9 Apr / 2024

Invitation to ACT Heritage Festival event in Deakin on Sunday 28 April 2024

The Deakin Residents’ Association (DRA) warmly invites Deakin residents, friends and supporters to join us in celebrating Stage One of the Deakin Heritage project: Discovering and valuing Deakin’s heritage.
ACT Minister for Heritage, Rebecca Vassarotti MLA will unveil the first of two Canberra Tracks signs at the Deakin Shopping Centre on Sunday 28 April at a celebratory event beginning at 2pm.
A further sign will be unveiled in La Trobe Park at a later date.
The two Canberra Tracks signs will provide readily accessible heritage information to residents, tourists and other visitors to Deakin. There will be an online link through the signage to a groundbreaking and detailed history of Deakin prepared by historian Ann-Mari Jordens. Vivid photographic material and other fascinating heritage discoveries will also be provided via the link.
The DRA is keen to engage young people and local schools to encourage appreciation of Deakin’s distinctive, extensive and varied heritage.

We are delighted that the Principals of Canberra Girls Grammar School and The Woden School will attend and also speak about the histories of their schools. A highlight on the day will be a choral performance by The Gabriel Singers from Canberra Girls Grammar School.

The celebration on 28 April will also feature short presentations by the Chair of the Deakin Heritage Project Team and DRA Treasurer, Dr John Bell and historian Ann-Mari Jordens. The celebration will run from 2pm to 3.30 pm with formalities from 2.15 for around 35 minutes. The event is free and outdoors. If you require seating, please bring a folding chair.
The project and signage have been made possible through the ACT Heritage Grants program.

Subject to funding, the DRA plans a further stage involving additional signage in other Deakin locations, together with other heritage material, including a designated heritage trail map.
Contact and media enquiries can be made to Dr John Bell on 0438 732 953
This project is supported with funding made available by the ACT Government under the ACT Heritage Grants Program, Environment Planning & Sustainable Development Directorate.