Friday 26-28 March 10am-6pm. Heritage Hunter. Newcastle Show Heritage Exhibition. This year the exhibition will feature “The work of Governor Macquarie from 1810 in Newcastle- The Making of a Nation”. The exhibition will also serve to promote the many events that will follow later as part of the “Macquarie 2010” celebrations. Price of ticket entry to Newcastle Show. Contact 0419241731
Saturday 3 – 18 April The Making of Our Nation: Art Exhibition Local artists were invited to interpret ‘The Making of Our Nation’. Exhibition will be opened by Mr Ron Ramsay Director of Newcastle Region Art Gallery on Friday 9 April at 6.30pm. John Paynter Gallery, The Lockup, 90 Hunter Street Newcastle
Friday 9- 24 April Defending a Nation-Exhibition, Fort Scratchley Historical Society Inc. Take a journey through photographic displays and memorabilia depicting the role Fort Scratchley has played in the defence of our nation; and the commodities such as coal and steel, crucial in Newcastle’s role of making a nation. Barracks Room, Fort Scratchley. Open daily 1pm-4pm closed Tuesdays. Free entry to exhibition. Further details 49293066.
Saturday 10 April 3.30pm Governor Macquarie Talk The Maritime Centre Enjoy a talk about Macquarie’s second visit to Newcastle, followed by a walk up the harbour, finished with a free brew shared with the Governor. $10 includes fee into the Maritime Centre. Enquiries 4929 2588
Saturday 10 & Sun 11 April 10 am - 4pm. Friends of Tomago House Exhibition, Links to the Past. Exhibition of Miniature House Interiors reflecting the growing affluence of the nation since settlement. Guest speakers, craft stall, refreshments and other attractions. 21 Tomago Rd, Tomago $6/$5 concession. Bookings 49301471
Saturday 10 April - 10am. Wallsend Heritage Group Inc. A Walking Tour of Wallsend. Meet at the Rotunda (Cnr Tyrrell & Harris Sts) for a walk (about 2 hrs) to explore Wallsend’s heritage. Free. Bookings 49559013.
Sunday 11 April 10am – 12pm In the Footsteps of Macquarie Walk Join members of the National Trust & Newcastle University’s Coal River Working Party in a new informative walk from Macquarie Pier to Christ Church, tracing Macquarie’s ambitious building program. Walk will finish with a bring- your-own picnic in Cathedral Park. Meet at Nobbys Surf Club, Nobbys Beach. Cost $10. Bookings 0438509139
Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 April 10am – 4pm. Miss Porter’s House: The Making of a Home. Visit the house museum which reflects the changing lives of the two generations of the Porter family. $7Adults/$5Conc/Free for NT members. 434 King St Newcastle West. Enquiries 49270202
Saturday 17 April 2-5pm High Tea with Mrs Macquarie at Monets’, in the grounds of the James Fletcher Hospital. Heritage Architect, John Carr will talk about the early architectural history of the colonial buildings of this is an extraordinary site, rich in convict and mental health history over the past 200 years. As well, the inaugural Australian Bonafide History Awards will be presented that recognise the excellence in the writing of, promotion, or documenting of local and regional history or some other related heritage based projects that use heritage as the catalyst for interpretation and design. $30(NT members) $35(non-members) Bookings on 49275135
Saturday 17 April 7pm Friends of the Regal- The Making of Our Communities-The Role of Local Cinema Speaker is Frank Embleton, former operator of the Wallsend Empire Cinema, and Gionni di Gravio Newcastle University archivist. Refreshments will be followed by a short 1950s film. Donation. Jesmond Neighbourhood Centre, 44 Mordue Pde. Bookings 49511611
Saturday 17 April 9am-4pm Newcastle Family History Society Open Day. Come and view the wide range of resources available at the institute. Mechanics’ Institute, 68 Elder St, Lambton. Free. Enquiries 49573276
Saturday 24 April 10.30-11.30am Newcastle Family History Society Back to Basics: Introductory talk on beginning family history. Mechanics Institute, 68 Elder St, Lambton. Free. Enquiries: 49578296
FORUM Wednesday 21 April 7- 9 pm
‘The Making of Our Nation’: Governor Macquarie and Newcastle. Newcastle City Hall, Hunter Room Speakers: Three distinguished historians will throw new light on Governor Macquarie, whose bicentenary is being celebrated this year, and who made three visits to Coal River (Newcastle). Dr Grace Karskens, University of New South Wales, will examine the influence of Macquarie’s wife, Elizabeth, on his building program and his vision for the colony. Mr. Robin Walsh, Macquarie University Library, will reveal Macquarie’s character through the eyes of his Indian manservant, George. Lisa Slade, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, will discuss the Macquarie Chest, a collector’s chest, almost certainly made in Newcastle in 1818, with painted views of the area and a precious record of the flora and fauna of Coal River in Macquarie's time. $20 / $15 Conc & NT members. Bookings 49275135. Refreshments included.
Sunday 2 May 2pm Friends of Grossmann House Heritage Walk - East Maitland- Southern Precinct Visit the site of the original Administration Cottage Governor Macquarie stayed in 1818 and 1821. Meet at carpark at Stockade Hill, East Maitland. Refreshments afterwards at Brough House. $15 NT members $20 non-members Bookings 4933 6452 or 49332253
Newcastle and the Hunter is a significant area of NSW and the second oldest city in Australia. Our cultural heritage is increasingly under threat and unfortunately the Hunter does not always gain the support needed to protect heritage places. For this reason this blogspot has been established not only to raise community awareness of heritage conservation issues, but to also publicise and promote events organised by local National Trust members and the three historic homes managed by the Trust. These are:- Tomago House, Grosmann House & Miss Porters House Join the National Trust of Australia (NSW) online at www.nsw.nationaltrust.org.au
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