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Each year we celebrate Camden’s historic past as well as unlock stories and images and promote the historic locations and buildings in the Camden area as part of NSW History Week.

This year Unlock Camden was held on Saturday 2 September from 10am - 3pm at Alan Baker Art Gallery, Camden Library and Camden Town Farm. See below for images and the program which was held. 

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Official Event Opening

  • Welcome to Country by Aunty Glenda Chalker
  • Mayoral Speech by Mayor of Camden, Cr Ashleigh Cagney
  • MP Speech by Sally Quinnell MP, Member for Camden
  • Performance by Elizabeth Macarthur High School's First Nations Kirra Ensemble
  • Commemorative Tree Planting acknowledging the legacy of Miss Llewella Davies OAM with members of the Camden Town Farm Reference Group and Heritage Advisory Committee
10am Camden Town Farm 

Vintage Cars and Fire Trucks
Garden Games
Community BBQ
Market Stalls
Local Music
Cakes and Scones 
Art Displays

10am - 3pm  Alan Baker Art Gallery & Camden Library 

Display of Camden Museum's collection of historic objects, photographs and archives

10am - 3pm Camden Museum
Weaving with Aunty Michelle Hailes 10am - 3pm  Alan Baker Art Gallery 
Unlock Camden Small Works Art Exhibition  10am - 3pm Camden Library
Self-Guided Llewella Davies Walking Tour  10am - 3pm Llewella Davies Walkway
Roving Characters by Camden Musical Society 10am - 3pm Alan Baker Art Gallery & Camden Library
Tours of St John's Anglican Church and grounds 10am - 1pm St John's Anglican Church

En Plein Air with Bob Gurney

10am - 1pm  Camden Town Farm 

Connection and Painting with Elizabeth Ellen

10am - 1pm Camden Town Farm

Art Demonstration by Jo Wong Hoyee

10am - 1pm Camden Town Farm

Art Demonstration by Rizwana Ahmad

10am - 1pm Camden Town Farm

Musical entertainment by The Honey Sippers

10am - 1pm  Camden Town Farm

Musical entertainment by Phyllis Foster

10am - 12pm Alan Baker Art Gallery


Charcoal White Gum with Tracey Prioste


10.30am - 12.30pm Camden Town Farm 


Botanical Drawing with Belle Mitchell


10.30am - 12.30pm Camden Town Farm 


Heritage Drawing with Michele Arentz


10.30am - 12.30pm  St John's Anglican Church 

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10.30am Alan Baker Art Gallery 

Busking by Lily Barrett

11am - 12pm NAB Bank Corner

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11.30am Alan Baker Art Gallery

Busking by Robert Patane

12 - 1.30pm Blooms The Chemist

Musical entertainment by Sophie Patterson

12 - 3pm Alan Baker Art Gallery

Busking by Micaelah Och

12 - 3pm NAB Bank Corner

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12.30pm Alan Baker Art Gallery

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1.30pm Alan Baker Art Gallery

Art Demonstration by Jane Wray

1pm - 3pm  Alan Baker Art Gallery


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Camden Museum

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Situated in the centre of Camden’s historic precinct, Camden Museum features displays highlighting the local Aboriginal community, the Macarthur family, agricultural industries, the Nepean River and its place in the community and women’s history.

The collection is features photography, archives and over historical 4000 objects, most of which have been donated by local residents.  

Camden Museum was established in the former School of Arts and Municipal Council building in 1970 and is operated by the Camden Historical Society. Camden Museum will be open all day for Unlock Camden! Entry to the Museum is free, but donations are welcome.

Find out more information and organise your visit here

Camden Area Family History Society Inc.

Camden Area Family History Society Inc. was established in 1996 as a self-funded non-profit organisation for the benefit of all who are interested in researching their family history within the Camden Area, within Australia and overseas. The Society’s aim is to promote the local family history and heritage of Camden and its residents. Admission to the Research Room is free and provides an ideal start for beginners in family history research, as well as experienced researchers.

Find out more information and organise your visit here

 Virtual Historic Tour

Explore the amazing heritage buildings and locations of Camden through this Virtual Historic Tour, developed for Unlock Camden 2021, which was held online due to public health orders.


Council’s Heritage Advisory Committee is running a social media campaign throughout History Week each year, asking residents to uncover their untold stories behind Camden’s rich and diverse history.

Information gathered will help to map Camden’s oral history as part of a knowledge-sharing and story-telling program that have shaped the identity of the area.

Find out how you can submit your own story.

Read some of our existing stories:


The stories presented are those of the authors and do not represent the opinion or policies of Camden Council, which  makes no representations or warranties of any kind about the completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability of the stories. 

Camden Images Past and Present

Camden Images Past and Present is a unique collection of significant historic and recent images from the Camden area including people, places, events, natural and built environment. The images are held by the Camden Historical Society and Camden Council Library Service and are selected and provided jointly. There are currently over 3,000 images with more being added each year. 

View Camden Images Website

History of Western Sydney Virtual Tour App

The rich colonial history of Western Sydney is acknowledged and celebrated in a new smartphone app developed by Camden, Penrith, Hawkesbury and Liverpool Councils.

The free Colonial Heritage of Western Sydney app explores the fascinating history of these combined local government areas which includes the largest group of early Colonial European heritage assets in Australia.

The app details many historical buildings, farmhouses, churches, cemeteries, roads and bridges in the region. Users can discover these for themselves on the guided and themed driving and walking tours offered in the app.

The free Heritage of Western Sydney app is available to iTunes, Android or GooglePlay users and can be downloaded now.

Unlock Camden Artists

Belle Mitchell

Belle Mitchell's art practice involves creating detailed and realistic drawings of botanicals and animals using graphite and colour pencil.

Bob Gurney

Bob Gurney is a local Australian traditional impressionist painter working across oil, acrylic, pen and wash and drawing mediums. 

Elizabeth Ellen

Elizabeth Ellen from Empowered Alchemy uses her passion for teaching art and design to empower others to live up to their true potential through coaching, mindfulness, meditation, creative visualisation, natural therapies and holistic counselling.

Michele Arentz

Michele Arentz produces beautiful and meticulous drawings and paintings of historical and modern architectural sites in the local area and surrounds.

Aunty Michelle Hailes

Aunty Michelle Hailes is an Aboriginal artist working on Dharawal land whose practice includes hand-crafted ceramics and weaving.

Jane Wray

Jane Wray is an award-winning artist who creates soft pastel works on sanded paper and archival quality limited edition prints of landscapes, wildlife, still lifes, seascapes and abstracts.

Jo Wong Hoyee

Jo Wong Hoyee is a local arts maker and educator who specialises in free-hand drawing, painting, illustration, photography and digital imaging.

Rizwana Ahmad

Rizwana Ahmad has been teaching, painting and exhibiting for over 30 years across a variety of subjects and mediums, working in an impressionistic and increasingly semi-abstract style. 

Tracey Prioste

Tracey Prioste is a local artist who works with charcoal and graphite pencil on paper to create realistic black and white drawings of wildlife.

Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Camden Council through the Local Government Heritage Grant. 

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