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The theme for this year’s Heritage Festival is ‘Having a Voice’, and the National Trust is inviting communities across Tasmania to tell their stories through different voices, recognizing the many narratives that have shaped Tasmania.

The event Friends of Willow Court is holding traces the history of Alexander Laing and the fiddle tunes he composed when he resided and worked in New Norfolk,

Alexander Laing was born in Scotland, and was transported to Sydney in 1814, then after moving to Hobart Town and eventually marrying, he became a police constable at Sorell. In 1851 he was appointed New Norfolk Gaoler, and resigned from that position to become ‘upper wards man in 1856 at the New Norfolk asylum, a position he held until his dismissal in 1862 for drunkenness.

Alexander Laing wrote 242 tunes for the fiddle, including 60 original compositions named after his family and well known identities, with 25 of these tunes written during the period he lived in New Norfolk, and a number of these were written for the asylum’s superintendents and family members, as well as local community members and visitors.

The Alexander Laing fiddle trail hosted by FoWC involves travelling by bus to selected properties around New Norfolk that are identified as relevant to Laing’s fiddle tunes, and while at each property the fiddle tunes that are relevant to that property are played, and the history of Alexander Laing’s connection to the site is told, along with a short history of the property.

Lunch is at the Lachlan hall in the beautiful Lachlan valley just south of New Norfolk, and the event concludes at historic Glen Derwent homestead, with a Devonshire tea and tour included.

The bus will transport participants back to Bathurst St at conclusion of the event at 3.30 pm.

Warm clothes, enclosed shoes and an umbrella are advised, as part of this event is held in the open. Enclosed shoes are required for entry to Willow Court Barracks. Some toilet facilities are available at some locations which you will be informed about before departure. Due to the nature of the heritage locations there is limited mobility access.


Tickets available HERE

Start time and place: 9.30 am Outside New Norfolk Police station, Bathurst St (next to St Matthew’s Anglican church), Derwent Valley Tas

Finish Time: The bus will transport participants back to Bathurst St at 3.30 pm.

Date: 14 May 2017 

Cost: $85 per ticket

Friends of Willow Court Events Page 



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