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Cliff Grange – new opportunities

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2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the purchase of ‘Greenough Steam Mill’ by Thomas Clinch. Later known as Clinch’s Mill, the purchase included the Mill Manager’s residence Cliff Grange. Clinch was a pioneer in the milling process whose celebrated advancements not only improved milling processes in Western Australia but the
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Grave Watch – Barratt grave #66

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In April 2018 four generations of descendants of Enoch Pearson Barratt gathered to celebrate the conservation of the former Government gardener’s headstone. The conservation work was funded by donations to the East Perth Cemeteries Appeal from Ron Barratt, his sister Valerie, a former National Trust volunteer at the Cemeteries, and
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Sneak peek inside No 4 Pump Station

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No 4 Pump Station, on the outskirts of the Wheatbelt town of Merredin, is one of six remaining steam pump stations constructed in 1901 as part of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme. The Scheme, under the direction of Chief Engineer CY O’Connor, took over five years to complete and was
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Budadee Rangers Program

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The Budadee Foundation is an Aboriginal organisation which is proudly supported by the Palyku people, endorsed by the Palyku Working Party, and established under the National Trust. Their primary purpose is protecting the cultural and environmental integrity of the Woodstock-Abydos Protected Area and assisting Aboriginal communities in the East Pilbara region
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New composer in residence at Gallop House

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Prelude and the National Trust of Western Australia are pleased to welcome Gemma Turvey into residence at Gallop House, Dalkeith, as part of the 2018 Prelude Composers’ Residency program. Gemma is the founder and Artistic Director of improvising chamber ensemble the New Palm Court Orchestra (NPCO). Gemma is an active
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Nominations for a position on Council are open

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Members of the National Trust of Western Australia are invited to nominate for a position on Council to enable them to contribute to the governance and strategic direction of the National Trust. The National Trust was founded in 1959 and constituted as a Statutory Authority under the National Trust of
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Major Lotterywest grant secured

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LOTTERYWEST GRANT TO FUND MAJOR PROJECTS FOR STATE’S HERITAGE The Western Australian Government, through Lotterywest, has provided over $2.8 million in grant funding to the National Trust of Western Australia for a three-year program to implement its Strategic Plan across key areas of heritage activity. The funding will enable the
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Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre – acknowledgement in State Parliament

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Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre (GALC) was established in 2016 under the auspice of the National Trust and is supported by the Federal Department of Communications and the Arts through the Indigenous Language and Arts program. GALC works toward the preservation of Aboriginal languages in the Eastern Goldfields; a region with
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Conservation works – East Perth Cemeteries headstones

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Did you know the National Trust conservation team is regularly approached by families and community groups keen to see a grave conserved at East Perth Cemeteries? The Cemeteries, originally seven individual burial grounds, were operational from 1829 to 1899. Over 10,000 people from all walks of life are buried here
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2018 Reconciliation Week

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Reconciliation Week is held every year to encourage Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories. Through knowledge grows understanding; understanding can change entrenched ideas and attitudes and make significant contributions to reconciliation. The National Trust of Western Australia is committed to the 2018 Reconciliation
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Enhanced East Perth Cemeteries website grant

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The Friends of the Battye Library has been successful in being granted funds of $94,500 by Lotterywest to develop an enhanced East Perth Cemeteries website. The project will be carried out in partnership with the National Trust of Western Australia and the new website will be hosted by the Trust
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East Perth Cemeteries grant received

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The National Trust of Western Australia has received a grant of $14,200 from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to develop a script and sound score for an intimate outdoor theatre performance at East Perth Cemeteries. The performance will reveal the West Australian stories of East Perth Cemeteries
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Ellensbrook Restoration help needed

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The National Trust of Western Australia is looking for experienced heritage builders and restorers to assist in the conservation of historic Ellensbrook, near Margaret River. The homestead was built in 1857 by Ellen and Alfred Bussell and operated as a home for Aboriginal children from 1899 – 1916. Since then,
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A future for Avondale in bush produce research

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The National Trust of Western Australia is working with the Shire of Beverley to determine a sustainable future for Avondale Farm which respects the history and significance of this place. Although established as freehold farming land, in 1918 it was made available as a training farm for returned servicemen and
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2018 Australian Heritage Festival

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The Australian Heritage Festival is Australia’s biggest annual community-driven heritage festival. The Australian Heritage Festival will launch on 18 April, International Day for Monuments and Sites, which we hope will be even more inclusive and community inspired. In WA, the festival will run from 18 April – 20 May and we’ve provided lots of useful
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Golden Pipeline Works Update

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The Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail is currently undergoing a signage upgrade over the month of August. Please be aware that during this time some directional signage may be temporarily or permanently removed and navigating to sites may require the assistance of the trail map. Please accept our apologies for any
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Ellensbrook Interpretation Consultancy Brief

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New opportunities exist to share and navigate Ellensbrook’s outstanding values set within the precious landscape of WA’s southwest with international and local visitors. It is expected that interpretation at Ellensbrook will be accessible and engaging for broad audiences. It will inform and inspire enquiring minds and connect with and satisfy
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Sound from the Ground hits high note

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Innovative National Trust of Western Australia Heritage Festival program Sound from the Ground has been applauded at the prestigious Museums and Galleries National Awards, winning the Interpretation, Learning & Engagement category for 2017 last night in Brisbane. National Trust of Western Australia CEO Julian Donaldson said the project inspired the
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National Trust gives voice to Western Australia’s Heritage

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National Trust of Western Australia President Max Kay Cit WA said this year’s Festival theme, Having a Voice, acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum enabling Aboriginal people to be subject to commonwealth laws and counted in the national census.   “Community groups across the state have also embraced the theme to
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Connecting WA Heritage and History

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With the theme of “CONNECTIONS” the conference sessions will provide delegates the opportunity to explore the threads that connect places with their past and discuss how history helps our understanding of heritage. The format will bring together a broad range of presentations, creating partnerships and links within and across groups
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Funding for Jarrahdale Mill Manager’s House upgrade

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The Hon Tony Simpson MLA, Member for Darling Range, presented a cheque on behalf of the Peel Development Commission to National Trust of Western Australia CEO Mr Julian Donaldson on 31 January 2017.   Mr Donaldson said community use of the Mill Manager’s house was a vital consideration in the
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