Saturday, March 6, 2010

EVENTS-National Trust Heritage Festival 2010

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

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