The inaugural Ku-ring-gai Heritage Festival will take place between 18 April and 19 May with walks, talks, virtual tours and other events designed to bring local history to life.

The Festival is a new event and aims to provide local residents with a deeper understanding of Ku-ring-gai’s history, from its connection with indigenous culture and the first settlers in the area.

Supported by community organisations and businesses, the Ku-ring-gai Heritage Festival coincides with the Australian Heritage Festival hosted by The National Trust.

Ku-ring-gai’s Heritage Festival is a month long series of events including photo exhibitions, open homes, historical talks, walking tours, fashion exhibitions and author talks. Virtual tours of some well-known historical properties will also be on offer.

Rose Seidler House
Rose Seidler House in Wahroonga

Highlights include:

  • A guided walking tour of Ku-ring-gai’s smallest suburb Warrawee, exploring the nooks and crannies of its most historic street Hastings Road.
  • A webinar and virtual tour of the iconic Tulkiyan House in Gordon, designed in 1913 and bequeathed to the Ku-ring-gai community in 1994 by the Donaldson family.
  • A self-guided tour of the classic Rose Seidler House in Wahroonga, the most talked about home in Ku-ring-gai during the 1950s.
  • A walk through Sheldon Forest and Rofe Park exploring Ku-ring-gai’s connections to its indigenous heritage.
  • A special Mother’s Day afternoon tea amid the gardens of one of the most beautiful local heritage-listed homes, Eryldene.
  • A fashion exhibition of the swinging 60s presented bThe Calvacade of History and Fashion museum in Roseville.
Eryldene Historic House in Gordon

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the inaugural Heritage Festival was ‘a wonderful way for residents to explore Ku-ring-gai’s past.’

“Our area is known for its natural environment alongside our significant built heritage. The Festival events really bring to life all aspects of Ku-ring-gai’s history and give a human perspective on why our area is such a part of Sydney.”
National Trust Director Debbie Mills said “The National Trust (NSW) is delighted that the Ku-ring-gai Council has put on a number of fantastic events for the local community as part of the Australian Heritage Festival.

“For an area which boasts many historic homes and vast quantities of natural heritage, it’s so important to engage with the local community and encourage preserving and promoting what makes this area special.”

For full details of all the Festival events visit http://www.krg.nsw.gov.au/heritagefestival

For more information about the Australian Heritage Festival visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.au/ahf

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