35th Anniversary Party

The Bathurst Family History Group on Saturday November 16, celebrated 35 years since its formation with a party held in the Senior Citizens Centre. This get-together was also the opportunity to have our new centre officially opened by the Local State Member of parliament Paul Toole, who had arranged a grant to assist in setting up our new premises.  

Memorial Wall Unveiled at Bathurst Cemetery, Saturday 16 November 2019.

The Bathurst Family History Group has carried out a significant amount of restoration and maintenance of existing headstones at the Bathurst Cemetery and has erected a number of headstones on unmarked graves over recent years. A number of individuals have sought assistance in recognising a family member who is buried at the cemetery, but whose exact location is unknown. The …

Book Launch “Fair Delinquents?”

A Book Launch “Fair Delinquents?” by Leonie Blair, was held at the Senior Citizens Centre on Saturday 16 November. The book is available from here.

General Meeting- guest speaker Dr Rob McLachlan

General Meeting and guest speaker Dr Rob McLachlan who spoke about the administration of the Bathurst Settlement in the 1830’s, “Bitchy Bathurst Bureaucrat Battles”. During the meeting President Dianne Barnes presented the Group’s 300th financial member Michele Morgan a CD copy of ‘Bathurst Pioneers’ which is available here    

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 …