Check out what’s on during first week of Canberra and Region Heritage Festival

The 2022 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival kicks off this Saturday 9 April, with the opening week promising a full program of diverse events for all ages.

The first week will see a variety of Ngunnawal and First Nations events, a tea and talk event on women’s history along with many other fascinating talks, tours and online events.

Check out the Deadly Discoveries event to learn from our PCS Murumbung Rangers about scientific innovations created or observed by Ngunnawal and First Nations peoples, or head out to the Arboretum or Botanical Gardens to learn about First Nations plant use and our native flora.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, there is plenty on offer including:

Saturday 9 April

  • Duntroon Dairy Open Day: Enjoy a day of activities at one of Canberra’s oldest European buildings and an important part of our local heritage. There will be tours and talks about Duntroon Dairy, entertainment, refreshments, classic cars, stalls and things to do for the whole family.
  • Winanggaay Ngunnawal Language session: Join members of the Winanggaay Ngunnawal Language Aboriginal Corporation to learn Ngunnawal greetings and children’s songs.
  • Guided and self-guided cemetery tours: Ever been curious about how you will be commemorated, and how your history will be preserved? Learn more on a guided tour of Gungahlin Cemetery. Or download the map and take a self-guided tour of the Woden Cemetery including the resting places of notable Australians like author Bryce Courtney.
  • Canberra fire museum open day: Visit the historic Forrest Fire Station, opened in 1939. Enjoy our exhibitions of equipment, uniforms and vehicles, including our new displays, and take a tour to discover astonishing stories of Canberra from the firefighter’s perspective.

Sunday 10 April

  • Junior Heritage Walks: Join the Conservation Council ACT Region and Friends of Jerrabomberra Wetland as we explore the natural treasures that live in and around Jerrabomberra Wetlands!
  • Roaring twenties in Reid: Dress to impress! Follow historic signposts and hear stories of the time from guides in their glad rags. Bring something to sit on and a picnic to enjoy in Dirrawan Gardens Reid at walk’s end.
  • Tuggeranong Schoolhouse Museum open day: Tour the Tuggeranong Schoolhouse, now a museum, and an excellent example of an 1880 schoolroom with attached schoolmasters residence.

You can also find more information about what’s on in this year’s Canberra and Region Heritage Festival on the Heritage Festival website.

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