Learn: Enlivening learning

Programs and exhibitions that broaden understanding of the local area and help to tell the stories of our community.


Key Achievements for 2016-17

  • To celebrate the Australian Heritage Festival this year, the historical services team liaised with North Sydney Council’s Bushcare in organising a photographic walking tour of Lavender Bay, an art class set against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, a ferry cruise exploring Harbour-front leisure grounds and a walking tour through the streets and waterfronts once inhabited by poet Henry Lawson.

  • The creation and installation of Locality, a new changeable exhibition displaying objects that tell a story about North Sydney’s past.

  • Our Heritage Centre team continued an ongoing partnership with Cammeray Public School and St Mary’s Primary School, taking 70+ students from each school through St Thomas Rest Park. The team also continued its ongoing partnership with Shore School, taking 40+ students through Don Bank Museum.

  • The Heritage Centre commissioned nine filmed oral histories relating to Berry’s Bay.

  • To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Australian writer Henry Lawson (who lived for a time in North Sydney) the local history team organised an historical walk around North Sydney.

  • A new permanent exhibition was launched at Sexton’s Cottage Museum in St Thomas Rest Park with ongoing conservation work of monuments.

“My family attended the Heritage Festival art class at Clark Park on 13 May. We absolutely loved it. The location was perfect, the organisers and facilitators made everything run smoothly and easily. Sandy provided just the right mix of information, inspiration and encouragement to enable us to produce a big range of unique perspectives. It was wonderful to see what each person produced. Historical photos and a short talk added to the inspiration and provided context.” Kathryn W. (20/05/17)


Twitter  Ian Hoskins fascinating as always on the @NthSydCouncil Heritage Festival Ferry #heritagefestival – Georgia M (May 20, 2017)