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Buzz at Burnett

AH, THE DRY season. That wonderful time of year when there’s a buzz of things to see and do, no matter your interests. If history is your chosen niche, the folks over at Burnett House have an exciting line-up of events.

By Kate Conway

The last standing example of architect Beni Burnett’s Type K structure, the doors and louvres of Burnett House are once again open to the public after the heritage listed site’s annual closure, with the return of guided tours through the house and surrounding gardens. Situated in Myilly Point Heritage Precinct, the location’s rich history offers a glimpse into what life was like living in old Darwin.

Built in 1938, the house was revolutionary in its day and a prime example of how vintage architecture can embody principles of modern sustainability. Specifically crafted for steamy tropical climates, design features of the house prioritise airflow and ventilation.

If you’re interested in modern sustainable design, celebrate Sustainable House Day with a wander through the cool, breezy building and soak up the innovation – 1930’s style!

Speaker’s Night is a special event led by Vietnam Veteran and community leader Bob Shewring OAM, and shares the compelling tale of Operation Bring Them Home. A passion project for Shewring over many years, as President of both Veterans Australia Northern Territory and Palmerston, and Rural RSL Sub Branch, he tirelessly advocated for the repatriation of fallen soldiers, resulting in Australia’s largest military repatriation ceremony in 2016.

With more engaging events scheduled throughout the Dry season, including the National Trust’s annual Heritage Festival, keep your eyes peeled to see what the organisation’s busy volunteers have planned for you at this beloved cultural cornerstone.

Speaker’s Night: Operation Bring Them Home 

Sustainable House Day 

Burnett House 
COST $5 | $10-$12 GUIDED TOURS 

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