Descendants of the last blacksmith at Ginninderra - Chris McAppion and Lyn Benn (McAppion) - visited the Centre on 15 December and presented us with the Curran blacksmith shop ledger - a record of transactions... more »
We were very pleased to welcome Ted and Kathy Moore to the Centre on Thursday 19th December, both from pioneer families. Ted is the son of Bruce Moore who made a name for himself as a historian, including... more »
After a long delay because of the pandemic, on Sunday we were able to give Friends and our collaborators from the Historical Society an exclusive preview of the joint exhibition Fooling Around in Flannels.... more »
Over two hundred people visited Hall on Sunday last to listen to 'brass on the grass'. After unpredictable weather during the week, with a share of high temperatures, high winds and rain, the afternoon... more »
The Brown family has been an important part of the life of the village for well over a century. In particular, for the majority of that time the family has been involved in the ownership and management... more »
When Margaret Shumack began embroidering her needlework sampler in 1887, as an eleven year old student at the Stone Hut School, little did she know what would become of it. More than 130 years later the... more »
Centre closed until further notice
The Centre is closed to the public until further notice. All forthcoming events have been cancelled or postponed. We greatly regret the closure and look forward to reopening again as soon as we can.
Normal opening times:
- Every Thursday morning, 9.00 am - 12.00 noon
- Every Sunday afternoon, 12 noon - 4.00 pm
- 1st Sunday of the month (Hall Market Day), 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
- by appointment (email: ) or 6230 9630.
Some recent Visitor feedback :
- "Excellent in so many ways!"
- "Such a fantastic place, so many memories"
- "Genuinely fascinating – extraordinary effort"
- "What as impressive display!"
- "This is an amazing dislay of artefacts of the area"
- "Really interesting. Loved 'Memory Lane'"
- "Excellent exhibition on selector families"
- "Excellent. Loved the ANZAC exhibition in particular"
- "Fantastic historical experience!"
- "Loved the schoolhouse – great exhibits"
- "I was quite taken aback by the depth of your collection"
On the move! - 'Selected Spaces - the settling of Ginninderra'
Please note that this exhibition is now on display at the Cook Community Hub, in cooperation with the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra (HAGSOC). The exhibition will be launched there on 20 October as part of HAGSOC's 65th Anniversary celebration and remain there until the end of April 2020.
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.
A Tale of Two Villages
'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. 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.
See a 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'
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).
'Armistice and After', marking the centenary of the end of the Great War, supplements When Hall Answered The Call. It records the participation of the Hall district diggers in the triumphs of 1918 and the euphoria that accompanied the end of hostilities. It also records the difficulties of repatriation and adjustment to civilian life in a world where the promises of peace and prosperity never quite materialized.
[See Genevieve Jacob's review article in the RiotACT]
Online displays - 'Rediscovering Ginninderra' and 'Bush Schools of Canberra region'
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.
A second display 'Rediscovering Ginninderra' enables exploration of prominent People and Places in the Ginninderra district during the settlement era, illustrated by more than 400 photographs.
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.