Whitehorse City Council

Heritage Week


Discover the city’s artistry as Council’s annual Heritage Week celebrates the arts. Admire the birthplace of Australian Impressionism, tour a house designed by architect Robin Boyd and discover artists past and present who contribute to our rich cultural life.

See below for the program of events or download the pdf icon  Heritage Week 2016 Brochure (1.99MB).

Legacy of the Impressionists

When: Thursday 18 August–Saturday 17 September
Tuesday–Friday 10am–4pm, Saturday 12pm–4pm
Where: Whitehorse Artspace, Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Mel ref: 47 E9
Cost: free
Paintings by Australians Impressionists based at the artists’ camp in Box Hill including Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Streeton and
Tom Roberts will be displayed alongside the work of artists they have inspired such as Philip Davey, Jo Reitze, Kathy Fahey and Mark Dober.

Celebrating Art from the Collection

When: Wednesday 17 August – Monday 19 September / Saturdays and Sundays 2pm-5pm
Where: Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum Complex, Deep Creek Road, Mitcham
Mel ref: 49 D7
Cost: free
Admire paintings of Schwerkolt Cottage, the Old Station Master’s House in Mitcham and other iconic views of Whitehorse.

Arts in Whitehorse

When: 1 September–26 September
Where: Nunawading Library, 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
Mel ref: 48 G9
Cost: free
Learn more about arts and cultural groups in Whitehorse including Babirra Music Theatre, Box Hill Ballet, Whitehorse Arts Association and the Needlework Tapestry Guild of Victoria, many of which are celebrating significant anniversaries.

The Cup Collaboration 2Cup Collaboration 2

When: Monday 12 September–Sunday 18 September 9am–5pm weekdays (phone 9895 8888 for weekend hours)
Phone 9895 8888 by 8 September to RSVP for opening night on 12 September at 6pm
Where: Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station Street, Box Hill
Mel ref: 47 D11
Cost: free
A handmade cup forever retains the touch of its maker and the daily ritual of choosing a cup is one that many of us enjoy. The second instalment of the
popular Cup Collaboration exhibition brings together a group of ceramic artists and potters working together to produce a series of collectable cups. Curated by ceramicist
Adriana Christianson.

On the Street Where You Live – Bus Tour

When: Thursday 8 September, 9.30am for 10am departure
Where: departs Whitehorse Civic Centre, 379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
Mel ref: 48 G9
Cost: $10
Bookings essential: 9262 6555 (phone bookings attract a $3.75 fee)
Visit many of the historical sites in Whitehorse in style and comfort. The tour will take approximately two and a half hours.

The Art of High Tea

When: Thursday 8 September, 2pm Morning Tea
Where: Box Hill Town Hall foyer,
1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Mel ref: 47 E9
Cost: gold coin donation to Family Access Network
Bookings essential: 9262 6555
Take a tour of the iconic Box Hill Town Hall with its Facility Coordinator, Roger Murnane. Admire the grandeur of the building and hear stories of days gone by before enjoying a traditional afternoon tea.

Artists’ Camp Walk

When: Friday 9 September, 10am-11.30am
Where: meet at the corner of Riversdale Road and Sycamore Street, Box Hill South
Mel ref: 61 D2
Cost: free
Bookings essential: 9262 6555
Please do not park in the Box Hill Golf Club
Join members of the Box Hill Historical Society and Council’s Senior Arts Officer (Curator) to trace the steps of Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin and others in the late 1880s. Find out where key paintings were created and view the Artist Panels on a leisurely walk to sites alongside the picturesque Box Hill Golf Course.

Schwerkolt Cottage Heritage Family DaySchwerkolt Cottage 2016

When: Sunday 11 September 11am–4pm
Where: Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum Complex, Deep Creek Road, Mitcham
Mel ref: 49 D7
Cost: free
Bring your friends and family, BYO picnic and head to Schwerkolt Cottage for an afternoon of fun and laughter. Children will love the farm animals, the face-painting Fairy Susie and Tip Top Tom the Magician. Take part in painting, knitting and lacemaking workshops; watch spinners, weavers, woodturners and blacksmiths busy
at theirs crafts; and enjoy displays of Meccano, electric trains and Wolseley cars. Enjoy Devonshire tea from the Blackburn Red Cross or a sausage from the Forest Hill Rotary Club. Guided tours of the complex will be available on the hour. For more information, phone the Whitehorse Historical Society Inc. on 9873 4946.

Box Hill Cemetery Tour – Contribution to Our Artistic and Creative Life

When: Sunday 11 September, 2pm-4pm
Where: Box Hill Cemetery, Middleborough Road, Box Hill
Please meet outside the office inside the cemetery grounds.
Mel ref: 47 G10
Cost: $12
Bookings essential: 9262 6555 (phone bookings attract a $3.75 fee)
Conducted by members of the Box Hill and Surrey Hills Historical Societies, the tour will visit the memorials of dancers, artists and musicians who have contributed to Australian cultural life. Please dress suitably for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring refreshments if required. Wheelchair access is available. Parking is available on Reserve Road, Rutland Road or Whitehorse Reserve.

Robin Boyd House Open House – Blackburn

When: Monday 12 September, 2pm–3pm
Where: address divulged shortly before the event
Cost: $10
Bookings essential: 9262 6555
(phone bookings attract a $3.75 fee)
Tour the ‘Peninsula’ – a modular house designed by iconic Australian architect Robin Boyd that could be assembled in a range of configurations, factory built and transported within six weeks. Built in 1956, the house is in good condition
and includes extensions from 1972 designed
by renowned architect Gregory Burgess.

Art of the Tea Ceremony

When: Tuesday 13 September, 2pm-3pm
Where: Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station Street, Box Hill
Mel ref: 47 D11
Cost: free
Bookings essential: 9262 6555
Join Yuko Jensen as she performs a traditional Japanese Chado (the way of tea) ceremony. Learn the cultural significance of the ceremony, and enjoy the sense of inner peace evoked by the aroma and tranquil movements.

Midweek Matinee – Strictly Ballroom

When: Wednesday 14 September, 10am (free morning tea from 9.15am)
Where: Whitehorse Centre,
397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
Cost: full $8, group (10+) $7
Bookings essential: 9262 6555 or www.whitehorsecentre.com.au (phone bookings attract a $3.75 fee)
Starring Paul Mercurio, this delightful film sees champion ballroom dancer Scott and novice dancer Fran challenging the status quo at the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix. A hilarious romantic comedy, Strictly Ballroom will have you singing and dancing in the aisles in no time at all.

The Legacy of The Box Hill Impressionists

When: Wednesday 14 September 2pm-3pm
Where: Nunawading Library,
379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
Mel ref: 48 G9
Cost: free
Bookings essential: 9872 8600 or www.wml.vic.gov.au
Discover where seminal works such as A Bush Burial, A Summer Morning Tiff, Obstruction and The Artists’ Camp were painted. Find out how successive generations have followed these early leaders of the Australian Impressionist movement, in an illustrated talk by the curator of the Whitehorse Art Collection.

AIGS – The Art of Finding Family

When: Wednesday 14 September, 7.30pm-9pm
Where: 1/41 Railway Road Blackburn
Mel ref: 47 K10
Cost: free
Bookings essential: 9877 3789 or info@aigs.org.au
Ever wondered whether you may have an artist in the family? Discover the range of services on offer at the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies and begin delving into your fascinating family history!

Are Your Family Treasures Secure?

When: Thursday 15 September, 10am-12pm
Where: Vermont South Library, Pavey Place, Vermont South
Mel ref: 62 G7
Cost: free
Bookings essential: 9872 8650 or www.wml.vic.gov.au
Angela Henricksen from Archival Survival will provide practical advice and storage methods for your photographic, document and textile collections using the same preservation materials that museums and archives use.

George Coppin – Father of Australian Theatre George Coppin

Box Hill Historical Society – General Meeting
When: Thursday 15 September, 8pm
Where: Strabane Hall, 29 Strabane Avenue, Mont Albert North
Mel ref: 47 A6
Cost: free
Historian Graham O’Rourke will speak about the fascinating career of theatrical entrepreneur George Coppin.