27 April, 2015

From the earliest days of the Wurundjeri people, through to our gold mining and orcharding past, the City of Manningham has a fascinating and diverse heritage.

The Manningham Heritage Festival 2015, from Monday 4 May to Sunday 24 May, will run during the National Trust Heritage Festival and is the perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to explore and experience our City’s history.

The theme of this year’s National Trust Heritage Festival is Conflict and Compassion, exploring the human side of war through the extraordinary stories of courage and compassion and paying tribute to the 100 year anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.

Manningham Mayor, Cr Paul McLeish, said the 100th year of the ANZAC landings is a very special time in our nation’s history and I hope that everyone will take the opportunity to get involved in the range of heritage events planned for the City in 2015.

“On the 100 year anniversary of Gallipoli it is important we all take the time to reflect on the war efforts of ordinary Australians. It is important to acknowledge the sacrifices made by not only those fighting on the front line but also those at home who kept everything going.”

Some of the festival’s highlights include:

Warrandyte Historical Society
xhibition: War and Warrandyte 1914-1918

Saturday 2 and 9 May and Sunday 3 and 10 May, 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Warrandyte Historical Society Museum
This exhibition concentrates on World War I as it relates to Warrandyte.

Unsung Heroes of Australian History: Lest We Forget
Thursday 7 May, 10.30 am – 11.30 am
Doncaster Library

A presentation of stories from ordinary people swept up in the conflicts of two world wars, including original songs, evocative images and audience interaction.

Life in Manningham 100 Years Ago
Sunday 10, 17 and 24 May, 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Schramms Cottage

An exhibition of photographs of businesses that existed along Doncaster Road, together with maps showing the location of the family orchards in the district around 1914 – 1918.

Journeys Across Manningham – Heritage Bus Tour
Wednesday 13 May, 12 noon – 2.30 pm
Sunday 17 May and Saturday 23 May, 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm
Meet at Old Shire Hall, Doncaster

Manningham Council’s heritage advisor, Willys Keeble, will conduct a tour of historic places and points of interest along Manningham’s traditional riverside and ridgeline routes.

Visit Manningham Heritage Festival 2015 to view a full range of events.

Visit National Trust of Australia (Vic) to view a full range of events during the National Trust Festival, Conflict and Compassion, 18 April - 26 May.

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