am Captain’s Quarters Viewing 12.00pm Scrub the Decks and Rope Swing 12.45pm Abandon Ship and Tug-O-War 1.00pm Treasure Hunt 1.30pm
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Australian Heritage Festival: Portable Iron Houses Open Day

vic 5 May 2019
Think prefabricated housing is a new and smart idea? Do you believe an easy to install prefab house sounds like a sustainable and viable housing alternative in contemporary Melbourne? Well, it’s nothing new, and you’re going to love the 19th-century Portable Iron Houses in South Melbourne. These three corrugated iron
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Australian Heritage Festival: The Victorian Kitchen

vic 1 May 2019 - 15 May 2019
The original basement kitchens were enlarged by the Sargood family as part of their 1882 extensions to the original mansion. They remained in full operation 50 years, when a new kitchen was installed on the ground floor of the mansion. Tours of the Victorian basement kitchen includes seven rooms –
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Bonsai Exhibition at Rippon Lea 2019

vic 4 May 2019 - 5 May 2019
The Bonsai Society of Victoria proudly presents an exhibition of the ancient and majestic art of Bonsai. The exhibition will showcase some of the very finest examples from their collection. Held in the opulent interior of the Rippon Lea Ballroom, visitors will learn the technique of traditional Japanese styles and contemporary
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Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage Annual Lecture

vic 18 May 2019
La Trobe’s farewell tribute from the people of Victoria in 1853 included a superb gold cup made in Melbourne (whereabouts unknown since 1862) and a London-made spectacular silver and glass candelabrum centrepiece, now in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. Hear more about it and it’s place in history
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Gardens of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria): A conversation with author Anne Vale at Rippon Lea Estate

vic 24 Apr 2019
The National Trust of Victoria holds some of the finest examples of garden design to be found within the state. Dr Anne Vale is a garden historian, writer, garden photographer and a public speaker. Her beautifully illustrated talks are primarily garden and garden history related. Anne is the author of
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Labassa Mansion Tours (2019)

vic 9 Dec 2018 - 17 Nov 2019
  Labassa is an outstanding Victorian era mansion with opulent architectural features. The mansion was redeveloped in the French Second Empire style by German born architect, John A. B. Koch, who remodelled the house into a thirty-five room mansion. The interior features gilt embossed wallpapers, ornate stained glass and a
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