Thursday 24 April

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Explore Hyde Park Barracks as you put on convict clothes, go on a scavenger hunt and undertake convict tasks!

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Pack your lunch and bring your family to enjoy a peachy picnic on the paddock, and play carnival sports that were popular in the 1940s.

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Dress up as your favourite fairytale character and join us on an epic quest through the house and garden to find a magical dragon.

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Solve a variety of clues as you explore the Vaucluse House estate while looking for the hidden treasure.

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Friday 2 May

As darkness falls on the city, step out of the shadows for an evening of dangerous glamour and wicked indulgence at the Justice & Police Museum.

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Sunday 4 May

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Take this rare opportunity to tour through one of NSW’s best remaining colonial estates.

Friday 9 May

Second Friday of each month, from April to October, 11am
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Discover the knotting, knitting, pin tucking, crocheting, stitching and stuffing that goes into furnishing our houses.

Saturday 10 May

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On this tour join author and guest curator Karen McCartney as she shares her experience of living in the Marshall House, her family home since 2000.

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On this tour we are joined by Annalisa Capurro, interior designer, writer and design educator at Design Centre Enmore, who is the current owner of the Jack House.

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On this tour, Sydney Living Museums portfolio curator Joanna Nicholas will discuss the privilege of caring for and interpreting Rose Seidler House, including working with a property and collection containing items and finishes as diverse as asphalt floor tiles, shelves made from vitrolite, fake-animal-fur bedcovers and steam-bent furniture!

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View of the gardens and house Sold/booked out

The Pettit + Sevitt Courtyard House was designed in 1965, when Sydney began to move towards medium-density living, as a compact house for a small site, or to be arranged with others in clusters, as a group of townhouses. It was designed in an ‘L’ shape around a courtyard, and either wing of the home could be extended, or the courtyard made into a terrace.

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Image of timber chair and cupboards inside Marchall House Sold/booked out

On this tour join author and guest curator Karen McCartney as she shares her experience of living in the Marshall House, her family home since 2000.

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Yellow chair on timber verandah Sold/booked out

On this tour we are joined by Annalisa Capurro, interior designer, writer and design educator at Design Centre Enmore, who is the current owner of the Jack House.

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Exterior view of Rose Seidler House Tickets selling fast

On this tour, Sydney Living Museums portfolio curator Joanna Nicholas will discuss the privilege of caring for and interpreting Rose Seidler House, including working with a property and collection containing items and finishes as diverse as asphalt floor tiles, shelves made from vitrolite, fake-animal-fur bedcovers and steam-bent furniture!

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View of the gardens and house Sold/booked out

The Pettit + Sevitt Courtyard House was designed in 1965, when Sydney began to move towards medium-density living, as a compact house for a small site, or to be arranged with others in clusters, as a group of townhouses. It was designed in an ‘L’ shape around a courtyard, and either wing of the home could be extended, or the courtyard made into a terrace.

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Image of timber chair and cupboards inside Marchall House Sold/booked out

On this tour join author and guest curator Karen McCartney as she shares her experience of living in the Marshall House, her family home since 2000.

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Image of the external steps and garden leading to Rippon House Sold/booked out

On this tour we are joined by Mike James, current owner of the Rippon House, who will discuss the design of his home, including the challenges and joys of living in such a unique space.

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Yellow chair on timber verandah Sold/booked out

On this tour we are joined by Annalisa Capurro, interior designer, writer and design educator at Design Centre Enmore, who is the current owner of the Jack House.

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Exterior view of Rose Seidler House Tickets selling fast

On this tour, Sydney Living Museums portfolio curator Joanna Nicholas will discuss the privilege of caring for and interpreting Rose Seidler House, including working with a property and collection containing items and finishes as diverse as asphalt floor tiles, shelves made from vitrolite, fake-animal-fur bedcovers and steam-bent furniture!

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View of the gardens and house Sold/booked out

The Pettit + Sevitt Courtyard House was designed in 1965, when Sydney began to move towards medium-density living, as a compact house for a small site, or to be arranged with others in clusters, as a group of townhouses. It was designed in an ‘L’ shape around a courtyard, and either wing of the home could be extended, or the courtyard made into a terrace.

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Image of the external steps and garden leading to Rippon House Sold/booked out

On this tour we are joined by Mike James, current owner of the Rippon House, who will discuss the design of his home, including the challenges and joys of living in such a unique space.

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Yellow chair on timber verandah Sold/booked out

On this tour we are joined by Annalisa Capurro, interior designer, writer and design educator at Design Centre Enmore, who is the current owner of the Jack House.

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Exterior view of Rose Seidler House Tickets selling fast

On this tour, Sydney Living Museums portfolio curator Joanna Nicholas will discuss the privilege of caring for and interpreting Rose Seidler House, including working with a property and collection containing items and finishes as diverse as asphalt floor tiles, shelves made from vitrolite, fake-animal-fur bedcovers and steam-bent furniture!

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Image of the external steps and garden leading to Rippon House Sold/booked out

On this tour we are joined by Mike James, current owner of the Rippon House, who will discuss the design of his home, including the challenges and joys of living in such a unique space.

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Sunday 11 May

The sun is up and it’s time to have fun and muck in to get the farmyard chores done.

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Saturday 17 May

Explore the evolution of Elizabeth Farm, the original homestead that British army officer John Macarthur tinkered with over 30 years.

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Sydney in the 1880s was a town of pubs, oyster saloons and chophouses, with not much on offer for women. This changed with the opening of the refined tearooms owned by Chinese immigrant Quong Tart.

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Thursday 22 May

Join arts writer and photographer Pedro de Almeida as he interviews Sydney Living Museums curator Nerida Campbell and author Peter Doyle about the peculiar and poignant stories of the criminals and crime scenes featured in City of shadows: Sydney police photographs 1912–1948.

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Friday 23 May

Author of Cultivating modernism Richard Aitken and Sydney Living Museums Assistant Director Ian Innes will discuss the Australian history of the modernist garden with ABC RN By design’s Fenella Kernebone.

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Join author Helen O’Neill in conversation with Sydney Living Museums Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon as they discuss Helen’s work researching and writing the remarkable life story of pre-eminent architect Harry Seidler.

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Sunday 25 May

The word ‘iconic’ is thrown about readily these days but what does it mean for a house to be described as such, and how does it manifest in the building itself?

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Sunday 1 June

Dr Jessica Halliday says she is blessed (and cursed) by a love of architecture and Christchurch.

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Tuesday 3 June

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Discover Hyde Park Barracks Museum once the sun goes down.

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Wednesday 4 June

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Discover Elizabeth Bay House once the sun goes down.

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Sunday 8 June

If anyone knows about Modern Design, it's Eames Demetrios, author of 'An Eames Primer' and grandson of Charles and Ray Eames.

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Tuesday 10 June

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Discover Susannah Place Museum once the sun goes down.

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Friday 13 June

Second Friday of each month, from April to October, 11am
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Discover the knotting, knitting, pin tucking, crocheting, stitching and stuffing that goes into furnishing our houses.

Wednesday 18 June

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Discover Vaucluse House once the sun goes down.

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Sunday 22 June

Join us for an illustrated talk on an important episode in Australia’s history, the riots on the goldfields at Lambing Flat. Learn about the ‘roll-up’ flag, the growing animosity between Europeans and Chinese, and how this led to the White Australia policy.

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Sunday 29 June

What does it feel like to live in an iconic house? Does ‘growing up in architecture’ influence your perceptions of love, life and beauty?

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An introduction to this unique instrument and its amazing sound world, demonstrated with a diversity of repertoire from the baroque period to the 21st century.

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Monday 30 June

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Tuesday 1 July

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Wednesday 2 July

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Discover Elizabeth Bay House once the sun goes down.

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Thursday 3 July

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Friday 4 July

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Saturday 5 July

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Sunday 6 July

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Monday 7 July

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Tuesday 8 July

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Wednesday 9 July

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Thursday 10 July

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Friday 11 July

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Second Friday of each month, from April to October, 11am
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Discover the knotting, knitting, pin tucking, crocheting, stitching and stuffing that goes into furnishing our houses.

Saturday 12 July

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Sunday 13 July

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Monday 14 July

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Tuesday 15 July

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A unique opportunity to meet four of Australia’s most respected and influential architects – Glenn Murcutt, Professor Brit Andresen, Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury.

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Wednesday 16 July

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Sunday 20 July

Curious about Chinese medicine? This talk is the perfect introduction to this ancient and fascinating science. Demonstrations on the application of Chinese medicine are included.

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Sunday 27 July

Explore the marks and details left behind by the former occupants of our fascinating places as our curators explain what they reveal about the special moments, materials and architectural designs that added texture to the lives lived within.

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Designing and building an iconic home can only be achieved through the collaboration of a dynamic team who share an inspired creative goal.

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The Australian Haydn Ensemble is fast gaining a reputation as one of Australia’s finest period-instrument groups.

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Saturday 2 August

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Discover Meroogal once the sun goes down.

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Sunday 3 August

Explore the marks and details left behind by the former occupants of our fascinating places as our curators explain what they reveal about the special moments, materials and architectural designs that added texture to the lives lived within.

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Tuesday 5 August

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Discover Hyde Park Barracks Museum once the sun goes down.

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Wednesday 6 August

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Discover Elizabeth Bay House once the sun goes down.

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Friday 8 August

Second Friday of each month, from April to October, 11am
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Discover the knotting, knitting, pin tucking, crocheting, stitching and stuffing that goes into furnishing our houses.

Sunday 17 August

Explore the marks and details left behind by the former occupants of our fascinating places as our curators explain what they reveal about the special moments, materials and architectural designs that added texture to the lives lived within.

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Explore the marks and details left behind by the former occupants of our fascinating places as our curators explain what they reveal about the special moments, materials and architectural designs that added texture to the lives lived within.

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With Sydney’s real estate at an ever-increasing premium and the process of listing heritage homes becoming more difficult, the future of many iconic Australian houses is under serious threat.

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Wednesday 20 August

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Friday 22 August

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Saturday 23 August

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Sunday 24 August

Step back in time as Australia’s iconic 1950s home, Rose Seidler House, celebrates its roots with classic cars, dancing demonstrations, a fabulous fashion parade and stalls brimming with authentic 50s wares.

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Saturday 6 September

Join architect Nick Powell on a revealing tour around our beautiful 19th-century property Meroogal.

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Friday 12 September

Second Friday of each month, from April to October, 11am
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Discover the knotting, knitting, pin tucking, crocheting, stitching and stuffing that goes into furnishing our houses.

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Celebrate Susannah Place’s 170th birthday at our special community day on Sunday 14 September.

Monday 22 September

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Tuesday 23 September

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Wednesday 24 September

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Thursday 25 September

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Friday 26 September

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Saturday 27 September

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Sunday 28 September

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Inspired by their popular CD release of 2013 Oblivion, Ensemble Liaison presents a program of folk and popular music from all over the world …

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Monday 29 September

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Tuesday 30 September

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Wednesday 1 October

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Thursday 2 October

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Friday 3 October

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Saturday 4 October

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Sunday 5 October

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Monday 6 October

Through storytelling and puzzles, this wonderful kids workshop will allow your child to discover the secrets and folklore of the instantly recognisable Willow Pattern

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Friday 10 October

Second Friday of each month, from April to October, 11am
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Discover the knotting, knitting, pin tucking, crocheting, stitching and stuffing that goes into furnishing our houses.

Sunday 26 October

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This program represents a view of the developmental process of writing for the keyboard throughout the 19th century.

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Sunday 2 November

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On Sunday 2 November we’re throwing open the doors to more than 50 of Sydney’s best loved buildings and inviting you to step inside to discover their secrets.

Sunday 23 November

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“There are some new ways and new ideas on how to listen to Bach and Beethoven in this program …

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