The 2016 National Heritage Festival and TasTalks at Home Hill


It’s nearly upon us, the 2016 National Heritage Festival has come around again. This year the theme is Discoveries and Rediscoveries. Once again the festival is going to focus on a range of fantastic experiences around Tasmania, but notably, the history and and stories behind iconic Devonport location Home Hill.

Home Hill was the family home of Prime Minister Joseph Lyons, his wife Dame Enid Lyons, the first woman elected to Australia’s federal parliament and their 12 children.

The family settled in 1916 and built a lovely timber home in Devonport for their blossoming family. The home has been maintained by the National Trust after the passing of Dame Enid in 1981 and has provided an amazing insight into the past and the home of the prominent Australian political family.

Learn what family life with 12 children was like when sharing time between Home Hill in Devonport and The Lodge in Canberra. Discover all the fascinating tales that in between.

The elegant homestead remains largely as it was when Dame Enid last lived there in 1981, complete with her original furnishings and memorabilia. Gain an unexpected insight into the political and personal lives of two people who dedicated their lives to public service and their family, with a guided tour.

As part of Heritage Month, Brian Carlton will be bringing his Tasmanian Talks program to Devonport, broadcasting live from Home Hill on Wednesday 11th May from 9am – 12noon on 900am 7AD.

Tasmania Talks provides the platform and opportunity for listeners to drive the agenda, initiate and engage in discussion about topics and goes well beyond the headlines. All are welcome to come along and meet Brian Carlton, and take a free guided tour of Home Hill between 1-2pm on the day, aiming to explore our local history and create awareness among locals of Home Hill, its stories and historical standing as a National Treasure!

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