heritage festival

The Ku-ring-gai Heritage Festival is on between 18 April and 19 May with walks, talks, tours and other events designed to bring local history to life.

This year’s Ku-ring-gai Heritage Festival is supported by a range of community organisations and coincides with the National Trust’s Australian Heritage Festival.

The Festival includes photo exhibitions, open homes, historical talks, walking tours, fashion exhibitions and an architectural drawing workshop.

The aim is to show Ku-ring-gai’s connection to history from indigenous culture through to the architecture and fashions of the 20th century.

Kuringgai Historical Society Open Day

New events this year will include a Drawing our Built Heritage art workshop at the Woodlands stately home, an open house and garden at the historic Mahratta residence, a guided tour of Harry and Penelope Seidler’s home at Killara and an open day hosted by the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society.

Other highlights include:

  • A guided walk through the Wildflower Garden at St Ives 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 stately homes, Eryldene at Gordon.
  • An exhibition of 1970s fashion by the Calvacade of History and Fashion at Roseville, plus a talk on the ‘little black dress’ through the decades.
  • A children’s art workshop illustrating Ethel Turner’s classic Seven Little Australians.
  • A talk by author Eliza Reilly on some pioneering women from Ku-ring-gai’s past.
  • Classes at Killara Croquet Club learning one of Australia’s oldest games.
  • A guided tour of Swains Gardens at Killara.

Mahratta Open House

Mayor Jeff Pettett said the Ku-ring-gai Heritage Festival was ‘a wonderful way for residents to experience every aspect of Ku-ring-gai’s past.’

“All the events are designed to bring history to life and give a human perspective on how our area has evolved.”

For full details of all the Festival events and to book events visit the website: krg.nsw.gov.au/heritagefestival

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