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Gift from the National Portrait Gallery

Gift from the National Portrait Gallery

The Centre has been blessed with the gift of eight splendid new display cases from the National Portrait Gallery. Surplus to their requirement, the cases are a remarkable addition to our exhibition furniture.... more »

Cricket goes to Cook

Cricket goes to Cook

Together with the Canberra and District Historical Society, we are now partnering with Family History ACT to present 'Fooling around in flannels' at the the Cook Community Hub. The exhibition is now open... more »

Tirriwirri teachers visit

Tirriwirri teachers visit

On 17th December we are very pleased to welcome the teachers from Tirriwirri School in Queanbeyan, accompanied by the NSW schools Aboriginal Liaison Officer. The visit was at the request of Dr Matilda... more »

We are ten!

We are ten!

The gods were smiling on our tenth anniversary annual meeting and celebratory lunch on Thursday 12th August. Dr Roslyn Russell, our distinguished guest speaker, finally got to deliver the address she had... more »

Clan Cameron gathers at Centre

Clan Cameron gathers at Centre

On a brisk Saturday afternoon some sixty guests attended the launch of 'Highlands to the Limestone Plains', the story of the leaving of the Highlands by Donald and Ann Cameron in 1838 and the life that... more »

Conference delegates visit

Conference delegates visit

The Centre recently hosted delegates from the national conference of the Australian Museums and Galleries Association. Postponed last year because of the COVID pandemic, the conference was again heavily... more »

Museum comes alive with song!

Museum comes alive with song!

Our volunteers were recently treated to short and very sweet a cappella concert. A group of singers attending a choral workshop with renowned choralist Rachel Hore enquired whether they might visit the... more »

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Online databases - 'Bush Schools of the Canberra region' & 'Rediscovering Ginninderra'

This site has two major on-line displays. The first locates and tells the stories of more than eighty one-teacher bush schools of the Canberra region, and identifies all of their teachers up to about 1940.

A second display 'Rediscovering Ginninderra' records prominent People and Places in the Ginninderra district (Belconnen plus Gungahlin) during the settlement era, illustrated by more than 400 photographs.

'From Ginn-ginin-derry to Hall'

Our main exhibition is a journey through time and space from Ginin-ginin-derry to Hall. '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 having its heyday in the 1890's and early 1900's 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.

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, Edward Smith, Edmund Rolfe, 'Babe' Curran and others helped build a fine reputation for agriculture.

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.

ANZAC : 'When Hall Answered the Call'+ 'Armistice and After'

'When Hall Answered the Call' commemorates the centenary of ANZAC. The original exhibition (2015) has since been scaled back, but the essence of it is preserved. Local soldiers' histories are fitted into the context of the Great War. 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 was previewed by Canberra times writer Ian Warden, who was particularly enchanted by the 'incredible inedible banquet'

'Armistice and After', marking the centenary of the end of the Great War records the participation of the Hall district diggers in the triumphs of 1918, the euphoria that accompanied the end of hostilities and the difficulties of repatriation and adjustment to civilian life in a world where the promises of peace and prosperity never quite materialized.

There is also now a fine publication derived from the exhibition - authored and edited by curator Allen Mawer. 'When Hall Answered the Call' is available from the Centre ($10).

[See a review of the exhibition by Dr David Stephens at Honest History. ]

'Selected Spaces - the settling of Ginninderra'

Learn more about the Shumacks of Springvale, the Kilbys of Lands End, the Southwells of Brooklands and Parkwood, the Camerons and Gribbles of The Glebe, and the Hatches of Rosewood. The stories of these settler families are well illustrated with photographs, maps and plans.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.