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 …

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 …

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 …