Berrima, Sutton Forest and Exeter Cultural Landscape Assessment

Australian Garden History Society

Australian Garden History Society present: Berrima, Sutton Forest and Exeter Cultural Landscape Assessment

An Illustrated Talk by Colleen Morris and Christine Hay


Australian Garden History SocietyFollowing the AGM, the evening’s presentation aims to celebrate the rich history of the Berrima-Sutton Forest area and tantilise the audience with stories of its landscape and people.

The discoveries and findings of the Berrima study will be explained, particularly how:

The cultural landscape of Berrima, Sutton Forest and Exeter is of historic significance at a State level as a place of early exploration beyond the limits of the Cumberland Plain in 1798, and of early settlement and pastoralism from 1819 onwards, the evidence of which is legible today (from Statement of Significance).

The talk will illuminate not only the study’s methods of analysing the cultural landscape but the community’s efforts in opening their doors and farm gates, to assist in the assessment of heritage values and areas threatened by the Hume Coal mine plan.

In Colleen’s National Trust Awards acceptance speech, for winning the Landscape Conservation category (2018) she stated ‘the protection of cultural landscapes has become a moral issue in the face of powerful economic arguments by powerful corporations. This issue, including how communities confronted with radical proposals to transform the landscapes they value can best protect a cultural landscape’, will inform the evening’s discussion.


When: Wednesday 15th August, 6pm – 8:30pm
Where: Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust of Australia (NSW) Upper Fort Street, Miller’s Point, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: AGHS members $20; guests $30; students $5 (includes light refreshments)
Bookings essential




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