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

16th May - Muster - John Judge - “The Sale yards of Bathurst.” The siting of a public cattle market in Bathurst was not a straightforward matter. While the Borough Council worked through 5 sites until ending up on the Vale Road, the private markets enjoyed a selling monopoly until 1889. Let’s see why it took so long. Monthly Musters are held at the Uniting Church Activities Hall (between the church and the 1837 Hall) in William Street, opposite Machattie Park. Musters are open to the public with a 7.30pm start.

18th & 19th May (Saturday & Sunday) - Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail is on again! The starting point is the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre to pick up an event map and tickets. You can park nearby if you wish and take the free shuttle bus which circulates throughout the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail. Dozens of skilled artisans and craftspeople are involved. Enjoy a showcase of traditional and rare arts and trades, and exhibitions and tours. This major family friendly event is part of our annual Bathurst Heritage Week, and is not to be missed.

See the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail information attached.

19th and 26th May - Sunday - Old Government Cottage in Stanley Street is open from 12 noon to 4pm. Come and visit and view the presentation. It 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. 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.

26th May - Sunday - 9.00am - 3.00pm. Bathurst Stamp, Coin, Collectables and Lapidary Club rooms in Park Street, Eglinton. Open for any members who want to polish their gemstones or do lapidary work and other practical activities. Visitors and prospective members welcome, come along and have a look or ask questions.

WHAT IS LAPIDARY? Lapidary is the age-old art of transforming natural rocks and minerals into polished gemstones suitable for use in jewellery and for other ornamental purposes.

Skilled artisans of old fashioned the jewels in the crowns of Kings and Queens. Today, professional lapidaries supply the jewellery trade with the gems we all purchase in rings and pendants, etc. But, there are thousands of people Australia wide who have learned the artistic skills of gem cutting and jewellery making – as a hobby - a hobby which is one of the most personally satisfying you can have. You can learn to create your own gemstones and jewellery at your own pace, in the social setting of a friendly group of people, who share the same fascination with gemstone artistry - this is where the Bathurst Stamp, Coin, Collectables and Lapidary Club comes in. Contact 63315404


20th June – Muster – Graham Priddle - “Workhorse Steam Locomotives for 70 Years – Especially in Bathurst.” The respect shown for these steam engines is considerable, as they worked all around N.S.W., in all weathers and at all hours, to bring to Sydney all the wool, wheat, coal and livestock for the city population and for export. Bathurst depot was a major centre for the engines, having up to 50 of them based here at most times during the 70 years they were working.

The associated enginemen, fitters, fettlers, guards and signalmen meant that the title of “Bathurst, a railway town”, was very true. Graham will show us, with photos taken at the time, how these engines contributed to the history of Bathurst. Monthly Musters are held at the Uniting Church Activities Hall (between the church and the 1837 Hall) in William Street, opposite Machattie Park. Musters are open to the public with a 7.30pm start.

16th August, Friday - Theo Barker Memorial Lecture will take place in City Hall, BMEC, at 6:00 pm for 6:30 start. “Let’s Do Heritage Differently” will be the topic. Save the date.