New festival rich in heritage


Wednesday 15 March, 2017

The 2017 Tamworth Regional Heritage Festival events have been announced, with an amazing line-up to suit all tastes and interests.

The Festival is only in its second year, but is rich in local heritage with over 11 major events held throughout the ten days, all with the common theme of ‘Having a Voice’.

This theme is mirrored in events such as the ‘Stories Under the Stars’, ‘Our Voice through History’ heritage display, ‘Voices at the Lookout’, and a Knowledge Sharing day at Boundary Rock, Daruka. It is also evident in the Goonoo Goonoo Station Oral History Project, which is available to residents to listen to in the comfort of their loungerooms during the Festival.

The Tamworth Regional Film and Sound Archive will open its doors on 18 and 20 April from 9am to 5pm, allowing residents to see first hand their amazing collection of over 8,000 cans and cassettes of local and regionally produced visual material.

New events are included this year, such as the launch of “Tamworth identities, as told by their descendants” publication by the Tamworth and District Family History Group are a welcome addition to the line-up.

Tamworth Regional Councillor Juanita Wilson said community participation has strengthened the second time around.

“We have noticed an increase in community interest for this year’s Heritage Festival which is just fantastic. Events such as ‘Stories Under the Stars’ which is led by local community member Len Waters and the ‘Our Voice through History’ display at Ray Walsh House which will see the return of our popular guessing competition for mystery objects.

“There will be a walking tour and lunch at Goonoo Goonoo Station which will explore the history and heritage, taking a look through the stone store, butchers building, schoolhouse and homestead. I encourage residents to purchase their tickets to these popular events early to avoid disappointment.

“Preserving the heritage of the Tamworth Region is so important, and events like these help to remind people of where we have come from, and what the Region was like many years ago. It also provides opportunity for our new residents and cultures,  to be introduced to the history and people that laid the foundations for our towns and communities."

The Tamworth Regional Heritage Festival is on from Saturday 15 – Saturday 29 April. Event information including a full list of museums and their opening hours, plus ticketing details are available by visiting


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