‘Odd’ Queanbeyan moments highlighted in festival

WITH the focus on “some of the city’s stranger mysteries”, Queanbeyan’s Heritage Festival kicks off today.


The popular “Mysterious Queanbeyan by Moonlight” tours, “tales of the unexplained and the unusual, the macabre and the extraordinary” will be related—in the cemetery.

Then there’s a chance to dress up in period costume and perambulate around Queanbeyan Park on Sunday April 6 while serenaded by poet and musician John Warner. “We’d love to see people come along and stroll around the park as was the custom many years ago,” says Queanbeyan’s manager of Library and Cultural Services, Peter Conlon.

Throughout the festival, the Library will be exhibiting historic photos of Queanbeyan streets and houses, then on April 12 the Queanbeyan Museum and the Printing Museum will both hold open days hold their open day.

A highlight will be announcement on April 12 at Queanbeyan Museum of this year’s winners of Queanbeyan’s Heritage Awards.

On Sunday April 12, Queanbeyan’s remnant bushland will be on show during a walk in Bicentennial Park.

“Queanbeyan is old by Australian standards, and over the course of 175 years there have been more uncommon and unexplained events and activities than people might think,” Conlon says, “I’m told there can be some odd moments along the tour, and guests have included local amateur ghost hunters and those interested in the paranormal who claim to have had some strange experiences.”

Highlights of the festival are:

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