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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
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Dreamtime Stories of the Night Stars at Mount Annan
The history of The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan goes back as far as Magistrate William Howe, who in 1818, purchased land to establish Glenlee Estate. A few years later, he purchased another block, this time from Mount Annan land, which he also incorporated into his estate. Sometime in the 1850's, James Fitzpatrick acquired the land and his descendants ran a dairy farm there until 1978. Between 1850 and 1978, an additional water source for Sydney was constructed on part of the land, which created a series of tunnels, aqueducts and open canals transporting water to Prospect Reservoir, some sixty-four kilometres away.

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Photo courtesy of The Australian Botanic Gardens Mount Annan Website


By 1970, the Macarthur Development Board owned the land and a riding school was established with barley crops grown in two paddocks to feed the horses. In 1975, the Board designated the land to became part of a Scenic Protection Zone. The New South Wales Government decreed the allocation of 400 hectares for a native botanic garden in 1984 and gave administration to The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust. Over the following year, planning and construction of roads, lakes, irrigation, nursery and themed gardens began and continue to this day with new and innovative improvements, making The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan a delight and an education for visitors and locals.

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Photo courtesy of The Australian Botanic Gardens Mount Annan Event Page


On Friday 23rd February 2018 from 8.00 to 10.00pm, Angel Lopez-Sanchez from the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), will introduce you to the night sky over Mount Annan. You will also hear from Drew, relating Dreamtime Stories of the Australian Sky, including Dreamtime heroes and creation ancestors, who are part human and part animal, bird or reptile.

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Photo courtesy The Australian Botanic Gardens Mount Annan Website


Hopefully, the weather stays clear, so you can have the opportunity of viewing the planets and stars through telescopes. Cost of the evening event is $29.00 per person and members are $25.00 per person and bookings are essential. All who attend are to meet at the Bowden Centre, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan where the night will begin. Bookings can be made via email - programs.info@bgccp.nsw.gov.au or on their website. A glass of wine or hand-crafted beer will finish off your amazing evening.
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Why? Never look at the night sky the same again
When: Friday 23rd February 8.00 - 10.00 pm
Phone: The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan
Where: Narellan Road, Mount Annan 2567
Cost: $29 per person, Members $25 each
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