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Honours for National Trust (NSW) members in Australia Day 2019 Awards

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Les and Lois both received awards for their service to heritage protection. Les has been National Trust property manager at Armidale’s popular Saumarez Homestead since 2010. During that time he has received awards and recognition for the Homestead, including: TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, 2018, as a result of Achieving TripAdvisor
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Turning Up the Heat on Pests at Woodford Academy

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The innovative treatment is being undertaken by Modified Atmospheres and Simon de Montemas from Precision Pest Control and involves progressively heating the interiors of the Blue Mountains oldest building to 56ºC. The treatment targets pests such as borers and silverfish, both of which are notoriously damaging to historic buildings and
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Government supports Southern Highlands Regional Gallery at Retford Park

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Retford Park has received a $2,490,000 grant that will support the development of a regional gallery.
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National Trust (NSW) Announces its Board of Directors for 2019

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National Trust (NSW) has announced its Board of Directors for 2019.
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Golden Vale Homestead to host Prelude Composer in Residence

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Golden Vale Homestead has been included in the Prelude Composer in Residence program run by the Bundanon Trust.
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Volunteers and staff recognised at the 2018 Trust Honours Awards

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  2018 Honours Award recipients Honorary Life Membership: Elizabeth Ellis – Collections Committee Caroline Parker – Women’s Committee   Meritorious Service Award: Stella Downer – S.H. Ervin Gallery Advisory Committee Lisa Newell – Industrial Heritage Committee / National Trust Representative to the Heritage Council Richard Steele – Miss Traill’s House
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Planning the big picture for Sydney: Graham Quint says ‘we are seeking answers’

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Graham Quint, Director, Conservation at the National Trust (NSW) delivered a keynote address last night at the first Save Sydney Coalition Forum, held at NSW Parliament House. The forum centred on the theme Planning the big picture for Sydney: Voices of heritage, sustainability and the public good, convened by Dr
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My Fair Lady: The History of the Lindesay Christmas Fair

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Tucked into the hillside overlooking Sydney Harbour is Lindesay – the elegant Gothic Revival mansion built in 1834. The mansion’s interiors and gardens are a favourite for weddings, special occasions and film locations but for three days in November it transforms into a Christmas market filled with luxurious gift options
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Graham Quint to address Sydney planning forum

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The ‘Planning the Big Picture for Sydney’ forum will be held at NSW Parliament House on 13 November. It is designed to contribute to wider understandings in the community about the importance of heritage, sustainability and the public good. The Save Sydney Coalition (SSC) says Sydney’s rapid transformation is placing
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Kate Stevens wins inaugural Evelyn Chapman Art Award

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Kate Stevens wins with her painting 'Gaza', part of a series exploring images of war.
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Saumarez Homestead awarded Hall of Fame travel status

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  Mr Marshall was at the homestead yesterday to congratulate volunteers and staff on their latest achievement – elevation to the coveted Hall of Fame status by the online travel website TripAdvisor. The latest accolade comes after the National Trust property on the outskirts of Armidale ranked in TripAdvisor’s Award
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Celebrate 100 Years of The Magic Pudding at the Norman Lindsay Gallery

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On Sunday 14 October from 10am to 4pm families are welcome to celebrate the 100th birthday of Norman Lindsay’s The Magic Pudding at the author and illustrator’s former home. This day of family fun will include delicious adventures for children and grown ups of all ages. For information on how to
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Festival of Children’s Literature: Cancelled

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The Festival of Children’s Literature was planned to take place from 15 – 16 September at the Norman Lindsay Gallery in Faulconbridge, in the heart of the Blue Mountains. “This is sad news to have to share with our excited young literature lovers,” said Amanda Trevillion, Co-Director at the Norman
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Expressions of Interest open to manage National Trust property

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The property was gifted to the National Trust of Australia (NSW) in 1965 by the David G Stead Memorial Wild Life Research Foundation of Australia (Stead Research Foundation) and over the years has flourished as a field studies centre for school children and tertiary students. “The National Trust of Australia
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National Trust takes a heated approach to innovation in conservation

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In late 2017, the National Trust of Australia (NSW) undertook a Preservation Needs Assessment at Woodford Academy and a number of pest related issues were identified for urgent attention. To carefully eradicate the infestation, the National Trust property will be the first heritage site in Australia to undergo a ‘non-toxic’
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Robb College demolition begins

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Section 34 of the Heritage Act, 1977 states that within 14 days after the Heritage Council makes a recommendation for listing to the Minister, the Minister must: decide whether or not to direct the listing and inform the Heritage Council of that decision, or request the Independent Planning Commission to
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Louisa Atkinson watercolour on display at Harper’s Mansion

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The watercolour entitled ‘Study of a Possum’ has been put on display at Harper’s Mansion, the National Trust property in Berrima, for a limited time. Louisa Atkinson was born at Oldbury Farm under the shadows of Gingenbullen, Sutton Forest in 1834. Her father died soon after she was born and
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Brian Powyer speaks to 7News about plans to knock down Parramatta historic buildings

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National Trust (NSW) President, Brian Powyer, was interviewed on 7 News last night about plans to knock down historic building in Parramatta to make way for the Powerhouse Museum. He said the area is immensely important. “There’s a whole sense of disappointment because once again a major heritage site in
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Historical clothing made for Harper’s Mansion

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After a visit to the Southern Highlands, a group of Western Sydney women decided to recreate a piece of history for Harper’s Mansion. The Encore Historical Sewing Group visited the iconic Berrima mansion more than two years ago and decided to get their needles and thread out to create a
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Brough House exhibition evokes the spirit of Lily Briscoe

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Thanks to the hard work of a group of Maitland-based artists, the spirit of Lily Briscoe will be alive at Brough House.
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National Trust supports listing of Thompson Square on National Heritage List

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“The Trust believes that Thompson Square and its pre-Macquarie era settlement of 1795 and archaeology dating back to 1814 and possibly earlier, must be kept intact and we are urging the construction of a Windsor by-pass. The proposed bridge construction and its approaches through Windsor would require the destruction of
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