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Saturdays DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY December 15 and 22: 11.30 to 3pm January 5, 12, 19: 11.30 – 3pm February 2, 9, 16, 23: 1.30 – 3pm We will be presenting an encore of Life and Death in Balmain examining the Life and Death of the Industries, the Balmain cemetery and many personal observations. Don’t miss this second opportunity at the Watch House on Saturdays Do you think any of your ancestors were buried in the Balmain Cemetery? Come along to the Watch House and we can help you search through the listings to discover your ancestors. Have any of your relatives worked in any of the old industrial sites in Balmain? Look at the many photos and pictures and catch a compelling video which gives an insight into Balmain’s industrial past. We look forward to seeing you!

National Trust Heritage Festival This year’s festival will bring together an array of events across the nation from 18 April – 19 May 2019. The theme this year is Connecting People, Places and the Past. Balmain has been the home of many people who have made significant contributions in the past. In 2019, the BA will hold an exhibition highlighting seven such people, the industrial heritage of Thomas Mort’s dockyard, Henry Perdriau’s ferries and rubber manufacture, the Elliot Brothers chemical manufacturing, John Booth’s sawmills, John Bell’s shipbuilding industry, Maybanke Anderson’s contribution to social welfare particularly women and children and Mrs A’Beckett who set up a Ladies school and applied for land for subdivision. The exhibition will feature stories from the industries illustrated by images of the people and places around the peninsula. Maps of the area will allow visitors to visit the places to see how they have adapted from…

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An event not to be missed! It’s Spring again and after 10 years the Balmain Association is planning another opportunity to visit some of the spectacular gardens in our area. We will have open for inspection a variety of the wonderful gardens – some large,…

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The Balmain Association will present a series of photographs by David Liddle of local people from non Anglo backgrounds. Also on display will be a selection of photos from his Balmain book and photos from the series, ‘people in the streets of Balmain’. Join us…

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The Back in 1994 Yvonne Davidson and Kathleen Hamey completed their research on the names of all the streets, lanes and places in the Balmain Peninsula and the Balmain Association published the first edition of the book Streets, Lanes and Places was published. Their introduction…

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Balmain Association presents a Bruce Petty retrospective and Jan wood’s interpretation of POP, “From Gramophone to Google”. “From Gramophone to Google”. There are 3 Aspects PRE POP ie Pre plastic – Pre 1958 as epitomised by Bakelite (78 records  were made of this) and  Australia very much a  part of the British Empire. POP – 1958 onwards – The Age of Plastic (45’s were called Vinyls) The Age of Americanisation and Capitalism with a background setting of the Cold War. POST POP – The Digital Age – Globalisation – The mobile phone The Age of the Internet. The paintings encourage the viewer to Google key words and open discourse on what POP means to them.