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Check out some of the events from the 2018 Heritage Festival

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Tales from Tamworth

Explore the history of the Tamworth region through an exhibition showcasing our public museums and archives. Learn about the people, places and stories of the region through artefacts from eight museums and archives across the Council area. Our local museums and archives hold hidden treasures, fascinating facts and significant stories. Join us in celebrating these local narratives through our culture, our story.
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 Nundle Woollen Mill Tours

Take a step back in time with a visit to Nundle Woollen Mill to experience heritage machines working in a commercial way. Nundle Woollen Mill is the last spinning mill in Australia working from greasy wool all the way through to a ball of yarn, ready for your next knitting or crochet project. Tour the historic machines, dating back to 1914, at 2:00pm every day of the Festival.
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 'Stories under the Stars' (gayuldnha mirri)

Stories under the Stars is an opportunity to explore Kamilaroi astronomy in a family friendly event format, featuring Aboriginal storytellers, music and dance.

Bring your picnic blanket and the kids along to this special event and leave with a new appreciation of the stars and their role in Aboriginal navigation, storytelling and spirituality.  Warrambal (the Milky Way), Yarandoo (the Southern Cross) and the Dhinawan (Emu) in the Sky all have major creation stories associated with them. Learn some local star stories, their significance in Kamilaroi culture and what those stories said about the Kamilaroi people’s place in the world.

Tamworth Family History Group

Research your family history using the Tamworth & District Family History Group’s extensive collection of Genealogical Resources, including local, regional and national records. Experienced members will be on hand to assist and give advice during the Tamworth Regional Heritage Festival.
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'Beyond Art' and 'Silver & Gold' Art Exhibitions Launch

Celebrate the opening of the Beyond Art and Silver + Gold exhibitions.
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Manellae Collectibles – museum open days

Having spent over 15 years collecting interesting pieces of history, the Fletchers will take you for a walk through history in Manilla displaying items including old telephones, dairy equipment, sporting goods and so much more. The popular “Arnott’s Avenue” will also be on display, featuring Arnott’s biscuit tins from throughout the ages. Morning tea will be provided for visitors, and proceeds from the open day will be donated to cancer research.
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Beyond Art: True Stories by senior Aboriginal men exhibition

Contemporary Indigenous art is stronger now than ever, as shown by the compelling success of paintings from remote art centres in recent major art prizes and exhibitions. Beyond Art brings together more than 60 works by the movement’s senior men, including paintings, carvings, ceramics and other works, augmented by videos that bring artists’ voices into the space.

With stunningly colourful, innovative and timeless expressions of Culture and Country, Beyond Art is presented for the first time at Tamworth Regional Gallery and makes connections to country with our local Elders as part of the exhibition process.

Curated by Deborah Sims and Matt Dickson and on loan from their collection.

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'Silver + gold: unique Australian objects 1830–1910' Exhibition

Silver + Gold showcases exceptional 19th and early-20th century Australian silver and gold objects drawn from the National Gallery of Australia’s significant collection of colonial decorative arts and design. The theme of this exhibition is celebration, with objects marking significant personal, community and professional achievements and milestones, or displays of prosperity and artistic accomplishment. Silver + Gold reveals the exceptional skills of Australia’s earliest professional craft practitioners and their compelling narratives of Australian social and commercial history and includes presentation, ceremonial and testimonial pieces, jewellery and functional tableware, displayed within themes of Sport, Agriculture, Goldfields, Defining Moments, Dining and Achievement.
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Paradise Market Garden
Brought to you by Tamworth Regional Council and the Tamworth Growers 'Market

To celebrate the Tamworth Regional Heritage Festival, Tamworth Growers’ Market will be relocating for one day only to the Little Paradise Gardens site of the 1880s on King George V Avenue, Tamworth.

In the 1880s, the 2.4 hectare gardens had become one of the region’s most popular places for entertainment with an aviary and small zoo alongside a pavilion hosting tea dances.

Come down and support your favourite Tamworth Growers’ Market stalls in this iconic location, as well as award winning Tamworth musician Al Buchan, Tamworth Beekeeping Supplies, Travel Scents by Sarah, Hopscotch Coffee Cart and the Bullimbal School sausage sizzle.

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Len Waters cultural tour of Tamworth and surrounds

Immerse yourself in an Aboriginal perspective through an experience rich in storytelling and traditional practices.  Learn more about the Kamilaroi people and how they understood and lived in harmony with our natural environment. The Kamilaroi Cultural Tour will visit Wave Rock, a significant local site, and explore the Aboriginal history of our region, its plants and animals, Kamilaroi beliefs and spirituality. Len’s tour will ensure that you leave with a different perspective and appreciation of your local area.
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Chaffey Dam Open Day

WaterNSW will hold an open day for the public including guided walking tours of the dam and free buses to get a closer look at the Morning Glory spillway. There will be a heritage display with old photos and records from the dam’s construction. It will be a fun day for families with a hands-on water model that shows how the dams and catchment work and winners of the school drawing competition to be announced. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter will provide a sausage sizzle and cold drinks for purchase and the Roads and Maritime Services Boating Education and Safety Team will be here to discuss boating safety equipment, licencing and registration.
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My Culture, My Story: Cultural Community event

Members from our rich cultural communities will perform songs, dances, stories and poems to celebrate the Tamworth region’s cultural diversity.

The My Culture, My Story event explores our cultural identities with stories told in their mother language, handed down through traditions, cultures and ancestors.

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“Stories from Carthage Street” Heritage Walk

Explore the people and places from Carthage Street’s past, with the Tamworth Historical Society. Life member, Rod Hobbs will take guests on a journey through the ages detailing some of the history, heritage and stories of the buildings and faces of Carthage Street. The walk will commence from the corner of Carthage and Roderick Streets and finish at the corner of Bourke Street and Griffin Avenue. Morning tea will be available in ANZAC Park after the tour with a gold coin donation.
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Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council - Knowledge Sharing Day

Visit Boundary Rock on a cultural journey with Mr Bob Faulkner (Elder), celebrating local Aboriginal culture on the Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council’s Knowledge Sharing Day.
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Goonoo Goonoo Station Walking Tour

Explore the history and heritage of the region’s oldest property on a walking tour of the Village and Woolstore, including a walk-through of the stone store, butcher’s building and schoolhouse. The tour will be followed by morning tea at the award-winning Glasshouse Restaurant.
Tamworth Family History Group

Research your family history using the Tamworth & District Family History Group’s extensive collection of Genealogical Resources, including local, regional and national records. Experienced members will be on hand to assist and give advice during the Tamworth Regional Heritage Festival.
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Tamworth Regional Heritage Awards

The Tamworth Regional Heritage Awards recognise outstanding commitment and contribution to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse and interpretation in the Tamworth region. Enjoy a two-course luncheon and help us celebrate our region’s heritage.

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Powerstation Museum Open Day and running of the steam engines

In 1888, Tamworth became the first city in Australia to be lit by municipal electric street lighting. This important moment in national and local history is celebrated at the Tamworth Powerstation Museum. Established in 1988, it is located on the site where the 1888 steam engines powered the street lighting system, and the 1907 Power Station / Municipal Electric Showroom building has been refurbished to display a range of unique exhibits.

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Sophie Masson Public Reading

During 2017, author Sophie Masson spent some time with the Tamworth Powerstation Museum as part of the Stuff of Tales partnership project between Arts North West, Museums Australia, the New England Writers’ Centre and Bauer Media. She’ll be reading her story inspired by that, Turning on the Light. 

Other History and Heritage activities across the Tamworth Region

Memorials and Monuments