Exploring Orange through
its architecture

October 2022

During the October Long Weekend, members and friends enjoyed three informative and relaxing walks around the streetscapes of Orange.

We delved into the civic and social history of this beautiful town, led by heritage architect Dr Roy Lumby.

The weather was pleasant, and the walks were fully subscribed.


Saturday 1st October – Robertson Park and surrounds

For our first walk, the shady trees and lawns of historic Robertson Park provided a retreat from the bustle of central Orange.

Roy led us on an exploration of the area’s bountiful heritage, and provided some insights into the history and personalities associated with the growth and development of Orange.

The park is a significant place of community remembrance, containing memorials, civic adornments and the premises of a historic community organisation.

Located on the site of the city’s early water supply, it’s surrounded by a rich collection of important institutional and cultural buildings, along with two of regional NSW’s finest pubs of the 1930s.


Sunday 2nd October – Institutions, commerce, dwellings

On the second day, this architectural tour explored a rich and diverse collection of buildings associated with state and local government, education, recreation, commerce and religion.

The walk also sampled some wonderful houses made distinctive by elegant and imaginative architectural detailing.


Monday 3rd October – Cook Park and Summer Street

On the final day, Roy introduced us to some of the history and beauties of the park.

We were privileged to hear also from Stuart Read and Matthew Taylor, who are both specialists in garden history and design.

Cook Park is sufficiently important to be listed in the Heritage Register as an item of State significance.

It’s an outstanding example of a Victorian era park, and notable for its fine collection of mature trees and numerous items of historic and aesthetic interest from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The tour of the park was followed by a tour of commercial, civic and domestic architecture lining Summer Street, and byways leading off it.

Overall, the October Long Weekend was a great success. It was certainly wonderful to be out and about once more – after the difficulties many of us experienced in 2020 and 2021.

In the lead-up to the event, we received great support from the Orange Visitor Information Centre. If you’re heading that way, it’s worth stopping in to find out what’s on during your visit.


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