Kendall Creative Community

Just as you are about to cross the picturesque Camden Haven River at the entrance to the town there is a welcome sign, “Kendall. The Poets Village” a sure clue that something creative is going on.  Indeed it has been for over 100 years. In 1891 the village of Camden Haven was renamed Kendall in honour  of Australia’s first major native born poet, Henry Kendall, who lived in the area in the 1870’s  and wrote some of his best poetry here. His works and life are today commemorated in a number of ways in the town. There is a Poets Walk around the town, an annual lecture or talk on his birthday and public art celebrating his life. There are also a number of other major pieces of public art around the village and the Town Green, reflecting a strong interest in all things creative.

A community always known for its enterprise and initiative has gained a reputation for the arts, community events and a lifestyle the envy of many.  The focus for much is the delightfully restored Kendall Hall. It hosts the internationally known Kendall National Violin Competition and many other concerts and until recently has been the home of the Watermark Literary Muster and the Camden Haven Music Festival. Other annual Kendall events include a Kendall Photography competition and exhibition and another for Recycled Art. The latter reflecting the importance of the local Op Shop, a real treasure trove. The community has converted its train station into an Aladdin’s Cave of arts and crafts representing over 50 local artists.  Many have been inspired like Henry Kendal by the tranquillity and beauty of the landscapes of the area which you can enjoy exploring the local area or relaxing at its cafes. All this is only two minutes from the Pacific Highway taking the turnoff at Kew which has its own attractions worth calling in on. The community run Kew Visitor Centre not only has a small gallery but will provide you with copies of both the Poets Walk and a heritage trail.

For more information on visiting Kendall go to http://www.kendall.org.au/


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Kendalls Cultural Highlights:

Kendall National Violin Competition

Port Macquarie Hastings

The Kendall National Violin Competition, now in its second decade, has established itself as the major event for young violinists not only in Australia, but the Asia Pacific region. Past…

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The Kendall National Violin Competition, now in its second decade, has established itself as the major event for young violinists not only in Australia, but the Asia Pacific region. Past finalists and winners of the competition have forged impressive international careers and the event receives national media coverage and interest. The Competition invites young violinists to compete for a range of prizes, the main being a concert violin or viola made from Australian timbers by renowned Australian luthier, Graham Caldersmith. The weekend also features additional performances on the Sunday.

For more information on Kendall National Violin Competition, view their website, http://www.kendallviolin.org.au

Kendall Craft Co-operative

Port Macquarie Hastings

A wide variety of locally made craft is for sale in this fascinating space of the historic Kendall Railway Station. Open daily 10am to 4pm.

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31 Railway St, Kendall

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A wide variety of locally made craft is for sale in this fascinating space of the historic Kendall Railway Station. Open daily 10am to 4pm.

Henry Kendall

Port Macquarie Hastings

The great Australian poet Henry Kendall lived in the Camden Haven from 1874 to 1881 and found much of his inspiration for his works from its landscape. The small town…

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Crn Comboyne & Orara Streets, Kendall

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The great Australian poet Henry Kendall lived in the Camden Haven from 1874 to 1881 and found much of his inspiration for his works from its landscape. The small town of Camden Haven was renamed Kendall in 1891. 125 years after his death an impressive granite statue by artist Dee Davis has been added to the various public arts projects in the area that celebrate his life.

Bookends at Kendall

Port Macquarie Hastings

This community run book exchange is open to all at the “hut up the hill” at the Kendall Community Centre. You can get real bargains from the thousands of books…

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Comboyne Street, Kendall

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This community run book exchange is open to all at the “hut up the hill” at the Kendall Community Centre. You can get real bargains from the thousands of books meticulously catalogued on the  shelves or even better value if you want to exchange some books.  Open every morning Monday to Saturday from 10am.

For more information on Bookends at Kendall, view their website, https://sites.google.com/site/kendallbookends/

Kendall Poets Walk

The great Australian poet Henry Kendall lived in the Camden Haven from 1874 to 1881 and found much of his inspiration for his works from its landscape. The small town…

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The great Australian poet Henry Kendall lived in the Camden Haven from 1874 to 1881 and found much of his inspiration for his works from its landscape. The small town of Camden Haven was renamed Kendall in 19891 and to further celebrate this poet there is now a Poets’ Walk in Kendall. The poets musings and those of other local poets can be found on a series of power poles that around the town. There are 30 in a very reasonable distance with the walk also taking you past many heritage and character buildings and other public art. Copies of the walk are available at the Kew Visitor Information Centre.