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Step back in time for Wollongong Heritage Festival

Historic Gleniffer Brae.

Historic Gleniffer Brae.

SOAK up the fascinating history of the Wollongong Botanic Garden’s Manor House tomorrow (Saturday) at the Step Back in Time at Gleniffer Brae tours.

The tours have been developed as part of Wollongong City Council’s participation in the National Trust’s 2013 Heritage Festival and will run from 1-3pm.

As part of the tours actors will explain the history of the site by playing the roles of the heritage-listed property’s original owners, Mr and Mrs Hoskins, and acclaimed garden designer Mr Sorenson. Council’s Heritage Officer Joel Thompson will be on hand to answer questions about the site’s history.

Following the tours there will be the opportunity to enjoy a light Devonshire tea in the Manor House and a performance by a quartet from the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.

“These tours really do offer something for everyone,’’ Council’s Heritage Officer Joel Thompson said.

“Kids will love seeing actors dressed up as Mr and Mrs Hoskins and Mr Sorenson and telling their stories, while I will be there to talk about the fascinating history of the Manor House and gardens. I’d really encourage everyone to come along.’’

Other Council-coordinated activities marking the 2013 Heritage Festival include libraries Community Milestones Exhibitions and Illawarra Remembers project. For more information on either event, visit Wollongong City Council’s libraries webpage.

Bookings for Step Back in Time at Gleniffer Brae are essential. To reserve your spot on one of two tours call (02) 4227 7667.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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