Heritage Day is a trip back in time

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Margaret Nicol, Catherine McDonald, Lorraine Pitcairn and Lyn McCoombes are ready for the Ipswich Heritage Day.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: Margaret Nicol, Catherine McDonald, Lorraine Pitcairn and Lyn McCoombes are ready for the Ipswich Heritage Day. David Nielsen

EXPERIENCE what life was like in the olden days at this weekend's Ipswich Heritage Day at Cooneana Heritage Centre.

Step back in time and learn more about the city's rich and unique history by listening to one of the many historical presentations, observe the blacksmith and metal artisians show off their craftmanship and more.

Cooneana Heritage Centre at New Chum is one of the city's most loved historical sites.

The site features Cooneana Homestead, which was built by Samuel Pearson Welsby in 1868.

The building is an important part of Ipswich's heritage as Welsby and his family were passengers on a emigrant ship chartered by Reverend Dr John Dunmore Lang.

Also located in the Cooneana Heritage Centre you will find the main building which is occupied by the Ipswich Historical Society.

Cooneana Heritage Centre is also home to many other historical groups including the Ipswich Genealogy Society, Spinners and Weavers, the National Trust and more.

Each group has their own little home within the centre which you can visit and chat to members.

Margaret Nicol, who is one of this weekend's event co-ordinators, said everyone from the Cooneana Heritage Centre were excited about the day and what they had planned for the community to enjoy.

"We will have the official opening on the steps of Cooneana Homestead with Acting Mayor Paul Tully,” she said.

"Visitors can then wander through the centre and watch the blacksmith demonstrations, talk to numerous historical society members and wander through the many historical buildings including Jim Donald House.

"We will also have a space set up where we will be serving morning tea and pies out of the old pie oven. These are the good old pies with mushy peas and served out of a brown paper bag.

"There will also be a sausage sizzle.”

The Ipswich Heritage Day will be held on Sunday, August 13, opening at 10am at Cooneana Heritage Centre, Redbank Plains Rd, New Chum. Entry is $5 per person.

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