FROM THE NEWSLETTER EDITOR
May has certainly been another busy month as Bathurst celebrates the continuing activities of the 200th year since Governor Macquarie journeyed to the area to see for himself that the region was “truly grand, beautiful and interesting, forming one of the finest landscapes I ever saw in any Country I have yet visited. The soil is uncommonly good and fertile, fit for every purpose of Cultivation and Pasture.”
With his entourage Macquarie proceeded to explore the local landscape so he could report back to England on his return.
Bathurstians have supported the 2015 events in large numbers in attending the opening of the Flag Staff, two Colonial Fairs, Bicentenary Illumination and Street Festival, the Peoplescape, Reflections - 200 Years of Women’s Fashions, Snapshots in Time and the Wall of Valour, A Moment in Time, Mrs. Macquarie’s Cello, The Crossing, “Anzacs At Gallipoli” tribute and display and much more.
With these events over we will now concentrate on the BATHEX 2015 Bicentenary Collectables, Gem and Mineral Exhibition - Bathurst Remembers 200 Years of History being held at the Bathurst Showgrounds on Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th September, 2015. It will be held in the three jammed packed pavilions and the surrounding showground on Sydney Road. This is the tenth such event with the first commencing in 1988.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR!
The Bathurst District Historical Society has had a number of events under its umbrella with the first being the official opening of the Old Government Cottage Bicentennial Heritage Garden on Sunday 29th March. The opening was part of Bathurst’s Bicentennial celebrations. The impressive new garden is located at 16 Stanley Street down by the Macquarie River and is open every Sunday afternoon from 12 noon until 4pm.
The Bathurst Garden Club is responsible for the success of the garden which attracts an increasing number of visitors every Sunday. Members of the garden club professionally designed, set out and established the Bicentennial Heritage Garden. Their concept was to educate and show visitors who come to see the historic brick cottage the types of plants that would have been in a typical Bathurst household garden some 150 years and more ago. Our garden from the Georgian-Victorian era has herbs, vegetables, berries and fruit such as apricot, apples and pears as well as fragrant fresh flowers.
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