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The Golden Pipeline celebrates 120 years of service

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The heritage listed scheme, commonly known as the Golden or Goldfields Pipeline, was officially opened at Mount Charlotte, Kalgoorlie, on 24 January 1903, pumping fresh water 566km east from Mundaring Weir to the Eastern Goldfields. The brainchild of WA’s first Engineer-in-Chief CY O’Connor, the pipeline had a focus on delivering
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Share your story in the Australian Heritage Festival

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This annual festival, organised by National Trusts around Australia, has become the country’s largest festival celebrating natural and cultural heritage. Local history groups, councils, museums, libraries and community organisations are welcome to take part and register an event in the Festival. “We’re excited to be a part of this national
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Congratulations to the Binalup Rangers

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We were very pleased to support the Binalup Rangers request to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for funding to support their on-ground activities on Menang boodja and congratulate them on their successful application. The National Trust manages a culturally significant site at Barmup which, as well as being
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Visiting over the festive and summer season

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This means that our places will be closed throughout the festive season and for some of 2023. Our West Perth office will be closed from Thursday 22 December 2022 and reopen Wednesday 4 January 2023. We look forward to seeing you at one of our properties soon. And we wish
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Heritage recognition for Golden Pipeline sites

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The Goldfields Water Supply Scheme – also known as the Golden Pipeline – runs over 566 kilometres, delivering water from the Mundaring Weir to the Eastern Goldfields. When it opened in early 1903, the scheme included a series of steam pumping stations, reservoirs and receiving tanks, and was the longest
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Event registration is now open for the Australian Heritage Festival

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Running in Western Australia from Monday 10 April to Sunday 14 May, the 2023 theme is Shared stories. This theme invites event organisers to help us reveal Australia’s layered history by sharing stories of our natural, cultural and Indigenous heritage, and encourages the community to build deeper connections by sharing
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Heritage in focus photography competition

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The National Trust of Western Australia connects communities to the value of heritage through conservation, interpretation, events and education. Heritage is something we have inherited from the past and is valued enough today to leave for future generations. It can incorporate both the tangible and intangible, and is present in
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Meet the recipients of the INSPIRE Writer in Residence initiative 2022-23

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Now in its third year, the INSPIRE Writer in Residence initiative is a partnership between the National Trust of Western Australia and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The five successful writers for 2022-23 are: Portland Jones, residency at Peninsula Farm at Wu-rut Woorat, Maylands Rachel Robertson,
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The Mill Manager’s House – Jarrahdale tourism opportunity

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The redevelopment of The Mill Manager’s House at Jarrahdale aligns closely with the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Tourism Strategy 2018–23 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 the first major timber milling operations
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Another sunny Jazz Picnic in the Gardens at Old Blythewood

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This event is a favourite in our calendar and this year it was delivered as part of the Western Australian Heritage Festival, supported by Lotterywest. The spring sun shone on Sunday 2 October ensuring perfect weather for the 200 plus picnickers who came along to hear music provided by WAAPA
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2023 Prelude composer residencies announced!

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The Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers House Trust is excited to announce that Jae Laffer and Olivia Davies are the two Australian composers awarded the Prelude residencies for 2023, 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
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CY O’Connor Lecture 2022 – 6 Oct 2022

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Mike is a freelance educator and writer, and former Head of Education at the WA Maritime Museum. He is also a great grandson of CY O’Connor. 2022 marks the 120 years since O’Connor’s death and Mike’s lecture will focus on Charles Yelverton O’Connor the man. To celebrate his legacy, Mike
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Introducing the new owners of Peninsula Farm Café 

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Residents of Maylands, Danny and Tania are a dynamic husband and wife team, and founders of Perth’s iconic BODHI Spa group. Their vision for Peninsula Farm Café is one of sustainability and simplicity, to create a family-friendly destination café on the banks of the Swan River. Tania explains, “Our goal
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Remembering Dr Kenneth Collins AM CStJ CitWA

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The lifelong, distinguished contribution by Dr Collins, both as a professional and as a volunteer, in all areas of work and community involvement, at a local, national and international level, is held in the highest regard by the National Trust. He remained firmly committed to all his causes, dedicated and
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William Keane remembered with memorial plaque at East Perth Cemeteries

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Of the more than 10,000 people who were buried in the East Perth Cemeteries, only 800 grave markers remain. Since the closure of the cemeteries, the majority of the grave headstones and markers have been lost through decay, neglect, vandalism and well-intentioned ‘cleanups’. Many genealogy detectives have traced a family
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East Perth Cemeteries farewell power of the past

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Installed in the 1960s, the power poles and overhead lines were intrusive elements in the fragile cemetery landscape. The National Trust welcomed the recent proposal by Western Power to remove the poles, now that the surrounding residential area is supplied with underground power and the 66kv overhead transmission line and
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Exciting finds at Peninsula Farm archaeology field school

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As this this was the second year in a row the National Trust had hosted a field school at the property, the students were able to continue excavating the well where digging had begun the previous year. They also dug a few trenches in other parts of the grounds in
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National Reconciliation Week: Be Brave. Make Change.

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The National Trust acknowledges that its properties are situated on Aboriginal land across the state and recognises Aboriginal people remain the cultural and spiritual custodians of their land and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge. We are committed to working with Aboriginal people to ensure these practices
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A fond look at Snottygobble Hill

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Years of service Just south of Bridgetown is the property knows as Snottygobble Hill, named after the plant Persoonia longifolia (and not the questionable hobby of some). An impressive example of Western Australia’s Jarrah/Marri/Banksia bushland in its natural state, Snottygobble Hill is currently registered with the National Trust’s Conservation Covenant
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New exhibition: Beneath the Bitumen: Discoveries from the Chinese Cemetery, East Perth

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‘Beneath the Bitumen: Discoveries from the Chinese Cemetery, East Perth’ is a dual language exhibition and part of the Western Australian Heritage Festival, supported by Lotterywest. It will be on display in St Bartholomew’s Church, East Perth Cemeteries, from 19 May to 19 June. “The Chinese Cemetery, on the western
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Statement on the conflict in Ukraine

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The National Trusts of Australia stand with UNESCO and its efforts to implement emergency support across its spheres of competence and calling for the urgent protection of Ukraine’s extraordinary wealth of cultural heritage, with reference to the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of
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