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‘My family were sacrificed in that area. My blood is ingrained in the soil’

‘My family were sacrificed in that area. My blood is ingrained in the soil’

The old Peat Island Asylum on the Hawkesbury River is set to be transformed into a tourist precinct despite opposition from local Indigenous groups.

  • by Billie Eder

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Maison d’être: the Aussie MP who swapped politics for a grand French château

Maison d’être: the Aussie MP who swapped politics for a grand French château

Quitting Victorian politics at 40, Tim Holding wanted a new career. Renovating an 18th-century mansion wasn’t in the plan – now it’s his mission.

  • by Melissa Fyfe
National Trust joins push to save historic Sunshine Tech buildings

National Trust joins push to save historic Sunshine Tech buildings

The fight to save two historic Sunshine Technical School buildings from demolition has begun.

  • by Carolyn Webb
How do you move a zoo? If you are an elephant, you go on tiptoes with a fairy tread
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How do you move a zoo? If you are an elephant, you go on tiptoes with a fairy tread

It took years to plan how to transport hundreds of animals from Sydney’s first zoo to the new Taronga Park facility in 1916.

  • by Julie Power
Camellias saved a house from bushfire. Now the owner is saving them

Camellias saved a house from bushfire. Now the owner is saving them

In some parts of the world they are worshipped as gods. Now a group of horticulturists has formed a Camellia Ark to propagate and save rare camellias.

  • by Julie Power
World’s largest tree wrapped in aluminium as raging fire nears

World’s largest tree wrapped in aluminium as raging fire nears

The base of the colossal General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park has been wrapped in a fire-resistant blanket to protect it against intense flames.

  • by Noah Berger and John Antczak
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‘Love of mail-order’: How Australia’s earliest buildings came out of a box

‘Love of mail-order’: How Australia’s earliest buildings came out of a box

Australia has the largest surviving collection of 19th century prefabricated and portable buildings in the world, including NSW’s Legislative Council. It may look like sandstone, but it is all a Victorian-era trick.

  • by Julie Power
Corkman pub demolition developers appeal against jail term

Corkman pub demolition developers appeal against jail term

The pair who illegally demolished the Corkman Irish Pub in Carlton say they don’t deserve jail, because of the “beautiful” park they’ve built in the pub’s place.

  • by Tammy Mills and Clay Lucas
‘Weep for Willow Grove’: Union lifts green ban, removal to go ahead

‘Weep for Willow Grove’: Union lifts green ban, removal to go ahead

Willow Grove will begin its brick-by-brick journey to an undecided location, making way for the Powerhouse Museum after a four-year public campaign to keep it on the banks of the Parramatta River.

  • by Linda Morris
The swathe of demolition that proves courts are failing heritage

The swathe of demolition that proves courts are failing heritage

We’d do better by investing in local democracy to protect the public interest in planning decisions.

  • by Elizabeth Farrelly
Lamb House’s ‘near-death experience’ ends but new heritage laws needed

Lamb House’s ‘near-death experience’ ends but new heritage laws needed

A prominent business couple - Steve and Jane Wilson - will spend $15 million to restore a Queensland icon, but say improved heritage laws must protect other buildings from neglect.

  • by Tony Moore