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 ibiswines@bigpond.com 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 www.abercrombiehouse.com.au )

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" <nanboz@bigpond.net.au>
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

See: http://www.ascca.org.au/index.php/benefits-of-joining-ascca

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: http://www.scienceweek.net.au/neural-knitworks/

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 john.burke2@optusnet.com.au

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 http://www.edonsw.org.au/orange_2014http://www.edonsw.org.au/orange_2014 or contact education@edonsw.org.au 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

April 12, 2014

Moment in Time II by the Western Crossings Trust

Information Release


The Western Crossings Trust celebrates the Bicentenary of the Building of Cox’s Bathurst Road

 The Hartley District Progress Association as Trustee of the Western Crossings Trust, today announced its intention to mark the bicentenary of the building of Cox’s Road through the launch of  it’s exhibition ‘A Moment in Time II’ and by conducting an enhanced series of guided walks on Cox’s 1814 road. Some three thousand visitors attended the Trust’s 2013 projects , many,  who were  disappointed by the short run of the  2013 program, have already pre booked for this year’s events.
A Moment in Time II will be open at the Historic Hartley Schoolhouse in Hartley, 10am-4pm on weekends from Saturday 13th September to Sunday 12th October and by appointment, for large groups, on any week day in that period.
Cox’s Road walks will be conducted on Sunday 14th September, Sunday 21st September, Thursday 2nd October, Saturday 4th October Sunday 12th October; with bookings accepted for large parties on any day between 14th September and 12th October.
The exhibition  ‘A Moment in Time’, curated by professional historian Joan Kent, captures what existed before and what came shortly after the 1813 crossing of the Blue Mountains by Europeans. It begins with a consideration of the rich and ancient geology of the landscape into which the explorers intruded, before exploring many aspects of the crossing story from the indigenous peoples whose country was being traversed, through the explorers, the road building and early settlement west of the Blue Mountains. ‘A Moment in Time II’ builds on the original exhibition drawing widely on  contemporary  Cox’s Road research to present a comprehensive vision of ‘the road’.

Photo:  Her Excellency  Professor Marie Bashir Governor of New South Wales with her Aide examining an exhibit after opening  ‘A Moment in Time’s’ 2013 season.

The Cox’s Road walks, run in conjunction with the exhibition, represent a unique opportunity to walk some of the country traversed by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth 1813, Evans 1813-14, Cox 1814-15 and Macquarie 1815. Led by informed local guides, these walks offer a great opportunity to learn about the early traverses, the rich colonial heritage of the Hartley Valley and the array of heritage assets the valley harbours.

 Photo: A guide briefing Cox’s Road walkers before  the group commences the descent into Palmers Gully and the transit across the Hartley Valley to Glenroy the site of Macquarie’s 1815 camp

Bookings for walks and arranged openings of the exhibition will be taken from 1st August. Early enquiries and pre bookings can be addressed to Barbara Johnson on 0458 552 017.
For  further information contact
Tom Kent President Hartley District Progress Association
Phone (02) 6355 2393
Email: joantomkent@bigpond.com
Or Ramsay Moodie Treasurer Hartley District Progress Association
Phone (02) 6355 2259, 02 9983 0134
Email: ramsay.moodie@bigpond.com
The Western Crossings Trust  ABN 15 619 040 503  is a charitable entity that was established by the Hartley District Progress Association as a vehicle to promote consideration and reflection on the consequences, of the crossing of the Blue Mountains by Europeans in 1813 and to promote the heritage values of the Hartley Valley. Donations to the trust are tax deductible.

April 7, 2014

Wiradjuri Traditional Art Exhibation

Dear Eskbank Friends,

We are very pleased to invite you to a special and unique exhibition at Eskbank House called Dhaga Ngiyanhi Ngan.Girra/Where we all Meet

Wiradjuri artists Lynette Riley and Diane Riley-McNaboe from Dubbo originally created this exhibition with the Western Plains Cultural Centre Dubbo.  Lithgow City Council and Mingaan Wiradjuri Aboriginal corporation have worked with the artists to bring this exhibition to Lithgow.

It includes headdresses and belts from grass and feathers, Kangaroo-skin cloaks and a possum-skin blanket, the only one of its kind made in the Wiradjuri area. The cloaks and blanket all contain poker and dye work telling stories of the people and the land.

For more information on the exhibition please go to the Eskbank House website

The exhibition runs from 2 April  - 4 May 2014.

The Official Opening to which you are all invited is at 2pm on Saturday 12 April with talks by the artists.

We look forward to seeing you all at Eskbank soon.



Wendy Hawkes | Cultural Development Officer
Community & Culture | LITHGOW CITY COUNCIL
PH (02) 6354 9999 | FAX (02) 6351 4259

March 30, 2014

Yvonne Jenkins OAM - Memorial Award

Yvonne Jenkins of Rydal was a well-known historian and author of several books on family history in the Bowenfels, Rydal and surrounding areas. Yvonne was the convenor of the Lithgow & District Family History Society in 1986 and over the years encouraged members to write stories about their ancestors. Theyvonne2008.jpg (52034 bytes) Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc has chosen to commemorate Yvonne's memory each year by conducting the Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award. Entry is open to both members and non-members of the Society and is in the form of a short essay (1,000 words). The topic for the 2014 award is "My Ancestor was a .....". The winner of the Award, to be announced during Family History month in August 2014, will receive a certificate and one year's free membership of the Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc. The winning essay will be published in the Society's journal and on the web-site. Entries close on 30 April 2014 and must be accompanied by an entry form, which is available here or by contacting the Society, PO Box 516, Lithgow 2790 or 02 6353 1089 during library hours.