After investing more than one billion dollars in the redevelopment of its city campus, the University of Technology Sydney is now home to some cutting-edge educational facilities, dramatic architecture, and stunning interior spaces.
We'll visit the aluminium-clad Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, the gently curving Vicki Sara Building, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (designed by Frank Gehry), and UTS Central - the recently completed glass-encased structure showcasing an elegant double-helix staircase.
Join Beatrice Scheepers in discovering the marvels of this precinct.
Two hundred years ago, the Governor of NSW joined forces with a talented convict to transform the penal settlement of Sydney into a handsome colonial town. In a few short years, Australia's first major architectural achievements would rise up from the ground and Sydney's skyline would change forever. But behind the grand structures lay a very human story. One of dreams, defiance, and an unlikely partnership between two proud men.
This CBD tour with Max Burns-McRuvie will retrace the steps of the characters who shaped the colony's constructions and ambitions, highlighting what remains, what is lost and what was never realised.
Peter Sheridan discusses Sydney's Art Deco architecture and presents an overview of Deco styling around Sydney. His talk offers a unique insight into the lifestyle of Sydneysiders in the 1930s and 1940s through examples of fashion and furniture, and with reference to some of Australia's best artists who lived and painted in Sydney - from the paintings of Margaret Preston, Grace Cossington Smith, and Roland Wakelin, to photographers Harold Cazneaux and Max Dupain.
Peter's book, 'Sydney Art Deco', has been long-listed as a finalist in the Illustrated Non-Fiction section of the prestigious Indie Book Awards for 2020.
Join us for a walking tour with experienced guides from the Friends of Callan Park, where the beautiful park sweeps down to the foreshores of Iron Cove. See the iconic walled sandstone 1885 asylum, ha-ha walls, two unique war memorials, WWII air raid shelters, Garry Owen House (now Writing NSW), Gardener's Cottage, c. 1900 cart shed and old stables, Farm Manager's cottage and more.
Enjoy the botanical riches of more tree species than New York's Central Park and learn about the ongoing initiatives to protect and govern the site for the future.
Join Peter Sheridan, author of ‘Sydney Art Deco’ on an Art Deco walking tour of Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay.
Throughout the walk Peter will shed light on a range of architectural gems from commercial buildings, pubs, and shops, including an extraordinary Spanish Mission house and a unique array of more than 100 Art Deco apartment blocks built between 1920 and 1950.
Across one square kilometre Peter will showcase some of the best expressions of Art Deco architecture reflecting an accumulation of decorative shapes and design.
The HHA is a Network Partner of Be Connected. Be Connected is an Australian government initiative committed to increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians.
Through the HHA you can improve your computer skills and get online. This will help you to keep up to date with what's happening at the HHA, find out the latest heritage news, and engage with like-minded communities both in Australia and around the world.
Hannah Clayton Atkin (Manager Communication, Membership and Development at the HHA) will support you through the first steps to using computers and the internet, and improving your digital skills.
This workshop will be held at Customs House, 31 Alfred St, Sydney NSW 2000.
Morning tea will be held at Quay Bar, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 from 11am - 12pm.
Join this unique guided tour of the beautiful Southern Highlands, showcasing its destination as a summer holiday resort during the 19th century. Once the NSW Governors came here for their holidays, the elite of Sydney followed, joining early grantees to form the idyllic lifestyle of summer hunts and hunt balls. Judith Dunn OAM will lead the tour and take you into houses not usually open to the public (including Hopewood House and Golden Vale Homestead). You will follow the ridge line of the Mittagong Range stud farms known as 'the nursery slopes of NSW' enjoy exclusive fine dining experiences and curated tours including Joadja ghost town. Other highlights: the rare surviving summer residence of 16 Governors and a beautiful vice regal church.
Judith will provide full commentary between venues.
Regarded as one of the most outstanding residential architects working in Sydney in the early 20th century, Bertrand James Waterhouse (1876-1965) was initially influenced by the Arts & Crafts Movement and later the textures and stucco walls of the Mediterranean.
In this in-depth examination of Waterhouse's architectural career, led by architectural historian Robert Griffin, we begin with a lecture and morning tea at 'Nutcote'. The walking tour takes in a range of properties, including two of his own houses in Neutral Bay and his important early commissions, 'Brent Knowle' and 'Ailsa'. A number of these houses will be opened exclusively for the HHA.
Our tour starts at the site of the original Sydney Markets – now the Queen Victoria Building. Step aboard a double decker heritage bus for a bus ride to the 100-year-old Leichhardt Tramshed and explore the extensive collection of bus and transport memorabilia. We return to the QVB for a grand tour of this Victorian-Federation era wonder, saved from becoming a car park by public outcry. Learn about the history of the building from design and conception and the changes along the way including the Art Deco 'remodelling' that occurred during the 1930s. From the ground floor to level 2 we will climb up the 18th century spiral staircase for an HHA exclusive viewing of the majestic central dome with impressive stained-glass inner and copper-sheath dome.
Enjoy morning tea at the bus museum and a light lunch at the QVB.
Please note that to access the Inner Dome, there are three flight of stairs, followed by a 4 rung ladder to access the rooftop and finally a spiral staircase that must be accessed. Due to this, all participants must be of able body and able to climb these stairs / ladder.
The HHA are once again voyaging around the heritage sites of Sydney Harbour – this time aboard the Waratah. Lovingly restored by Sydney Heritage Fleet, the Waratah is a 117 year-old coal burning steam tug, the oldest working tug in working order in Australia. Harking back to the age of steam enjoy the gentle 'phut phut' of the coal fired vessel as you cruise past important and interesting heritage sites with a commentary provided by an historian of the Sydney Heritage Fleet. Along the way chat to one of the engineers about the principles of the vessel and the history of the tug’s restoration.
Lunch provided on board.