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Music in the Park

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Live music in Cook Park – taking you around the world in one hour – by Orange’s award-winning brass band under Conductor Phil Rees (OAM). Bring your friends, bring your dog, bring a picnic and be entertained in Orange’s most beautiful park.

Venue: Cook Park Rotunda, Summer Street, Orange


Historic Carcoar Guided Tour

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Friends of Orange Regional Museum are holding a tour of historic Carcoar. The tour will be led by members of Carcoar Historical Society and local historian Elizabeth Griffin. As you all know Carcoar is a beautiful village, 45 minutes drive from Orange. It is the home of 5 museums –  Hospital Museum, Courthouse, Toy Museum, Stables Museum (oldest building in Carcoar?),  Military Museum (closed for renovations). It is the third oldest town west of Blue Mountains. This self-drive guided tour will include a street walk of the many historic buildings in the village, visit four museums and lunch at the local pub. Dr Geoff Watson will chat about some local connections to bushrangers such as Johnny Vane.
Costs includes guided tour, entry to 4 Museums and a pub lunch
Lunch will be provided at the Royal Hotel. Please choose from the following menu so we can pre-order: Roast of the Day, Crispy Beer Battered Flathead Fillets and chips or Homemade Lasagne.
This is rare opportunity to get the full story of the history of Carcoar and visit four superb museums.

Orange Corroboree

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Dyiramaalang Dance group are hosting a Corroboree on 19 June in Orange NSW.  We would like to invite all of the Orange
community to celebrate and experience our First Nations Culture.
Come along and watch local and regional Traditional dancers, songwriters and storytellers perform. You can participate
in cultural dance, weaving, painting and language workshops. Enjoy the sensational flavours of Traditional cuisine.

Jim Hazelton Born to Fly: Book Launch

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What motivates a pilot to sit in the cockpit of a light aircraft for days, overloaded with fuel, alone over a vast ocean? This is the remarkable story of the late Jim Hazelton, local pioneer Australia aviator.

The first Australian to fly the Pacific solos in a single-engine aircraft in 1964, Jim crossed the Pacific over 200 times, revelling in the hazardous business of ferrying light aircraft.

He cut his teeth instructing pupils in Tiger Moths in the early 1950s and then thrived in the dangerous business of agricultural flying before taking up ferrying in the 1960s. Such was Jim’s love of flying that he continued to ferry to the very end of his life. Amassing more than 50,000 hours in 130 aircraft types over 64 years – he criss-crossed the globe like few pilots of his generation.

Renowned for his unique instructing style and flying ability, Jim was respected and admired by all who shared his cockpit. He was a pilot with a rare gift, a man who found himself literally at one with the sky.

The event is supported by Collins Booksellers, Orange and books will be available for purchase at the event.

Curator Conversations ‘Out of This World: Australia in the space age’

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Guided tour with Catriona Donnelly, curator of ‘Out of This World’.

From mid-century fashion and flying saucer societies to early satellites and rocket playgrounds … how did the space age capture the imagination of a nation and its people?

Join us to find out the answer to this question and learn more about the dawn of the space age in Australia with National Archives of Australia curator, Catriona Donnelly.

From the 1950s through to the 1970s, Australia was gripped with excitement as humanity made its first forays beyond Earth’s atmosphere. From cutting edge scientific research to architecture, design, television and more, Out of This World explores Australia’s role in the space race.

Out of This World: Australia in the space age is on display at Orange Regional Museum from 15 May to 18 July 2021. A national touring exhibition developed and presented by the National Archives of Australia. Exhibition partner: State Library of South Australia. Exhibition supporters: Australian Government National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program and Visions of Australia.

Spaces are limited. If you cannot attend please cancel via Eventbrite, so that your spot can be offered to those on the waitlist.

Terms and Conditions:

Attendees at this event may be photographed/recorded with such images/footage being used for promotional purposes by Orange Regional Museum, Orange City Council and/or local media outlets on websites, social media, on television and in newspapers.

By attending this session you agree to these terms.

If you do not wish your image to be published, please notify staff before the event.


Our events are impacted by Covid-19 guidelines in the following ways:

• If you are sick, please do not attend.

• Hand sanitisers must be used upon entry.

• Physical distancing guidelines of 1.5m must be respected.

Exhibition Opening: ‘Pat Ford – Pride of Orange’

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The Mayor of Orange, Councillor Reg Kidd, invites you to the opening of ‘Pat Ford – Pride of Orange’

In 1947, 16-year-old Pat Ford stepped into the ring at the newly established CYMS boxing club in Dalton’s Mill. By 1950 he was the Australian Amateur lightweight champion. Going professional the following year, Pat rose quickly to claim the Australian and Empire (Commonwealth) lightweight titles, before retiring to run his own butchery in 1955.

Celebrating the life and career of a remarkable Orange sportsman, this exhibition features rarely seen photographs, film footage and sporting memorabilia.

6pm for 6.30pm

FREE, all welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

This is a COVID safe event. Tickets are limited and bookings are essential.

Image: Pat Ford in training at Alexander and Rowley’s gymnasium in Melbourne, 12 February 1953 (detail). Photograph by News Ltd. Image courtesy Newspix

Foodies Tour of ‘Inherit: old and new histories’ at Orange Regional Museum

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Floor talk and tour of ‘Inherit: old and new histories’ with a focus on the food and beverage history of the Central West.

Join us on a special after-hours, guided tour of our local history exhibition ‘Inherit: old and new histories’, focusing on objects that speak to the food and agricultural history of the Central West. Discover food stories from across the Orange region, from an ancient grinding stone to migrant traditions and local industry and agriculture. This floor talk with Orange Regional Museum’s manager, Dr Mary-Liz Andrews, will captivate and educate those hoping to explore our rich edible heritage.

Thurs 15 April & Fri 16 April 2021

4pm – 5pm

FREE event, ticket numbers are limited and bookings are essential.

Image: Glazed ceramic ginger jars, c1900s, Loan courtesy of Ophir Bill, Photograph by Orange Regional Museum