Next Meeting

28 May 2018

Orange Ex-Services

Rotary Club of Orange Major Projects


Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival

Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson was born in Orange on 17 February 1864. We celebrated the 150th anniversary of his birth in 2014 with a community festival. Since then, Orange has run an annual festival. In 2017, the Rotary Club of Orange partnered with Brand Orange, the Orange and District Historical Society, the Yeoval community and the Councils of Orange and Cabonne to celebrate Australian poetry more generally with a focus again on Banjo Paterson. This celebration, the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival included:

  • An Australian Poetry Competition for poets reciting their own original poetry

  • A Family Market Day with walk-up bush poetry as entertainment

  • The Orange Business Chamber's Banjo Business Awards

  • Inspection of the restored Emmaville Cottage from the property on which Banjo Paterson was born

  • Displays and activities at Yeoval in conjunction with the exhibition "Banjo Paterson - more than a poet"

  • Breakfast and poetry in Robertson Park, Orange

  • Buskers doing poetry and entertainment in the streets

  • Shopfront displays by Orange and district schools 

  • Birthday celebrations for Banjo Paterson's birth in Orange

For information about the 2018 Festival that was held from 16 to 25 February 2018, contact  For listing events in the program or for advertising in the printed program click here.

Information and entry forms for the 2018 Poetry Competition are here.


Sustainable Living Week

The Rotary Club of Orange has a keen interest in helping the community be more sustainable and efficient in its energy and water use and its minimisation of waste. It therefore organises a week of activities in September each year focused on education about sustainability. Rotary partners with the Orange City Council, Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Orange (ECCO) and Netwaste to raise awareness about simple ways of saving energy and water and reducing waste.

In 2017, Sustainable Living Week began with the Orange Farmers' Market at the Orange Showground on Saturday 9 September. The attraction at the Market was a Primary Schools' sustainable cooking challenge. School teams were given a box of ingredients and asked to prepare a main meal for judging, based on innovation, taste, and efficient use of the food. This event always draws a good crowd.

The main event for the week, 18 to 22 September, was a series of science workshops for school students and their teachers with an emphasis on weather, climate and science technique. This event was run by the CSIRO Science Education team and taylored to suit the agegroups.

There was also on-site information sessions by local builders covering energy saving tips on Saturday afternoon 16 September.


BBQ lunches at the Orange Hospital

 On the third Friday of each Month the Rotary Club of Orange will be selling BBQ lunches at the Orange Health Service (The Hospital) on Forest Road. We will be on the grass near the front car parks if it is fine, and if it is raining, we will operate near the staff cafeteria on the Golf Course side of the hospital. Come and buy a steak or sausage sandwich and a drink between 11 am and 1.30 pm.


Narrambla Homestead Restoration Project (Emmaville Cottage)

The Rotary Club of Orange coordinated the removal, relocation and restoration of the 'Cottage' from its original location  on the Narrambla Estate to its new location near the Botanical Gardens (still on the Narrambla Estate). See the project in pictures.


  • Narrambla (Nyrambla) was a property of 1920 acres granted to Simeon Lord (ex convict, wealthy trader, influential public servant) in 1820. The original mill on the property is believed to have been built by his son George Lord. The property was sold in the 1840's.

  • The Cottage is the oldest home standing in Orange – imported as a kit home from America and built around 1850 by the Templar (Templer) family
  • Banjo Patterson was born on this property on 17th February 1864 and was his parents' first child and they travelled from an area near Obley (now Yeoval) to be near family for his birth. His great aunt Rosamund was married to John Arthur Templar.
  • Relocated to the Orange Botanic Gardens precinct, land that is within the westertn boundary of the original Narrambla property, the Cottage has been restored as an historic building showcasing the history of North Orange.
  • There are many facinating stories about North Orange's history, local families and local industries that are contained in booklet "Banjo Paterson and his birthplace 'Narrambla' Orange" as part of this project
  • The restored Cottage is now the property of Orange City Council and will be an educational, tourist, historical and public interest venue for Orange, easily accessible to families, school groups and tourists with plenty of parking and picnic facilities.
  • The Cottage and gardens will be an outstanding venue for family reunions, wedding photos, picnics and sunset watching with its spectacular high profile location and magnificent views of Mt. Canobolas.

 The Cottage was the focus for the celebration of Banjo Patterson's 150th birthday  on 17th February 2014.

The Rotary Club of Orange provides free guided tours of the Cottage with information about its history every Sunday from 11 am to 1 pm. No bookings required.