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Phone (02) 6330 8455

Wednesdays and Fridays 11am – 2pm


Old Government Cottage reopening monthly from Sunday 28 February 2021 at 16 Stanley Street is open from 12 noon to 4pm. A fascinating insight into how the Europeans crossed the Blue Mountains, how the road was built by Cox, along with aspects of the convict settlement and early years of Bathurst. 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.

18th March 2021 – Muster -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. 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. For further information please contact Chris Stewart, Monthly Muster Master on 0408084450. Remember if you are not feeling well please say home. For everyone else we are COVID safe.

20th March – Saturday - The Bathurst Town Square – Keeper of Our Stories – from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Cost is free – bookings essential. Location: Bathurst District Historical Society Museum and Bookshop East Wing, Bathurst Courthouse Russell Street between William and George Streets Bookings: Bathurst Visitor Information Centre 1800 68 1000 Join us for a stroll in Bathurst’s Town Square to hear stories about our community’s past as told through foundation stones and public art works. Your will hear tales of legendary figures and momentous events remembered in stone, metal, glass – and resin. Artistic inspirations and foundation stone aspirations will be explored. An unsolved mystery is promised. The walk will last about two hours – appropriate footwear, a hat and a water bottle are advised. A gold coin donation will contribute to the Bathurst Town Square Group’s work in safeguarding our unique Town Square. See Autumn Colours booklet for all activities.

20th March 2021 – Saturday - HOLY TRINITY KELSO - AUTUMN FAIR – 9am to 1pm. In the Parish and Community Centre, 81 Gilmour Street, Kelso. Plenty of parking. Stalls galore – coffee, cakes, garden books, travel books, unlimited books, white elephant, clothing, bargains for blokes, craft, pick-a-blossom, BBQ, refreshments, plants, jewellery, chocolate wheel and lots more.

28th March – Sunday - Old Government Cottage will be open from 12 noon to 4pm. Visit Old Government Cottage at 16 Stanley Street and see the PowerPoint presentation of early Bathurst images which give 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.

28th March – Sunday – Bathurst Aero Club Open Day at Raglan Aerodrome. 9am to 3pm - Have you ever wanted to learn to fly? Are you curious about aviation? Do you like looking at aeroplanes? Do you just want to know what happens at the airport? Then you need to come along to the Bathurst Aero Club Open Day. Located at Bathurst Airport, the club and hangar will be open to all visitors. Talk to club members, pilots and instructors, take a flight in a Light Sport Aircraft, tour the clubrooms and hangar full of historical memorabilia and inspect the aircraft static display. Refreshments available.

Note – only more modern planes on the day.

10th & 11th April – Saturday and Sunday - Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail - Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm Cost: $15 per person online; $20 at the gate Location: Bathurst Agricultural Research Station & Bathurst Showground Bookings: Bathurst Visitor Information Centre 1800 68 1000 Bathurst will celebrate the trades and traditions that have helped shape the region at the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail. Rare trades and crafts will be showcased at Australia’s oldest inland European settlement. Blacksmithing, saddlery, dry stone walling, whip making, glass artistry, lace making, tapestry, embroidery, joinery and violin making are among many unique talents to be demonstrated by local and guest artisans. The event will allow you to visit sites not always open to the public with two of Bathurst’s most historic venues used to host the artisans practising their rare trades.

Thursday, 15th and Friday, 16th April, 2021 - SCHOOL HOLIDAY LAPIDARY WORKSHOP - #3-21 - presented by the Bathurst Lapidary & Collectors Club Inc. Lapidary cutting and polishing minerals, gemstones and rock 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: 8 years old - (As this Workshop is not a child-minding service, we encourage an adult to attend with any student between the ages of 8-9 years to assist with supervision. Should there be a problem regarding unsafe behaviour of a child of any age, parents will be contacted to come and take the student home.) Cost: $40.00 – includes Junior membership of the Club ($5) and $35 to cover most materials etc. Times: Start 9.00 am – Finish approx. 3.00 pm on each day. REMEMBER: Bring your own Lunch; Morning tea provided; Wear enclosed shoes (joggers); Water or drinks. There is bottled water and soft drinks available at minimal cost. Numbers limited (6 per Workshop) for safety reasons, so get your name down early! Pre-payment required for registration to be confirmed. To make payment: EITHER: Internet Banking – BSB: 650-000 account Number: 534231401 - Account Name: Bathurst Lapidary & Collectors Club Inc. OR: Deposit Cash at Newcastle Permanent Building Society – William Street, Bathurst - (Please email or MESSAGE Paul Martensz when payment has been made by Cash). CONTACT: Paul Martensz 6332 1017 or 0427 896 945 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. Register by 4th April, 2021

22nd April 2021 – Muster - Thursday - Darrin Treanor – “Michael and Johanna Treanor - The Grand Hotel (1891-1897)”. NOTE DATE - This talk will include his links to the Toohey Brewing Family, how The Grand Hotel came into being and its opening with a few stories from that time. Darrin has located a family photo of Michael Treanor taken at the time of the Grand Hotel being built. The lacework on its verandas saw several other hotels upgrade their hotel. The hotel quickly gained an impressive reputation for its accommodation with farmers staying overnight for their visits into Bathurst for supplies. Commercial travellers used the hotel’s rooms to show and demonstrate their products. 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. For further information please contact Chris Stewart, Monthly Muster Master on 0408084450. Remember if you are not feeling well please say home. For everyone else we are COVID safe.

6th May 2021 – Thursday - Muster – A talk by Andrew Reynolds, Director, of John Taylor & Co and hosted by the Bathurst District Historical Society commencing at 7.30pm in the Uniting Church Hall, William Street Bathurst. The talk will encompass Taylor & Co, the Festival of the Bells, the Bathurst Carillon and Carillons in general. 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. For further information please contact Chris Stewart, Monthly Muster Master on 0408084450. Remember if you are not feeling well please say home. For everyone else we are COVID safe.

1st to 9th May - Heritage Week. Heritage Week is an opportunity to discover more about the rich and often surprising stories of the Bathurst region with a varied series of various activities. Join a heritage tour, celebrate Proclamation Day, take a self-guided walk along the Surveyors Walk or the Town Square and visit the Bathurst District Historical Society Museum in Russell Street. If you would like to see the full program you will need to visit www.bathurstregion.com.au/heritageweek

7th to 9th May – Friday to Sunday - Festival of Bells.
Friday 7th: Last Post Ceremony – 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Saturday 8th: 1.30pm – 7.00pm
Sunday 9th: 12pm - 4pm
Cost: Free - bookings essential for seating. Location: Kings Parade - bounded by William, George, Church and Russell Streets. Bookings: Bathurst Visitor Information Centre 1800 68 1000

The inaugural Festival of Bells is centred on the recently upgraded and now world-class Bathurst War Memorial Carillon. One of just three Carillons in Australia, the Bathurst Carillon is unique as the only one located in regional and rural Australia. Free family events range from a commemorative Last Post Ceremony and opening of the Eternal Flame Chamber to the public, followed by two days of themed entertainment and celebration. Music performances will feature the Carillon, bands, bell ringers, choirs and local musical talent. The very best of local food and wine will also be available at the venue.

Bathurst District Historical Society has a new Facebook page with increasing numbers of old historical photos and other news. Users just need to search 'Bathurst District Historical Society' or this is a direct link for our new and regularly updated Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BathurstHistory/