Please contact the Museum during open hours for more information of What's On.

Phone (02) 6330 8455

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am – 4pm

Saturday and Sunday 11am - 2pm


Bathurst District Historical Society Museum and Bookshop Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am – 4pm and on Saturday & Sunday 11am – 2pm.

20th September – (Thursday) Muster – Guest speakers, Vianne Tourle and Bernadette Wood, from The Friends of Centennial Park will tell you about “Centennial Park - a tale of resilience - from reserve to park.” They would love to hear your tales and memories of the park. Also any suggestions on how do we best care for and engage with nature and how do we best share public spaces.

The talk will take place at 7.30pm at the Uniting Church Activities Hall (between the church and the 1837 Hall) in William Street, opposite Machattie Park. All musters are open to the public.

23rd September and every Sunday until Christmas - Old Government Cottage at 16 Stanley Street is open from 12 noon to 4pm. A PowerPoint presentation of early Bathurst images have been amalgamated into the exhibit which gives a fascinating insight into the early years of Bathurst after photography developed in the 1870s and later. A photo presentation is laid out as a timeline to allow visitors to more logically see the development of the area and how the Europeans crossed the Blue Mountains, how the road was built by Cox, along with aspects of the convict settlement. Whilst the exact date of the building still defies researchers it could be as early as 1826 or 1827 or the 1850s. All scenarios are laid out to see.

The next School Holiday Lapidary Workshops will be on Thursday/Friday - 4th and 5th October and then 11th and 12th October. If you know of any students who would like to do the lapidary workshops to polish a rock to make a piece of jewellery, please call Paul Martensz on 0427 896 945 or 6332-1017, or email him This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The cost is $25.00 for the 2 days; 9am to 3.30pm each day.

In the lead-up to Remembrance Day 11th November, once called Armistice Day, there will be a series of ‘On This Day 1918’ on Stereo 2BS from late September. It will give insights and information of what happened during the last days of the Great War one hundred years ago, especially in Bathurst and the surrounding district.

Bathurst’s Remembrance Weekend will take place on Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th November in and around King’s Parade. There will be lots of activities and service bands in Machattie Park on Saturday. There will be a massive Great War display of memorabilia from World War One in the Walshaw Hall incorporating the ‘Wall of Valour’ photographs and the ‘Snapshots of World War One’ photos, many on display for the first time. This exhibition is free so come along on either day to see the exhibition. See what the Light Horsemen wore, what a WWI tank looked like, what medals were awarded, and lots more. For further information or if you would like to assist contact Alan McRae on 02 63315404 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This event is being organised by the Bathurst RSL Sub Branch and the Bathurst District Historical Society.