From Humble Beginnings
Way back on 4 May 1815 Governor Macquarie remarked upon his first sighting that the appearance of the Bathurst Plains was truly grand, beautiful and one of the finest landscapes he had ever seen. Three days later Macquarie proclaimed Bathurst the first inland settlement, named after Lord Bathurst the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies.
The Central Mapping Authority (CMA) was established in Sydney as a branch of the NSW Department of Lands in 1952 to survey and map NSW. By 1970 the CMA was located in 8 separate buildings around Sydney when it was identified as a candidate to relocate to Bathurst as part of the State Government’s ambitious decentralization program.
Lindsay McKellar has been a resident of Bathurst his whole life, and for him there was one day that stood out. On 12 February 1954 Queen Elizabeth 11 and her husband Prince Philip visited Bathurst. Although the visit was only 75 minutes, the newspapers called it ‘Bathurst’s Greatest Day’. The Bathurst ‘National Advocate’ reported “…in that period Bathurst had made History, and an achievement which will never be forgotten in the hearts and minds of those who so wildly acclaimed the Royal visitors”.
Guitarist and former poet Pat Osborne penned the words to ‘Flower of Australia’ in 1985 to commemorate Bathurst’s centenary.
Allan Doble has a unique connection to early Bathurst. His Great Uncle, Gilbert Doble, not only helped to design both the Evans Memorial and War Memorial in Kings Parade, he cast both statues and carried out the stonework to create the monuments we know today.
Wendy was given a copy of a family book “Out of Cornwall” the story of Richard and Mary Mutton. The Muttons were Wendy's GGGG Grandparents. This book reignited Wendy's connection with Bathurst.
In 1926 a mother of 11 children, Mrs Beatrice Langford began a regular social dance for her children and their friends to be a part of her home in lower Howick Street Bathurst. With acreage behind the house known as Up Folds Flat and with more young people arriving, it became more than just a social dance. Many sports began to be played for the young people to let off steam and a social club began to take form which later resulted in the Charleston's Football Club.
The painting "Figure in Landscape" by the artist Edward Combes had hung for many years over the bed of Miss Traill's mother, Mrs. Gertrude Traill, and until recently the significance of the painting to the area was not known.
Rail transport first commenced in Bathurst on 4th April 1876. Back in those days, there weren't as many cars on the road and the roads weren't the best so it was one of the main forms of transport for people as well goods.
Looking back on our history as a city, one of the treasured stories is the bond our community has developed with Japan over the past 40 years.