Australian Heritage Festival 2017

Posted 4th Apr 2017

Thursday 20 April 2017 [until 2 June 2017]
5.30pm Art Exhibition: Having a Voice: The 1967 Referendum
An exhibition of works by local artists on the Referendum theme.
The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting the arts in regional, remote and very remote/isolated Australia. The program is delivered in partnership with the Northern Territory Government. Venue: The Residency, Cnr Hartley & Parsons Streets, Alice Springs

Friday 21 April 2017
* Master of Ceremonies: Leon Tripp
* Alice Springs Town Crier, Meredith Campbell, will be present as
Ceremonial Summoner and Vocal Versifier.
6.00pm: Welcome to Country, organised by Lhere Aretepe
* Address by His Worship the Mayor, Damien Ryan
* Opening by Mrs Patricia Miller AO, Deputy of the Administrator of the Northern Territory
* Bill Low, Chair, McDouall Stuart Branch, National Trust of Australia (NT)
* Local musicians and poets entertaining with a Heritage theme.
* Bar service for sale by National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame.
Venue: Witchettys, Araluen Art Centre

Saturday 22 April 2017
9am to 12pm Pitchi Richi Sanctuary Open Day
Adult-$10, Concession-$6.00, Family-$10.00. Proudly supported by the Coffee Horse. Please bring a hat and water. Venue: Palm Circuit (gate opposite the service station)

10am to 12pm Music Heritage Roundtable: History of Central Australian Music
Hosted by Ted Egan AO (etc) Venue: Hartley Street School, 39 Hartley Street, Alice Springs

4.30 to 6pm The Voice of Local Government in Alice Springs Today.
The development of Local Government democracy in Alice Springs
Venue: Hartley Street School, 39 Hartley Street

Sunday 23 April 2017
9.30am to 1.30pm Telegraph Station Open Day & Markets “Celebrating the Heritage of Alice Springs through the Voice of our People, Places and Faces”.
Parks and Wildlife Commission
Rangers celebrating Australian Heritage Festival with an
Open Day and Markets at the beautiful Alice Springs Telegraph
Station Historic Precinct.

10am and 12pm Meredith Campbell, Alice Springs Town Crier, will give two presentations of vocal volume on the history of Town Crying. Look for Meredith on a heritage verandah and listen to her presentation,
“Cry Me A Todd River.” Venue: Telegraph Station, off North Stuart Highway.

3.00am to 4.30pm Doreen Braitling Memorial Lecture by Dr. Ken Johnson AM PhD. Mammal Fauna of
Central Australia: Scientists Studying Changes Over Time.
Concerted scientific study of mammals in Central Australia effectively commenced in 1894 with the Horn Expedition – and just in time too! Many species documented during and shortly after this work, vanished rapidly from the landscape. This was a shock to Aboriginal people who had developed an extraordinarily detailed understanding of mammal ecology over the preceding millennia. Ken will discuss the people who developed the scientific record, their more general contribution to the life and times in the region, how the fauna has changed during this period and some attempts made to recover declining species.
Venue: Alice Springs Town Council Function Room

Monday 24 April 2017                                                                                                                               
10am to 3pm Art Exhibition – Having A Voice: The 1967 Referendum - Continuing at The Residency
10.30am to 12pm Journey to Horseshoe Bend: Frieda Strehlow – the Missing Person. 
A talk and reading by John Strehlow. Of all the early women pioneers omitted from official histories, Carl Strehlow’s wife, Frieda Strehlow, nee Keysser, is the most glaring. Frieda spent over a quarter of a century on the Australian frontier when life was dangerous, difficult and often short. John Strehlow, Frieda’s grandson, has written a book about this and is working on another and he hopes that, through these publications and talks like this one, that an alternative view on this segment of history will lead to a major re-appraisal of the era and the early years at Hermannsburg. 
Venue: Alice Springs Public Library

5 to 7pm Documentary Screening: “A Change in Race”
This 1964 documentary is an insightful portrait of Aboriginal people in Central Australia in the 1960s, highlighting their experience of racial discrimination and their integration in non-Aboriginal society. Tony Liddle, whose father is featured in the documentary, will then talk about how things have changed since then. For more information please contact the library on (08) 8950 0555 or Venue: Alice Springs Town Library

Tuesday 25 April 2017 ANZAC Day
Continuing the memory of Australian participation in war and
particularly the role of the military in Alice Springs in the defence of
Northern Australia.
5.30am Last bus from Schwartz Crs / ANZAC Hill Rd
6am Dawn Service Venue: ANZAC Hill Cenotaph
7am Reunion Breakfast, All Welcome Venue: RSL Club
10.30am ANZAC Day Service Venue: ANZAC Hill Cenotaph
10am to 3pm Art Exhibition – Having A Voice: The 1967 Referendum - Continuing at The Residence
7.30 for 8pm for start. The Dirty Word – Open Mic Poetry Night at Totem Theatre - Entry by Donation
Bring your notepads, pens, poems and words down to Alice Springs’ cutest little Heritage Theatre. Located along the dry Todd River in our Sidney Williams huts, Totem is brimming with heritage charm and contemporary poetry. It’s an open mic, so sign-up at the door and get on stage and share your words, or just listen to voices of Alice. Venue: Totem Theatre Anzac Hill Oval

Wednesday 26 April 2017
10am to 3pm Art Exhibition – Having A Voice: The 1967 Referendum - Continuing at The Residency
5 to 6pm Twilight Walk along Todd Street - Free

A walk with Stuart Traynor and Alex Nelson past historic sites between Gregory Terrace and Parsons Street including: Heenan’s milk bar, the Stuart Guest Home, the Gum Tree Cafe, Windle’s garage, AIM Clubroom, Jim Rice’s store, the Irvine, Jones and Johannsen houses, F.W. Sing’s tailor shop and the Wallis Fogarty Emporium. Meet at the Gregory Terrace end of Todd Mall

7pm for 7.30pm Totem Theatre’s Heritage Fashion Parade and Open Night
- Entry by Donation. Take a trip down memory lane as the Alice Springs Theatre Group showcases some of the amazing costumes worn over the years in our productions, plays and musicals. Totem Theatre is throwing its doors open to the public with a tour of the historic venue at the end of the night. Venue: Totem Theatre Anzac Hill Oval

Thursday 27 April 2017
10 to 11.30am Long Timers Morning Tea – swapping stories about the old days.
Master of Ceremonies, Gavin Carpenter, will urge the group in swapping shared and individual stories about the past experience of the Long Timers who have been around for a long time and know the facts from the fiction! A morning tea will be provided. Venue: Senior Citizens Association, 11 Wills Terrace

10 to 3pm Art Exhibition – Having A Voice: The 1967 Referendum - Continuing at The Residency
5 to 6pm Uncovering Bertha Strehlow’s Voice Through Poetry. A talk by Leni Shilton. Her research explored issues of feminism, race relations and marriage in the postcolonial experience in Central Australia, in the years between the first and second world wars. Afternoon tea and refreshments provided.
Venue: Alice Springs Public Library

6 to 7.30pm [Formal opening 6.20pm] Relationships – exhibition opening at the Old Alice Springs Gaol
The launch of a new audio-visual exhibition that explores the diverse relationships and stories from Her Majesty’s Gaol and Labour Prison Alice Springs or old “Green Bush”. In this exhibition, we
explore how the Old Alice Springs Gaol changed people for good and for bad, affecting a lot of people – prisoners, their families, the guards and people living in Alice. The Relationships exhibition is a creative collaboration between local professionals: Dianna Newham, Elliat Rich, Dave Nixon, Megg Kelham
and Sia Cox. Venue: National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame at the Old Alice Springs Gaol, 2 Stuart Terrace Alice Springs
Friday 28 April 2017                                                                                                                                 
ABC Radio History Mystery Stewart Brash
6 to 7.45am Tune into 783 AM Radio Alice Springs and join Brashy for breakfast. He’ll be broadcasting from a mystery outside location but will give you clues to where he is. Find him and he will have bacon and eggs on the barbecue for you. Stuart Traynor will join him and so you’ll be treated to some local history along the way.

10am to 3pm Art Exhibition – Having A Voice: The 1967 Referendum - Continuing at The Residency

11am Every Picture Tells A Story – a selection of images from the NT Archives Service Exhibition launch - Guest speaker tba. Morning tea included Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10am-3pm. [Market Sundays 10am-2pm]
Contact: NT Archives Services Officer – Elisabeth Marnie 
Venue: The Residency, Cnr Hartley & Parsons Street

3.30 to 5pm Youth Forum – The Effectiveness of the Youth Voice Today in Alice Springs
A gathering of Alice Springs youth from Schools and youth groups around Alice Springs, led by Cassie Boyle and Brooke Johnson, the Alice Springs representatives of the NT Youth Roundtable. The aim is to discuss youth opinion about the current level and effectiveness of their voice in Alice Springs on health, social, political, educational and other topics raised in the Forum. Venue: Hartley
Street School, 39 Hartley Street, Alice Springs

Saturday 29 April 2017
9.30am to 12pm Heritage Bus Tour
[24 x $5 bus tickets to offset the bus hire]
Stuart Traynor and Alex Nelson will take you on a tour of some lesser known historical sites of significance around Alice Springs and describe the characters associated with them.
Tickets are available in advance at Hartley Street School Museum, 39 Hartley Street, Alice Springs, Monday to Friday between 10.30 AM and 2.30 PM [depending on availability of volunteers] until all sold. Board the bus in the south-eastern corner of the Town Council complex.

1 to 4pm Old Lutheran Church & Mission Block Open Afternoon
Tours around the NT Heritage-listed Old Lutheran Church building and Mission Block surrounds will be
conducted by members of the Old Church History Team.

2 to 2.30pm Ivan Christian will reminisce about his life in Central Australia from the late 1970s – his work
with homelands education around Hermannsburg and as parish worker based at the Mission Block. Join the conversations over a cuppa and view the historical displays of the work of the Lutheran Church in Central Australia that commenced at Hermannsburg in 1877 – 140 years ago.
Venue: Lutheran Church and Mission Block, 49 Gap Road, Alice Springs

Sunday 30 April 2017
10am to 12pm (Official Opening 10am)
Bond Springs Station Family Heritage Day
At 9.45am the bus for Bond Springs leaves the bus stop outside Coles on Railway Terrace. [You can take your own car and follow the bus]. Bus tickets to be purchased in advance – $10 from Hartley Street School, open Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 2.30pm [depending on availability of volunteers]. Entry to Bond Springs is Free.
This family day is a great opportunity for you to visit a working cattle station. Bond Springs Station was first settled in the 1870s and was once owned by Sir Sidney Kidman. This year, discover the old Meat House and see the new display about the early days of the Central Australian Beef Industry. You can also explore some of the other old buildings, and learn about the Station from the displays in the History Room, Old School Room and Blacksmith Shop. Morning Tea provided - Gold coin donation (proceeds to the
National Trust, McDouall Stuart Branch)
For information: call Jan on 0419 818 107 Venue: Bond Springs Station

10am 50th Anniversary of the Building of the New Lutheran Church
A celebratory service commences at 10.00 AM at the Old Gum Tree in the Mission Block yard, processing to the Old Church and the New Lutheran Church – built by Sitzler Bros. The Service will be followed by fellowship and sauerkraut & sausage luncheon (donation).
Venue: Lutheran Church and Mission Block, 49 Gap Road.

7 to 9pm Historical Play – JOURNAL- $10 entry:
Sunday night’s performance of Journal is a play, written and performed by Danny Gillies, based around the journal entries of the somewhat forgotten Scottish Explorer, John McDouall Stuart. It is set between the years 1839 and 1864. This humble performance gives Stuart a voice about his attempts to make the epic journey to cross Australia from South to North,157 years ago. Danny articulates Stuart’s trials and tribulations in an emotional and dramatic performance. Audiences in South Australia have embraced Danny’s portrayal of Stuart. Journal is a one-man play that is constantly evolving and for those with an interest in Australia’s rich history, a must-see.Venue: Hartley Street School, 39 Hartley Street, Alice Springs

POSTLUDE EVENT                                                                               
Sunday 7 May 2017
10.30am Remembering Day for Old Jay Creek
The Traditional Owners and past residents invite the public to a service in remembering the days of Old Jay Creek and those who are buried in the cemetery. For about 60 years, up until the 1980s, Old Jay Creek was the home for many Central Australians, including Aranda, Luritja, Pitjantjatjara and Warlpiri people. The cemetery contains 64 graves of which only seven were named. Traditional Owners and past residents have been working with Central Land Council (CLC), the Lutheran Church, Friends of Strehlow Research Centre and Ingerreke to identify the unmarked graves. CLC has received funding through the Heritage Branch of the Northern Territory Government to erect crosses on all the graves and produce an information sign about who is buried in the cemetery and about life at Old Jay Creek. Venue: Old Jay Creek,50km west of Alice Springs on Larapinta Drive

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