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Australian Heritage Festival 2024 Beechworth events

Updated: May 14

Beechworth will host three events for the National Trusts of Australia - Australian Heritage Festival 2024 between 18 April 18 and 19 May.



Wood and wonder: neoclassicism in colonial Beechworth

Beechworth Town Hall

103 Ford Street, Beechworth VIC 3747

Saturday, 20 April, 2024

2:00-3:30pm

Host: Beechworth History + Heritage

Australian Heritage Festival event ID 116083

Afternoon tea to follow


HOW were Beechworth's colonial architects and builders influenced by the Adam brothers' sophisticated Neoclassical style? In 1859 and 1860, Scottish builders raised Beechworth's town hall in coursed granite and created its superb neoclassical interior entirely from wood. Discover why it's unique.


Hear from independent heritage adviser Deborah Kemp and Beechworth History + Heritage chair Jamie Kronborg about the making of an extraordinary administrative building on the Ovens goldfield. You'll learn about its exacting Neoclassical design, how the wooden interior and its fine embellishments were likely created, and the tantalising possibility that its architect-builder brothers drew inspiration from their own knowledge of Robert and James Adam's work.


You'll also hear live music played on the hall’s mid-nineteenth century English-built chamber organ, first installed in 1886 and reinstalled in 2018, and share afternoon tea.


Tickets $10 adult, $8 concession, $0 child, $25 family, $0 National Trust member - cash only

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Love. Faith. Rebellion: nine years in Beechworth

Anglican Christ Church Beechworth

27 Ford Street, Beechworth VIC 3747

Wednesday, 8 May, 2024

7:30-9:00pm

Host: Anglican Christ Church Beechworth

Australian Heritage Festival event ID 116114

Light refreshments to follow

Tickets $10 adult, $8 concession, $0 child, $25 family, $0 National Trust member - card or cash. No booking required.


ENGLISH-born writer Ada Cambridge lived for nine years in Beechworth where her husband was Anglican archdeacon. She became late Victorian Australia's most significant published female writer, pushing social boundaries with then uncommon but far-sighted views on sex, marriage and equality.


Join us for an evening in Beechworth's historic Anglican Christ Church to discover Ada, who lived and wrote in the church rectory between 1885 and 1893.


Born in 1844, Ada married priest George Cross in Ely, England, in 1870, and four months later the couple disembarked in Melbourne. They lived across the next 15 years in Wangaratta, Yackandandah, Ballan, Coleraine, Bendigo and Beechworth, where George's tenure as rector and archdeacon from 1885 kept them for eight years before he was called to Williamstown parish in 1893.


You'll hear from Ada's published works Thirty Years in Australia (1903), Up the Murray (1875), and Unspoken Thoughts - the latter 'hastily suppressed' because of her reflections on sex in marriage and social justice.


You'll also hear music of the late Victorian era performed on the church's colonial-built organ, installed in 1887 when George was rector.


Tickets $10 adult, $8 concession, $0 child, $25 family, $0 National Trust member - card or cash. No booking required.

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Paper to principle: how art and ideas in Beechworth influenced Australian identity

Anglican Christ Church Beechworth

27 Ford Street, Beechworth VIC 3747

Sunday, 19 May, 2024

2:00-3:30pm

Host: Anglican Christ Church Beechworth

Australian Heritage Festival event ID 116125

Afternoon tea to follow


EXPLORE the great mix of women and men in science, art, botany, building, law, democracy and culture who came to Beechworth after gold was discovered in 1852.


Beechworth's goldrush attracted thousands of people from all parts of the world. And among them were those who went on to influence Australia’s post-colonisation development in many significant ways. Discover who they were, where they came from, why they came here, what they achieved, and how their lives connected.


You'll hear from Beechworth History + Heritage chair and former Ovens and Murray Advertiser editor Jamie Kronborg about the patterns that emerged from these relationships to influence Australia into Federation and beyond.


Tickets $10 adult, $8 concession, $0 child, $25 family, $0 National Trust member - card or cash. No booking required.

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Images: Beechworth Town Hall interior (Jamie Kronborg 2023); Ada Cambridge (Spencer Shier c.1920, National Library of Australia collection); Cartoon (Nicholas Chevalier) Melbourne Punch (8 November, 1860) (National Library of Australia Trove collection).

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