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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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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 jazz music, brought to you by Isabel Sargon – Executive Director of Vivid Music, in the relaxing springtime gardens at Old Blythewood. Between sets you can explore an acre of gardens, take a tour of
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Call for nominations to join the National Trust of Western Australia Council

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The election process will be conducted by the WA Electoral Commission (WAEC). An election notice will be placed in The West Australian by the WAEC on 31 August 2022. Nominations will be accepted from Wednesday 7 September 2022 and close at 12 noon on Wednesday 14 September 2022. The WAEC
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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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Nominations now open for the 2022 Margaret Feilman Medal

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Named after Margaret Feilman OBE, a founding member of the National Trust of Western Australia, this prestigious award recognises individuals or organisations who demonstrate meritorious achievement or service to heritage in Western Australia. First established in 1999, the Margaret Feilman Medal is managed by the National Trust. By nominating someone
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INSPIRE Writer in Residence initiative now open for 2022-23 applications

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INSPIRE is an exciting opportunity for Western Australian writers to undertake a residency in one of 6 National Trust places in the Perth metropolitan area between October 2022 and April 2023. Each residency comes with a $5,000 stipend. The initiative provides the writers opportunities in developing research, creative and professional
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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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Expressions of interest now open to lease Central Greenough Café and Visitor Centre

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The National Trust is seeking detailed EOI proposals for the lease of Central Greenough Café and Visitor Centre premises. We want to hear from organisations or individuals with the necessary skills, experience, imagination and financial resources to deliver improved amenity to the café and add value to the visitor experience
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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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2023 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 heritage-listed homes in Perth and Sydney. The Perth resident occupies beautiful Gallop House in Dalkeith, which is managed by the National
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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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Flowers everywhere!

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Treat in the wheatbelt Today, native species face significant threats from land clearing, weed invasion, pest animals, diseases, grazing and inappropriate fire regimes. Yet, when the flowers bloom it is an incredible site and in 2021 Western Australia turned on an amazing flora display. The Wheatbelt was a wonderful place
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