September 20, 2014

HERITAGE September-October 2014

Food for thought ................... Editor’s note
Carpe diem - literally speaking - “seize the day”! Take every opportunity, and don’t put all your trust in tomorrow.

Do we really realise how lucky we are in the opportunities that avail us to experience history today? Everywhere we turn, there are community groups and individuals offering experiences through seminars, collections, tours and publications about our past.

Family history groups and historical societies, museums individuals and tourist organisations abound throughout the country, where dedicated members “work” to collect, store and disseminate information about where we came from, how we reached these shores and how Australia developed from a simple colony to the nation we know today. I say “work” because to them it is often not work but a labour of love.

With the passing of John Leary OAM, it would seem timely to look back and see where we of BMACHO have come from in fostering these opportunities. BMACHO commenced in 2006 with the aim to foster and support cultural heritage activities related to the Blue Mountains. To revisit the Objects of the Constitution: 

 1. To raise public consciousness of the value of cultural heritage.
2. To encourage and assist the cultural heritage activities of member organisations. 3. To initiate and support cultural heritage activities not already covered by member organisations.

BMACHO seeks to take every opportunity to bring together many groups to share information and promote culture and heritage throughout the greater Blue Mountains area and beyond. In light of this the most current initiative is our Heritage Trail project. Our diverse membership uniquely blends the skills and resources of historical, cultural and heritage groups, major tourist attractions, gardens and galleries. We need to promote our collective skills and assets to the widest possible audience.

BMACHO is taking up the challenge and is producing a high quality Heritage Trail leaflet and trail map for distribution through Visitors’ Centres, historical societies, family history societies and museums, with contribution from BMACHO members. In addition, a dedicated website which presents the map and detailed contacts, for all BMACHO members, is also envisaged, in due course.

The Heritage Trail would incorporate open days for BMACHO member groups perhaps quarterly, proceeding along the Great Western Highway from Emu Plains to Lithgow, and up the Bells Line of Road from the Hawkesbury to Lithgow. If visitors can see the premises open on the Common Open Days, they can plan a trail that is comfortable for them to travel in a day.

Not every member group has premises, but those without may be able to use a hall or library to facilitate visitors. Even if a member is not able to participate in the Common Open Days, they can list their opening hours on the leaflet.

Funding is to be generated through corporate sponsorship and through participant’s participation fees. The launch of the project should be later in early 2015.

In the meantime, BMACHO will continue to collect and share information and events through this Newsletter. News items are always welcome, from the smallest note to articles in the order of 1500 words. Photographs will always help to illustrate the story and should be sent as separate files. Please direct any items to the editor or to the secretary

Patsy Moppett
Heritage Newsletter Editor
Blue Mountains Association of Cultural & Heritage Organisations Inc

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September 9, 2014

Recognising 50 years since the closure of the Lithgow State Coal Mine


Recognising 50 years since the closure of the Lithgow State Coal Mine

On 13 October 1964 the Downcast Shaft of the Lithgow State Coal Mine was sealed permanently. This marked the end of an enterprise that had operated since the dark years of the Great War.

The mine site is significant as it was the first government coal mine opened in New South Wales in the 20th century and it also has an important place in industrial relations history of the Australian coalfields.

To recognise 50 years since the closure of the mine the City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum Inc is hosting an informal luncheon in the State Mine Bath House from 11:30am on Saturday 18 October 2014.

Guests of honour will include Paul Toole, MLA for Bathurst and Minster for Local Government, Maree Statham, Mayor of Lithgow and Wayne McAndrew, General Vice-President, CFMEU Mining and Energy Division.

We invite former State Mine workers and their families to attend. Entry will be by donation. If you wish to attend please notify us through our facebook page: Lithgow State Mine Museum or by contacting the museum on 6353 1513.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Yours faithfully

Ray Christison
The City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum Inc

10 September 2014

Sydmouth Valley House visit


The Homestead was built in 1826 by Robert Lowe in the Sydmouth Valley through which William Cox constructed his road to Bathurst. Robert Lowe received the grant of 2,000 acres of land and the service of 20 convicts by Governor Macquarie in recognition of his services as a magistrate for the Bathurst district.

Ann Webb purchased the property in 1871 for her youngest son, Thomas Bernard Webb, and the Webb family descendants have continued to occupy the property ever since.

The Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc has arranged for the current owners Kevin Webb and Lynne Woods to conduct a tour of inspection of the handmade brick homestead and the old world cottage garden on Saturday 11 October 2014, be followed by Devonshire Morning tea.

The tour group will meet at the Tarana Hotel at 9 a.m. and following the tour there is an option to return to the Tarana Hotel for lunch, at your own expense.

The cost of the tour and morning tea is $15 which must be paid before 5 October 2014 at Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc, Ewen Smith Memorial Hall, Cnr Tank & Donald Streets, Lithgow during the Resource Centre opening hours or by post to The Secretary, PO Box 516, Lithgow.

September 6, 2014

Regional services program for 2015

Regional services program for 2015

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September 3, 2014

Bathurst 2015 Celebrations & BATHEX Exhibition


This is the first of a series of e-newsletters to be produced in a series that will promote Bathurst’s upcoming 200th Anniversary, the BATHEX 2015 Bicentenary Collectables, Gem and Mineral Exhibition - Bathurst Remembers 200 Years of History and other various functions and exciting activities which will take place throughout next year.

BATHEX stands for ‘Bathurst Exhibition’ which has been going in Bathurst every two or three years since 1988. It follows somewhat along the lines of the historic Bathurst Juvenile Industrial Exhibition which ran from 2nd to the 9th November, 1881, some 134 years ago next year.

This e-newsletter is to assist in promoting BATHEX 200 and other events taking place during the year- long celebrations next year as Bathurst marks its 200th birthday.

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Hartley Walks and Exhibition

September 2, 2014

Report on CTC of MA workshop 16 Aug 2014

Central Tablelands Chapter N.S.W of Museums Australia

A very successful workshop on Aboriginal protocols for Museums was held by the Central Tablelands Chapter of Museums Australia on Saturday 16th of August at the Golden Memories Museum in Millthorpe and was hosted by the Millthorpe and District Historical Society.

The leading Presenter was Phil Gordon the Aboriginal Heritage Project Officer Anthropology Research at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

Phil Gordon preparing the Power Point Presentation before the workshop began

Phil presentation covered the many issues facing museums on how to display, store and handle Aboriginal objects that museum’s may have in their collections.

The workshop also focused on Developing a Community Practice: Museums and Reconciliation in Australia from the book Museums, Society, Inequality by Lynda Kelly and Phil Gordon.

Museum’s Australia’s Aboriginal Protocols Titled “Continuous Cultures, Ongoing Responsibilities was made available to members

This document is on the Principles and Guidelines for Australian Museums working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage.

A copy of this document is available on the Museum’s Australia wed site or by contacting Elaine Kaldy at

In support of the Workshop a committee of 7 People from The Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council attended the workshop. This Committee was lead by Neil Ingram whom performed a touching Welcome to Country ceremony.

Left to right front row John Gerard and Doug Sutherland. Back row Greg Ingram Terry McLean Uncle Pat Neil Ingram, members of Orange Local Aborigine Land Council
Phil Gordon, Aboriginal Heritage Project Officer Anthropology Research at the Australian Museum in Sydney. Elaine Kaldy President of Central Tablelands Chapter of Museums Australia and Brain Turnbull from the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council

After lunch an inspection and a talk was given by Elaine Kaldy about the Golden Memories Museum’s Display WIRADIJURI DREAMING and the Museum’s collection of Aboriginal objects.

This was followed by a presentation of the Dabee project which is being funded by the Department of Heritage and Conservation and Moolarben mine.

Presenters were Lyne Syme and Colin Jones Project managers.

This display is planned as a travelling exhibition so that local schools and Museums can host this exhibition that relate to the early Aboriginal occupation and history of Dabee Wiradijuri people’s.

For details of the touring display contact Colin Jones on the following link

August 31, 2014

Beyond the Blue Mountains - Following the road from Bathurst


The Royal Australian Historical Society is pleased to advise that the NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage, the Hon Rob Stokes MP, has announced that the RAHS grant application for the funding of a project entitled Beyond the Blue Mountains - Following the Road from Bathurst has been approved.

This project will provide a platform for those in the Central Tablelands 
to share information on their historical and heritage records 
plus a database where community members can upload local information.
 The project scope was defined by Christine Yeats, Elizabeth Ellis and Carol Liston with detailed project plans, documentation and budgets prepared by Suzanne Holohan (RAHS Executive Officer), with support from Graham Sciberras (RAHS Digital Media) and Donna Newton (RAHS Librarian).  The overall project aim of Beyond the Blue Mountains was to increase community awareness, interest and understanding of the historical and heritage significance of the inland settlement of NSW.  It built on the successful delivery of the Western Crossings grant program which was managed by a Working Party with similar responsibilities.

The Beyond the Blue Mountains grant application has three main components:

RAHS Collections - Grant funding:  To provide increased accessibility to the RAHS collections (includes photographs, glass lantern slides, ephemera, scrapbooks) connected to the inland settlement of New South Wales, through the delivery of dedicated webpages;  high resolution and downloadable fully indexed digitised materials from the collection, podcasts (supported by visual images) and text that can be used by regional schools and historical societies as learning tools.

Regional Workshops - Grant funding:  To deliver two regional outreach workshops supplemented by online training, materials that will build capacity and encourage intergenerational engagement with local history and heritage.

Community Engagement:  To provide a platform for Central West organisations to share information on their historical and heritage records connected with the NSW inland settlement including a database where community members can upload information on their collections and records.

Ref: Email from Jan Koperberg, RAHS Councillor 

August 21, 2014

ACHAA workshop and inaugural AGM

ACHAA (Aboriginal Culture, Heritage & Arts Association Inc.) is a new association established for NSW Aboriginal cultural centres, keeping places, knowledge centres, language centres and artist-run studios. On 9 and 10 September, ACHAA will hold its first AGM and workshops at the Yarrawarra Aboriginal Culture Centre at Corindi Beach.

ACHAA was established to develop sustainable networks between like-minded organisations, raise professional standards and promote the value and importance of the sector to key stakeholders and the general public.

Alison Williams, ACHAA Chairperson says the establishment of the organisation is timely for the support and recognition it will bring:

“Our Keeping places and cultural centres are our grass roots portals for the continuance of our cultural practices, our stories and spirituality. They are the contemporary gathering places and trading sites between Indigenous nations. They are the voice of communities, from Elders to our youth, which speak to wider Australia and governments.”

The need for such an association is long overdue.  At the 2011 Keeping Places & beyond: building cultural futures in NSW Summit, the request for a support network for the broad range of places for NSW Aboriginal culture, heritage and arts was one of the most strongly supported recommendations.

Other states and territories already provide advocacy, support and general promotion through a number of umbrella organisations such as ANKAAA (the Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists Inc.) which operates across WA and NT.

Our Keeping places and cultural centres are our grass roots portals for the continuance of our cultural practices, our stories and spirituality. They are the contemporary gathering places and trading sites between Indigenous nations.  

In response to the Summit recommendations, M&G NSW agreed to provide secretariat services in the establishment phase of the network. Unanimous support for the formation of ACHAA was reiterated at more than a dozen community meetings during the 2012 field consultations.

ACHAA has the following objectives:

a)    Create a sustainable and resilient network of NSW Aboriginal Culture, Heritage & Arts organisations;

b)    Provide and facilitate training and development for those who work and volunteer in the NSW Aboriginal culture, heritage and arts place based sector;

c)    Promote the value of NSW Aboriginal culture, heritage and arts and artists to the broader arts, heritage and culture sector and wider community;

d)    Engage with all levels of government and non-government organisations for the support and promotion of NSW Aboriginal culture, heritage and arts.

To get ACHAA off the ground, M&G NSW contacted a selected group of eight Aboriginal cultural organisations to become founding members and to define its operating structure.

To be eligible for ACHAA membership an organisation must be an Aboriginal managed NFP with place -based operations and be open to the public receiving over 100 unique visitors per year. It is estimated up to 20 organisations may be eligible.

The non-core, associate membership will include aspiring Aboriginal organisations plus cultural, regional and tertiary institutions interested in supporting the objectives of the association.

To find out more about the ACHAA workshop Building Together: Tools for cultural places go to

The AGM and workshops at the Yarrawarra Aboriginal Culture Centre have been organised by M&G NSW with financial support from Arts NSW.

The 2011 Keeping Places & beyond: building cultural futures in NSW Summit was organised by Museums & Galleries of NSW and funded by Arts NSW.

August 17, 2014


Based on the letters and diaries of Australian army nurses in the First World War, Through These Lines offers an intimate and unique theatrical experience, performed by a talented ensemble cast with authentic costumes and props, and a vivid sound design, for an immersive experience of the tumult of war.
We were stunned by the performances … the cast and crew can be very proud of the show … a treasure in the 100th anniversary year of the War to End Wars
Uplifting, terrifying and sad all at the same time … The cast was absolutely brilliant and swept the entire audience up in the history, struggles, happiness of love and crippling devastation of war. Get to see this show if you can, you won’t be sorry
Poignant, thought provoking, great balance of pathos, humour and insight

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August 1, 2014

IMAGinE awards 2013

Elaine Kaldy, President, MA Central Tablelands Chapter, encourages all museums in the Central Tablelands to nominate - the deadline for nominations will be extended until 15 August2014 - see details below.

As you know, M&G NSW is calling on museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres to submit nominations for the IMAGinE awards. There are four categories: projects, sustainability, engagement and individual achievement. 

We would very much appreciate if you could get in touch with museums in your Chapter who did something special between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014: whether it’s a collections project, an exhibition or a great public program. 

Why nominate?
Along with being up for a prestigious award, all nominated organisations or individuals will be included in the 2014 IMAGinE awards printed booklet, profiled on the M&G NSW website, and acknowledged during the IMAGinE awards presentation.

We will soon announce that the deadline for nominations will be extended until 15 August 2014. This should give volunteer museums a chance to get in touch with us and submit a nomination form.

If you haven’t time to contact the museums, please pass on their contact details and project name to us so we can contact them.

Kind regards

Margot Stuart-Smith

July 31, 2014

Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc - War Hero Project

“A Long March from Lithgow”

The Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc. launch of their War Hero Project was very fittingly held on Remembrance Day 2012 at Club Lithgow.

Federal Member for Calare, John Cobb, and Lithgow Mayor, Maree Statham, spoke on the importance of remembering our diggers and wished the society all the best for the publishing of the book in 2014.

The book, titled ‘A Long March from Lithgow’, will be launched at a function to be held at Club Lithgow on 9th November 2014 and includes short biographies of over 1300 men and women who served their country in what was known as The Great War.

Information for the book has been sourced from Australian War Memorial, National Archives, Mapping our Anzacs, the Lithgow Mercury and Lithgow Democrat newspapers as well as from stories shared by families and friends. Photographs of those who served have been included where available.

Bathurst Historian, Denis Chamberlain, will be the guest speaker at the Launch which is open to members of the public. Afternoon tea will follow the conclusion of official proceedings.

For catering purposes, please RSVP to the Society by email to or phone 02 63531089 during LDFHS library hours or by mail to The Secretary, LDFHS Inc, PO Box 516, Lithgow NSW 2790.

Books may be pre-ordered by contacting the Society. Orders placed before and incl. 3rd October 2014 Pre Publication price will be $50 plus postage $13.40 (if required). For orders placed after 3rd October 2014 and onwards price will be $60 plus postage $13.40 (if required)

National Family History Month



National Family History Month

It’s time to dust down your ancestors. August is National Family History Month. Throughout the month there will be events of interest for the experienced family historian as well as the beginner. All events are free, but places are limited and bookings are essential.

Talk: Introduction to family history

Family history tree
Friday 1 August 2014
10.30 AM to 12.00 PM
Flinders room, lower ground floor, Macquarie street building
Free, but bookings essential. Limit of 20.
(Email us at to book)
An overview of the many and varied Family History resources in the Library, plus the catalogues and online guides that can help you navigate them. A tour is included.

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July 23, 2014

Museums & Galleries NSW - Imagine Awards

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IMAGinE winning ...

Nominations close 8 August.
Get inspired by the 2013 winners.

This email is being sent to all listed member Historical Societies, Museums and Individuals of the Central Tablelands Chapter of Museums Australia (NSW Branch) and other interested persons.
 If you know of other Societies, Museums or Individuals who would like to be added to the list, please email Wal Pilz with name, address, phone no. and email address.

July 17, 2014

A workshop about Indigenous protocols - Millthorpe

You are invited to join us in a workshop about Indigenous protocols you need to observe when displaying or accepting Aboriginal objects and storage protocols.
The workshop is being hosted by the Golden Memories Museum Park St Millthorpe on the 16 th August next.

This workshop is under the auspices of the Central Tablelands Chapter of Museums Australia and deals with important issues relating to Museums and indigenous artefacts.

The presenter will be Phil Gordon Australia’s most prominent Aboriginal Museum Officer.
Phil Gordon is currently Head of the Australian Museum’s Indigenous Heritage. Phil is a leading person in the development of Museum’s policies and procedures, dealing with indigenous cultural issues and the development of public programs at the Australian Museum’s along with other important Indigenous cultural heritage issues.

The subjects Phil Gordon will cover include .Discussions of policies. Continuing ongoing responsibilities of Museums where indigenous objects are held.  The implications for and your museum
Phil Gordon will also be discussing with you, your collection or your Museum’s Collection  of Indigenous Objects.
Presentation of Photographs or Indigenous Objects from your museum’s collection or your private collection, to followed by a  open discussion .

After lunch a Parks and Wild life’s Paul Histonson wild explain the Current Federal  Heritage Law.           

This workshop is free.

There is  a catering cost of $18 to Millthorpe and District Historical  Society for morning tea and lunch. Morning, tea with homemade scones. Lunch Soup Sandwich’s and slices.

Please advise Phil Stevenson on 0263623257 mobile 0402412188 or email before the 1st of August for catering requirements and you

Kind regards to you all 
Elaine Kaldy  Workshop Coordinator

Mudgee - Country victims of a stalled NBN

Beyond the Sandstone Curtain: Country victims of a stalled NBN

As towns across Australia wait their turn for the NBN rollout, one town is stuck in broadband no man's land and says it has "disappeared off the map".

Read more here.

July 10, 2014

Abercrombie House - cozy winter events

Christopher and Xanthe Morgan, Abercrombie House, Bathurst are very pleased to announce that we have a stack of cozy winter events happening at Abercrombie house in July including:

Friday Night Jazz tomorrow (Friday) night at 8.30 pm with a superb local 5 piece Jazz Band in the ballroom jazz café!

Sunday afternoon High Tea (this Sunday and next Sunday) from 2.30 pm with a bounty of sweet & savory delicacies, leaf teas, coffee

Our classic Christmas in July Dinner (next Friday 18th July) from 6.30 pm, a generous candle-lit dinner with all the trimmings of a winter yuletide evening

A Wine & Cheese Master Class with Mariarita Liberati and Renzaglia Wines (Friday week 25th July) from 5.30 to 7 pm which will bring together fine local wines and cheeses as well as our regular guided tours every Saturday and Sunday at 11.15 and self-guided tours from 12.30 to 3pm every Saturday and Sunday in July!

tickets for all of these are still available from Bathurst Visitors Centre on 6332 1444
see our website for more details, we’d love to see you at one or two of these exceptional events!

Flyers for this weekend’s events are attached below and others are on the website at )

This email is being sent to all listed member Historical Societies, Museums and Individuals of the Central Tablelands Chapter of Museums Australia (NSW Branch) and other interested persons.
 If you know of other Societies, Museums or Individuals who would like to be added to the list, please email Wal Pilz with name, address, phone no. and email address.

July 3, 2014

ASCCA - Newsletter July 214

FYI - an Association which may have a Club, or which you may wish to promote, in your district.

This email is being sent to all listed member Historical Societies, Museums and Individuals of the Central Tablelands Chapter of Museums Australia (NSW Branch) and other interested persons.
 If you know of other Societies, Museums or Individuals who would like to be added to the list, please email Wal Pilz with name, address, phone no. and email address.

From: "Nan Bosler" <>
Subject: July 2014 Newsletter n
Date: 2 July 2014 10:59:41 AM AEST

Greetings all,
The July issue of the ASCCA newsletter is attached.

Contents include:
An exciting opportunity provided by Google
A reminder that the 2014 ASCCA Competitions close on 1 September
The notice board with diary reminders
A glimpse of the ASCCA Stay Smart Online Forum
How Hall & Prior Sirius Cove connect residents to the World
            Read this story carefully and wonder just what a difference you are making in someone’s life when you help them to use technology!
Congratulations to Lynton Bradford OAM


Nan Bosler OAM
Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association


July 1, 2014

ASHET Newsletter

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Neural Knitworks | craft a healthy brain

Neural Knitworks | craft a healthy brain

Inspiring Australia are calling out for interested enthusiasts to host a Neural Knitwork. Whether you’re a whiz with yarn, or just discovering the joy of craft, now you can crochet wrap, knit or knot and learn more about neuroscience.
Neural Knitworks is a collaborative project about mind and brain health. The knitworks are a creative crafting session where people gather together to create textile neurons following scientifically informed patterns that will contribute to a travelling art exhibition that kicks off in Science Week (16-25 August).
They are extending the invitation to communities everywhere to get involved and create some textile neurons towards this project. No knitting experience is required and people of all ages can participate.
At these sessions, participants will have the opportunity to:
  • design your own woolly neurons
  • get inspired by our scientifically-informed knitting, crotchet or knot patterns
  • natter with neuroscientists and teach them a few of your crafty tricks
  • contribute to a travelling textile brain exhibition
  • increase your attention span and test your memory
Dr Ian McDonald from Alzheimer’s Australia told The Canberra Times that ”There’s evidence in all sorts of areas to show that using your brain is important for preventing dementia,” he said. “Knitting is one hobby, amongst reading, video games, crosswords, which are excellent activities to slow brain degeneration down.”
Over the past few months dozens of community Neural Knitworks have taken place place, including in Sydney, Orange, Canberra and rural Tasmania. Knitters, crocheters and wrappers have created textile neurons that will form part of a sculptural neural network that will be assembled as a travelling art exhibition to begin during National Science Week at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery.
If you are interested in hosting a knitwork just click through to the Neural Knitworks website for instructions. The initiative has struck a chord and is gathering community momentum with “knit ins” arranged across the country, which you can see on the Facebook group.

See also:

State Library of NSW - July at the Library


The Library has launched a campaign to return portraits of WWI soldiers to families in NSW. If you spot a family member in the Library's new Flickr album we will give you a free print or digital file. Visit our exhibition Portraits of War: The Crown Studios Project, on show at the Library until 21 September 2014.

FOR THE DIARY: Don't miss the live 702 ABC Sydney broadcast from our exhibition Life Interrupted: Personal Diaries from WWI with Richard Glover on Monday 4 August, 3pm – 6pm. The broadcast marks the exact day Great Britain declared war on Germany 100 years ago.

The Library has an amazing collection of WWI photographs, posters and maps. To order a fine art print contact The Library Shop on (02) 9273 1611

Ref: State Library of NSW - July at the Library

June 20, 2014



TICKETS  $5.00 adults / children free  (available from outside the court house and also at the hospital museum}



COURT HOUSE  CONCERT 10.30AM   Julia Bates-Gussoni  playing guitar and  singing popular songs and Julia Boag singing operatic arias

ITAL MUSEUM     MIDDAY ----Hannah Solari on violin

SCHOOL OF ARTS HALL CONCERT   2.30PM – Solo performance by Hill End harpist Kim Deacon who will present some of her one woman show Home Sweet Home—Of Henry Lawson and His Loves Poems set to music by Kim for voice and harp,

Part 2 of her concert will see her perform a range of French Art Songs and Mexican Poems set to music by Kim for harp and song

 So bring family and friends and enjoy Carcoar’s museums ,
food and music

For further information contact John Burke on H 63673288, Mob 0414212600 or email

June 10, 2014

Free EDO NSW community workshop

Free EDO NSW community workshop in Orange

Central West Environment Council in conjunction with Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Orange and Orange Field Naturalist & Conservation Society will host a free EDO NSW workshop explaining how the community can have their say about decisions impacting the environment, including decisions about mining, water, and planning & development.

The workshop will also demonstrate how the community can use our new online tool ‘Have Your Say' to effectively engage in decisions impacting the environment under the law in NSW.

When: Sunday 15 June 2014

Where: Environmental Learning Facility (ELF), Orange Showground, Leeds Parade, Orange, NSW

RSVP is essential: Visit or contact or 02 9262 6989.

June 8, 2014

Carcoar Hospital Museum presents

Maybe we can get a few people travelling through to stop and visit Carcoar and attend our event!

June 6, 2014

RAHS & PHA WORKSHOP: What‘s in a Name?

Place names, or toponyms, fill our maps and street signs and place histories, but how often do we really give them much thought? We often look upon a landscape and read it, seeing the road and street patterns, the towns and parks, the valleys and hills, but how often to we see the ‘toponymyscape’?

Any landscape, in the town or country, will be composed of complex layers of place names. Not all place names are created at once. A great many place names have vanished or been forgotten. Others have changed or gradually altered or been moved to other locations. One place may be known to different groups of people by different names. New place names are always being invented. Place names form dynamic layers in the landscape, and connect to wider social and historical patterns.

If we can read these layers of place names, and treat them as historical records in their own right, we gain another tool for researching local and place histories. This CPD activity will introduce historians to this class of historical records looking at the sort of questions that can be asked of place names, the sorts of records that can be researched for place name histories, ways to discern layers of place names in a landscape, the ways that the idea of ‘place’ can include not just localities but also buildings, under-water fishing grounds and other such sites, and how the historic significance of a place name can be assessed.

Public historian Bruce Baskerville will present the workshop.

May 28, 2014

Museum Resources

Building Improvement

 Stoke Stable Museumat Carcoar

The 2014 round of the Building Improvement Program is now open



Royal Australian Historical Society Grants

Two grants now open.


 Over 30 digital terms explained.


Museums & Music Day at Carcoar

May 12, 2014

Bathurst District Historical Society - Musters

These musters are held at 7.30pm at the Museum in the east wing of Bathurst Court House – they are FREE and supper is served.

15th May (Thursday) – Muster – “The Crago Mill – A Bathurst Landmark” – with Bernard Vance, a local entrepreneur, who has undertaken the mammoth task of restoring Bathurst landmark, Crago Mill. Bernard will tell the fascinating story of the flour mill in lower Piper Street, its history and characters and the ongoing restoration of the mill. The Crago family were very involved with the Bathurst community in the late 1800s and 1900s. Mr. F. Crago was Mayor in 1891 and the family often sponsored and donated prizes for sporting events and children’s activities.

19th June (Thursday) – Muster – “100 Heritage Homes of Bathurst” with Lee Steele. Hear about Lee’s forthcoming book featuring 100 beautiful homes right here in Bathurst. Learn of the history of some of the homes, the families who lived in them and how their homes have survived.

17th July (Thursday) - “Bathurst’s Own Dr Busby.”  David Andrew will speak on members of the Busby family and especially of James Busby (1801-71) in Britain and New South Wales prior to becoming the first British Resident at the Bay of Islands, New Zealand (1833-40). Hear about James’s childhood and public life as part of the public service and how he influenced New Zealand’s history. His elder brother Dr. George Busby was the Government Medical Officer in Bathurst. The family’s ‘patriarch’ John Busby accepted his commission as the Mineral Surveyor and Civil Engineer to the Colony of New South Wales, arriving in 1824 and was responsible for the design and construction of Sydney's first permanent water supply (so called Busby's Bore).
21st August (Thursday) – Muster – Dr. James Drown will enlighten us on “Surveyor George William Evans.” James will speak on his Doctorate for his Thesis on the work of Surveyor George Evans who discovered the Bathurst Plains in 1813.  During his life, between 1780 and 1852, Evans achieved a great deal as a surveyor and early explorer in the colony of New South Wales.

Source: Email from Alan McRae, President

May 3, 2014

WIRADJURI COUNTRY - Article in Bathurst Newsletter No 98 April – June 2014


 Bill Allen, Snr, making his speech.

Prior to Europeans arriving the Wiradjuri tribe inhabited a large area around the Bathurst Plains, having lived in the region for thousands of years. Wiradjuri land extended from the foothills of the Blue Mountains, west to the Hay district, north beyond Dubbo and south to the Murray River and Albury. It was the largest tribal region in Australia.

The coming of European settlement was to change all that. When Captain Henry Antill arrived with Governor Macquarie at Bathurst he felt that the local aboriginals were more advanced than the Sydney tribes. During their stay Governor Macquarie’s camp was visited by a “delegation of Wiradjuri tribesmen” and gifts were exchanged with them. Both Surveyor Evans and Governor Macquarie felt no threat from the Wiradjuri people at the time.

The most notable of the Wiradjuri people was Windradyne or ‘Saturday’ as he was known. He became famous when he led an uprising of some of the Wiradjuri people.

By 1822 fighting had broken out between the settlers and some local aboriginals. Windradyne was later captured, beaten and held in chains for four weeks in Bathurst. He was then released and told to ‘keep the peace’ though hostilities did not cease until Windradyne agreed to make peace. He died several years later on 21st March, 1829. Windradyne had been associated with George Suttor and his son William Henry Suttor at ‘Brucedale’ at Peel where he was later buried.

The Wiradjuri people lived in bark gunyahs, caves and natural shelters and always travelled light. They lived off the land, taking only what food they needed. Cleverly they understood the land and the breeding cycles of their food chain. They moved with their food source. The women made possum skin cloaks which were worn in colder months and which were noted at the Proclamation Day ceremony on 7th May, 1815, on the banks of the river Macquarie. The men made their own stone and wooden implements.

The Wiradjuri had their own language. The tribes were governed by strict codes of moral and social behaviour and the breaking of these codes was enforced by the elders with a harsh punishment awaiting any guilty party.

A smoking ceremony at Abercrombie House by Bill Allen, Snr, and his son Bill Allen, Jnr.

On 10th December last year I attended two events at Abercrombie House to mark the 200 year anniversary of first contact between the Wiradjuri People and the arriving European explorers which took place near this site on 21st December, 1813. The events also acknowledged the naming of the Bathurst Plains and Mount Pleasant by Surveyor George Evans on 10th December, 1813, two hundred years previously. The morning event included local Aboriginal children who each invited a non- aboriginal friend. The Wiradjuri Waganha Dance Group from Cowra did an exceptional job and had the young school pupils up participating and dancing.

In the evening on the same day a Corroboree took place under the trees at Abercrombie House. The Wiradjuri Elders of the Bathurst Plains together with the Bathurst District Historical Society and the Morgan Family hosted the evening and joined members of the Society, Bathurst Regional Councillors and community members watch the Wiradjuri Dance Group perform at the special Corroboree Gathering. This evening event acknowledged the last Wiradjuri Corroboree in the vicinity of Mount Pleasant which took place 164 years ago in 1849.

The Mayor, Gary Rush, spoke at both events. 

Speeches at both events described the impact of the first meeting between the explorers and the Wiradjuri people and celebrated the endurance and renewal of Wiradjuri culture and customs on the Bathurst Plains since those days.

At the conclusion of the evening event the owners of Abercrombie House, Christopher and Xanthe Morgan, served tea and coffee on the verandah of this magnificent and historic building.

Our thanks go to the Wiradjuri Waganha Dance Group for their performance and the Morgan family for their hospitality.
Alan McRae, President, Bathurst & District Historical Society