2024 marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Group

The Research Centre is open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 am – 12 noon & Tuesdays from 2 – 4 pm  & the first Saturday of the month from 2 -4 pm subject to the availability of volunteers.


In February 1948 Prime Minister Ben Chifley announced that the former Army Camp would be the site for a reception and training centre for displaced migrants from war-torn Europe.  Over four years more than 100,000 migrants would pass through this Centre, some for days, weeks or months and others would make Bathurst their home.

BFHG is keen to collect names and stories from families who passed through this Centre.  If you have personal stories, photos or other items about this chapter of Bathurst’s history we would love to hear from you.
Contact: research@bathurstfhg.asn.au or phone 0479 041 058

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Our Group now have a new on-line Bathurst Pioneer Register available click HERE for details.

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

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 on the 4th Tuesday afternoon from 1 pm to 3 pm to assist members, and the public with their family history research.


Gulgong Social Tour

On June19, around 40 members travelled to Gulgong by bus and car for a very enjoyable day visiting local sites. We met up and had morning tea in a local park. After morning tea we split into two Groups and visited the Henry Lawson museum and the Holtermann Centre The shops the Holtermann museum has been built in were purchased …

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General Meeting 28 November 2020

Our members were pleased to be able to meet again in person at the Seniors Centre on November 28, 2020, after nearly nine months of Covid-19 restrictions.   We had 23 members present at the meeting plus another four who joined us on Zoom from as far away as Queensland.         After our meeting Geoff Fry gave …

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Machattie Park

On March 15, Jan Page and Mary Smith conducted a very informative tour of Machattie Park for 26 members. The town block was first set aside in 1832 for public use, however most of the area was originally used from 1837 as a new goal and also from 1847 Bathurst’s first court house. The goal was later removed when a …

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Ground penetrating Radar Project – “Penetrating the Past”

 The findings of the GPR were presented to us on 14th March when Dr Steding presented her findings. A summary of her findings are listed below. For the full report log into the Members area here, then click on Miscellaneous Information DISCUSSION.  (From Dr Louise Steding’s report) Do appear to be likely remnants of the female factory in Charlotte Street …

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