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ROYAL LINKS: Historian Jonathan King is a special guest as part of Tamworth Heritage Festival activities this month and is likely to detail some of his Tamworth family connections and new research projects.THE outstanding results of our heritage contributions over the past two years will be honoured tomorrow at the first-ever Tamworth Regional Heritage Festival.
Nanjing Night Net

The two-week event ends on Sunday, but one of the standout highlights is tomorrow’s awards night.

The festival has thrown out the welcome mat to locals to urge them to take some steps into the past and explore the region, and learn something new about our local history.

The festival has been described by organising working group Tamworth councillor Juanita Wilson as a golden opportunity to highlight “the fantastic heritage we are lucky to have in this region.”

The heritage awards, now held biennially, recognise the community’s efforts to conserve local history and focus on projects that maintain and enhance the region’s richheritage.

Cr Wilson said the awards highlighted the commitment toward sustaining heritage, and property owners, architects, builders, government agencies and community groups had been encouraged to enter categories that ranged from residential and non-residential building restoration work, historical research publications to adaptive reuse of older buildings.

The Tamworth Town Hall will host tomorrow’s event and tickets are still available for a daytime event that will feature a high tea and presentations about some of our impressive heritage legacies.

There are also two distinguished guest speakers whose heritagecredentials in the context of Tamworth’s history are outstanding.

Head architect of the Goonoo Goonoo Station restoration project, Sean Williams, will give a presentation about the multi-million dollar renovation of the historic former Australian Agricultural Company’s first property, which virtually became a working village.

And award-winning author and historian Jonathan King, who has produced and presented over 20 documentaries on Australian history, will tell of the unique connection he shares with Tamworth.

He is the great-grandson of Philip Gidley King, the first mayor of Tamworth who was a superintendent of that AA Company but whose links extend to the very heart of our historical museum precinct in Denison St in West Tamworth.

The centrepiece of that is Calala Cottage, which was originally constructed in 1875 as the town-house for King.

Dr King’s latest venture is a book about the Australian Light Horse cavalry and that history story has a very real Tamworth homegrown flavour to it.

Tamworth’s other historical firsts have been celebrated in the heritage festival too, including its roots asthe first city of light last Friday, asthe Powerstation Museum lit up the night with an artwork designed from the city’s original street lightingplan.

More than 350 people flocked to the museum as it threw its doors open for its first evening event, with a pop-up bar, live music and guided tours.

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