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Convicts and farming highlighted in Richmond’s third Weekend in the Valley

Following two successful ‘Weekends in the Valley’, Richmond Village will once again come alive with activity as commemorations continue to mark the town’s 200 years.

For the third weekend from 9 to 12 February, a convict muster will focus on the extensively rich and complex convict history in the village.

A program of convict-themed historical talks will be held at Richmond Town Hall featuring keynote speakers professor Stefan Petrow, Dr Richard Tuffin, Dr Dianne Snowden and Brian Rieusset.

Visitors and residents can also enjoy the Heritage Farming Expo, a two-day showcase of heritage agricultural machinery at Summer Hill Farm.

On Saturday evening, The Wolfe & Thorn will perform at Richmond Gaol, and The Young Irelanders in Van Diemen’s Land – A Musical History will be performed on Sunday at St John’s Church.

On the final day, Monday 12 February, a Richmond Convict Family Reunion will be held at Richmond Town Hall, bringing together convict descendants to connect with their family history.

Clarence Mayor Brendan Blomeley said the third weekend was a must-see in the Richmond Bicentenary program.

“The convict stories from this region are a fascinating part of history, not just for Richmond but for Tasmania,” Mayor Blomeley said.

“These captivating narratives illustrate the realities of living and working the land in harsh times. They also draw on the relationships between the traditional owners, the Mumirimina people, and the convicts as the town was established.

“These are important and deeply intriguing stories that frame our current context and how we have changed and developed over time.”

To find out more about other Bicentenary events visit www.richmond200.com

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Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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