Australian Heritage Festival – Week 4

What’s on this week…

There are only 10 days left of the festival, can you believe it? Check out the events below and enjoy what’s left of this great festival!

Visit the website HERE to explore more events and plan your festival.

The Australian Heritage Festival in Western Australia is proudly supported by Lotterywest.

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When was the last time you visited Fremantle? Well the month of May is set to knock your socks off. Check out their events for the next week below!

Interested in researching the history of your Fremantle house or ancestor? Join the City’s Local History Engagement Officer, Lucy Hair, as she guides you through useful sources of information available at the Fremantle History Centre and elsewhere.

Protest and Unrest! From violent riots to peaceful sit-outs, Fremantle Prison’s new exhibition Protest and Unrest explores the conditions and regime under which prisoners lived. If you want to know more, make sure you head down and join Curator, Olimpia Cullity and she walks you through the exhibition floor.

Join Fremantle Prison’s curatorial team for an exclusive, behind the scenes look at the curatorial workspace of Fremantle Prison’s museum collection. Join legends of the West Australian Brewing industry for an evening of Heritage Tale and Ales.

Walk in the Shoes of Convicts! Enjoy the rich folklore and stories of our port city’s convict history, as one of Fremantle Prison’s experienced Tour Guides takes you for a walk in the shoes of the convicts.

Come and see beautiful modern and traditional quilts flying in the wind.

Watch a one hour silent film documenting the 8,000 mile voyage from Italy to Australia on a voyage that sparked generations.

Travel back in time and learn about the men and women who have given their time and talent to serve the Fremantle Community through a photographic exhibition showing ‘The best things in Life are FREO‘! Join the University of Notre Dame for a special open campus event showcasing their finest new research in history, archaeology and heritage.

Take a glimpse into the evolution of a family business over 190 years in the West End of Fremantle.  Put on your walking shoes to explore the Life of the Harbour.

Welcome on board with The Lost Quays! Come and join for a singalong, and to learn about the heritage of songs from the age of sail. Prepare for the calm and the storm, with shanties and songs of the sea.

Demolished and Unbuilt: Join Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt on a bike tour exploring what could have been – the stories of the unbuilt and the historical saves.

Do you love jug bands? Then join the Jook Joint Band at the historic “National Hotel” for a session of old time jug band roots and toe tappin’ dancing blues, skiffle, ragtime and rockabilly music with a twist.

Join tour guide, Don Whittington, for a stroll through Fremantle Cemetery and learn the stories that the monuments have to tell. Join SimchaFreo for a Morning Tea @ the Cemetery – A Visit to the Jewish Section on Sunday.

Join us for Notre Dame’s brand new tour of the historic West End, which traces the politics and celebration of remembering.




Explore Perth with the Hooves to Highways look back at a fascinating time when cars first appeared on our roads and discover the fascinating exploration of our Derbarl Yerrigan Swan River. The Royal Perth Hospital Museum will look at the history of medicine in Western Australia while the Perth Cultural Center displays its highly anticipated Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley exhibition.

Past & Present + Welcome to WA Workshops! Celebrate your Western Australian Heritage at the Western Australian Museum’s Discovery Zone.

National Trust properties are open for free during the festival and this includes East Perth Cemeteries. Head down this Sunday to check it out.

Shaping history into fiction! Award-winning author Dianne Wolfer discusses how she combined research, archival photographs, telegrams and letters with imaginative storytelling to craft the historical narrative.

Join us at the Old Court House Law Museum for an evening of music, drinks and canapés as Father Robert Nixon who currently resides at New Norcia gives his own recital of Dom Rosendo Salvado’s music and chats about his remarkable life and achievements.


Join us for a picnic on Mother’s Day at Peninsula Farm. Enter into our bake-off or simply bring the family and a picnic and enjoy the spectacular Swan River. Peninsula Farm will also be open for free all weekend!

Join The Friends of ANZAC Cottage as they dedicate their Open Day to the Ugly Men’s Voluntary Association. Learn more about the role played by these men during WWI.

Have you ever wondered how Western Australia’s first settlers manage for money?  Learn about the history of banking in Western Australia. See an exhibition showcasing significant stories from Subiaco’s social and commercial history at the pearl shell adornment exhibition.

Heirloom Treasures at Cockman House – Take a step back into the past and explore the fascinating family stories of Cockman House.

History of the wedding dress! Join us for a talk to discuss the history and fascinations with wedding dresses.

Trace Your Family Tree! Join the Community History Librarian for an insightful session on archiving valuable photographs and documents from the past.


Take the time to wander through Belmont’s past from the eerie Dead Man’s Gully to the bubbling waterside trails of the Swan River.

See Canning through a lens through the display of historic images from the City of Canning local history photograph collection. How important is it to make sure that Granny’s letters, diaries and other paper from the family history are kept? Here’s a practical session with tips on how to preserve your history.

Join the Rockingham Central Library for their exhibition Wetland Glimpses that has been created to recognise the importance of the wetlands to Aboriginal people. Travel through time, experiencing popular wedding trends from the early 1900s to 2000, with our beautiful collection of Wedding Gowns with weddings through time.

Enjoy an exhibition that explores how May’s illustrations continue to connect us to our bountiful bush. Learn about our History on the Airwaves will be presented by Capital Radio.

Take a step back in time & wander through the Homestead’s 12 rooms, experiencing how it was to live a century ago at the Azelia Ley Museum.


Do you want to find out your family history? FamilyHistoryWA will conduct special sessions to help you in finding your family.

Immerse yourself in the early history of Bassendean by visiting the former Enrolled Pensioner Guard Cottage at 1 Surrey Street, the oldest building still standing in Bassendean.

Whiteman Park has you covered with the following events with the Collector Card Trail, and Bus Depot Tours.

Immerse yourself in the early history of Bassendean and discover Guildford as you walk in the footsteps of pioneers.

Explore Kalamunda’s first heritage listed building and explore Kalamunda’s History Village.

Join the Bayswater historical society as the Unveil the “3R’s Commemorative Project

Woodbridge and No. 1 Pump Station are open for free and this weekend.


Between River and Sea! Celebrate the journeys of people who have called the Western Suburbs home and see the changes that have taken place.

Visit Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club and take a tour of the grounds and the classic boats.

Learn of the Natural, Aboriginal and European history and stories from the Indian Ocean to the Swan River in Mosman Park through a 2hour guided cultural walk.


Regional – South & Peel

Join us for a picnic at Old Blythewood to celebrate 180 years since the McLarty’s arrived in Western Australia.

See displays of clothing prior to 1950 at Clothes of the Closet and watch the documentary that looks at the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company closure and reflections on what became a defining moment in history.

Visit Ellensbrook (Margaret River) to learn about the amazing women who played a major role in the development and management of the place. Discover the charm of Strawberry Hill (Albany) and receive free entry during the festival weekends. Experience the sense of isolation, danger and struggles faced by the Layman family at Wonnerup.


Regional – Wheatbelt

The Gingin Railway station will be abuzz with excitement as they take you back in time with stories of the station and it’s history.

Buttons and Bones – York Convicts continues this week and looks at the convicts stationed at York Convict Depot in a fascinating new display that draws upon recent archaeological excavations. View a selection of works painted by local artists at York’s Art for Anzacs.

Enjoy Free Entry Weekends at the National Trust properties at Mangowine (Nungarin) and York Courthouse complex.

Regional – North & East

Enjoy free entry to Central Greenough (Greenough) and Warden Finnerty’s residence (Coolgardie) over the weekends of the festival.