Tenterfield School of Arts Museum, Tenterfield
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The Tenterfield School of Arts is a hall in the town of Tenterfield in New South Wales, Australia. It is notable as the place where Sir Henry Parkes delivered the Tenterfield Oration, a speech proposing that the six separate British colonies in Australia should unite into a single federation.The building was threatened with demolition in the 1950s, but was saved after an extended community campaign, which saw the formation of the National Trust of Australia. It was acquired by the Trust in 1957 and restored over the next few years. After being renamed the Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts, the building became the first museum operated by the Trust in Australia, containing a range of memorabilia related to the history of Federation and the local area. It is open to the public seven days a week.A library, function centre, cinema and theatre are housed in the School of Arts building.Sports organised by local school teacher Mr David Alexander Pike were held at the showground in September 1901 in aid of the fund to erect a memorial to the local bushmen lost in South Africa for the School of Arts. About 400 persons attended. The fund amounted to about 46 pounds.
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  • Excellent museum to learn about the history of the Federation of Australia and great and influential man Sir Henry Parkes. Very well laid out exhibits and even interesting to the kids! 
  • Located in the main street, this a well presented and worthwhile summary of Australian Federation and political issues surrounding it. Plenty of information regarding Sir Henry Parkes, his early life ...  more »
  • Who knew how many things happened in Australian history that were centred in Tenterfield? The biggest of course was Henry Parkes' Federation oration, and this is well covered in the School of Arts, wh...  more »