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Linnwood House Open Day - March 2017

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Event:
Stroll around Linnwood House & chill out for a few hours
On the 12th of March 2017 from 11am to 4pm, the Friends of Linnwood House will once again have an action-packed day for everyone to visit.

A day not to be missed. Image courtesy of Dorothy Warwick Friends of Linnwood.


Over the years, Linnwood House has been used for a number of things. Built in 1891 by George McCredie, the historic house which is set on 5 hectares of ground at Guildford in the Western Suburbs of Sydney the house has been leased to the Education Department as the State's first and only Boys Truant School.

should see Linnwood House now! Image courtesy of Dorothy Warwick Friends of Linnwood.


In 1936, the property converted to a residential girls' school for State Wards aged 14 years and upwards. 1966 saw Linnwood used as a Special Training School for Home Science for girls from deprived backgrounds.

After learning of the Department's plans to sell the property on the open market, the Friends of Linnwood formed in 2002 to help 'preserve and protect' the property. In February 2003, Linnwood was listed on the NSW State Heritage Register and is now under the Trusteeship of Cumberland Council.

Behind the scene, the members of The Friends of Linnwood work tirelessly to bring you four open days throughout the year, where you can marvel at the beautifully restored vintage cars and trucks, watch a variety of demonstrations, enjoy a Devonshire tea and cakes or chow down on a sausage sizzle while listing to the excellent sound of the City of Holroyd Brass Band.

Take the time to sit down for a cupper and cake. Image courtesy of Dorothy Warwick Friends of Linnwood.


Stay a while & listen to the great sounds of the City of Holroyd Brass Band. Image courtesy of Dorothy Warwick Friends of Linnwood.


While there, you can also wander around the ground of Linnwood House and take in the beauty of the well-kept garden and the magnificently restored building of Linnwood House.

There is plenty of parking on-site, but you might find that if you park out on the street, you can wander up to the house and check out the incredibly restored cars from the Old Car Social Club and the Morgan Owners Club. If you are into old cars, I would make sure that you take your camera with you to get a few shots.

Once inside the house, you will be amazed at the skill that has gone into making a variety of lace items by the members of the Illawarra Branch of the Australian Lace Guild.

So much detail has been created in this piece. Image courtesy of Dorothy Warwick Friends of Linnwood.


Why don't you buy some lace for a friend or family member while you are there. Image courtesy of Dorothy Warwick Friends of Linnwood.


So, what is lace? Lace is a fabric with deliberate holes where Lacemakers create with fibre, patterns and tools such as bobbins, needles, and shuttles. Sometimes a piece of lace can be more about the holes than it is about the rest of the fabric.

There are many forms of lace such as crochet, bobbin, tatting, needle, knitted and macramé, to name just a few. Within these forms, there are many more styles of lace.

There will also be plenty of other arts and craft that you can purchase while you are there.

Image courtesy of Dorothy Warwick Friends of Linnwood.


Before you leave I would suggest that you check out the demonstrations by the members of the Western Sydney Wood Turners and if you are into old hand tools you should have a chat to the members of the Traditional Tools Group.

Once again, the Friends of Linnwood House will be putting on an Open Day not to be missed and one last thing - while you are there, you should also visit the stand where there is a petition to list the Female Factory at Parramatta on the World Heritage Listing.

Check out this article I put together on HERSTORY - An Exhibition of the Parramatta Female Factory Women.
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Why? An Open Day not to be missed.
When: 11am to 4pm
Phone: 0412606644
Where: 25 Byron Road, Guildford New South Wales
Cost: $3 entry fee to the house. Childern under 5 are free.
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What a beautiful place to visit! Full of history- this would be so interesting
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Nice work on the article.
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