Wil­low Court open for walk­ing tours

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

WIL­LOW Court is once again open to the pub­lic with reg­u­lar monthly guided tours of the Court and Bar­racks.

Walk­ing tours guided by the Friends of Wil­low Court will ed­u­cate the pub­lic on the his­tory of the for­mer asy­lum.

Tours will be held on the first Sun­day of ev­ery month at 10am, mid­day and 2pm, cov­er­ing the pe­riod from colo­nial days un­til the asy­lum closed in 2000.

The first tour was held last Sun­day.

Friends of Wil­low Court chair­woman Anne Salt said the tours and other spe­cial events would help raise aware­ness about the his­tory of Wil­low Court.

En­try to the tours is $20 for adults and $5 for chil­dren. Those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the tours must wear flat and en­closed shoes.

The tours have come after the Wil­low Court site was de­nied na­tional her­itage list­ing ear­lier this year.

The Aus­tralian Her­itage Coun­cil ruled that Wil­low Court did not pos­sess “un­com­mon, rare or en­dan­gered as­pects of Australia’s cul­tural his­tory” and was not “rare in a na­tional con­text”.

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