January 30, 2013

Bathurst District Historical Society - Newsletter Jan/Mar 2013


Welcome to another year! 2013 will be a special year not only for the members of the Bathurst District Historical Society but all the residents of Bathurst.

The members of the Bathurst District Historical Society, along with a number of invited guests, gathered at the Society’s Museum in Russell Street to join in the annual Christmas Party and get together. The function was held in the court yard with an excellent attendance. Rex Morgan, our Society’s patron, and his wife Mary joined us. Beryl Rutherford, Life Member of the Bathurst District Historical Society was called upon to cut the Christmas cake this year.

We have a very exciting 2013 program as there is something extra planned for almost every month. The first bus trip will be along Cox’s Road visiting the various sections of importance from Phil’s Falls back into Bathurst. This will take place on Sunday 3rd March so book now. Other trips are in the planning stages.

Old Government Cottage at 16 Stanley Street continues to draw visitors each Sunday from 12 noon to 4pm since it was reopened in June last year. The serving of Devonshire Teas is proving popular. Major plans are afoot for the complete renovation of the OGC garden, with Spencer Harvey and the Bathurst Garden Club a driving force in the planning and execution. The plans look impressive and we are really looking forward to a wonderful collaborative result.

Our Twilight Picnic from 5pm on Sunday 3rd February at Old Government Cottage is going to be a great evening. The garden is looking respectable making it the perfect venue for the event. Details further on in this newsletter.

Thanks again to our great team of enthusiastic volunteers and without them we could not open the Museum in Russell Street and Old Government Cottage at 16 Stanley Street. The Society is always on the lookout for more volunteers to expand operations.

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January 27, 2013

Commemorating the 1813 First Crossing of the Blue Mountains

(Tablet on Mount Blaxland, RAHS Collection)
The RAHS Makes History: Commemorating the 1813 First Crossing of the Blue Mountains

Presented by Dr Siobhan Lavelle OAM - Wednesday 3 April 2013              

The talk will examine the role of monuments in demonstrating, interpreting and understanding an historic past. The Blue Mountains west of Sydney (NSW) have played a particular role in the white settlement of Australia. Few areas have been so heavily inscribed figuratively and materially by European travellers, settlers, and their descendants. The sites examined in this talk are linked to an early and significant triumphal historic narrative, that of the “First Crossing” of the Blue Mountains by European explorers in 1813.

The presentation will deal in detail with some specific sites from the overall set. What these sites have in common is that they all involved people from the RAHS. The identification and uses of the sites which are celebrated for their presumed links to an heroic past, can lead to debates at many
levels, in particular the intersection of professional or academic histories and perceptions against an independent and popular history or folklore; the dilemma of the romantic and nostalgic against the (presumed) more professional, rational and scientific. With the First crossing Bicentenary occurring in May 2013, this account of earlier commemorative efforts has special interest.

Date:     Wednesday 3 April 2013
Where:   History House
Time:     1.00pm - 2.00pm
Cost:      Free event
Contact: Bookings essential ph. 9247 8001  

January 11, 2013

Museums & Galleries NSW - fellowship or mentorship in 2013

 9 January 2013

Opportunity Knocks
Mentorship and Fellowship

Are you interested in an Museums & Galleries NSW fellowship or mentorship in 2013? Then come along to a special presentation by the 2012 Fellowship & Mentorship recipients.

When: Tuesday 26 February 2012, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Where: Museum & Galleries NSW, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
More: www.mgnsw.org.au/sector_development/opportunity_knocks


2013 Arts Funding Program Guide

The Arts NSW 2013 Arts Funding Program Guide is now available online. Check this document out for all the information you will need about Arts NSW funding in 2013.

More: www.arts.nsw.gov.au