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William Morris descendant calls in

William Morris descendant calls in

On Thursday 9 August, Norm Butt from the NSW Central coast visited the Museum, with a special interest in the Morris bootmaking display which can be found in the 'Tale of Two Villages' exhibition. Norman... more »

Isla Patterson pays a visit

Isla Patterson pays a visit

Isla Patterson has been painting Canberra buildings and localities since she came to the ACT in 1979 - including many paintings of places in and around Hall. There will be an exhibition of her recent works... more »

Heritage Automotive Restorers visit

Heritage Automotive Restorers visit

Yesterday the Museum hosted a visit by about 40 members of the Southern Tablelands Heritage Automotive Restorers Club. Phil introduced the museum, and Ken gave a brief talk on 'Eight Points of Similarity... more »

Annual meeting - wisdom and cake

Annual meeting - wisdom and cake

At our annual meeting on 2nd August Dr Alison Wain from the University of Canberra supplied the wisdom, and all the usual trusty cooks supplied the cake! Alison, who is course convenor of the Heritage,... more »

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Centre Opening Times:

NEW : From 2 Sept open every Sunday 12 noon - 4.00 pm (10 - 4 Market Days)

Entry is Free. Donations will assist the Friends of the Hall School Museum. Easy parking and disability access.


A Tale of Two Villages - Exhibition

The two villages are of course Ginninderra and Hall. Ginninderra had its heyday in the 1890’s and early years of the new century when there was a church, school, post and telegraph office, blacksmith shop, police station, store, a nursery, and a boot-maker, Farmers Union, School of Arts, cricket club, and the large Ginninderra Estate.

When Canberra was selected as the site for the capital and the new Federal government began resuming the land, Ginninderra’s days were numbered. A site for a new village nearby had been selected in 1882, and Hall was set to grow into the kind of village that Ginninderra never quite became.

‘A tale of two villages’ throws light on Ginninderra’s origins and how it was gradually shaded by Hall, but its starting point is much earlier, with insights into the indigenous way of life in the district.

Support by the Village of Hall and District Progress Association is gratefully acknowledged.

Where : Former Hall Primary School, Victoria Street, Hall. Easy parking; disability access.

Cost: Free - but your donations very much appreciated

Hall Market days 10.00 - 4.00pm. Thursday mornings 10.00 -12.30 pm; groups by appointment -

'Rediscovering Ginninderra'

This exhibition is now being incorporated into 'A tale of two villages', telling part of a much larger story. Where was it? How and when did it begin? Who were the movers and shakers? When and why did Hall take over?

'Ginin-ginin-derry' was an aboriginal locality first traversed by Europeans in the early 1820's and first settled by them around 1826, at ‘Palmerville’. From the 1860's for half a century Ginninderra flourished.

A very productive agricultural area, Ginninderra supplied grain to the Araluen and Majors Creek goldfields, then wool to the Sydney markets. William Davis, then Tom Gribble, Edmund Rolfe, 'Babe' Curran and others helped build a fine reputation for agriculture. But by 1915 Ginninderra was fading away. What happened? What is left?

Visit the photo gallery.

['Rediscovering Ginninderra' was supported with funding from the ACT Government's Heritage Grants Program].

ANZAC Exhibition: 'When Hall Answered the Call'- still open.

‘When Hall Answered the Call’ commemorates the centenary of ANZAC. Local soldiers’ histories are fitted into the context of the Great War. Their stories are displayed together with photographs and memorabilia. A special feature of the exhibition is a re-created setting of a Welcome Home ceremony that was held in the local Kinlyside Hall at the end of the war.

The exhibition pays special attention to the district’s several Rolls of Honour, all unofficial local initiatives by civic, school, church and sporting groups. It also features stories from the Hall home front where families gathered together for mutual support in the absence of their menfolk. A local Red Cross Branch was formed where comfort parcels were assembled and socks hand-knitted and sent to the troops.

There is an excellent review of the exhibition by Dr David Stephens at Honest History. The exhibition was previewed by Canberra times writer Ian Warden, who was particularly enchanted by the 'incredible inedible banquet'

View a selection of photos of the exhibition here

There is also now a fine publication derived from the exhibition - authored and edited by the exhibition's curator Allen Mawer. 'When Hall Answered the Call' is available from the Centre.

[Mawer G.A., When Hall Answered the Call, Friends of the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, 2015. 40 pp. 45 illustrations. Price $10]

On this site - 'Rediscovering Ginninderra' and 'Bush Schools of Canberra region'

This site now has two significant on-line exhibitions. The first tells the stories of more than seventy one-teacher bush schools of the Canberra region. A second display 'Rediscovering Ginninderra' enables exploration of prominent people and places in the Ginninderra district Both displays are designed to be added to and contributions from viewers are welcomed.

On this site you can also learn about the origins and development of the Centre, find out about the Friends of Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre and how to join, and see the latest news and photographs about our activities.

You will also find a selection of links to other sites that may be of interest to you, and a 'document register' from where you can download various documents concerning the Museum. You can go to the main Hall Community website at any time by selecting the 'Hall Website' icon.