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National Trust announces program for 2018 Australian Heritage Festival

The National Trust has announced that almost 1,000 events have been registered for the 2018 Australian Heritage Festival. 

The nation-wide Festival is the largest and longest-running grassroots festival celebrating Australia’s historic, natural, indigenous and multicultural heritage.

Now in its 38th year, the Australian Heritage Festival invites Australians to engage with their culture and heritage through a dynamic program presented across all States and Territories from 18 April to 20 May, 2018. The Festival is supported by the Australian Government through the National Trust Partnerships Program.

This year's theme is "My Culture, My Story" and celebrates the diversity of the cultures that have shaped Australian Heritage. The events showcase the breadth of the cultures in Australia as well as the places that are truly unique, on our National Heritage list.

Highlight Festival events include the confronting history of Aboriginal incarceration at Fremantle Prison; a migration story highlighting the immigration journey of the Tiwaris, a Nepalese family now living in New South Wales; the evolution of Torres Strait masks in Townsville; Tales from the East: a look at the relationship between India and colonial Australia on at Old Government House in Parramatta; and, a tour of the Bendigo Gasworks, one of only a few intact 19th century gasworks in the world.

Chairman of the Australian Council of National Trusts, Brian Powyer, said: “The Australian Heritage Festival brings together people from all over Australia to share their stories, explore traditions and bring history to life through guided walks, tours, demonstrations and hands-on history experiences for everyone.

“The Festival acknowledges the wide range of cultures that have made Australia what it is today. It is a call to celebrate what makes us special, to share our differences and to come together over our similarities. It helps people, families and communities form connections with their local heritage and treasure the places they love,” Mr Powyer said.

The Australian Heritage Festival engages people with heritage by uncovering new stories behind local libraries, galleries, theatres, parks, bushland, historic spaces, archives and many more.

Highlights of the 2018 National Heritage Festival include:


  • The Good Old Bad Days Sydney, 12 May, 2018 Warren Fahey, cultural historian, author, broadcaster and performer will tell us the stories of the 2011 post code of Sydney’s inner-east that offers a fascinating history of Sydney’s high life, low life and, sometimes, very low life.
  • Chinese market gardeners and storekeepers in North Sydney, 1870-1932  North Sydney, 17 May 2018 North Sydney Council's Local Historian Dr Ian Hoskins presents a fascinating insight into early Chinese migration to the North Sydney area. The Chinese have been barely visible in the historical record of North Sydney, but it was a place where Chinese people made their lives – some 70 of them according to the 1871 census.


  • Anderson’s Mill Heritage Weekend Smeaton 11-13 May, 2018 Smeaton comes alive with a weekend of heritage, crafts, machinery, and classic trades. The Mills on the Air Amateur Radio Group will have a collection of radios and transmitters, a large array of vintage engines, tractors, and machinery will be on display, Goldfields quilts and spinners will also be demonstrating their skills, along with an exhibition of craft work, including dolls house rooms and miniatures.

  • Let’s Talk MCM Heritage: An Expert Panel Discussions Beaumaris 17 May, 2018 What makes mid-century Australian architecture so unique and worthy of heritage protection? Why are we finally appreciating modernist suburban architecture built from the 1950's through to the 70's? An expert panel will celebrate, inform and advise on owning, buying and renovating mid-century houses.


Event starts
Monday 2 April, 2018
Event Ends
Thursday 31 May, 2018
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