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


21st February 2019 - (Thursday) Muster – John Judge will enlighten you on “The story of Hereford St and the crossing of the Macquarie River.” 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.

9th and 10th March 2019 – Saturday 9am to 4.30pm and Sunday 9am to 3.30pm – Bathurst Militaria Collectables and Arms Fair at Bathurst Showground. Numerous dealers selling arms and equipment. Clubs and Society’s historical collections and displays. Entry adults $10 or family 2 adults + 2 children under 16 $18.

17th March 2019 – Sunday only - Rebellion on the Turon – 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 in a day of historical re-enactments and displays. It starts at 10am with the firing of the 1820s cannon. The Redcoats will be there with pistol and sword duels. Ride a Cobb & Co coach, see the penny farthings and then visit the 1850s surgeon’s tent. Kids, be sure you visit the archaeological dig. The re-enactment of the “Rebellion on the Turon” with the Turon Diggers uprising against the gold licensing fee and the march on the Police Barracks will be sprung after a fresh corn lunch at 1pm.

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.

17th March 2019 – Sunday and every Sunday - Old Government Cottage at 16 Stanley Street is open from 12 noon to 4pm. A PowerPoint presentation of early Bathurst images has 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. See the mid-Victorian garden.

21st March 2019 – Thursday - Muster – Jan Page will talk on the Carillon - “Bathurst’s Singing Tower and the people who built it.” Jan will give us the latest information on this 100 feet high brick Bathurst War Memorial Carillon that was built during the Great Depression. 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.

6 April 2019 - 9.30am - 3.30pm -  Royal Australian Historical Society and Bathurst District Historical Society – Create NSW Regional Seminar -  The RAHS Regional Seminar program promotes the study, writing and dissemination of Australian history. It aims to develop historical expertise in the community that will support history and heritage projects. This regional seminar will offer participants practical advice on assessing key record sources, followed by a range of case studies on applying this to research projects.

Speakers/Topics:

  • Associate Professor Carol Liston will highlight the range of records now available online that can help researchers investigate land settlement in the Bathurst Region;
  • Judith Dunn will consider the remaining buildings of the Female Factory and explore the lifestyle of the women convicts that lived there;
  • Christine Yeats will discuss and provide examples of the many search tips and strategies to assist researchers make better use of Trove’s resources.

$20 at the CWA Hall, Russell Street, Bathurst
Bookings essential on the RAHS website www.rahs.org.au
Morning Tea, Light Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided, disabled access, street parking only.
Contact Samantha Friend on 6329 4233 for more information.

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