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9 July 2024
The Valley Brides by Frances McGee

The Valley is today's Woden Valley, and the brides were married to soldier settlers, men who had returned from the First World War.

Wesley Churches Centre, Forrest. 5pm for 5.30pm start. Free parking from 5pm

11 June 2024

Gary Kent will be talking about the remarkable Dr Arthur Andrews at the next CDHS general meeting.

Dr Andrews (1848-1925) contributed greatly to his adopted town of Albury. He wrote histories of the area and a handbook of tokens and coins. He campaigned for Albury to be declared the site of the new national capital.

5pm for 5.30pm start at the Wesley Centre, Forrest. Free parking after 5pm. Donation to cover venue hire appreciated. Everyone welcome. No booking needed.

14 May 2024
The Metcalfe Letters

Sue Tongue and Janet Wilson will talk about the letters Nancy Metcalfe wrote in the 1940s and 1950s. Nancy was one of the East Block 'Cable Girls.' during World War 2.
Vercoe Room, Wesley Centre, Forrest. 5pm for 5.30pm start. Free parking from 5pm. No booking needed. Donation appreciated to cover venue hire.

9 April 2024
Down Mugga Lane - more than a trip to the tip.

Come and hear Nick Swain reveal the surprisingly varied history of the Mugga Lane and Narrabundah Lane area. From explosives magazines to wineries, abattoirs to quarries and much more.

Vercoe Room, Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest. 5pm for 5.30pm start. Free parking from 5pm.

Free but donation to cover venue hire appreciated.

12 March 2024
Representing Nation in the National Capital: The National Museum and of Australia Canberra

In the Canberra Day Oration for 2024, Dr Mathew Trinca, former Director of the National Museum of Australia, will argue that there is no better place than Canberra from which to tell the diverse stories of Australian experience.

Reflecting on the Museum's work since 2001, he will speak about the way in which Canberra is both present in the Museum and has framed its mission and practice, how the museum seeks to capture the meaning of Canberra as a city and a home, as much as speaking to a sense of its place in the Nation.

National Library Theatre. 12.00 noon Tuesday 12 March. Free.


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13 February 2024
The Lost Cemeteries of the ACT

Come along and hear Tim Adams talk about the lost cemeteries of the ACT. Tuesday 13 February 5pm for 5.30pm start. Vercoe Room, Wesley Uniting Church Centre, Forrest. Free parking from 5pm. Donation appreciated to cover venue hire.

7 December 2023

The CDHS annual dinner will be held at the Southern Cross Club, Woden on 7 December starting 7pm for 7.30pm.
The speaker will be Nicholle Overall, local historian, journalist and. until recently, politician. Her talk is 'Memorable moments of Monaro - A quirky political pathway.'
Cost: Members $60, non-members $65.
See home page for payment details.

14 November 2023
CDHS Members' projects night

CDHS members are invited to give short presentations (about 10 minutes) on current projects.
We meet at the Vercoe Room, Wesley Centre, Forrest 5pm for 5.30pm. Free parking from 5pm.
Please let Tony Corp know if you wish to present your project

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