Our Living History

Friday 8 - Monday 11 March 2019


An all-access pass to the unexplored parts of Goulburn not normally on public view.

'Living History' defines the proud and participatory relationship Goulburn locals have with their past and present history, living surrounded by places of historical significance.

It describes a deeper relationship than the 'heritage' that exists in most towns that have old buildings, and seeks to recognise and celebrate the achievements and experiences of people from Goulburn and surrounding places.

Visitors can uncover the stories of women's history, Australia’s oldest working brewery, a steam-driven waterworks, railways, underground rooms in cathedrals, historic homes and archaeology, even a long lunch in a woolshed!

  • Tours and talks of historic homesteads like Garroorigang Home
  • Presentations and discussion of archaeology, for example at Riversdale Homestead
  • Tours and talks at industrial sites such the Goulburn Historic Waterworks and the Goulburn Locomotive Roundhouse
  • Displays and tours of religious architecture including St Saviour's Cathedral and Saints Peter's and Paul's Cathedral
  • Tours of historic convict sites such as the Towrang Stockade
  • Talks, presentations and exhibitions focused on social history such as women in history and food history at the Goulburn Library Local Studies
  • Displays of floral arts and heritage roses
  • Art in the Woolshed Regional Produce Luncheon and the inaugural 65 Roses Charity Dinner supporting Goulburn and District Cystic Fibrosis Group.

Goulburn is 2 hours southwest of Sydney and 1 hour northwest of Canberra.

We have a great variety of tours, dinners, exhibitions, competitions and demonstrations to keep you busy for all 4 days of the festival, that will educate you on the great history that lives within our town of Goulburn.