Science at the Shine Dome 2011
|Thursday 5 May 2011
National Museum of Australia
Exhibition – Not just Ned: The true history of the Irish in Australia
|2.15pm||Depart the Shine Dome|
|2.30–4.00pm||Guided tour of the exhibition at the National Museum of Australia|
|4.00pm||Depart for the Shine Dome|
Not just Ned: The true history of the Irish in Australia
Discover the surprising but true history of the Irish in Australia at Not just Ned, a major new exhibition at the National Museum of Australia opening on St Patrick's Day 2011.
The exhibition will cover the Irish presence in Australia from the day in January 1788 when a small number of Irish convicts, marines and officials walked off the transports of the First Fleet to the continuing arrival in our own time of young Irish backpackers.
From politics and religion, to art, industry, dance and music, the Irish have had an extraordinary influence on Australia since 1788.
This impressive exhibition features rare objects from across Australia and around the world, including:
- the armour of the four Kelly gang members — rarely seen together, and on show for the first time outside of Victoria
- a pistol from the Burke and Wills expedition
- fragments of the Eureka flag
- the Rajah quilt, sewn by convict women transported to Australia in 1841 and usually on show to the public just one day each year.
There is also a dedicated resource room where you can explore your Irish heritage.
|Friday 6 May 2011
Calthorpe's House, the Royal Australian Mint, Podfood
|9.45am||Depart the Shine Dome|
|10.00–11.30am||Guided tour of Calthorpe’s House, followed by morning tea|
|11.45am||Depart Calthorpe’s House|
|12.00–1.00pm||Self guided tour of the Royal Australian Mint|
|1.15pm||Depart Royal Australian Mint|
|1.30–3.15pm||Lunch at Podfood at Pialligo|
|3.30pm||Depart for the Shine Dome|
Enjoy hearing the family Pianola played by one of our friendly guides, explore the house and garden, and be sure to enter the air raid shelter at the back of the property - it is a somber reminder that Canberrans did fear attack during World War Two. Then relax with morning tea on the front verandah.
Calthorpe’s House offers a range of community programs and events, and education programs at selected times throughout the year.
The delightful gardens at Calthorpes’ House would not be possible without the support of the Howlong Nursery who supply the annual seedlings.
In 2009, the Royal Australian Mint completed its refurbishment project and opened its new and modern tourist facilities. Admission and parking are free and tours are self guided.
For a close-up view of our factory floor, look through our floor to ceiling observation windows. From this birds-eye view you can watch Australian coins being made and see one of the world's strongest robots hard at work.
Our new theatrette presentation will take you behind the scenes at the Mint and will explain the coining process to you. There are also early, rare and historically significant coins on show from our National Coin Collection as well as displays illustrating the history of Australian coins.
There are also a number of TV screens in the foyer which display footage from cameras within the building, like the view of our giant robot tipping drums of coin blanks. The footage is live on weekdays and pre-recorded on weekends and public holidays. In the Coin Shop you can make your own coin on our visitor press and don't forget to check out our souvenirs, latest collector coin issues and really unique gift ideas.
Nestled in a unique position amongst the beautiful established gardens of Pialligo plant farm, the quaint character filled, fully restored 1930's cottage offers a unique dining location close to the Canberra CBD. The venue is only minutes from Canberra International Airport as well as the boutique shopping precincts of Kingston and Manuka and has ample parking. Owner and chef John Leverink leads a dynamic, creative kitchen and restaurant team to create a memorable dining experience for all occasions.