The Theo Barker lecture is in memory of Theo Barker, a much loved and respected member of the Bathurst community. Theo was Bathurst's historian, the author of many publications and a popular speaker on Bathurst’s history.
The Theo Barker Lecture aims to present a memorial lecture every two years on the anniversary of Theo’s passing.
In 2019, Bathurst Regional Council permanently joined the Bathurst District Historical Society as co-host for the lecture series, with the continuing support of the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre.
The 2022 Lecture, is the ninth in the series, being postponed from 2021 owing to the COVID situation.
The ninth lecturer was Dr Stephen Gapps, with the lecture titled “Tumble Down White Fella”, providing insights into his research for his book titled: Gudyarra, The first Wiradyuri War of Resistance, The Bathurst Wars, 1822 – 1824.