What's On


 Whitlam Institute Open Day 2016

11am - 4pm, Saturday 9 July 2016

We're throwing open our doors and inviting you to join us for a special Open Day!

  • Explore our home in the extraordinary Female Orphan School (1813), and take a tour
  • See the original Letter of Dismissal on display – a rare opportunity
  • Get behind the scenes and meet our Board and staff
  • Receive early notice for our upcoming events, research and exhibitions

Program Coming Soon 

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Getting Here 

The Female Orphan School is located on the Parramatta South campus of Western Sydney University, on the corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road in Rydalmere.

Parramatta Station (Western, Cumberland & Blue Mountains lines) is approximately a 10 minute bus trip from campus — Sydney Buses 521, 523, 524, 525 and M52 services operate from Stand A3 at Parramatta Transport Interchange.

Note: some services are prepay only.

Parramatta campus is 20 – 30 minute walk from Parramatta Transport Interchange.

Rydalmere Station (Carlingford line) is a 10 minute walk to the campus. However, it is recommended you catch the train to Parramatta Station where more frequent bus services to the campus are available.

More transport information

Transport for NSW

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www.transportnsw.info

Transport Sydney Trains

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www.sydneytrains.info

Parking: Parking on Western Sydney University Parramatta campus is free on Saturday 9 July 2016 for people attending the Whitlam Institute Open Day. Vehicles must park in bays marked with blue lines.

Download our Campus Map  (opens in a new window) to find the Female Orphan School (Building EZ) on the Parramatta South campus.

 


 

Whitlam Institute Open Day 2014

The inaugural Whitlam Institute Open Day was held on Saturday 20 September 2014, 10:30am – 2pm.

Visitors explored the historic Female Orphan School and toured this fully restored building. They were able to get behind the scenes and meet our Board, including the Hon John Faulkner, Patricia Amphlett, Nicholas Whitlam and Geoffrey Roberson, and see items from the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection, including the original Letter of Dismissal.

Tour of the Female Orphan School


Whitlam Institute Director and Board Members


Letter of Dismissal on display in the A Changing Australia exhibition

For more upcoming events and exhibitions at the Whitlam Institute and Female Orphan School, download the What's On Female Orphan School brochure.


Current Exhibitions

 A Changing Australia: The time of Gough Whitlam

A Changing Australia exhibition images 

The Whitlam Institute's exhibition, A Changing Australia: The time of Gough Whitlam  explores the remarkable life and enduring legacy of one of Australia's most significant Prime Ministers – Gough Whitlam. Step back in time to explore the dynamic, influential and tumultuous years of the Whitlam Government through some of the key objects from the Whitlam Prime Ministerial collection.

  • Free admission
  • Our regular opening hours are Thursday and Friday, 10.00am - 4.00pm
  • East wing, Female Orphan School

Image: National Archives of Australia

A Changing Australia exhibition room 1

A Changing Australia exhibition room 2


artexpress 2016

12 February - 6 May 2016

artexpress is an exhibition of outstanding works by 2015 Higher School Certificate Visual Arts students from Schools in NSW. It includes a broad range of approaches and expressive forms, including; ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based forms.

artexpress is a joint initiative of the NSW Department of Education and the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) in association with Western Sydney University and The Academy.

  • Free admission
  • Our regular opening hours are Thursday and Friday, 10.00am - 4.00pm
  • Margaret Whitlam Galleries, Level 1, Female Orphan School

Stephanie Lara Baris, Anthropogenic atrocities, documented forms, Abbotsleigh

Sammi Bing Jun Chen, Modern Evolution, drawing  Carlingford High School

Phoebe Olivia Grace Crowe, Krawen, painting, Frensham SchoolTaylor Jane Harvey, Would you even care?, drawing, Camden High School

More images and associated events can be found at University Art Collection.


Upcoming Exhibitions

The Way of the Reformer: Gough Whitlam in his century


Way of the Reformer: Gough Whitlam inhis century Images: Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection, National Library of Australia and Western Sydney University

Nothing in politics grows in a vacuum…I realise I am but a child of my age.

 – Gough Whitlam

Gough Whitlam shaped the Australian nation, but before that, the Australian nation shaped him.

The first five decades of the 20th century were a time of extraordinary social and political change in Australia. Much of the legacy of progressive reform Gough Whitlam bequeathed to Australia has its origins in his life experience through this time of change.

This exhibition, which marks the centenary of Gough Whitlam's birth, tells the story of the man behind that legacy – the bright Canberra schoolboy obsessed with Greek myths, the RAAF navigator braving hazardous skies at the height of the Pacific war, and the young father starting a family on the urban fringe.

Admission: Free admission to the Female Orphan School and the The Way of the Reformer: Gough Whitlam in his century exhibition.

Exhibition dates: 9 June - 23 September 2016

Opening hours: Thursday and Friday 10am to 4pm, and Saturday 9 July 2016 11am - 4pm.

Location: The exhibition is presented in the historic Female Orphan School (Building EZ) on Western Sydney University's Parramatta South campus. Download a campus map for more information.


Special thanks to the National Archives of Australia for their support and assistance.


The Way of the Reformer–
Guided Exhibition Tour

This guided tour will take you through this highly anticipated specially curated exhibition which marks the centenary of Gough Whitlam's birth. The exhibition tells the story of the man behind the legacy, and is a reflection on the country he served. 

This 30 minute tour is an opportunity to discover the hidden stories behind some of the unique objects within the exhibition, including Gough's school report cards, a collection of personal letters from his parents, his set of meticulous flight log books and Gough's own personal diaries. 

Groups are encouraged to stay to view the exhibition at their own pace following the tour.

COST: $12 per person/$10 Seniors. Minimum numbers apply.

9 June – 23 September 2016

Tuesday to Thursday, by appointment only

Bookings: 02 9685 9210 or fos@westernsydney.edu.au


Getting here: 

Parramatta Station (Western, Cumberland & Blue Mountains lines) is approximately a 10 minute bus trip from campus — Sydney Buses 521, 523, 524, 525 and M52 services operate from Stand A3 at Parramatta Transport Interchange.

Note: some services are prepay only.

Parramatta campus is 20 – 30 minute walk from Parramatta Transport Interchange.

Rydalmere Station (Carlingford line) is a 10 minute walk to the campus. However, it is recommended you catch the train to Parramatta Station where more frequent bus services to the campus are available.

More transport information

Transport for NSW

131 500

www.transportnsw.info

Transport Sydney Trains

131 500

www.sydneytrains.info

Parking: Vehicle parking on campus is limited and requires payment.  Groups are advised that the Whitlam Institute/Female Orphan School offer discounted parking on Thursdays and Fridays, at a charge of $7 per car per day to park in the Heritage Circle directly opposite the Female Orphan School.  Parking tickets/scratchies can be purchased at the Female Orphan School Information Centre and must be displayed on car dashboards.  All other on campus parking costs $9 per day, payable at designated meters and vehicles must park in bays marked with blue lines.


Previous Events

National Trust Heritage Festival 2015

Talk: Compassionate interventions: entering and leaving the Female Orphan School

As part of the National Trust Heritage Festival, historian Associate Professor Carol Liston from the University of Western Sydney explored some of the stories of those who ended up either in or out of the orphanage because of compassionate intervention.

The talk Compassionate Interventions: entering and leaving the Female Orphan School will be available for viewing shortly.

Lecture: Happy Birthday Triple J! 40 years of big sound and big impact

The Centre for Media History at Macquarie University and the Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney, with the support of Triple J co-presented  a public forum on Monday 19 January 2015, with media and popular music historian Dr Liz Giuffre from the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University, to mark the 40th birthday of 2JJ. The talk is now available to watch below:


National Trust Heritage Festival 2014

The Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney presented several events as part of the 2014 National Trust Heritage Festival. We filmed our two talks, which are now available to watch below:

Arrivals and Departures: The Journeys of the Female Orphan School Children

Historian Associate Professor Carol Liston from the University of Western Sydney tells the stories of how some children came to be at the Female Orphan School, and what became of them after they left.

The Journey to Restoration and Adaptive Reuse: The historic Female Orphan School

Heritage architect Megan Jones, Practice Director of Tanner Kibble Denton Architects discusses her experiences from stage one to completion of the Female Orphan School's progressive restoration.