Wollondilly Woman of the Year 2023, Marjo Hallowell will be talking about her book, Bargo Two Hundred Years in the Making. The book details the rich history of Bargo and sold out in its first print run.
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Ethel Turner & Seven Little Australians – New Stories
Visitors will enjoy an immersive experience in the home where 'Seven Little Australians' was written in 1893. The rooms have been refurbished to the Victorian and Federation Era, reflecting the time when Ethel was a prolific writer whose first book created a watershed moment in English Literature.
Heritage Day at Parramatta North Precinct
Discover the incredible history of Parramatta North while you explore beautifully restored heritage buildings. Plus, enjoy a wide offering of family friendly activities like live music, markets, great food, and children's activities.
From Bennelong Point to Barangaroo: a walking tour
Join Dr Ian Hoskins, award winning author of 'Sydney Harbour: a history', on an intimate walk from Bennelong Point, the site of the iconic Opera House, to the city's newest and most controversial development at Barangaroo. Discover the back streets of the Rocks and Millers Point along the way.
Walangari’s Bondi Aboriginal Walking Tour
Join Bondi resident and Aboriginal elder, Walangari Karntawarra on his popular Bondi Aboriginal Walking Tour. See ancient rock carvings and traditional bush foods still growing wild. Hear how Aboriginal people used the area’s bountiful resources and the geological and social history of Bondi.
Voices from the Secret River: Cruising Upstream and Downstream
All day historical immersion cruising Dyarubbin with historians, geologist and storytellers evoking the magic of the Secret River - with Grace Karskens, Gil Jones and the Indigenous Astronomy Group. Visiting hidden locations and water only access islands for short walking tours. Lunch on waterfront.
Murder on Sydney Harbour: 200 Years of Blood in the Water
Many a body has washed up on the shores of Sydney Harbour over the last 235 years. In this talk you will hear the dark stories of horrifying murders committed on our fair harbour. Over a glass of wine, you will hear the details, investigate the evidence and consider the court proceedings.
Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest
Visit Hunter Valley Steamfest and enjoy live music, activities, vintage machinery, market stalls, car displays and more. The heart and soul of Steamfest is the impressive assembly of steam trains. Get your tickets to be part of one of the many unique train trips visiting various Hunter destinations!
The River: Burramatta to Cockatoo
Explore the history of the Parramatta River over its centuries of use as a transport route and food source, and as a site for colonial houses, industrialisation and recreation, and become involved with the campaign to make the River swimmable again.
Travel back in time to when Australia was part of Gondwanaland and to a land of dinosaurs. We'll learn about Australian dinosaurs and have a roaring good time being a paleontologist for the day. We'll be going on a bush walk to discover who were the dinosaurs that roamed Australia.
Poets, Politics and the Pacific Port City That Never Was!
Journey through the early years of NSW as the Halloran family forges alliances with the Governor, a famous poet and a Federation politician, after their serial conman patriarch founded Sydney’s oldest and most prestigious private school. Hear about the city planned in a Canberra style at Jervis Bay.
Sutherland Shire Citizens’ Heritage Festival 2023
The Sutherland Shire Citizens' Festival is a joining of many varied groups within the Shire that share in the rich history of the area.
Our festival covers the Arts, the Music, the people and the History. there are many stories to be told throughout our festival. please come and join us!
Butcher Boats and Colonial Rations
Explore the story of food on the banks of the Hawkesbury River with Max Burns-McRuvie. Native tea tasting and stories of the colonial menu; walk alongside heritage remains of Gov. Darling’s great routes from Sydney to the Hunter; visit Mill Creek tidal mill site, and Trollops reach.
The Interactive Dinosaur Adventure Show
Get up close and personal with all things dinosaurs. If your child loves dinosaurs, this is the ultimate school holiday adventure show that is both exciting and educational. Full of dinosaurs, displays, fossils, an erupting volcano and activities to keep your kids busy, busy, busy.
Twilight at May Gibbs’ Nutcote
Enjoy twilight at May Gibbs' harbourside house in Neutral Bay. The house museum and garden will be open to the public for a special after-hours experience.
Sketching from Nature with Faye Wilson
Learn new skills and hear stories of local history, botany, geology and culture in a series of half and full-day sketching workshops. Faye Wilson will you through the various techniques and methods you will need to capture the raw, natural beauty of Everglades House & Gardens.
Ku-ring-gai Heritage Festival
Ku-ring-gai Council presents a program of events for the Australian Heritage Festival which explores the rich history of the Ku-ring-gai and celebrates our Indigenous, natural, built and cultural heritage.
Gidju Murra: Weaving & Art for Small Hands
Join Muruwarri artist, Virginia Keft, for an interactive weaving, collage and creativity workshop for children and families.
Southern Highlands, Autumn House & Garden Inspections
Inspect three fantastic properties in the height of autumn, chosen for their beauty, difference and charm. This special self-drive guided tour visits properties not usually open to the public and includes morning tea and lunch. All beautiful, they'll impress you with modern adaptions of their heritage origins.
Q Station Community Day- Shared Stories
Occupying a prominent position upon Car-rang-gel; Q Station remains a significant site for both indigenous and colonial history. A place of food, gathering and ceremony, the arrival of quarantining immigrant ships changed the narrative of our history. Come and discover these Shared Stories
Muruwari artist, Virginia Keft, invites you to join her for a free drop-in weaving and yarning workshop. Weaving Connections is a free interactive weaving and yarning circle that supports cultural connection and builds understanding through collaborative weaving.