Eskbank House Movable Heritage Saved

The steam engines in the grounds of Eskbank House and Museum are once again available to visitors. All asbestos has been removed and they have been assessed as safe for the public.

In 2015 these popular heritage items were discovered to contain asbestos. Council immediately isolated them from the public and engaged a specialist company to safely remove the asbestos. The cabin of Possum is once again available for visitors to explore and the other moveable heritage can be viewed from behind fencing.

“The safety of our community is of upmost importance to Council,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham. “It is with great pleasure that I can say Council has been able to make these engines safe for the public and preserve these important heritage items for our future.”

The collection of moveable heritage items were moved to Eskbank House around 1969. The most impressive and significant of the engines is Possum the steam locomotive. Originally named “Cyclopes” and built in 1912, Possum was brought to Lithgow from England in 1919 by Hoskins Bros to work in the Lithgow iron and steel works. In 1928 it moved to Port Kembla where it worked until retired in 1967 after which it was donated to the Lithgow District History Society and moved to Eskbank House in 1969.

Other items in the display include a Pioneer roller, Buffalo Pitts Engine, Marshall portable steam engine and two skips from the State Mine. The Barford and Perkins Pioneer Roller was purchased second hand by Lithgow Woollen Mills owner Harry Rosen in the late 1950s to demolish the Tweed Mill terrace housing which was built in the 1850s and was in a poor state. The roller is one of a few surviving pieces of plant associated with the former Lithgow Woollen Mills.

The Buffalo Pitts Traction engine was used to haul coal from Neubeck’s Commonwealth Colliery in Lidsdale – Blackmans Flat until 1924. It was then used at Neubeck’s sawmills until 1969 when it was moved to Eskbank House along with the other engines.
Providing a range of programs celebrating the cultural diversity and rich heritage of our local government area is part of Council’s Caring for our Community strategies in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

Steampunk Possum

Contact:
Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259
Wendy Hawkes
Cultural Development Officer
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Rock n Roll

Eskbank House Set to Rock n’ Roll

Bop till you drop at the Eskbank House and Museum 1950’s party on Saturday 5 March 2016.

The Blagoyevich family lived at Eskbank House during the 1950’s and held parties there with Michael Blagoyevich’s band The Fugitives. On Saturday 5 March 2015 from 2.00pm, Eskbank House will once again host a 1950s party, complete with dancing, milk bar, carnival, 50’s wheels and flicks.

The Ridgey Didge Duo will have guests bopping and jiving with their Rock n’ Roll tunes on the Courtyard dance floor. For those who wish to perfect their ‘50s dances moves there will be teachers available. The bottomless Milk bar will have milkshakes and snacks for dancers who need to refuel or just want to hang out.

“The 1950s was such a great time for breaking free and having fun,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham. “So pop on your dancing shoes and join us for a jive and a milkshake at Eskbank House.”

“Eskbank Carnival” in the gardens will be filled with games and sports. Skills will be tested on the balloon pop and the ring toss, with groovy prizes to win.   The Lithgow Croquet Club (which started in the 1950s) will be back with their hoops and mallets. Badminton, totem tennis and quoits will keep everyone running till they need more milkshakes.

Lithgow Historic Car Club will have their ‘50s wheels on display, including a fully fitted out tear drop caravan. When they need a break guests can chill out in the theatrette with ‘50s flicks.

Guests will be encouraged to show off their best ‘50s threads. Whether a Bodgie, a Widgie, a Nerd or a Pom-Pom shaker, they can put on their best style and win themselves a prize in the Hip Threads Competition.

Tickets are available at the Lithgow Visitor Information Centre or by calling 1300 76 02 76. Adults $40, Children 5-12 and Seniors Card Holders $20, Children under 5 free.  All activities and food are included in the price.

Providing a range of programs celebrating the cultural diversity and rich heritage of our local government area through the delivery of a diverse range of quality festivals and events is part of Council’s strategy to Care for our Community in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

Rock n Roll

Contact:
Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Wendy Hawkes
Cultural Development Officer
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Hanzel and Gretal

Hansel and Gretel Performance a Success at Eskbank House and Museum

The children’s play, Hansel and Gretel, performed in the grounds of Eskbank House over the January holidays, has been a hailed a success by all who attended.

Hansel and Gretel was so full of laughter and excitement. The children and parents were engaged the whole time,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham. “It is marvelous to have Blast Furnace Theatre bringing us these plays and I am looking forward to next summer’s season already.”

The children’s picnic theatre production Hansel and Gretel was brought to Eskbank House by Blast Furnace Theatre, a local group established in 2015. With an enthusiastic cast of four- Brett Jeffers, Rich Evans, Roz Hicks and Jayson Wilkinson, the play was written and directed by Catherine Lockley. More of an adventure than a play, the audience is included in the action and travel all over the grounds of Eskbank House with Hansel and Gretel as they lead their parents a merry chase around the woods. This year’s audience was so thrilled with the production that many returned to watch it more than once.

“Eskbank House is the perfect venue for our children’s plays as the grounds provide an interactive space for both characters and audience. The children are not separated from the story by normal theatre conventions but are an integral part of how the tale unfolds,” said Catherine Lockley.

Blast Furnace Theatre already has a strong connection to Eskbank House. Last year Catherine Lockley ran acting classes there and created and directed the Vampire Masquerade Fashion Show as part of the Halloween 2016 festivities. She is currently working on another project for Halloween 2017. The group are also planning productions on other sites around Lithgow.

Providing a range of programs celebrating the cultural diversity and rich heritage of our local government area through the delivery of a diverse range of quality festivals and events is part of Council’s strategy to Caring for our Community in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

 

Hanzel and Gretal

Contact:
Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Wendy Hawkes
Cultural Development Officer
Tel: 02 6354 9999