The Queensland Government recently announced funding for the refurbishment of Newstead House.  During this exciting time we will be CLOSED.





Calling all little historians, we have a day of fun just for you! Dress up and bring your imagination to Newstead House as you join in the Young Historian activities. Get your fingers dirty as you work in Kate’s garden. Help Mrs Fletcher in the kitchen but be careful not to misbehave she doesn’t like any shenanigans. Or give some elbow grease at our wash day wonders as you get a taste of early colonial life at Newstead House.

This FREE event is perfect for families with children aged 5 – 12, though all ages welcome.  Together you can discover how we lived in early colonial days – pre-electricity and enjoy the grace and charm of Brisbane’s oldest surviving residence, Newstead House.


10am – 3pm Heritage Games on the green Come play with us on the green. You can enjoy croquet, coits and other heritage games on the beautiful manicured gardens of Newstead House.

10am – 3pm Washday Wonders Washing clothes wasn’t always as simple as pressing a button. Experience washing clothes the old fashion way with a bit of elbow grease. Courtyard

10am – 3pm Explore Newstead House Step inside another world as you explore Brisbane’s oldest standing residence.

10am – 3pm Embroidery Be guided by the expert embroiders from Queensland Embroiderers guild. Northern Riverside Veranda

10am – 3pm Costumers promenading

10am – 3pm Alternative Photography
How were photographs made before digital and phone cameras? Come and see a range of cameras not much changed from the ones used at Newstead House in the 19th century and early 20th century, as well as examples of the film negatives and photographs they produce.

10am – 3pm Carousel It is not every day you get to ride on the Victorian Fair favourite experience, the carousel. Courtyard near archway


10.30 – 11.30am Uncle Henry Thompson with Yuggura Dancers Learn the ancient wisdoms of our traditional owners as they share story, dance and culture. Grassed area

10.30am – 2.30pm Strong Man Roving Be Sure to get your photo taken with the Newstead House Strong Man.

10.30 – 11.30am Mandolin Duo Enjoy the delicate sounds of this most beautiful instrument. Of Italian origin the Mandolin can be heard in folk, opera and classical concerts. Drawing room

10am – 2pm Pony Rides Come and meet our gentle ponies and enjoy the festival fun as you make dreams come true, as everyone young at heart loves a pony ride. Circular Drive

11am – 2pm Harris Family Treasure Hunt
Mary makes all the treasure hunts for the Harris family, but now someone is sending her secret messages! She has created a special treasure so you can help her to find out who it is and to give them a secret message back! Explore Newstead House, solve puzzles, and learn about life in the 1860s. Fun for the whole family. Presented by Folly Games and the Brisbane Treasure Hunt Society.

10am – 2pm Hoola Hoops
Children and adults around the world have played with hoops throughout history – wooden, bamboo, metal even.
See all the things that can happen when a hoop is twirled around a waist, a hand, a neck, a body, rolled or twisted, as a roving performer passes by with her hoop. Try your hand or waist at Hula Hooping with a hooping workshop for anyone. All sizes and ages can try to twirl a hoop. There will be two opportunities over the Festival to give this playful object manipulation a go.

11.30am | 12.30pm (duration 20 mins) Cayleigh Have some fun with renowned fiddlers John Thompson and Emma Nixon as they bring some toe tapping Scottish Cayleigh fun to Newstead House Courtyard

11am + 1pm (duration 30mins)
Punch and Judy Puppet Show Punch and Judy shows were familiar sights on the streets throughout the 19th century, don’t miss your opportunity to experience one for yourself!

2 – 3pm The Company Blues Band
Brisbane’s finest bluegrass band The Company will close the Young Historians Festival. Boasting two Australian Bluegrass champions on guitar, fiddle and banjo, their passion for high-energy original and traditional acoustic music will have the family dancing and tapping their toes. The company will perform original or arranged music that tells stories of a historical bent.


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  • July 7, 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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