Queanbeyan Heritage Festival 2016 – Discovery and Rediscoveries

Looking for a pub crawl with a difference or want to know what’s really inside a meat pie or maybe just want to be inspired by traditional handmade wears. The 2016 Queanbeyan Heritage Festival, themed ‘Discoveries and Rediscoveries’, has something for everybody, of every age.

Grab history with some hops as part of the popular heritage Pub Crawl on Sunday 10 April. Learn about the four remaining pubs in Queanbeyan and delve into the hazy stories of nearly 180 years of local public houses.

The Queanbeyan Museum is also throwing open its doors literally to encourage the community to connect with history with its own open day. Come along for demonstrations from leading artists, homemade goodies for sale and even try and find yourself (or someone you once knew) in the school photograph display. There is even a rare chance to check out how everyday items were once produced by hand before mass production methods took over.

“This year our aim was to make the Queanbeyan Museum more open to everyone, this is why we have Gran’s Bag aimed at pre-school - year 3 who want to discover adventures of Grans big beautiful red bag,” President of Queanbeyan Historical Society John McGlynn said.

The Queanbeyan Library is hosting a great display on the history of the meat pie, workshops to help you explore your own personal history or harness your writing skills with a number of workshops.

For those after the spooky side of history catch the ‘Ghost Train of the Limestone Plains’ where you can experience part history part mystery as you ride the rails into the deep dark night – if you dare!

If you love old machinery and to see how things work, the Queanbeyan Printing Museum is the place for you! These magnificent fully restored printing presses will take you on a nostalgic trip into Queanbeyan's past. See, hear and smell the presses in action, talk to the talented and experienced operators who helped restore and run these machines, some built over 120 years ago.

Media contacts

John McGlynn President of Queanbeyan Historical Society
Queanbeyan Museum
6297 2730

Karen Hansen
Queanbeyan City Library
6285 6298