Heritage Festival returns for 2019

Wednesday, 10 April 2019


 Inner West Council’s 2019 Heritage Festival explores the rich history of the Inner West and highlights the people who have shaped our vibrant neighbourhood.


Many of the events take place in historical venues which are rarely open to the public, making the festival a rare opportunity for residents.

The 2019 festival, presented by Council under the auspices of the National Trust, has the theme Connecting People, Places and the Past.

Ludwig Leichhardt is synonymous with Australian exploration but he also passionately recorded natural history, including in the area of botany, which people can view in an exhibition or hear three experts talk about his life and legacy in a history talk.

Residents can be charmed by Haberfield’s historic buildings like Yasmar House or view some of the prizewinning gardens from the 2019 Haberfield Celebration of Garden’s Competition.

The festival takes place from 18 April to 19 May.

For more on the program of events click here. For an interview about individual events or the entire program, or print quality images, contact the Communication team.

  • Billy Murdoch:  A Star Cricketer from Balmain

Join Richard Cashman for a history talk about a new book on cricketing legend Billy Murdoch.

Thursday, 18 April, 6pm, Balmain Town Hall.

  • The Vanishing of Ludwig Leichhardt

Three Ludwig Leichhardt experts take a look at his life and legacy in this history talk.

Sunday, 7 May, 7.30pm Leichhardt Town Hall.

  • Beyond Exploration: The Botanical Legacy of Ludwig Leichhardt 

Art exhibition by Tanya Hoolihan

1-29 April, Leichhardt Library, during library opening hours
No bookings required

  • Visual Legacy: Italian Australian Elders by Paolo Totaro 

A photo exhibition capturing the invisible and often unknown figures in the Italian diaspora, who arrived in Australia following WWII.

1-30 May, Leichhardt Library, during library opening hours
No bookings required

Official opening event: Wednesday, 8 May at 6.30pm-8pm.  

  • Balmain Heritage: Connecting People, Places and the Past

Six notable Balmain residents from the 1800s and their significant contribution to the area are highlighted in this exhibition. 

From 20 April-19 May inclusive 
Tuesdays, 11am-1pm, Saturdays, 11.30am-3pm 
Balmain Watch House 
No bookings required

  • Behind the Scenes: Trinity Grammar 

A walking tour to learn more about the history of the site, from the early days when its seventeen acres of land were used to teach agriculture.

Saturday, 18 May, Trinity Grammar School, Summer Hill

  • Behind the Scenes: Newington College

A walking tour with Newington’s archivist David Roberts, who will give insight into the building’s history.

Saturday, 27 April, Newington College, Stanmore

  • Haberfield Association Presents Yasmar Garden and St David’s Open Day 

Enjoy an afternoon visiting two of Haberfield’s charming historic buildings. At 12pm there is a special guest talk by Gina Plate, Heritage and Horticultural Consultant, on Yasmar House veranda. 

Saturday, 11 May 
Yasmar Garden open 11am-3pm 
St David’s Uniting Church open 12pm-4pm 
Bookings essential by emailing

  • Haberfield Celebration of Gardens Walk

View a selection of prize winning gardens from the 2019 Haberfield Celebration of Gardens Competition on this walking tour.

Saturday, 27 April, 1.30pm-4pm
Bookings essential with Russell Perrott on 0414 529 483. 
Cost: $5 for Haberfield Association members and family, $10 for non-members. 
Meeting point: St. David’s Uniting Church

  • Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian Church Open day and guided history walk

Enjoy an afternoon of organ recitals and church history talks. Devonshire tea will be available in the church hall. 

Sunday, 5 May, 12-4pm (organ recitals and talks at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm) 
No bookings required

Join Marghanita da Cruz for her popular guided walk of Annandale taking you through the rich history of the ‘60s - the 1860s and the 1960s. 

Cost: $20 includes Devonshire tea before or after the walk. Proceeds go to conservation appeal.

  • Where Millionaires and Paupers Lay

A fact filled walking tour with Patrick Callaghan of the history of our streets both above and below the ground.

Saturday, 11 May, 10am-12pm 

  • Leadlight at Twilight in Haberfield

An evening stroll along the streets of Haberfield to admire the many colourful leadlight windows and doors in the Federation style homes. 

Sunday, 5 May, 5pm-8pm
Cost: $5 Haberfield Association members, $10 non-members. 
Bookings essential with Gordon Hill on 0421 821 010. 
Meeting point: Robson Park, corner Boomerang Street and Mortley Avenue

  • Tour of Neglect and Vision 

Walking tour of Callan Park, once neglected but full of opportunity.

Sunday, 5 May, 2-4pm 
Callan Park 
Bookings essential at 
Cost: $20 per person (children under 12 free) 
Meeting point: Main gates of Callan Park, intersection of Cecily Street and Balmain Road, Rozelle

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