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Tas Branch: Hagley’s agricultural landscapes & rural gardens / Hazelbrae & Hagley Farm School tour
12 April 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm AEST
Both Hazelbrae and Hagley Farm School were once part of the 30,000 acre Quamby estate owned by the Richard Dry family. Richard Dry (senior) came to Van Diemen’s Land as an Irish political prisoner in 1804 and was granted the land on which he established Quamby. His son, Sir Richard Dry, became Tasmania’s first native – born premier in 1866.
Hazelbrae was originally owned by the Heazlewood family. In the 1980s the house was purchased by the French family and it is from this time the garden was established. It is a testament to good soil and plentiful water. Nowadays the property has been transformed from a family farm to an agri-tourist attraction showcasing 5000 hazelnut trees, a late 1800s house surrounded by clipped hedges, mature oaks, elms and birches with a newly built restaurant. This is an ideal time to be visiting as harvesting will be in full swing.
Hagley Farm Primary School began in 1855. Today it provides an educational experience for 370 students. Another 5000 urban visitors attend the school annually to learn about the local history, the agricultural initiatives, the environmental pressures on the landscape and the social experiences of living in a farm cottage. The landscaping around the classrooms is beautifully designed to create sheltered spaces for outdoor lunch and creative play.
Friday 12th April is a student-free day so we have access to the Visitor Centre facilities. This is includes the old school house with period furnishings, an interactive dairy and shearing shed, an adaption of a pine plantation into a study area of native vegetation, an extensive rural museum and a guided tractor and trailer ride.
A very interesting historical video discussing the early beginnings of the school can be viewed at hagleyfarmprimary.education.tas.edu.au. Click on the “Archive Video”. This puts into perspective how the school has adapted to meet today’s technological changes and what plans it has especially for agricultural education.
Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members. (This includes morning tea at Hazelbrae.)
Bring: Picnic lunch. Please wear enclosed foot wear and hats.
Bookings: CLOSE 5 APRIL 2019. See booking form for details on how to book.