September 26, 2012

Lithgow Small Arms Factory centenary

Weekend workshop of interesting talks

Saturday talks will focus on weapons and the military. Sunday talks will focus on the history of the factory and its feeder factories.

When: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October 2012
Where: Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, 69 Methven Street, Lithgow
Cost: $25 per day or $40 for weekend
Ref: Ref: Ref: Museums & Galleries NSW, Alert! for 26 Sep 2012
Lithgow War Hero Project launch

Lithgow & District Family History Society invite you to attend the official launch of their new war hero project. They are currently working on a project covering the Boer War, WW1 and WW2. The idea is to compile as much information as possible and then publish a book on WW1 (to start with). The books will be limited to local men and women within a certain radius of Lithgow.

When: Sunday 11 November 2012, 2.00pm
Where: Club Lithgow, 2c Lithgow Street, Lithgow
Contact: Helen Taylor
Phone: 02 6355 7231

Ref: Ref: Museums & Galleries NSW, Alert! for 26 Sep 2012

IMAGinE awards - A nomination for individual achievement

Trevor led the Golden Memories Museum to become the leading volunteer museum in the Central West. This included the development of the Museum’s Strategic Plan.

Trevor was passionate about the social history collection and sharing it with the community. He initiated open days to create awareness of Millthorpe’s history.

Trevor made considerable effort to recognise the outstanding achievements of volunteers.

He encouraged and assisted members with grant applications, the most recent being for the production of the Strategic Plan. He liaised with Blayney Shire Council to gain interest free loans for developing infrastructure, in particular the extensions to the Rural Technology Building.

Unfortunately, Trevor passed away earlier this year but he will be remembered for this dedication to the Museum.

Ref: Museums & Galleries NSW, Alert! for 26 Sep 2012

September 20, 2012

2012 Heritage Volunteer Awards

2012 Heritage Volunteer Awards now open
The Minister for Heritage, the Hon Robyn Parker MP, has called on nominations for our “Heritage Volunteer Heroes”.

Do you know of an individual or organisation who has contributed to the conservation, management or promotion of heritage in your local community?

Would you like to pay tribute to the men and women who have volunteered their time and personal commitment to ensuring that our State’s unique history and heritage sites are protected for future generations?

The Heritage Council of NSW and the NSW Government invite you to nominate your ‘heritage hero’ as a recipient in the 2012 NSW Government Heritage Volunteer Awards.

Notice: The closing date for nominations is Friday 12th October 2012.

Download the Nomination Form at the Heritage Branch web site:

September 19, 2012


Venue for Fabric Conservation Workshop on 6 October 1912


Located just 10km east of Orange. And was part of the property of WC Wentworth, who had made the first European crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813 with Blaxland and Lawson in search of more fertile ground.
During the 1860s many gold claims sprung up in the area.  The village housed a police station, post office, several hotels, one that has been at the same site since the 1860s, a school and a School of Arts.  There are many fine examples of miner’s cottages still in existence.

Wentworth Mine

Orange City Council purchased the Wentworth Mine Site in July 2000.  The former gold mine, used from 1890s – 1950s contains extensive above ground buildings from the mining era.  It is proposed by Orange City Council to develop the site as a heritage tourism and educational facility.

Ref: Central NSW Museums website

September 17, 2012

Mudgee Heritage Dinner & talks

The 20th Century Heritage Society of NSW invites you to join us for two events:

Mudgee Heritage Dinner & talks (Saturday 29th September)
At the Orana Room at Parklands Resort Ulan Road Mudgee: Stuart Read will deliver a talk by Dr Roy Lumby on ‘Cinema Architecture in Regional Towns of NSW’ and

John Broadley will give a talk on ‘Twentieth Century Heritage of Mudgee’. Pre-dinner drinks will be served from 6.30 to 7 followed by a three course dinner.

Cost is $89 and bookings close 23/9/12*

Mudgee guided heritage walk (Sunday 30th September)
The Society are also hosting a guided heritage walk on Sun 30 September around downtown Mudgee’s twentieth century (& other) features, with John Broadley and Barbara Hickson.

This will run from 10am-12pm.

Cost is $15

Bookings close 28/9/12*

Bookings & pre-payment essential, email: or book online:

Phone: David on 9878 2511

Enquiries: as above or


Online (preferred): Pay on line via credit card or Paypal using this link:

Or: electronic funds transfer (EFT):

1. EFT the amount to the Society’s bank account as follows:

Account Name: Twentieth Century Heritage Society; BSB: 012352 ; Account: 270268971

2. Provide your name in Payee Description field when completing the transfer

3. After transferring the funds please email the completed booking form to  and advise us that the funds have been transferred

Or: post a cheque to The Treasurer, 20th Century Heritage Society of NSW, PO Box 492, Drummoyne NSW 1470

Ref: nswheritageadvisors group

September 14, 2012

Fabric Conservation Workshop 2012


Fabric Conservation Workshop

Date:   Saturday 6th October 2012

Venue:   Old School, Lucknow, near Orange

Time:  10am to 4pm

Presenter:  Kay Söderlund

Kay will conduct the workshop covering the various aspects on the handling storing and conservation methods that apply to fabrics and old clothing. This workshop will be an opportunity for members to have selected items from their museums’ collections examined and advised on, the best practice of conserving these items as a working example.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided. Cost of $20.00 per person, payable in cash on the day. The work shop is free to current members.

Note: There is a limit of twenty people.

Registration: Secretary,  John Broadley or 02.6272 3365 or 0429 708 218

By: Saturday, 29th September 2012

Full details of Workshop Program, Kay Söderlund: Curriculum Vitae and Registration Form

September 6, 2012

Smashed Arts in Bathurst

A new Bathurst program, Smashed Arts, aims to circumvent the negative choices of young people by providing inspiration and opportunity to express themselves as well as entertainment options that don’t include drinking. Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre’s (BMEC) Local Stages Program secured a $495,000 grant from the Federal Department of Health and Ageing for the two-year Smashed Arts program. The program began during the July school holidays with free workshops for young people in dance, circus, beat boxing and film making. Building on BMEC’s existing Aboriginal Performing Arts Program, these first workshops targeted young Aboriginal people through three days of activity at the centre. Read the full article from the Western Advocate here.

Ref: Regional Arts NSW E-newsletter - 3 Sep 2012