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Glimpse into a bygone Ipswich era on Galvanized heritage tours

Ipswich is Queensland’s oldest provincial city and our local history will come to life during Galvanized, when a series of social events, tours, talks, demonstrations and exhibitions at some of the city’s most unique historical landmarks.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the heritage festival will take participants back in time with several tours including ghost tours and torchlight tours.

“It all starts at the official opening on Thursday 1 September at Ipswich’s Memorial Gardens with a performance from Nunukul Yuggera featuring dance, song and story in a traditional welcome ceremony,” Mayor Harding said.

“In the following 10 days, there will be everything from tours across historical sites, arts and crafts workshops, music, fashion and a deep dive into how our ancestors lived up to 20,000 years ago,” Mayor Harding said.

“Residents can take a tour of the city hub to look for old signage, datestones and faded advertising signs to give a glimpse of what it was like to trade in the early days of our city.

“There will be visits to Cooneana Homestead and its museum built in 1868, to hear classic ghost stories, urban legends and true tales of tragedy, mystery and myths of Ipswich.”

Economic and Industry Development Committee Chairperson Councillor Nicole Jonic said Galvanized also has something for residents of all ages who want to explore the history of the city’s natural beauty.

“It is not often you get the chance to walk along a coal-skip tramway, but this will be part of a tour of Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve not far from the city centre, which is a true environmental gem,” Cr Jonic said.

“Once you descend the walking tracks under huge native trees, you completely forget that you are just a few minutes away from the city’s main street and above old forgotten coal tunnels.

“While this all sounds like fun for adults, there is also a lot planned for younger residents with a children’s workshop in ancient weaving techniques using materials you can find in your own backyard.

“I urge everyone to take a look at the Galvanized program and step back in time to experience the traditions that defined past generations who called Ipswich home.”

Galvanized – A Festival of Heritage delivers a wide variety of events across 11 days.

Galvanized is the city’s festival of heritage, showcasing the best heritage experiences and events Ipswich has to offer from 1 to 11 September.

Be transported back in time by visiting iconic venues and historic sites and participating in open days, tours, demonstrations and workshops.

The full festival program and ticketing information is available at

Galvanized is delivered through the support of the following partners:

Presenting Partners: Ipswich City Council, McNamara Law

Festival Partners:  Cooneana Heritage Centre, Historical Motor Cycle Club of Queensland, Ipswich Genealogical Society, Ipswich Historical Society, Ipswich Libraries, Ipswich Mini Crafters, Ipswich RSL Sub Branch, Ipswich Visitors Information Centre, Lost Ipswich, Nicholas Street Precinct, Picture Ipswich, Queensland Metal Artisans Collective, Queensland Museum Network, The Workshops Rail Museum, Didgeridoo Festivals, Elliott Bledsoe, Ghost Tours Australia, Ipswich Catholic Community , Nunukal Yuggera Aboriginal Dance Troupe, Queensland Colonial Association Inc. Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artisans of Ipswich Inc. St Paul’s Anglican Church, The Pumpyard Brewery.

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