CANCELLED - Queanbeyan-Palerang Heritage Festival

Photo of Symonds Street from 1962

The Queanbeyan-Palerang Heritage Festival is part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival, with events in the ACT and across the region. In 2020, the theme for the Heritage Festival is reIMAGINE. Over 150 diverse events will take place across the region between April and May.

The local events include:

Hidden treasures: The first Chinese - SUNDAY 5 APRIL, 9.30-11.30am, $10
During this walk, led by Tony Maple, Donna Zhao and Monica Tankey, you will explore the Chinese experience in colonial NSW. You will hear the fascinating story of one of this area's earliest migrant populations and visit some associated heritage sites. A Chinese-European family became part of the commercial, journalistic and religious fabric of Queanbeyan and Canberra, one of whom became the business partner of a militant Canberran who led a national political party. Hidden symbolic treasures will be revealed! Presented by National Trust ACT. Book online at

Streets then and now - SATURDAY 4 APRIL - MONDAY 4 MAY, 9.30am-4pm daily, free
Ever wondered what the streets looked like 20, 50 or 100 years ago? Or the origins of a street name? See a selection of Queanbeyan Palerang Region streets with that answer and early images next to current ones. On display at Bungendore, Braidwood and Queanbeyan Libraries during opening hours.

Connee Colleen: Queanbeyan character - SUNDAY 5 APRIL - SATURDAY 25 APRIL, 10am-4pm daily, entry by gold coin donation
The Queanbeyan Hive, 274 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan
EXHIBITION - Artist, activist, agitator, archivist - living local Queanbeyan legend Connee Colleen is honoured in this special exhibition covering her sculptures and their real-life local subjects, her fight to save historic buildings and her irrepressible community spirit.

Queanbeyan Palerang Heritage Festival 2020 Launch - TUESDAY 7 APRIL, 6-7.30pm, free but bookings essential
Queanbeyan Library, 6 Rutledge Street, Queanbeyan
Join us to launch the Queanbeyan Region Heritage festival. Hear about the exciting events and projects being planned. Local author extraordinaire Marion Meischke, as our guest speaker, will share the process and triumphs of creating and publishing her outstanding 3-volume oral history of Gundaroo.

Treasures from the tip - SATURDAY 18 APRIL, 1-3pm, free
Queanbeyan Library, 6 Rutledge Street, Queanbeyan
Declutter! Purge! Downsize! Marie Kondo! What happens to all those items being jettisoned from our homes? Hear from experts about curious, surprising and shocking items discarded at the tip and treasures discovered there. We will then get some hints on identifying and making sure your family treasures, physical and intangible, don't end up buried, bulldozed or composted. Join us for some great stories and afternoon tea.

Mysterious moonlight tour: Graveyard shift - SATURDAY 18 APRIL, 7.30-9.30pm, $60
Join award-winning author and Tour Thrillist Nichole Overall for an intimate exploration/investigation of a place filled with tales of mystery, mayhem, tragedy and the otherworldly - an almost two-century-old graveyard and the oldest public cemetery in the Canberra region. Conducted under the cover of darkness, you can expect more than a few twists, turns and surprises! For bookings ring 0413 671 123 or email or check the website

What would 1860s bride Charlotte Faunce look like at her wedding today? - FRIDAY 24 APRIL - SUNDAY 3 MAY, 10am-12noon, free
Queanbeyan Art Society, 6 Trinculo Place, Queanbeyan
EXHIBITION - Acclaimed artist Shen Jaiwei is widely known for his portrait of Princess Mary of Denmark (formerly Mary Donaldson of Hobart). He has also painted a woman worthy of the title of 'Princess of Canberra' and, for the first time, it will be on public display at the Queanbeyan Art Society following a launch on 4 May. Charlotte Faunce was the first daughter of Captain Alured Tasker Faunce and his wife Elizabeth, who in 1837, when Charlotte was just over a year old, moved to the Land District of Queanbeyan for Captain Faunce's appointment as first police magistrate. The portrait is part of the Ryrie and Faunce families' collection.

QPRC Heritage Awards - SATURDAY 2 MAY, 12noon-12.30pm, free
Queanbeyan Museum, 10 Farrer Place, Queanbeyan
Council recognises the hard work and dedication of individuals and businesses who invest in the renovation and restoration of their properties. Join us to celebrate these efforts with the presentation of the QPRC Heritage Awards at the historic Queanbeyan Museum. Be inspired to tackle your own Heritage project.

Beside the Queanbeyan River: an afternoon walk with stories on the way - SATURDAY 2 MAY, 2-4pm, $15 for adults and free for children over 10 (accompanied by an adult)
Meet on Queanbeyan River Path under the Queen Bridge, Trinculo Place, Queanbeyan
Queanbeyan's story is closely tied to the Queanbeyan River. Join historian Gillian Kelly for an easy riverside walk, sharing stories of the natural and cultivated landscape and the people who settled here, from earliest times to now. We will finish the 2km walk with refreshments by the Sensory Gardens. Presented by the Australian Garden History Society and National Trust ACT. Bookings at

Queanbeyan Raiders history - SATURDAY 2 MAY, 3.30-4.30pm, free
Queanbeyan Hotel (Top Pub), 59 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan
BOOK LAUNCH - Canberra Raiders fans unite! Come to the Queanbeyan Hotel (Top Pub) and hear some of the surprising and exciting history of football in the region by David Headon, historian and author of the new book Absolutely bleeding green: the Raiders story.

Print it! - SUNDAY 3 MAY, 2-3pm, free
Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, 22 Malbon Street, Bungendore
A 1-hour pep talk by Dr Sherene Suchy looks at the lost art of ruthlessly editing our collection of online digital images, choosing ones that tell a story, having them professionally printed as hard copy photos, and creating handmade (not digital) memory books for future generations (family and collecting institutions).

From Thursday 19 March, you will be able to find all the events in the Canberra region at


  • Saturday, 04 April 2020 | 12:00 AM - Monday, 04 May 2020 | 11:59 PM


Various locations around Queanbeyan-Palerang