Welcome one and all to the official website that invites you to come along and celebrate Bathurst's bicentenary.

As we prepare to celebrate 200 years since Bathurst was proclaimed a town by Governor Lachlan Macquarie on 7th May 1815, this significant milestone provides us with an opportunity to celebrate all aspects of our community as it has grown, been challenged and changed over time.

We celebrate the rich culture, breadth of knowledge and courage of the Wiradjuri people, the original custodians of these lands and pause to consider those pivotal early years when the Europeans arrived, bringing with them their values and concepts of land ownership, law and social structures.

We celebrate the thirst for knowledge, the courage and fortitude of the early Colonial explorers who trekked across the Blue Mountains not knowing what lay beyond; and we celebrate the industry and pioneering spirit demonstrated by the road builders and early settler groups that followed in their footsteps across the Great Dividing Range.

We applaud many achievements along the path of our history, some public, some more personal - in medicine, politics, the arts, social endeavours, sport and recreation, education, agriculture and manufacturing. In such a diverse community there is much to celebrate and we have provided a platform for you to tell us your story through this website. To read the stories of others, click here.

I invite you to come along this journey with us as we embrace the past, share the present and shape the future of our vibrant, thriving community.

Let's celebrate Bathurst 200 together in 2015.

Cr Gary Rush
Mayor of Bathurst

We acknowledge Wiradjuri elders past and present and all memebers of the Wiradjuri nation, the original custodians of the land on which the Bathurst and surrounding communities reside.

In 2015 Bathurst celebrates 200 years since it was proclaimed a town by Governor Lachlan Macquarie, who raised the Union Jack on the banks of the Macquarie River, on 7th May 1815.