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2019/2020 Holiday Period Opening Hours for National Trust (NSW) Properties

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Cooma Cottage: Closed 22 December 2019 – 11 January 2020. Dundullimal Homestead: Closed 17 December 2019 – 26 December 2019. Closed 1 January 2020. Everglades House and Garden: Closed 25 December 2019 – 26 December 2019. Experiment Farm Cottage: Closed 16 December 2019 – 26 December 2019. Closed 1 January
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National Trust properties to close due to Bushfire Risks

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We are following recommendations from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and closing the following properties in high risk areas on 12 November 2019: Everglades House & Gardens in Leura Woodford Academy in Woodford Norman Lindsay Gallery in Faulconbridge Given that many of our staff and volunteers at Old
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Koalas could be extinct in 30 years in NSW: National Trust responds with new conservation policy and calls for action and change

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Why now? Evidence presented to the NSW Legislative Council Inquiry on 16 August 2019 indicated that the (former) Office of Environment and Heritage identified more than 100,000 hectares of core koala habitat (koala hubs) across New South Wales. The evidence further indicated that, at the present time, only 16 per
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The National Trust opposes the proposed demolition of the former Globe Theatre in Sydney

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The Globe Theatre, located on George Street in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, is the imposing two-storey building beside the former Gowings store. It was designed by Clarence Backhouse. What is special about The Globe Theatre? The theatre’s Romanesque style façade has been a landmark with irreplaceable streetscape value for
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The who’s who of Australian Art rehung at Retford Park

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This highly anticipated annual event welcomes guests into the former home of the late Mr James Fairfax AC to be immersed in experiences that bring art, collecting, giving and creative expression to life. Guests are able to choose from various experiences including day tours, sunset tours, dinner for 40 people
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NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards 2019

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Two volunteering teams and eight individual volunteers from the nomination made by the National Trust (NSW) were selected for judging to receive a certificate of acknowledgement. Teams: Friends of Grossman House Catering Team The Friends of Grossman House Catering Team is led by Gail Johnston and comprises of 10 –
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Get Schooled on Reconciliation at Cooma Cottage

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The travelling exhibition is comprised of works from primary and high school students who have taken up the challenge of portraying their perspective on the 2018 theme for Reconciliation: ‘Our Voices Our Future.’ The National Trust (NSW) began touring the finalists’ works throughout the state in 2015, allowing more schools
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Just Puddin’ This Out There

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‘Puddin’ Day’ will bring the mischief of The Magic Pudding to life with activities for readers young and old(er) – as well as introducing visitors to contemporary author Frances Watts and illustrator, Georgia Norton Lodge and author Zoë Norton Lodge. The National Trust (NSW) CEO Debbie Mills said that “‘Puddin’
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Fashionably Late…A New Image of a Tudor Monarch

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Traditionally dated to 1515, the double portrait of Mary and her second husband, Charles Brandon, had been assumed to date to the year of their marriage.  However, new research proposes that the fashions they wear shows the portrait is of a later date, a theory supported by a previously little
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We’re all about women at Old Government House

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Some of the names you know, some of them you don’t – all of them are remarkable for their courage, their stories and their strength. From 31 August 2019 to 16 August 2020, the National Trust (NSW) will be telling the stories of the Vice-Regal Women, servants and visitors who
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A touch of glass at Lindesay, Darling Point

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Brian Hirst is known for his interpretation and referencing of historic styles in his work, particularly the iridescent surfaces of classical Roman glass, and he will share his expertise with lovers of rare glass collections at Lindesay.   Georgian Glass: Colonial Style features items dating from 1700 – 1840, including
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Many acts of picture palace

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By Brian Powyer, National Trust (NSW) President   On June 27, the Land and Environment Court ensured the iconic Roxy Theatre would be retained in its current majestic form as a major feature of the Parramatta City Streetscape. It is the only example of the distinctive Hollywood Spanish-styled theatre remaining
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3105 Remembrance Driveway, Bargo

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MEDIA RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11 July 2019 The National Trust of Australia (New South Wales) has advanced the Expression of Interest process for 3105 Remembrance Driveway, Bargo The National Trust of Australia (New South Wales) commenced an open Expression of Interest process with respect to the future management of
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NSW State Archives exhibition ignites search for missing Queen Victoria album

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Using original glass plate negatives from the NSW State Archives Collection, the exhibition re-imagines a moment in history from nearly 140 years ago when Sir Henry Parks, Premier and Colonial Secretary of NSW, had an idea of presenting an album to the Queen that would showcase NSW and ‘display its
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Court decides to retain the Roxy Theatre

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The National Trust (NSW) has been a leading and supporting voice with other organisations campaigning that the development application only accounts for a token of less than a third of the theatre’s original capacity of 1,923 seats-and no stage or back-of-house facilities whatsoever. “The National Trust welcomes the decision of
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Buildings placed on National Trust Register

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They are the Officers’ Mess at the Glenbrook RAAF Base, Katoomba’s Palais Royale Boutique Hotel and the Savoy Theatre Building. “This is an important milestone for local heritage conservation,” said Blue Mountains National Trust Branch Chairman, Rod Stowe. Mr Stowe explained that while a listing on the Trust Register did
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A voice from the sewers

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In the last week, Sydney Morning Herald reporter, Andrew Taylor, wrote a feature that essentially called into question the value of heritage and decisions to list specific places, landscapes or items as being of heritage significance. The National Trust (NSW) Director, Conservation, Graham Quint was interviewed for the feature and
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Celebrating the 2,000 who ‘Make a World of Difference’ to us

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The National Trust (NSW) President, Brian Powyer, will this week celebrate with volunteers at the National Trust Centre at Observatory Hill for National Volunteers Week. Two thousand volunteers across the organisation are being acknowledged with communication from the National Trust (NSW) CEO, Debbie Mills and certificates will be presented to
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Launch of volunteering campaign for National Trust (NSW)

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The launch of the recruitment campaign follows the recent appointment of Melissa Green to the position of Volunteer Coordinator and will kick off during National Volunteering Week (20 -26 May, 2019) at the Goulburn Mulwarree Volunteer Expo. The state-wide campaign to recruit volunteers across the organisation will begin with a focus
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David Burdon’s address to National Trust Heritage Awards

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  In 1956 the architectural historian Morton Herman saw what was coming and rushed to produce his book “The Architecture of Victorian Sydney”. Before he had even got the manuscript to the publishers 19 more buildings shown in his publication had been demolished. Today, walking the streets of Parramatta or
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Philip Thalis address to the National Trust 2019 Awards

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Thank you for that welcome, Brian, and thank you to the National Trust for inviting me to speak today. I would like to first acknowledge that we are gathered here today on the traditional land of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. I thank Yvonne Weldon for her welcome
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