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Call for nominations to join the National Trust of Western Australia Council

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In line with the National Trust Act and Trust Rules, nominations are called from eligible members for the election of: Councillor (5 vacancies) – 3 year term (2022–24). The election process will be conducted by the WA Electoral Commission (WAEC). An election notice was placed in The West Australian by
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Annual Jazz Picnic in the Gardens, Old Blythewood

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The National Trust and volunteers invite you to bring a picnic and listen to live music in the relaxing springtime gardens at Old Blythewood. The Jordan Boase Quartet will be performing smooth jazz all afternoon. Between sets you can explore an acre of springtime gardens or take a tour of the
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Nominations for the 2021 Margaret Feilman Medal are now open

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Named after Margaret Feilman OBE, a founding member of the National Trust of Western Australia, the Margaret Feilman Medal recognises individuals or organisations who demonstrate meritorious achievement or service to heritage in Western Australia. The medal’s namesake, Margaret Anne Feilman OBE, was Perth’s first qualified town planner and Australia’s first
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Dreams with Composer Yitzhak Yedid, 5 September

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Dr Yedid is our 2021 Prelude Composer-in-Residence. An award-winning composer, pianist and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, he is mid-way through his year-long residency in Dalkeith’s historic Gallop House. The National Trust is delighted to invite you to an informal afternoon concert where Dr
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Calling all gardening enthusiasts

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We are currently looking for people to help keep the gardens at our heritage places in tip top shape. Come along to an information session to hear from current volunteers about what they do and why they love it. You will learn about our places, find out more about the
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2022 Prelude heritage residency now open to Australian composers

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The residency is part of a program run by the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers House Trust, offering year-long residencies to allow composers to focus on their craft while residing in one of three heritage-listed Australian homes in Adelaide, Perth and Sydney. The Perth resident occupies beautiful Gallop House in Dalkeith, which
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Themes for Westralian histories with Dr Bruce Baskerville

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Your July Heritage Conversation The National Trust’s property portfolio has been built up over more than 60 years and, across the decades, places have often been acquired serendipitously rather than as a carefully considered collection. Yet, there are common threads that link many of these places, some obvious and others
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We can’t wait to see you this weekend

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We thank everyone for their patience during this time and ask that you follow all government guidelines currently in place. Of course, we will have hand sanitiser at all of our properties and all guests will be required to sign in using the SafeWA app or via the manual sign-in
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New Art Gallery for historic York Courthouse Complex

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The complex has been leased to a small team of passionate and professional art lovers, who plan to open the space as a gallery of Western Australian Art.  “This is an exciting reuse of an important heritage place and will contribute to the activation to the main street of York,” said
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Perth and Peel lockdown

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This is the fourth lockdown that we have faced together and we appreciate your ongoing support during these uncertain times. Properties that will be closed: Head Office – Old Observatory, West Perth. You can contact the National Trust’s head office via phone (08) 9321 6088 or via trust@ntwa.com.au. Anzac Cottage,
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What is Perth? Let’s start by embracing our city’s heritage

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As we consider the challenge from Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas to know what makes Perth, as part of the City’s efforts to rebrand our city and put Perth on the global stage, it is important to embrace the contribution heritage makes to a place’s identity. Thoughtful reflection will include our
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Meet the recipients of the INSPIRE Writer in Residence initiative 2021

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Now in its second year, the INSPIRE Writer in Residence initiative is a partnership between the National Trust of Western Australia and the State Government. Following an open call, 42 applications were received, double the number of submissions in 2020. The five successful writers for 2021 are: Nandi Chinna: residency
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Heritage architecture award for Strawberry Hill / Barmup Visitor Hub

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The award recognises of the immense amount of work that has gone into transforming the visitor experience at this special heritage place. Strawberry Hill in Albany was established in 1827 as the first European farm in Western Australia on the site of a significant Menang Aboriginal camping area, known as
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Peninsula Farm Café update

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An important part of the master plan is greater activation of the site to attract more visitors to Peninsula Farm. Following an Expressions of Interest process, the National Trust had chosen a preferred proponent to take on the long-term lease of the Peninsula Farm Café. Unfortunately, the proponents have informed
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Looking after your heritage place forums

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Here at the National Trust, we work with heritage properties every day, and we want to help you. Join us for this free afternoon forum and hear from our Conservation Architect and Heritage Services Officer as they teach you about managing heritage places. We’ll also explain how the National Trust
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The National Trust celebrates Reconciliation Week 2021

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The National Trust works to raise knowledge, awareness, understanding and commitment to Western Australia’s natural and cultural heritage. Our places and collections tell the stories of our state’s shared history. The Trust’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee and Reconciliation Action Plan continues to guide our approach, and ongoing engagement with Aboriginal communities
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National Trust celebrates Anzac Cottage transfer

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Anzac Cottage was built in one day, 12 February 1916, by the community of Mount Hawthorn as a home for returned soldier Private Porter and his family, and as a memorial for those who lost their lives in the tragic Gallipoli landing. The cottage was State Heritage listed in 2000
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A big thank you to our volunteers

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The National Trust has incredible volunteers that work tirelessly to open our heritage places to the public year-round. To mark National Volunteer Week, we want to say a special thank you! As a not-for-profit heritage organisation, the National Trust could not achieve as much as it does without its volunteers.
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Pop Up cafe for Peninsula Farm opening in late May

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Peninsula Farm Café will offer a gourmet delicatessen, plus fine coffee, hot drinks and fresh juices. “We’re looking forward to welcoming the new operators to the Peninsula Farm Café as, I’m sure, are regular users of the cycle and walk trails, visitors to Peninsula Farm, and people looking for a
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CY O’Connor Lecture – 27 May 2021

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Join us on Thursday 27 May at the Perth Town Hall to hear the Hon Ben Wyatt deliver this year’s CY O’Connor Lecture, ‘Rebuilding community resilience and cultural connections’. See more about the CY O’Connor Lecture Series The day also marks the 54th anniversary of the 1967 Australian referendum to
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Reopening dates for National Trust places

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Based on government guidelines, we will begin our transition out of lockdown with properties reopening to the public from Saturday 1 May. Below are the opening dates relevant to each property: West Perth Office – Old Observatory, West Perth – Tuesday 27 April East Perth Cemeteries, East Perth – Sunday
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