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September 3, 2019

Exhibition opening Saturday 12th October 2019 2.00pm - 6.00pm

Exhibition runs 12th October to 15th December 2019 (Saturdays and Sundays 10.00am to 4.00pm, otherwise by appointment)

Best known for his iconic bronze public sculptures such as the “Lithgow Flash” (Olympian Marjorie Jackson) Antony Symons’ (1942-2018) creative output expressed itself through a remarkable diversity of mediums and styles. This exhibition features the largest body of his work ever shown and includes paintings in oil, watercolours, pastel works, etch...

March 12, 2019

Saturday 23rd March,  2pm to 4pm,   $15 per person, including light refreshments (tickets at door)

Millpond Farm welcomes Braidwood area locals Harry Laing and Nicola Bowery, and the ACT's Melinda Smith, for a varied afternoon of poetry and light refreshments in the historic Mill.

$15 pp (purchase tickets at the door), drinks and nibbles included. Please RSVP to this event so we know how many of you to expect ! (email  antony.davies@millpond.com.au

More about the poets below:

Harry Laing believes poetry can e...

February 1, 2019

On Thursday 9th May 2019, The Canberra International Music Festival will conduct a special concert at Mill Pond Farm as a part of their series "A Taste of the Country". 

The Mill Pond Farm concert will feature two important historic pianos from our collection - the 1806 Thomas Tomkison square Piano Forte and the 1842 William Rolfe Cabinet Piano.

The pianos are to be played by two visiting pianists from Europe who specialise in historical music. The instruments have been restored especially for this significant event which wi...

February 1, 2019

"Space" is the theme for this year's Canberra & Region Heritage Festival, and Mill Pond Farm will be presenting a special exhibition "The Space Within" documenting some of the challenges of finding new uses for the variety of historic buildings on the property over the past ten years. Frank Lloyd Wright quipped "The space within becomes the reality of the building". The extraordinary spaces inside the 1859 four storey Mill, the 1840s wagon barns and the converted 1910 schoolhouse, all of which lost their original use over...

January 31, 2019

On Saturday February 16th 2019, famed jazz duo Kimba & Ryan will perform at the Mill in a concert to raise funds for the Majors Creek Music Festival. 

Join us at the stunning Mill Pond Farm for an afternoon of beautiful music when Kimba and Ryan bring their timeless Jazz style to all of the classics and a few surprises too.

Tickets $35 plus booking fee: price includes show, a glass of bubbles, beer or softy on arrival, fresh cut sandies and grazing tables full of delicious treats. Kids welcome - under 12 free. A full bar w...

November 27, 2018

Our Spring 2018 exhibition features works from ten local artists and features animals in all kinds of situations. Sam Kidd's wistful dog portraits of Lily, Pauline Webber's contemplative charcoal cows and characterful sheep by Catherin McMillan sit alongside Elizabeth Hawke's beautiful oil on canvas horse and Jenny Boyes' miniature birds in marbled landscapes. The gallery is being developed at present to include fine alpaca products and yarn made for us in America and some stunning fleeces from our own alpacas for spinning...

November 27, 2018

Kate Halpin's gorgeous music video for Mark Wilkinson's song "Summer Rain"

Kate and her team of very enthusiastic young film-makers spent just one day doing this beautiful short film about young lovers taking an imaginary journey away from a repressed reality (admittedly they started at 5am and finished about the same time the next morning!). All of the props were borrowed from the Mill Pond Farm collection and the filming took place in the farmhouse and the gardens. We particularly like the magic show scene which was achie...

November 27, 2018

Nell & Nugget (Jembaicumbene 2014) Director: Nicola Tyndale-Biscoe  

Australia, 1890. The gold-fields of NSW are almost abandoned, apart from families of ‘gleaners’ who scavenge for gold in the exhausted diggings. Nell, 13 & Nugget, 9 , sister and brother – live with their father Frank in the bush on the old chase. Frank spends his days foraging through tailings or ‘nickel-backing; deepening the old mine shafts. Nell & Nugget tend the veggies and chooks, collect the firewood & water. Frank is usually home by sunset – t...

April 7, 2018

The invention in the 18th century of mechanical musical boxes in Leipzig revolutionised the idea of popular music, making popular tunes accessible to people with no personal musical skill. By the 1840s, cylinder music boxes could play between one and a dozen or so musical pieces, powered by clockwork motors and operated by tiny pins set into a brass cylinder which plucked steel forks arranged as a comb as it rotated. At the end of each piece, the cylinder would shift across slightly to select the next tune. Large instrumen...

October 3, 2017

The historic flour mill at Jembaicumbene was built by Charles Dransfield in 1859 and opened on 25th  January 1860 as The Jembaicumbene Steam Flour Mills. In 1853 Dransfield had married into the Roberts family at Exeter Farm, where he  lived with various other relatives. The eastern end of Exeter Farm was known as the Old Dairy Flat Station, on which was the earliest dairy and dairyman's residence in the district, dating from the mid 1830s.   Dransfield and his new wife inherited this site, on a rise above the thriving vill...

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