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Soil Week Australia: 5 to 12 December 2021

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World Soil Day fell on 5 December this year to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human wellbeing by addressing soil health. We celebrate Soil Week Australia until 12 December. You are encouraged to watch and share this great short video, “The Soil Story” by Kiss
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Australian Heritage Festival returns in 2022

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We’re pleased to announce that the Australian Heritage Festival will return in 2022, running from Sunday 10 April to Sunday 8 May 2022 in Western Australia. The Australian Heritage Festival is your opportunity to share our amazing heritage with the community through tours, talks, exhibits, performances and virtual events. Most importantly,
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Christmas Carols at the Farm

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Join in the Christmas fun on Saturday 11 December! Bring your friends and family and join us at Peninsula Farm on the banks of the Swan River for our annual Christmas Carols. Tuxedo Junction will ignite the caroller in us all with a wonderful mix of traditional and modern songs kids
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Reimagining Wonnerup House

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As you turn into the driveway of Wonnerup House you will see things have changed. Updated signage is the first indication of a new approach to storytelling at this important place. For more than two decades Wonnerup House has been presented as a colonial farm enterprise, focusing on the Layman
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Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Margaret Feilman Medal

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The recipients for this year’s Margaret Feilman Medal were announced on Wednesday night at the National Trust’s Annual General Meeting, in front of our members. We congratulate Dr Robyn Taylor and Judy Williams and thank them for their enormous contributions to the protection of and access to Western Australia’s heritage.
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Climate change, COP26 and the importance of our natural heritage

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For nearly three decades the United Nations has been bringing together almost every country on earth for annual global climate summits, referred to as ‘Conference of the Parties’ (COP for short). In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority. You can find
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Strawberry Hill / Barmup a WA Heritage Award finalist

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We’re delighted that Strawberry Hill / Barmup is a finalist in the 2021 Western Australian Heritage Awards. The Heritage tourism product category recognises a business or product that provides a heritage tourism experience and provides visitors with access to and/or interpretation of a heritage place. Strawberry Hill / Barmup has
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November Heritage Conversation: The Edward Street Baby Farm

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Stella will talk to us about her research into the dark world of baby farming. Diving into early twentieth century Perth, Stella’s book, The Edward Street Baby Farm: the Murder Trial That Gripped a City, explores the social conditions that allowed 37 babies to die while under the care of
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Coastal classification project

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The team visited eight sites from Lancelin to Jurien and even took a boat trip out to Escape Island. Two places, Jurien Bay War Memorial and First Jetty, Cervantes (fmr), have now been classified, with others soon to join them. First Jetty, Cervantes The rock lobster fishing industry in the
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Largest ceremony for unmarked police graves held at East Perth Cemeteries

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Memorial plaques commemorating the officers, who served between 1828 and 1898, were installed on the relevant denominational fences throughout the cemeteries as part of the Western Australian Police Historical Society Graves Project. Around 70 people attended, including descendants of the officers, along with members of the WA Police, WA Police
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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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