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That’s arts and entertainment: Iconic Vehicles

Iconic vehicles at Wakefield

A hundred years of automotive history will be in action when a selection of iconic vehicles from the National Museum of Australia (NMA) takes to the track at Wakefield Park Raceway near Goulburn NSW, on Saturday 17 August.

A Chequered Past will feature 12 amazing vehicles, including the 1967 Brabham Repco BT23A-1 V8 racing car, built and raced by Sir Jack Brabham.

The Brabham will join 11 other cars from the Museum’s collection at Wakefield Park Raceway, in an unprecedented opportunity for the public to see them driven around the track.

The vehicles will be on display at Wakefield Park from 10am until 3pm and will do laps individually and in groups.

NMA Director Dr Mathew Trinca said this is the first time some of these cars have been on public display and it’s certainly the first time so many can be seen in one place.

For more information, see nma.gov.au/whats-on/chequered-past

British invasion

When the 1960s British Invasion hit worldwide, Herman’s Hermits were one of the biggest groups out of the UK.

Their Australian No. 1 hits, Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter and No Milk Today, made them one of the most popular groups of the day in Australia.

These chart-toppers were followed up by eight more top 10 hits including I’m Henry VIII, There’s a Kind of Hush, A Must to Avoid, Silhouettes, and more.

The Six O’Clock Hop Tour comes to Canberra Theatre, 30 August 6pm; canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Directed by Jordan Best, with original music by Matt Webster, Belfast Girls at The Q stars some of our region’s most exceptional actors including Joanna Richards (pictured). File image.

Irish migration

Echo Theatre is staging the professional premiere of Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick, the story of five ‘famine orphans’ coming to Australia from Belfast in the 1850s, at The Q later this month.

It’s a little known part of Australia’s past, and a moving, funny and important chapter of women’s history in Australia.

Directed by Jordan Best, with original music by Matt Webster, Belfast Girls features a cast of some of our region’s most exceptional actors including Eliza Jennings and Joanna Richards.

Belfast Girls will be performed at The Q, Queanbeyan, 24-31 August; theq.net.au

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