Heritage Festival in Westside Melbourne

Join in the historical festivities in Westside Melbourne

The Australian Heritage Festival program in Victoria is coordinated by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and supports the National Trust’s mission “to inspire the community to appreciate, conserve and celebrate its natural, cultural and Indigenous heritage.”

Our regions in Melbourne’s west are participating in the annual Heritage Festival with a plethora of events from 18 April – 13 May, 2018 to celebrate the fantastic heritage, history and culture this side of Melbourne. See a list of just some of the great events coming up, with links to more events and information provided also.

For more information visit the National Trust Heritage Festival website.

Heritage Week Talk: Public institutions in Flemington and Kensington

History enthusiast John Dickie, Chair of the Flemington Association Committee, will share his expert knowledge on the establishment and history of local institutions in the Flemington and Kensington area. Learn the history of our library, the police station, churches and various other local institutions. Free to partipate, bookings necessary.

WHEN: Wednesday 18 April, 6.30pm-7.30pm
More information: Click here

Ascot Vale
Miss Show Girl 1957 – 1996

Victoria’s inaugural Miss Show Girl commenced in August 1957. A joint initiative of the Sun-News-Picorial and RASV, the quest was publisicised in the media via regional Show societies. Developed with former Show Girls from across the State – these 2 short filmds and photographs will be on display.

WHEN: 1st – 15th May – Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale
More information: Click here

Industrial Heritage Walking Tour

Join this fascinating tour of Spotswood’s industrial heritage sites. The tour includes a visit to the Pumping Station located within Scienceworks, and uses the Museum Victoria Spotswood Industrial Tour App. The app uses audio, video, and historical photographs to show the evolution of Spotswood. Non-app users are also welcome to attend.

WHEN: Thursday 19 April, 9.30am to 1pm
Tour departs from Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood

Bookings required: Click here 



Explore Jack’s Magazine

Explore the intriguing former explosives facility by the banks of Maribyrnong River. Get a glimpse behind Jack’s Magazone’s imposing bluestone walls and explore it’s buildings, tunnels, tramways and giant earth mounds as part of a guided walking tour.

WHEN: 22nd April & 13th May, 17b Magazine Way Maribyrnong.
Bookings required: Click here 

Bush Gothic at Warrawong Woolshed

Defiantly modern, achingly old, this daring Australian bush band, perform songs of criminal women and desperate men from an era of transportation, adventure and gold. Performing in the atmospheric surrounds of a 1850s woolshed on the banks of the Werribee River, come and experience stranger, darker folk from this critically acclaimed three piece band.

WHEN: Saturday 12 May, 8pm – 1182 Exford Road, Eynesbury
Bookings Required: Click here

Cemetery Tours

Local historian, Judith Bilszta will take you on a tour of the historic Melton Cemetery(1862) and reveal the secrets behind the headstones.

WHEN: Friday April 27, 11am – 12pm, and Sunday April 29, 11am – 12pm
Melton Cemetery, Centenary Avenue gate, Melton

For more great heritage events within City of Melton, head here:


Flak – true stories from the men who flew in World War II

Flak is a collection of vivid, unforgettable stories from RAAF veterans about their experiences of combat in World War II. Held at Wyndham Cultural Centre.

WHEN: Friday 27th April 8.00 PM

You Yangs Region – Rural Districts Heritage Tour 2018

A self drive tour of the districts as part of the National Trust Australian Heritage Festival. Begins with Traditional Welcome to Country Ceremony in the You Yangs Regional Park, Little River. There will be some fixed time events including family stories at a number of locations around the region including You Yangs, Lara, Balliang and Anakie.
WHEN: Saturday 12 May 2018 – 9:30am – 4:30pm
Bookings required: Click here
Proudly supported by City of Wyndham and City of Greater Geelong.

Black Powder Mill Open Day

See the unique design of an explosives processing building, the only remaining accessible such building of the several manufacturing facilities, operating in Melbourne’s west from the 1860s to the late 1980s, earning the area the name “Australia’s Arsenal”. It is on its original site, with its original plant intact and in working order.
WHEN: Saturday 28 Apr 2018 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
More information: Click here

Our Local Heroes Exhibition

The Altona-Laverton Historical Society has endeavored to unearth the stories of military persons from across the area and celeberate our Local Heroes.
WHEN: Open Tuesdays, 11am to 2pm and first Sunday of the month, 11am to 4pm.
Altona Homestead, Logan Reserve, Altona
Further information: Click here


Heritage Walking Tours
Step back in time and unlock the secrets of Williamstown with free guided heritage tours.
WHEN: Every Tuesday and Friday during the festival, 11.45am to 12.45pm
Bookings required: Click here 

On The Beach
Presented by local historian Brian Haynes, this talk delves into the history and development of Williamstown beach from the 1850s to the present day.
WHEN: Saturday 28 April, 3pm to 5.30pm
Bookings required: Click here 

Walking Tour Of Williamstown Cemetery
Join the Friends of Williamstown Cemetery on a discovery walk through the heritage listed Williamstown Cemetery, which is the final resting place for over 33,000 people.
WHEN: Saturday 5 May, 3pm to 4.30pm
Bookings required: Click here 

View loads more events in Heritage Hobsons Bay and full information here: https://www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Arts-amp-Leisure/Heritage-amp-Culture/Heritage-Hobsons-Bay

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