City's history on display at Heritage Day

Date published: 17 July 2017

Take a step back in time this weekend for Townsville City Council’s Heritage Day.

The free annual event at West End Park was originally scheduled in May however wet weather forced council to reschedule the popular event to this Sunday, July 23.

Heritage Day is an opportunity for residents to learn about the city’s past and experience life in a bygone era.

The day offers entertainment for the whole family with attractions including Chevy bus ride, live music and guided tours through the historic cemetery plus historic information displays.

There is also cultural food tasting and a damper making display.

For the kids there’s free amusements, free face painting and free fairy-floss.

Council’s Heritage Advisory Committee chair Cr Kurt Rehbein said Heritage Day was a great way for new residents to learn more about the wonderful history of our local area.

“Townsville has such an interesting story to tell – our city boasts colourful characters and fascinating tales of settlement, entrepreneurs and wartime heroics,” Cr Rehbein said.

“Heritage Day is a way to learn more about the city we live in and I encourage long-time locals to come along and enjoy the day as well, there’s a lot on offer.”

A popular feature of the day is the West End Cemetery tour where participants learn the colourful and sometimes tragic stories of the city’s founding families.

Heritage Day will be held July 23 from 10am-2pm.