Bathurst 200

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In 2015 we celebrated 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 celebrated 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. 

You are invited along this journey with us as we embrace the past, share the present and shape the future of our vibrant, thriving community.

Acknowledgement of Country

Living Legends

Bathurst Food Bowl History

The Great Migration - Central Mapping Authority Decentralisation

Bathurst's Greatest Day

Flower of Australia Song

Connection to Bathurst Set in Stone 

Bathurst Connection 

Bathurst's Mrs Football 

Edward Combes - A Politician and a Painter

John Hollis - Bathurst connects with Sydney fast as a bullet

Fudeko Reekie - Establishing our sister city relationship with Ohkuma, Japan


Aboriginal History

Colonial History

Bathurst Today

Educational Resources