skip to content

Latest News

Canberra Tracks sign arrives

Canberra Tracks sign arrives

In January 2021 the Morris tanning pit was relocated from the original Dellwood Homestead site to our campus. The pit has been displayed in Palmer Street since that time. We were successful with an ACT... more »

North Lyneham Heritage Walk

North Lyneham Heritage Walk

The Lyneham Community Association hosted a heritage walk on Sunday 24th around North Lyneham as part of the 2022 Heritage Festival. Much of the area covered was once owned by 'Big Pete' Shumack who in... more »

Heritage Festival - Kids Week

Heritage Festival - Kids Week

As part of this year's ACT Heritage Festival program of events organisations were encouraged to develop and host activities especially designed for young people. This year's theme was CURIOSITY and we... more »

'The Brooklands Story' launched

'The Brooklands Story' launched

Our latest exhibition - 'The Brooklands Story' - was launched today under a sunny sky by the Chair of the Act Heritage Council, Dr Ken Heffernan. The exhibition features three generations of the branch... more »

News RSS Feed

News Archive >

Normal opening hours

NOTE: During the Heritage Festival 9th April - 1st May we will be open 12 noon - 4.00pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Some recent Visitor feedback :

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 Ginninderra to Hall'

Our main exhibition is a journey through time and space from Ginninderra to Hall. 'Ginin-ginin-derry'a s it was originally known by settlers, was an aboriginal locality, first traversed by Europeans in the early 1820's and settled by them from 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.