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Voices from the past - Sketchley Pioneer Cottage open day

Sketchley pioneer cottage image

Sunday 23/04/2017

Venue: Sketchley Pioneer Cottage and Museum

Address: Sketchley Pioneer Cottage, Raymond Terrace

Cost: Entry by donation

Website: http://www.sketchleycottage.org.au/index.html

Come see and hear 'Tales of the Terrace'

Hear fascinating stories from our local past and indigenous residents which will bring to the life the realities of living 100 years ago in rural Hunter, serving in the Boer and 1st World wars.

Letters, stories, and poems will be read aloud.


  • Audio visual displays
  • Newcastle Choir
  • On-going tours of the museum and cottage including blacksmith's shop
  • Vintage photography with props available throughout the day
  • Light refreshments


  • 10am - Welcome to Country
  • 10:30-11:00am - Poet Mark Wilson - The Diggers Last Battle
    Letters of local World War One soldiers and Turkish School poems read by local school representatives
  • 11:30am-12:00pm - John Gillam & Yvonne Fletcher - authors and historians. Arthur Ernest Keppie Story from Diary and Letters
  • 12:30-1:00pm - Newcastle City Choir - Songs my Grandmothers sang
  • 1:30-2:00pm - Taree Tales - Pioneer stories from the Raymond Terrace District read by Society members along with audio visual.

Artists in residence

  • Clr Peter Kafer - well-known local artist
  • Zone Kelly - Traditional and Indigenous Art

RSVP Laraine on 0419 547682 or Robyn (02) 4987 6333.

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