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Published April 2nd 2016
No time for history? These events will uncover your past
The annual National Trust Heritage Festival is a celebration of Australia's history and culture, beginning with ancient Aboriginal landmarks and traditions and leading to the broad and enduring influences of European architecture, writing, industry and exploration.
As more Sydneysiders become fascinated with their family histories, fuelled the popular TV show 'Who Do You Think You Are?', genealogy is now a major part of this year's events.
Sailing the James Craig in Sydney Harbour (by shf.org.au)
There are hundreds of events throughout NSW during the Festival from 16 April – 29 May. Don't miss these top 5 events of the Festival:
Icons of the Sydney Harbour Cruise – Wharf 7, Pyrmont Note: this popular tour is now soldout but group tour bookings are available). Tour the 1874 tall ship James Craig then embark on the 1943 Harman motor launch to voyage through Sydney Harbour, passing Barangaroo, Circular Quay, the Opera House, Mrs Macquaries Chair, Garden Island, Fort Denison, Kirribilli and Luna Park. 21 May 9.30am – 12.30pm; $30. Bookings: www.shf.org.au
Chinatown Walking Tour – starting at the Capitol Theatre in Haymarket Witness Chinatown's history with the personal stories from Haymarket's Chamber of Commerce co-founder, George Wing Kee, as you visit the most important and dramatic sites in this unique part of Sydney. 30 April and 15 May, 10.30am – 12pm; $28 or $48 with lunch. Bookings: www.haymarketchamber.org.au/node/2439
Artefact Workshops – The Big Dig Archaeology Centre, 110 Cumberland St, The Rocks Get your hands dirty with this workshop collection of the artefacts from 19th century life in Sydney. Touch the past with these items from our colonial period, using them to learn more about the lives of our ancestors. 20, 21 May various times. $30. Book: www.thebigdig.com.au
Written in Stone – Macleay Museum, Sydney University
An exhibition of the stone tools shaped by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to survive and thrive in Australia. The skill and creativity used to solve daily challenges has created an enduring and tangible record of their culture. It's a compelling contrast as we record so much of our lives online. Open Monday – Friday 10am – 4.30pm
House Histories – Customs House Library Discover the vast collection of digitised records used to research our homes. Directories, rates assessments and lands titles will uncover your home's history. Find the former residents, owners and examine the changes to your home. Discuss your findings with the City Historian, Dr Lisa Murray, and a panel of historians and archivists. 14 May 10.30am – 12.30pm