The National Trust of Australia (WA).

A community based heritage organisation in Western Australia

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There always needs to be someone around with sufficient wisdom to keep an eye on everything. At Old Farm, Strawberry Hill, we have a very special local volunteer who carries out this task - a Barking Owl (Ninox connivens - owl type is a guess based on looking at owl pics, a hard task ;p Let us know if we’re wrong)

There always needs to be someone around with sufficient wisdom to keep an eye on everything. At Old Farm, Strawberry Hill, we have a very special local volunteer who carries out this task - a Barking Owl (Ninox connivens - owl type is a guess based on looking at owl pics, a hard task ;p Let us know if we’re wrong)

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triplej: Melbourne’s Palace Theatre closing down.
Nicholas Jones of Tonedeaf writes: 
"This is our heritage at stake. Our city now has to make a decision. Gentrification although shiny and glitzy leaves a city hollow and without substance.
We are very much at risk of our city’s culture becoming manicured, and its very soul being cut out. Indeed property development has been one of the biggest risks to our musical heritage for decades.
Whether it’s gentrification of suburbs which has caused amenity issues such as sound complaints crippling music venues such as The Rainbow Hotel. Or our precious music venues being torn down such as The East Brunswick Hotel, destroyed in the name of progress to feed a growing city’s need for more apartments.
The Palace Theatre isn’t just any venue. It has a history worth preserving. Cultural vandalism aside however, a compelling case can also be made for the economic importance of such a theatre.”
Developers Jinshan Investments are pushing forward with plans to build a 15-storey boutique hotel at the Bourke Street site, with an application before Melbourne City Council.

triplejMelbourne’s Palace Theatre closing down.

Nicholas Jones of Tonedeaf writes: 

"This is our heritage at stake. Our city now has to make a decision. Gentrification although shiny and glitzy leaves a city hollow and without substance.

We are very much at risk of our city’s culture becoming manicured, and its very soul being cut out. Indeed property development has been one of the biggest risks to our musical heritage for decades.

Whether it’s gentrification of suburbs which has caused amenity issues such as sound complaints crippling music venues such as The Rainbow Hotel. Or our precious music venues being torn down such as The East Brunswick Hotel, destroyed in the name of progress to feed a growing city’s need for more apartments.

The Palace Theatre isn’t just any venue. It has a history worth preserving. Cultural vandalism aside however, a compelling case can also be made for the economic importance of such a theatre.”

Developers Jinshan Investments are pushing forward with plans to build a 15-storey boutique hotel at the Bourke Street site, with an application before Melbourne City Council.

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Royal WA Historical Society Tour: Departs Stirling House 49 Broadway, Nedlands promptly at  7.30  am. Returns approx  6.30 pm. The Coach will leave RWAHS Stirling House at 7.30 am to arrive at the Toodyay Visitors’ Centre around 
 9.00 am for a visit to Connor’s Mill and  the Old Gaol.  We then head to “Cascades” house in Toodyay for morning tea.   Then back on the bus to the Freemason’s Hotel, Toodyay for a light lunch after 
which we reboard to visit “Culham” homestead and after that “Hawthornden” and its cemetery, where we will have afternoon tea.  We expect to depart for Perth at around 5 pm     
Cost: Members $80.00 per person,  Non members $85.00 per person.  Payment is required prior to commencement of the tour. Phone: 9386-3841 or Email: histwest@git.com.au for more information.

Royal WA Historical Society Tour: Departs Stirling House 49 Broadway, Nedlands promptly at  7.30  am. Returns approx  6.30 pm. The Coach will leave RWAHS Stirling House at 7.30 am to arrive at the Toodyay Visitors’ Centre around 

 9.00 am for a visit to Connor’s Mill and  the Old Gaol.  We then head to “Cascades” house in Toodyay for morning tea.   Then back on the bus to the Freemason’s Hotel, Toodyay for a light lunch after 

which we reboard to visit “Culham” homestead and after that “Hawthornden” and its cemetery, where we will have afternoon tea.  We expect to depart for Perth at around 5 pm     

Cost: Members $80.00 per person,  Non members $85.00 per person.  Payment is required prior to commencement of the tour. Phone: 9386-3841 or Email: histwest@git.com.au for more information.

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Martin Tallon masonry master - At work on Wanslea

The orphanage was built in 1905 and extended in 1919. The building is two storey red brick, tuck pointed with white and iron roof. In 1940 it was taken over by the Red Cross as a convalescent home nursing for returned servicemen and a timber and iron kitchen/dining and recreation hall added. In 1958 a two storey brick/tile Staff Quarters was constructed. Wanslea is a heritage listed property of state significance.

In 2008 Wanslea was transferred to the National Trust with existing tenants Cancer Support agency. Lotterywest funded a plan to develop the place as a sustainable community facility focussing on cancer support and wellness with a common-use-facility for multiple cancer support and wellness groups.

National Trust is nearing completion of $6.5m adaptive re-use, conservation works and additions program of five buildings surrounding a landscaped area of retained trees.

The brickwork of the two storey red brick former orphanage was in poor condition with some of the original mortar joints are crumbling and in places inappropriate repairs have been made with cement. Mortar joints are being raked out, repointed using natural hydraulic lime mortar stained with red oxide and tuck pointed with white silicon sand.

Martin Tallon is a skilled masonry craftsman with over 40 years in the trade. He was born near Dublin, Ireland. On completion of his apprenticeship he and worked there on brick and stone masonry. Most of Martin’s work was in the conservation of old structure, mainly churches and government building.

In 1989 Martin emigrated to WA and has worked on heritage places such as the St Georges Cathedral, St Andrews Cathedral, Government House, Parliament House, Fremantle Train Station, The Round House, Fremantle Prison, various churches and a few of Kalgoorlie hotels.

One of Martin’s specialist skills is in tuck-pointing and his detailed work on Wanslea is exceptional with a high level of attention to detail and consistency in the finish. Over five months he has used 10,000 metres of masking tape to provide straight edges for the white tuck pointing. The result is stunning.

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