The Gungahlin Branch of the Country Womens Association recently arrived unannounced (this is not a complaint!) to present us with a generous donation of $250. Treasurer Melissa Lee writes: "CWA Gungahlin... more »
Canberra watercolour artist, Isla Patterson, has painted eight heritage buildings within the Parishes of Jeir, Wallaroo and Ginninderra which will be the centre piece of a new exhibition. This exhibition... more »
Helen and Marion Warman are grand-daughters of William Hatch Junior and Elizabeth Bard who took over the running of Rosewood farm when William Hatch (Senior) died in 1907. Good friends of the Centre, they... more »
We had a visit from the Gillespie family on Wednesday 19th June. Jim and Loretta Gillespie lived in Hall for 10 years in the 60s and 70s. Their 2 children, Christine and Tracy went to Hall School, Tracy... more »
A group of descendants from the Gribble, O'Brien and Southwell families visited the Museum on Sunday to see the displays particularly relating to the Gribble history and Glebe Farm. The most senior of... more »
Around a hundred visitors packed the main exhibition room at the Centre on Sunday 14th for the official opening of 'Selected Spaces' by Dr Barbara Dawson. ''Selected Spaces is based on six 'case... more »
Centre 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.
A Palette of Pioneer Places - New Exhibition!
Canberra watercolour artist, Isla Patterson, has painted eight heritage buildings within the Parishes of Jeir, Wallaroo and Ginninderra. This exhibition presents the paintings, together with stories of how the land was acquired and the people who lived there.
The public opening will be held on Sunday 6th October at 2pm, with the exhibition open until the end of the year.
On the move! - 'Selected Spaces - the settling of Ginninderra'
Please note that this exhibition is being moved to 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 the year.
Learn more about the Shumacks of Springvale, the Kilbys of Lands End, the Southwells of Brooklands andParkwood, 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.
NOTE : CLOSING 20TH SEPTEMBER
A Tale of Two Villages
The two villages are Ginninderra and 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 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.
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.
Armistice and After
This exhibition, marking the centenary of the end of the Great War, supplements our 2015 exhibition When Hall Answered The Call. That exhibition traced the impact of the conflict on a small bush community. Armistice and After 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. Finally, it records the veterans' response after it became apparent that they and their children were being asked to do it all again.
Australians are justly proud that as a nation of peace-loving civilians we fought and helped defeat militarism in the two greatest wars the world has yet seen. At the outset the British Empire's comparatively small professional military forces were outnumbered by the enemy - then swamped by their own civilians. The recruits however were largely dependent on the professionals for leadership and instruction in the craft of war. That was particularly important in the naval war and it is instructive to contrast the experiences of the Crace brothers of 'Gungahleen', the one a professional at sea and the other a volunteer on land. They had very different wars - as you can discover in the exhibition.
[See Genevieve Jacob's review article in the RiotACT]
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]
Online displays - 'Rediscovering Ginninderra' and 'Bush Schools of Canberra region'
This site has two major on-line displays. 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. Comment and contributions warmly welcomed.