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National Reconciliation Week

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Acknowledgement of Country The National Trust of Western Australia acknowledges its properties are situated on Aboriginal land across the state. The National Trust recognises Aboriginal people remain the cultural and spiritual custodians of their land and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge. The National Trust is committed
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COVID-19 update from our Chief Executive Officer

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As many of you know, we decided to temporarily close National Trust’s properties throughout Western Australia and cancelled all events until further notice. Since mid-March, our offices at the Old Observatory have also been closed. In light of easing restrictions and after careful consideration, we have decided to reopen our
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Cooking with a dash of history

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Families across the country are adjusting to a new way of life. Whether things have slowed down or become more hectic, we know that finding new ways to entertain children is a never-ending challenge. Let us help you with some fun ways you can keep them (or yourself) busy with
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Announcement of new Chair

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Media Release Former Minister and Assistant Police Commissioner Hon Bob Kucera APM JP has been elected Chair of the National Trust of Western Australia. Bob’s election follows the retirement of former Chair Hon Michael Murray AM QC, who served as Chair from 2015. Announcing the election results, National Trust President
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A note from our Chief Executive Officer

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National Trust Council Election results The National Trust of Western Australia is pleased to advise that The Honourable Bob Kucera APM has been elected to its Council. The election was conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission. You can view the official result online here. We would like to congratulate
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Recognising an early adopter on Earth Day

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Buddy Kent was one of the first adopters of the National Trust’s conservation covenant program. He ensured the protection of a unique area of Western Australian bushland by placing a restrictive covenant on parts of his South Bodallin farm. This important action, however, was not the first initiative Buddy took
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New home for Tender Care

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Media Release Bridgedale, a historically significant property in Bridgetown that is managed by the National Trust of Western Australia, will be the new home of Tender Care, a West Australian charity focused on community mental health. With the upgrade works now completed, the National Trust and Tender Care are looking
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50 Golden Years of Woodbridge

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Since opening its doors, Woodbridge has become an important place for the community. Whether learning about its significant history or enjoying lunch at the café, Woodbridge provides a tranquil escape and an insight into life in the late nineteenth century. While exploring the land of the Wadjuk Noongar people in
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A message from our Chief Executive Officer

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National Trust’s places throughout Western Australia have been temporarily closed and all events have been cancelled until further notice. In the interest of keeping all of our staff safe, we have also closed our offices at the Old Observatory with staff now working from home. Though our places are currently closed, most
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Exterior urns reflect original construction

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Six replica urns were installed on the Woodbridge tower and entry portico parapets bringing to fruition the interpretive approach of presenting the exterior as originally constructed. It was considered at the time to be “the finest and most innovative house in Western Australia”. National Trust CEO, Julian Donaldson said “This
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The National Trust of Australia has announced it will cancel the Australian Heritage Festival for 2020

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The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a pandemic. The virus is contagious between people and of particular risk to people with existing medical conditions, people with reduced immunity and people of advanced age. The National Trust is a community organisation and we consider the health, wellbeing
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National Trust Property Closures for Volunteer Wellbeing

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Media Release (Updated) In line with government regulations associated with the current COVID-19 outbreak, National Trust properties will be closed until further notice. This step is to ensure National Trust volunteers, who are mostly 60 years of age and older, and visitors are protected from potential exposure. Properties impacted: Avondale
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The Mill Manager’s House – Jarrahdale tourism opportunity

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Media Release The redevelopment of The Mill Manager’s House at Jarrahdale aligns closely with the tourism strategy released by the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale last year and will bring economic and social dividends to the town. The Mill Manager’s House was built in 1881 when Jarrahdale was the site of
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The Depot Ngurra Barlunggu – a new name for an old place

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Media Release In line with other properties in its portfolio the National Trust has investigated dual naming for its site in Geraldton. Dual naming recognizes and acknowledges places have intertwined histories pre and post settlement and contributes to our ongoing journey of reconciliation. Officially opened in 1988 as ‘The Bill
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One step closer to visitor hub opening

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Media Release Local building contractor K Built Constructions will begin work on the National Trust’s new visitor hub at Strawberry Hill in late February. ‘I’m pleased that a local builder has won the contract for this important new piece of tourism infrastructure, which will also create local jobs’ Peter Watson
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Reading the Loved Land by Dr Bruce Baskerville

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Exploring Legacies in Western Australia’s National Trust Estate ‘Reading the loved land’. It’s an evocative phrase penned by Western Australia’s unofficial poet laureate Randolph Stow in 1966. It speaks to the heart of all who love country, who sense a spirit of place, who surrender to the genius loci. It
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2020 Prelude Residencies for four multi-genre Australian composers

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Sydney Australia 22 January 2020: Bundanon Trust is excited to announce the four Australian composers awarded the Prelude residencies in 2020. Prelude is a national network of long-term residencies for Australian composers, housed in historic buildings and providing time and space for the creation of new work. In 2020 the
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Archaeology before development

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Australian Development Capital has formally acquired the site from the Western Australian Government and, in conjunction with the Perth Girls School site, is planning a mixed use neighbourhood. A condition of the sale requires the exhumation and reinterment of any human remains identified during the excavation. A specialist team of
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New visitor orientation hub at Strawberry Hill

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Media Release The National Trust is excited to announce construction of a new building that will improve the visitor experience at Strawberry Hill. Designed by Denmark’s PTX Architects with input from Menang Traditional Owners and site volunteers, the new hub will increase accessibility and introduce visitors to the fascinating history
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Curtin Family Home Lecture 2019

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Is it time to resurrect the wartime ‘Grow Your Own’ campaign? A real-world experiment in urban gardening for food security took place in Australia under John Curtin’s leadership during the Second World War. Now, more than 70 years later, community gardens, school vegetable gardens, urban apiaries and similar initiatives are
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2019 Margaret Feilman Medal

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Named after Margaret Feilman OBE, a founding member of the National Trust of Western Australia, this award recognises individuals or organisations who demonstrate meritorious achievement or service to heritage in Western Australia. Awarded by the Council of the National Trust of Western Australia, recipients of the Medal will be announced
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