Canberra – Braidwood – Yass March Tour


April 17, 2023 - April 20, 2023    
12:00 am


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17th – 20th March 2023


Dear member,                                                                                    

There is still a small number of available places for financial members on our upcoming tour.  It has taken the organising committee a great deal of time to put together but we think that what we have been able to organise will be of great interest. We will be based in Canberra, spending a day in the historic Braidwood area, a day in Canberra and a day in Yass/Harden.

Friday 17th March 6pm Welcome drinks and canapes at the Brassey Hotel.

Saturday 18th March By bus to Braidwood to visit two historic properties. The first home dates from 1828 and has been owned by the current owners for just over two years. Members will see a very interesting house under restoration, a wonderful collection of antique furniture and decorative arts (including Australian colonial) and a surprise collection of vintage cars.

We will then return to Braidwood to meet custodians of the Braidwood Museum (in a very early building). There is an interesting collection to see. We will also make a quick tour (by bus) of other historic buildings before going to Bedervale on the periphery of the town. This 1836 property was substantially designed by colonial architect John Verge. It is a working property and has a significant collection of colonial furniture and art collection. There is much to see and appreciate as some items have been in the house since the 1830s. We will have early dinner on the lawn. 

Sunday 19th March We will be staying in Canberra and visiting Government House to see its collection of furniture and decorative arts, ostensibly collected by the Australiana Fund over many years. We will also be visiting Calthorpe’s House, now a house museum and its intact collection of original furnishings from the 1920s. We will also visit the workshop of one of our members where we will see the furniture restoration work he is currently undertaking.

In the evening the annual Kevin Fahy lecture and dinner will be held at the Brassey Hotel. The lecture will be given by Professor Nicholas Brown School of History (ANU).

Monday 20th March We will be travelling to Garangula, a private museum near Harden to view a significant collection of contemporary Aboriginal art and other items. This is housed in an award winning building but is not open to the public. 

We will return to Yass to the interesting National Trust property Cooma Cottage (1830-37), first home of explorer Hamilton Hume. We then return to Canberra by approximately 5pm.

The itinerary is confirmed but as you know may also be subject to last minute changes. You may wish to stay an extra night or two to visit the galleries and other Canberra attractions.


Tour members will need to arrange their own transport to and from Canberra. Over the three days (to keep the group together and not get lost) we will travel by bus from the Brassey Hotel to the various locations.



Accommodation costs are separate to the tour. We have made inquiries at the Brassey Hotel in Barton. There is a booking discount (15%), for standard rooms. Breakfast is also available and there is free parking for those driving to Canberra. We will be holding the Friday night drinks and Sunday night dinner there. Please use the word EVENT in the booking box for the Brassey Hotel when booking to gain the 15% discount. If making a telephone booking, please contact the central reservations team and advise you are booking at the Brassey and quote the code EVENT. Ph 02 61631888.

There are other hotels and rental apartments close by you may prefer.


The cost for the tour is $1200 per person.

Included – all visits including charity donation at Garangula, Friday night drinks and canapes, three lunches and morning teas, Sunday night dinner and drinks and early evening meal and drinks at Bedervale on Saturday. Bus travel over the three days. During the tour we will be led by member Ian Stephenson (past National Trust NSW Board member and manager of ACT Historic Places.)


EFT to Australiana’s Westpac account                         BSB 032-095. Account no. 143464. Please include your surname and initial and “Canberra tour.”

Cheques to Australiana Society

PO Box 2335

Bondi Junction NSW 1355

Please also email or call him to indicate your interest/confirmation and name/s so we can records of who is attending. Please also indicate your method of payment so we can liaise later with the Treasurer. If there are problems with payment, please contact Robert 0423 111 365.

We look forward to a great three days.

The Board and the NSW Branch committee


Thank you for your interest in DOMA Hotels for your accommodation needs. 

We are pleased to offer a 15% discount off our lead in room rates across our hotels

To take advantage of the discount, guests can visit our websites directly and follow the links to make a reservation. 

Enter the BOOKING CODE EVENT in order to receive the 15% discount.

Alternatively, please call or email our Central Reservations team and advise which hotel you would prefer to book and quote the code EVENT 

Central Reservations

+61 2 6163 1888



Bookings are closed for this event.