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ANZAC Day events

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Peninsula Farm ANZAC Sunset Service The National Trust of Western Australia and Peninsula Farm volunteers invite you to the annual ANZAC Sunset Service. Monday 25 April 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm. This event is open to all. No booking is required. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.
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INTO Places – Reciprocal visiting program

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The National Trust of Western Australia is a proud member of INTO, the International National Trusts Organisation. INTO has been hard at work with National Trusts and heritage organisations across the world to make membership go further. As part of its mission to promote the conservation and enhancement of the
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Easter opening hours

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While closed for Good Friday, many of our places will be open over the long Easter weekend. Opening times are listed below, along with links to book your tickets online. Or you can use your device to scan a QR code at our places and book in on site. The system
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Archaeology students ready for field school at Peninsula Farm

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The National Trust is excited to once again be hosting an archaeology field school on the grounds of Peninsula Farm. Staff and students from the University of Western Australia will be on site from 18 to 24 April to get some hands-on archaeology experience. Overlooking Derbarl Yerrigan (the Swan River)
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Paint scraping skills put in practice at Samson House

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Dr Ingrid van Bremen, Senior lecturer in architectural conservation at the University of Western Australia, along with former National Trust Conservation Architect Kyra Lomas and Conservation Officer Narelle Worth, led a paint scraping workshop at the Samson House stables in Fremantle. Paint scraping is one form of architectural investigation that
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Curtin Family Home Lecture 2022: John Curtin’s use of Poetry in Australia’s Darkest Hour

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Join us for the first in our new series of Lotterywest Heritage Conversations for the launch of Dr Toby Davidson’s book. We’ll hear how important poetry was to John Curtin and the ‘mental relief’ it provided as he faced the challenges of prime ministership during the Second World War. Dr
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Lotterywest grant supports Western Australian heritage

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The funding will enable the National Trust to deliver its natural heritage covenanting program, develop a cultural landscape management approach and improve visitor interpretation at several key heritage places. The grant also includes funding towards cultural awareness training for volunteers and will allow the National Trust to engage the community
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Composer Anna Laverty in residence at Gallop House

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The residency is part of a program run by the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers House Trust at three heritage buildings across Australia. Anna, a graduate of Edith Cowan University’s Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, is an award-winning producer with an impressive catalogue of releases across multiple genres. Her early career
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Are you looking for a something different when it comes to volunteering?

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Do you like meeting people? Are you fascinated by the past and its connections to our lives today? We are currently looking for people to help open National Trust places – particularly No 1 Pump Station and Woodbridge. You’ll greet visitors and introduce them to the amazing stories associated with
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Grave conservation workshops at East Perth Cemeteries

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The East Perth Cemeteries reflect the diverse range of cultures and religions that made up the population of Perth in the first 70 years of the Swan River Colony. In 1829 this was the site of the first colonial burial ground in Perth, when a general cemetery was established. This
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A rare and recent gift

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It is rare to find photographs depicting the interiors of any of our properties. This one from the 1950s shows the Layman family’s dining room at Wonnerup House. This part of the house features a magnificent jarrah overmantle carved by Clair Layman to commemorate the golden wedding anniversary of her
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New walking tour for East Perth Cemeteries

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A dedicated East Perth Cemeteries tour by Perth’s own Two Feet & a Heartbeat has been created in collaboration with the National Trust. Five dollars from every ticket sold will go directly towards the conservation and management of this one-of-a-kind site. “The National Trust is delighted to be partnering with
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Book online for your next National Trust visit

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The National Trust is progressively rolling out online booking at its heritage places open to the public. This is one of the ways we’re helping to keep our volunteers safe during COVID, and also means our visitors can plan ahead and secure their spots. You can now buy your tickets
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Roof repairs underway for the Wesleyan Chapel, Central Greenough

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The Wesleyan Chapel* on the Greenough Flats (also referred to as Wesley Church and Wesleyan Methodist Chapel) suffered damage to its roof during Cyclone Seroja in April 2020. The Chapel was temporarily covered with tarpaulins to protect the building until repairs can be carried out. While the building has very
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York Courthouse Complex transformed

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Waiting in the shady laneway by the side of the National Trust’s historic Courthouse Complex in Avon Terrace, we watched as gallery founder Dr Edward Solomon handed a nineteenth century key to Ballardong Elder, Dr Marion Kickett (pictured above). Dr Solomon then stepped back and invited Dr Kickett to open
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Reflecting on our reconciliation journey

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The Reconciliation Action Plan was a collaborative effort from the National Trust’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee (AAC) and staff to embed an acknowledgement and celebration of the long and rich history of Aboriginal cultural heritage into day-to-day activities. Beginning with the launch by the Hon Ben Wyatt, then Minister of Aboriginal
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CY O’Connor Lecture 2022: Railways, Harbours, Everything… On the trail of ‘The Chief’

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Please note: The National Trust of Western Australia has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2022 CY O’Connor Lecture. We will update those who had bought tickets to give them an opportunity to re-book for the rescheduled event. This year marks 120 years since O’Connor’s death and Mike Lefroy
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Invitation to tender – Natural Heritage Covenant Program Business Case

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The National Trust is seeking tenders from suitably qualified consultants to prepare a business case for its private land covenanting and stewardship program. The program currently administers 179 covenants – distributed across the Swan, Southwest, Midwest, Wheatbelt and South Coast Regions from east of Geraldton, across to the eastern Wheatbelt
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Repairs and TLC for Settlers Cottage, Herdsman Lake

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The cottage is on the last remaining lot from a subdivision of the 1930s which divided Herdsman Lake into smallholdings for market gardening. The cottage is representative of the accommodation of settlers in what was then a rural area and a good example of low-cost workers’ housing from the pre-Second
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Protecting volunteers and visitors at our heritage places

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“The National Trust of Western Australia is supported by a team of more than 400 incredible volunteers around the state,” said Julian Donaldson, National Trust of Western Australia CEO. “Their safety and wellbeing is extremely important to us.” “We’re sure visitors to our places will understand why we are taking
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Australian Heritage Festival cancelled in WA for 2022

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Unfortunately, given the uncertainty around COVID-19 entering the state, the health and safety of our event holders and audiences is our first concern. This decision was not made lightly and we are very disappointed, as we know you will be too. The Australian Heritage Festival requires a huge amount of
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