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

8th March – Open Sunday 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 this photo exhibit 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.

7th – 8th March – Saturday and Sunday - Bathurst Militaria Collectables & Antique Arms Fair at Bathurst Showgrounds. Open 9am each day, closing at 4.30pm Saturday and 3.30pm Sunday. Admission: Adults - $10, Family 2a + children under 16 - $18, children under 16 free but must be under adult supervision. There will be lots of significant items on display as well as interesting historical exhibits, many not having been shown to the public before. Some unique military memorabilia will also be seen at the event. Licensed dealers buying and selling.

15th March – Sunday only – ‘Rebellion on the Turon’ at Sofala - For those interested in Bathurst’s gold history and that of the Turon River and Sofala then make sure you join with the residents of the Turon Gold Fields, N.S.W. Corp of Marines and Lithgow Living History group in a day of historical re-enactments. It starts at 10am and the 1820s cannon will be fired throughout the day. There will be street performers, displays, artisan markets, colonial band and circus performances. The Redcoats will be there with pistol and sword duels. Ride a Cobb & Co coach and see the penny farthings. The costumed re-enactment combines disgruntled miners, gathering the crowd to riot and storm the main street of town and confront the authorities at the gold commissioner’s camp. They are stopped by the gun fire of the red coats and a miner is flogged and taken away again by armed troopers on the stagecoach. You can have a chat with one of several Marines marching around on the day. Don’t miss the firing of the loud cannonade with plenty of smoke, if you can take it at the right second on your camera. The entertainments will involve kid's traditional games and also an ugly competition for young and old! The Ugliest Moosh in the Bush will take a star spot this year with prizes awarded for the ugliest face pulled! Some may have to try less than others! In the Sofala Hall will be a comprehensive photographic display by local historian Ken Webb, comprised of hundreds of pictures with some exhibits up to 200 years old! There are market stalls and plenty of food. See attached brochure.

19th March – Thursday – “Machattie Park – behind the scenes” with Jan Page. From town gaol to tranquil park, the Machattie Park site holds many fascinating stories. However, this is not the story of the making of the park but rather one of rogues, royalty, tragedy and transformation. The Bathurst District Historical Society Monthly Musters are held in 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. There is a tradition of having supper afterwards and people are requested to bring a plate of goodies for supper. A donation box will be available if you wish to assist with the costs of renting.

21st March – Saturday - HOLY TRINITY KELSO MARKET DAY – 9am to 1pm in the Parish and Community, 81 Gilmour Street, Kelso – Plenty of Parking – Coffee, Cakes and slices, Garden and all sorts of books, White Elephant, Clothing, Bargains for blokes, Plants Craft, Pick a Leaf, B.B.Q., Refreshments, Jewellery and Chocolate Wheel.