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The Bathurst Family History Group Inc. was founded in 1984 by a small number of people who wanted to help each other to make progress with their family history research.

Bathurst is the oldest inland settlement in Australia and is located about 200 km west of Sydney. This map shows the approximate area we cover.

Details of our meetings and events are published on our events page and in our journal ‘Carillon Chimes’ which is posted to all members and is available in the members only section of this website. The group holds formal meetings with a guest speaker and less formal research gatherings and workshops regularly in our Family History Centre.

Members and non-members have access to the group’s extensive range of resources including books and journals, microfiche and CD-ROMs in our Family History Centre. Click here for details.These premises have Wi-Fi connected, which enables members to use either their tablets, laptops or the Groups computers to connect to the internet. Initially the Family History Centre will be open to members Mondays and Thursdays 10am – 1pm . Other indexes and resources are available in the members only section of this website.

The Group moved into new premises during 2019. For details of the location and opening times please click HERE.

The Group has a research team at the Bathurst Library every Tuesday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm to assist members, and the public with their family history research.

If you would like to join our group, membership application details and sample information are available HERE

You are reminded that Membership fees of $25 are due for 2019/2020. See here for details


Bathurst Female Factory

From 1815, as the settlements around Bathurst grew, the need for  convict labour, especially the skills of women became obvious. So too did the need arise to house the convict women between work assignments, during times of illness or confinement and as a place of punishment for misdemeanours or as a refuge for women and children. A plan was initiated …

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Blayney Cemetery Graves & Grub

Members of the BFHG had an interesting visit to Blayney on September 14, where we first shared morning tea prepared by the Blayney Family History Group.     We then traveled to the Blayney Cemetery where we were given a tour of some of the more interesting headstones, including the oldest grave; an unusual shaped crypt followed by graves of …

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Female Factory – Ground Penetrating Radar Survey

The Bathurst Female Factory which housed female convicts in the early 1800’s was in the vicinity of Charlotte & William Streets. It was the first two storey building west of the mountains and had a brick floor. It was demolished shortly after it ceased to be used for this purpose. Our Group has been successful in obtaining a grant and …

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Annual General Meeting- July 2019

The AGM was recently held on July 27, 2019 and was well attended. At our AGM our elections were held for office bearers and committee members. Those elected were: President:   Dianne Barnes Secretary:  Joy Richens Treasurer:  Mary Fletcher Vice President:   Jan Page Committee Members: Graeme Hill Colleen Davis Liane Torr Brian Fitzpatrick Marie Larnach Chris Stewart| Anne Huges Marion Pearce …

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