Community Programs

OPEN HOUSE: Senior citizens

Sun 15 March: 1.30–4.30pm

Join a guided tour introducing the story of the Curley family cottage and pioneer rural workers of the Limestone Plains, followed by a self-serve afternoon tea in the Education Centre. In association with ACT Seniors’ Week.

Free for senior citizens; otherwise normal admission. Please book for large groups.


Sun 12 April: 10am–3pm

Discover Mugga-Mugga, a shepherd's cottage once part of Duntroon Estate, at the Heritage Festival Open Day. Come along and see this reminder of Canberra's rural past and gain an insight into the housing and way of life of nineteenth and early twentieth century rural workers. You can tour the cottage and learn about its history and that of its occupants, including the Curley family who lived there from 1913 to 1995. You can also take part in various fun activities, enjoy live entertainment and refreshments. In partnership with the National Trust of Australia (ACT), with support from ACT Heritage.
Gold coin donation, enquiries via the National Trust on 6230 0533

OPEN HOUSE: Mother’s Day

Sun 10 May: 1.30–4.30pm

Visit Mugga-Mugga cottage this Mother’s Day and gain an insight into the lives of the rural workers who worked the Limestone Plains. Following a tour of the cottage, a self-serve afternoon tea will be provided in the Education Centre.
Free entry for mothers and grandmothers, otherwise normal admission.

SYLVIA CURLEY ORATION: Professor Zsuzsoka Kecskes

Sun 24 May: 2–4pm

A driving force of innovation and a willingness to push gendered boundaries, Professor Zsuzsoka Kecskes, Neonatal specialist and ACT Australian of the Year 2014, is best known for her inspiring and award-winning work with babies and families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. Professor Kecskes will discuss the revolutionary shifts that are occurring in hospital practice today, and reflect on her highly accomplished work and research which continues to inform best-practice treatment of newborn babies in Australia and around the world. A lecture to honour Sylvia Curley’s dedication to innovation and improvement in the medical profession.
Free, RSVP by Wed 20 May.

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