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

Saturday and Sunday 11am - 2pm


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 NSW, 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.

23rd and 30th June - Sunday - Visit Old Government Cottage at 16 Stanley Street which is open from 12 noon to 4pm. A PowerPoint presentation of early Bathurst images have been amalgamated into the photo exhibition which gives a fascinating insight into the early years of Bathurst after photography developed in the 1870s and later. A timeline photo presentation is laid out to allow visitors to more logically see the development of Bathurst and surrounding 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 1825 or 1827 or the 1850s. All scenarios are laid out to see. The mid-Victorian garden alone is well worth a visit at present.

6th – 21st July - Bathurst Winter Festival – will be staged over two weeks of winter fun and comprise Council’s extensive Winter Festival promotion. Historic buildings will come alive through static and interactive illuminations, breathing life into old buildings every night from sundown. Wander through the Enchanted Forest or rug up in the Winter Playground with giant Ferris wheel and with a two-storey carousel.

McDonald’s Bathurst Open Air Ice Rink in the King’s Parade precinct will operate every day from 9am to 9pm. Come and enjoy regional food, produce and entertainment. There will be two major evening events held in association with the festival - Ignite the Night and Brew and Bite.

18th July – Muster - Stuart Driver – “Some never lose their shine” - Stuart Driver is a well-known local collector of Victoriana, furniture and old lamps. Stuart is on the trail of a local connection of significance with a recent acquisition. He is a very engaging speaker and his enthusiasm and passion for collecting is contagious. Our members will see their family heirlooms in a totally different light after this. 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 in the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre at 6pm for a 6:30pm commencement. Barbara Hickson will deliver her lecture titled “Let’s Do Heritage Differently.” 22 years’ experience in heritage management leads me to believe there may be many things, large and small , that we might do differently - more inclusive, more informed, less adversarial, less negative … or it might be time to throw the baby out, bath and all. Let’s explore the options for making heritage management a winner for all concerned.

Barbara has lived in Mudgee and worked as an architect for 40 years and heritage adviser for the past 25 years. As a heritage adviser she has worked for 13 different NSW councils, but especially for Bathurst for 22 years. Travelling throughout the west and north-west, Barbara has experienced the full range of heritage problems, and in the process has won several National Trust awards including The Cathy Donnelly award in 2007. She has also won other New South Wales awards for work on the Cobb & Co heritage trail and for cemetery interpretation and has authored three books on cemeteries. Barbara still has a small local architectural practice in Mudgee which is primarily residential, and works on heritage matters.

30th September and 1st October Monday – Tuesday and 10th and 11th October Thursday – Friday - SCHOOL HOLIDAY JUNIOR LAPIDARY WORKSHOP presented by the Bathurst Stamp, Coin, Collectables & Lapidary Club Inc. Lapidary is the cutting and polishing of minerals, gemstones and rocks to be used for jewellery or display. Learn the skills of cutting and polishing minerals and rocks in a 2-day workshop, with the possibility to set polished stones - all materials and instruction provided. Venue: Old Fire Shed – Park Street, Eglinton (next to Tennis Courts), Minimum Age - 7 years old. Cost - $30.00 – includes Junior membership of the Club ($5) and $25 to cover materials etc. Times - Starts 9.00 am – finish approx. 3.00 pm on each day. Bring your own lunch, with morning tea provided. Wear enclosed shoes (joggers). Numbers limited - 6 per workshop for safety reasons, so get your name down early! Pre-payment required for registration to be confirmed. CONTACT: Paul Martensz 63321017 or 0427 896 945 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Registration and Payment details.